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White Couple Identified, Charged With Hate Crime For Vandalizing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural

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Nationwide — A couple from California has been charged with a hate crime after they were caught on video on July 4th defacing a Black Lives Matter mural in the city of Martinez. 42-year old Nicole Anderson and 53-year old David Nelson were seen painting over the word “Black,” which had been painted in yellow, with black paint.

Both of them were wearing red shirts, but David’s shirt had Trump’s name on it with the expression “Four More Years”.

“We’re sick of this narrative, that’s what’s wrong,” David said in the video, according to ABC News. “The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism, it’s a lie.”

Some bystanders can be heard in the background of the video telling them to stop, saying that what they’re doing is racist. At one point, Nicole even paused what she was doing and said murals like that should only be done in New York, adding, “This is not happening in my town.”

For about five minutes, David yelled “All lives matter,” to which one of the bystanders responded, “Until Black lives matter, no lives matter.”

The two were gone when the police arrived at the scene. They only found a witness who took a picture of the suspects’ car, which was described as a Nissan pickup truck with the word “NICOLE” painted in silver.

An investigation led to their arrest and the charges.

“The community spent a considerable amount of time putting the mural together only to have it painted over in a hateful and senseless manner,” Chief Manjit Sappal of the Martinez Police Department said in a statement. “The City of Martinez values tolerance and the damage to the mural was divisive and hurtful.”

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The Impact of Drunk Driving 

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On Dec 9, Mothers Against Drunk Driving held its National Day of Remembrance, a day for victims and survivors to take a moment to acknowledge the impact drunk and drugged driving crimes have on hundreds of thousands of people every single year. 

While people will be celebrating with friends and family this month, December also is the month to recognize National Impaired Driving Prevention. Over 10,000 American lives are lost to drunk and drug-impaired driving each year, accounting for nearly a third of all traffic deaths. In 2019, some 11 percent of Americans drove under the influence, including a staggering 19.6 percent of people aged 21-25 — and that number has only grown since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a recent proclamation from the Biden Administration. 

The family of Tito Bradshaw will be remembered this month. Last year, the drunk driver who killed Tito Bradshaw in the spring of 2019 was sentenced to 20 days in jail and 10 years probation. Bradshaw left behind a young son and a cycling community shocked by his untimely death at age 35. He was well known in the cycling community because he led rides of up to 400 people throughout downtown to raise awareness about bike safety.

Harry Bradshaw, Tito’s father, said his “heart is forever broken,” and the punishment the driver received doesn’t fit the crime. He said while they both may have been at fault, a car does much more damage than a bike, and people need to be extra careful before getting in a car drunk. 

“His punishment is life! Her punishment is to live,” said Harry Bradshaw, adding that the family is still healing from Tito’s death.

In the 1900 block of E. Houston, where Bradshaw was hit, a white bike hangs from a pole in a vacant lot. The ghost bike tribute honors the memory of fallen cyclists. 

Bradshaw previously owned the Bottom Bracket Social Club, which closed in 2018 and was a hotspot for cyclists. Though he was pronounced brain dead soon after the accident, Bradshaw, a registered organ donor, helped to save a life since his heart was donated. The driver’s sentence was likely reduced because she had no criminal record and is the primary caregiver for two of her grandchildren, one of whom has special needs. News reports said both Bradshaw and the driver had blood alcohol concentration limits above the legal limit. 

Tito Bradshaw’s bike safety message is still being felt in the community. 

“As a friend of Tito, I can say there isn’t a day that goes by that I see his impact on our community from the bike lanes that have speed bumps to warn a driver they are in the bike lane, the bike trails like Salado Creek, and seeing all the cyclists meet on Tuesdays,” said Kasilo Choka. “I feel blessed to have crossed paths with Tito because now I ride the trails and spread the vision he shared with us.”

