TRYING TIME IN BATON ROUGE AFTER ALTON STERLING KILLING

Four days after the police-involved shooting of Alton Sterling turned his city upside down, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Police officer Montrell Jackson issued a plea to the embattled community and vowed to do his part to help it heal.

“These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better,” the 32-year-old officer wrote in a July 8 Facebook post.
And, to all the protesters, officers, friends, family and neighbors in need of a hug or a prayer in Baton Rouge, he offered a promise: “I got you.”
One week later, on Sunday, Jackson’s life was cut short in a shootout that left three officers dead and three more injured, law enforcement said.
Jackson’s aunt revealed his identity to CNN, simply saying “Today isn’t going too well.”
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office identified the other deceased as Officer Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola. Of the other officers involved in the shooting, Nicholas Tullier of the Uniform Patrol Traffic division was shot and is in critical condition. Bruce Simmons, who also worked in the traffic division, sustained non-life threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s office reported.
The deadly standoff was the latest blow to a city plagued by tensions in the wake of Sterling’s death. His July 5 death, followed by another police-involved shooting the same week in Minnesota, touched off demonstrations nationwide that have led to arrests and roadway closures.
‘No place for more violence’
As Baton Rouge reels from the events that sent tremors throughout their community, city officials expressed their condolences, and made a call for peace.
“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday. “Obviously our community is hurting, and only through peace can we heal, and that’s going to take meaningful dialogue. There simply is no place for more violence.”
“We are going to get through this and we are going to get through this together,” Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie said at the same press conference. “This is not going to tarnish this city or this department. We are going to move forward.”
Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of one of Sterling’s son, Cameron, condemned the shootings.
“We reject violence of any kind directed at members of law enforcement or citizens.” she said in a statement. “My hope is that one day soon we can come together and find solutions to the very important issues facing our nation rather than continuing to hurt one another.”
Montrell Jackson
Montrell Jackson, 32, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Montrell Jackson, 32, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Jackson, who leaves behind a wife and four-month old son, had been with the department for 10 years, his uncle Charles Cavalier told CNN affiliate WAFB.
“He just had his first born son, he always wanted to become a father” Jackson’s brother, Kedrick Pitts, told NPR. It devastated him that his nephew will never get the chance to know the great man his father was, Pitts said.
He loved the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans almost as much as he loved his family, his community and his job, Cavalier said.
He was “one of the best guys you’d ever want to know,” Cavalier said.
To those who shared Jackson’s Facebook post after it surfaced on social media, the missive spoke volumes about his character.

It also offered rare, candid insight into the impact of Sterling’s death on officers in the community.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally,” the post starts, “Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey, what’s in your heart is in your heart. I still love you all because hate it takes too much energy, but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same.”
Kristi Vick Godal, Jackson’s neighbor, told NBC News that Jackson was pained by the events surrounding Sterling’s death, including the protests that followed.
“He loved his city,” Godal said. “It is an absolute tragedy. He was a police officer but he was also a proud black man.”
What Jackson wanted most was for “everyone to respect everyone,” his brother said. He wanted justice for Sterling’s family, but peace amongst all.
“I believe he would want this world to be a better place, to put an end to all this madness and come together,” Pitts said.
The married father described the tension between his identity as a police officer and as a black man.
“I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat,” he wrote.
“I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core. When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t know you at all,” he wrote.
To anyone who doubted his integrity he made one request: “Look at my actions, they speak LOUD and CLEAR.”
Matthew Gerald
Matthew Gerald, 41, of Denham Springs.
Matthew Gerald, 41, of Denham Springs.
Officer Matthew Gerald of Denham Springs leaves behind a wife and two kids, according to WAFB.
He graduated from Baton Rouge Police Academy in March and had just been released to work on his own on July 5, his wife told WAFB.
He was a former Marine and Black Hawk crew chief in the Army who “lived to be a patriot,” his friend Nick Lambert said. The two served together as Black Hawk crew chiefs, he said.
Despite his short stature, his Louisiana drawl and larger than life personality made him stand out in a crowd, Lambert said.
“He was one of the true Americans that lived to be a patriot,” Lambert said.
After serving in both the Marines and the Army, and after three tours to Iraq, Gerald wasn’t ready to call it quits, his friend and fellow police officer Ryan Cabral, who lives in Texas, told CNN.
“Instead of slowing down at 40 years old, he said ‘hell no, give me more,'” Cabral said. “Matt was born to protect those who needed protection,” he said.
Less than a week prior to the fatal shootout, the two police officers spoke on the phone. They discussed the tumultuous climate in Baton Rouge, said their goodbyes, and “told each other to be safe,” Cabral told CNN.
Brad Garafola
Officer Brad Garafola, 45, of East Baton Rouge.
Officer Brad Garafola, 45, of East Baton Rouge.
Deputy Brad Garafola, a married father of four, had been with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, according to WAFB.
He was selected as the Civil Deputy of the Month in January 2013.
His brother Brett Garafola confirmed his death in a Facebook post, according to WAFB.
“Brad, I love you very much my brother. I respect and appreciate everything you did for us, this city, and your job to protect and serve,” he wrote.

WENDY WILLIAMS

Outspoken talk show host from several radio shows who became known as a shock jockette and later hosted The Wendy Williams Show.
BEFORE FAME
She began working in a radio station to put her communications studies to use.
TRIVIA
She got in a fight with a co-worker and caused her to get fired from the radio station.
FAMILY LIFE
She had one son with her spouse Kevin Hunter.
ASSOCIATED WITH
Tupac Shakur was one of the celebrities who criticized her with music lyrics.

NELSON MANDELA

South African revolutionary and politician who radically changed the conditions of the Apartheid state of South Africa for the better by addressing institutionalized racism and inequality. He served 27 years in prison and, upon his release in 1994, he became South Africa’s first black chief executive, an office he served for five years.
BEFORE FAME
He completed his junior certificate at Clarkebury Boarding School in two years, instead of the regular three.
TRIVIA
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 while he was still in prison. He has been portrayed by Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover, Idris Elba, Terrence Howard, and Morgan Freeman in various folks about his life.
FAMILY LIFE
His great-grandfather was the king of the Thembu people, Ngubengcuka. He was married to Evelyn Ntoko Mase from 1944 to 1957, to Winnie Madikizela from 1958 to 1996, and married Graça Machel in 1998.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He cited Mohandas Gandhi as an influence on his nonviolent resistance tactics, and received the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2000.

VIN DIESAL

Actor, screenwriter, producer, and director who stars as Dominic Toretto in the Fast and the Furious films and Richard B. Riddick in the Chronicles of Riddick franchise. He also played lead roles in Pitch Black and xXx and voiced the character Groot in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy.
BEFORE FAME
He worked as a bouncer at New York clubs when he was seventeen.
TRIVIA
He played a supporting role as Private Adrian Caparzo in the 1998 film Saving Private Ryan.
FAMILY LIFE
He dated co-star Michelle Rodriguez in 2001 after filming The Fast and the Furious together. He and his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez have two daughters named Hania and Pauline and a son named Vincent.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He co-starred with Paul Walker in several installments of the Fast and Furious franchise.

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MICHIGAN GUNMAN WHO KILLED 2 BAILIFFS FACED MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES

Two bailiffs, shooter killed at Western Michigan courthouse
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An inmate snatched a deputy’s gun inside a southwestern Michigan courthouse and killed two bailiffs while he was handcuffed, investigators said Tuesday giving new details into the shooting.

Officers killed the inmate, 45-year-old Larry Gordon, soon afterwards, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey told reporters. He said Gordon got into a fight with the deputy while being escorted from a cell for a courtroom appearance at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph.

The deputy who was escorting Gordon is recovering in a hospital with injuries that aren’t life-threatening. A woman was also injured. Her name and condition weren’t immediately provided.

Two court bailiffs were killed and a deputy sheriff shot Monday inside a southwestern Michigan courthouse when an inmate broke loose and got his hands on an officer’s gun, officials said.

During the incident, Bailey said Gordon took hostages for a short period of time before trying to leave through another door.

The sheriff said he faced multiple felony charges but did not specify what they were.
Bailey said authorities had “no warning signs” that the suspect would be violent. Contrary to reports Monday, he said Gordon was in handcuffs.

The inmate shot a sheriff’s deputy, killed the bailiffs and then shot a civilian in the arm in a public area, the sheriff said.

During the incident, Bailey said Gordon took hostages for a short period before trying to leave through another door. The inmate then was fatally shot “by two other bailiffs who came to render aid, along with several other officers,” Bailey said.

“He was trying to escape,” the sheriff said.

Bailey identified the bailiffs killed as Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63. He said the longtime law enforcement officers were close friends of his who became court officers after retiring from their departments.

Zangaro was head of court security. He retired from the Michigan State Police as commander of the Bridgman Post in Berrien County. Kienzle retired as a sergeant of the Benton Township police department after serving in the U.S. Army.

Both had been employed by the court for more than a decade.

The injuries suffered by the deputy and the civilian weren’t considered life-threatening. Bailey said the deputy, 41-year-old James Atterberry Jr., had surgery on his arm and is “doing fine.” He said the civilian was a woman who also suffered an arm injury. He did not identify her.

“We need prayers and the families need your prayers especially,” he told reporters.

The incident occurred just days after five Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper, and amid a wave of violence and threats against law enforcement officers around the country.

An official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told Fox News that agents from the agency’s Detroit Division are en route to the shooting scene at the courthouse.

Another law enforcement official told Fox News the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Detroit field office is monitoring the situation in Berrien County, and that FBI has offered its assistance to local officials but is not involved at this time.

The courthouse is located about 50 miles west of Kalamazoo, where an Uber driver killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this year.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced on Twitter that the Michigan State Police has secured the scene, and is beginning its investigation into the shooting.

Synder called the shooting “a terrible event” in an afternoon press conference, and called for the public to “rally together” to support one another.

“This is a particularly tough time for law enforcement,” he said.

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich, who is from St. Joseph, described Monday’s shooting as a “horrific situation.”

“What occurred today in my hometown breaks my heart. My thoughts are with our entire community – our friends and neighbors,” he said in a statement. “This tragic event reminds us all too well that our law enforcement officers have their lives on the line every day not knowing what that day will bring. We have lost two very able public servants and we all grieve for them and their families.”

Bailey said the courthouse would be closed on Tuesday.

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DRAYMOND GREEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was arrested Sunday on assault charges in East Lansing, Michigan.

Police told ESPN that Green was arrested at an East Lansing restaurant, Conrad’s Grill, and that the victim was a man.
Draymond Green averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 34.7 minutes per game in 2015-16. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
“It was basically an altercation between two guys,” police said. “There’s no injuries. He was released with a $200 bond on Sunday.”

Green is scheduled for arraignment on July 20. If convicted, he would face a maximum of 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Lt. Scott Wrigglesworth from the East Lansing Police Department told ESPN that he couldn’t confirm whether the assault was a punch or a slap but it was “not a shove.” He also said police were not called to the scene, but were already there as part of their normal patrol.

In a statement, the Warriors said they are “aware of news” involving Green.

“At this point, we are collecting information and will have no further comment until we have a better understanding of the situation,” the team said.

In a text to ESPN, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said, “We are still awaiting details. No comment at this time.”

Green, 26, appeared in 81 games for the Warriors last season and started 23 games in Golden State’s playoff run to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. He missed Game 5 of the Finals for an accumulation of flagrant fouls throughout the postseason.

He played four seasons for Michigan State under coach Tom Izzo. Green is set to join Team USA in August at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

TIM DUNCAN OF SAN ANTONIO SPURS RETIRES AFTER 19 YEARS

Tim Duncan never wanted the spotlight, only the trophies. He never wanted the endorsements, only the camaraderie. He never wanted the accolades, only the collective achievement.

So when one of the most understated superstars in sports decided to finally call it a career after nearly two decades of excellence, he made the announcement with a 15-foot bank shot and not a boisterous slam dunk.

No big news conference. No victory lap. Not even a canned quote in the press release. Just a simple goodbye on Monday from the quiet anchor at the foundation of the San Antonio Spurs dynasty.

Just as he has for so much of his 19 seasons — after five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, 15 All-­Star appearances and a spot on many lists as the greatest power forward of all time — the 40-year-old Duncan let others do the talking for him.
Duncan’s final game ended up being a 113-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 12. Quiet for much of the series, Duncan showed flashes of his All-Star form in what turned out to be his career finale, with 19 points, five rebounds and a block in 34 minutes.

With the Spurs getting blown out in Game 6 and the fourth quarter set to begin, coach Gregg Popovich and his veteran star had a brief conversation on the bench. Duncan then played all 12 minutes of the fourth quarter without coming out for a rest, perhaps soaking up every second he could in the final game he would ever play.

When the game was over, Duncan waved to the visiting crowd and pointed a finger toward the roof as he headed to the locker room, a rare signal from one of the league’s most stoic superstars.

Spur for Life

Spurs forward Tim Duncan announced Monday that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Only Kobe Bryant had played longer with one team.
SEASONS TEAM
Kobe Bryant 20 Lakers
Tim Duncan 19 Spurs
John Stockton 19 Jazz
Dirk Nowitzki 18* Mavericks
Karl Malone 18 Jazz
Reggie Miller 18 Pacers
* Does not include 2016-17
–ESPN Stats & Information
“Timmy’s never been a very outspoken or emoting sort of individual on the court,” Popovich said earlier this year. “Everybody does it differently.”

Duncan partnered with Popovich to post the most wins by a player and coach in NBA history with 1,001. The Spurs coach will discuss Duncan’s decision to retire at a news conference Tuesday. There are no plans for Duncan to address the media.

“More cutthroat than people give him credit for,” Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant told ESPN’s Marc Stein on Monday upon learning of Duncan’s retirement. “I loved everything about him on the court.”

Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement about Duncan’s announcement, saying, “Tim Duncan is one of the most dominant players in NBA history. His devotion to excellence and mastery of the game led to five NBA championships, two regular-season MVP awards and a place among the all-time greats, while his understated selflessness made him the ultimate teammate.

“For two decades Tim represented the Spurs, the city of San Antonio and the league with passion and class. All of us in the NBA family thank him for his profound impact on the game.”

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Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs posted a 1,072-438 regular-season record. That is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and tops in the four major U.S. sports over the past 19 years.

“Man, he’s meant a lot, a great amount,” said Spurs small forward Kyle Anderson, one of Duncan’s 140 teammates over the years. “When you have Timmy on the floor and you’re out there, it’s so easy to give all your effort because you know he’s just out there talking, he’s out there making sure everybody’s playing hard.

“He’s like, I don’t want to say a father figure out there, but he’s like a big brother out there. I love Timmy. He’s been a great teammate.”

The retirement also brings an end to the Duncan-Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili Big Three that ranked as one of the most prolific trios in NBA history.

No group won more regular-season or playoff games than those three. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they were the first set of three or more teammates to win four titles together since Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Cooper and Kurt Rambis of the Lakers.

Ginobili tweeted that it was an honor to play with Duncan.
Former rivals were effusive in their praise of Duncan upon learning of his decision to step away from the game.

“Greatest power forward of all time,” Shaquille O’Neal told Stein. “Unbreakable power forward. No [elbow] could break him. No loss of a championship could break him. Nothing could break him.”

LeBron James, who lost to the Spurs in his first trip to the Finals, took to Twitter to praise Duncan.
Kerr, the Golden State Warriors’ coach who played with Duncan for four seasons, told Stein it will be strange not to see Duncan on the court.

“When you think of a Spurs game, you think of the opening tip and Timmy cradling the ball and looking down at Pop and Manu and Tony,” Kerr said. “The four of them really kind of define who they are. But Tim is the main guy obviously.

“They’ll still be the Spurs based on what they’ve built. And maybe that’s Timmy’s lasting legacy. He helped build something so strong that’s still going after he leaves.”

A four-year star at Wake Forest, Duncan was the No. 1 overall pick by the Spurs in the 1997 draft and made an immediate impact, winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award and earning All-NBA First-Team honors, the first of 10 selections in his career. He led the Spurs to a championship in his second season, in 1999, and was named Finals MVP.

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He would go on to win four more titles, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, and was named Finals MVP twice more, in 2003 and 2005. San Antonio posted a win percentage of at least .600 in 19 straight seasons with Duncan, the longest such run in NBA history.

Duncan finishes his career with averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranks 14th all time in points (26,496), sixth in rebounds (15,091) and fifth in blocks (3,020).

Duncan made the NBA All‐Defensive First Team eight times. He is only the third player in NBA history to win 1,000 career regular-season games. Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish are the only players with more career victories.

With the retirements of Duncan and Bryant, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is the final player in the NBA who played in 1997-98. Garnett, 40, joined the league in 1995 and is signed through next season.