Just recently, a MADD-sponsored poll by Ipsos shows that 9 out of 10 Americans support technology integrated into a car’s electronics to prevent drunk driving. The new poll results come one year after the bipartisan HALT Act was signed into law as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The law gave the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) three years to establish an auto safety standard for all new cars that detects and prevents impaired driving.

Cost is the most common factor influencing support for impaired driving prevention technology in all new cars. 78% of respondents said they are much more or more likely to support the technology if it comes at no extra cost to consumers.

This technology could have saved Bradshaw’s life and the thousands of people killed by drunk drivers yearly. According to statistics from the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, there was a slight drop in DWI cases filed between 2019 and 2020. In 2019, there were 5,856 DWI cases filed. In 2020 there were 4,405 cases, and there was one less intoxication manslaughter case. 

As people hit the streets after parties and gatherings, they should remember that just being slightly “buzzed” can take a life and ruin theirs forever.

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FATAL ATTRACTION

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A BIZARRE OBSESSION TURNS DEADLY ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF FATAL ATTRACTION

An all-new episode of TV One’s True Crime Mondays is back on Monday, September 19. This episode of FATAL ATTRACTION unpacks a deadly obsession. Watch the story unfold on Monday at 9 p.m. ET/8C.

When a young woman arrives at the hospital with gunshot wounds, police attempt to locate the shooter. When the victim succumbs to her injuries, solving the case becomes difficult. Police make a thrilling discovery when a witness reveals information that turns the case on its head. Be sure to catch this compelling story on Monday at 9 p.m. ET/8C.

Driven by powerful, real-life stories, FATAL ATTRACTION offers intimate, first-person accounts, exclusive interrogation footage, and rare archival material. Along the way, viewers get a glimpse into the dark heart of dangerous romances. Tune in as the key players, families of the survivors and those that investigated the horrific crimes reveal the secrets to each sordid tale. Love doesn’t just hurt, it can kill!

Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter,Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv). Be sure to follow FATAL ATTRACTION on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #FATALATTRACTION.

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Did the Pandemic Increase Young Adult Crimes?

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Ever since the pandemic began, media outlets have been overloaded with news reports and aggressive political commentary highlighting major violent crimes committed by young people. The topic has received a lot of media exposure across the nation, fueling efforts to restore youth justice policies that have already been implemented in several states.
The decade culminating in 2020 saw a considerable decline in crime statistics, but the following years have seen an upsurge in violent crime in numerous US cities. Most recent statistics revealed that there had been a 39% increase in firearm-related attacks and a 23% increase in firearm-related robberies.

Reasons Behind the Rise in Young Adult Crimes
There are several interconnected causes of juvenile crimes like bullying, poverty, lack of accountability, hostile home environments, and social disadvantage, which all increase the likelihood of crimes.

Problems in School
Problems in school are a contributing factor to adolescent delinquency. Numerous factors connected to education can cause a young adult to engage in criminal activities. One of the biggest causes is absenteeism. A child who frequently skips school will neither profit from their education nor develop the discipline of going to school daily.
When a student struggles academically or has a parent who is generally uninterested if they attend school this could lead to circumstances that encourage criminal behavior.

Family Issues
A child’s growth is significantly influenced by the family, particularly the parents. One of the risks can be problems within the family. These problems may be societal, financial, etc.
The number of immigrants in the United States is also rising, and they include kids without parents. An unsuitable environment may encourage a teenager to engage in a crime. Domestic abuse, parental negligence, and unhealthy habits, among other things, can lead to criminal behavior.

Substance Abuse
Children living in homes where family members practice drug abuse increase the probability of criminal offenses by these minors. Even among younger adults, it’s estimated that 2 out of 5 instances of rape and sexual assault against college students were committed by a person believed to be under the influence of drugs.

Poverty
Criminal behavior might also result from a lack of access to food, clothes, or shelter. There is an increased likelihood that many different criminal activities will occur if a minor’s basic requirements are not satisfied.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic fallout caused tens of millions of people to lose their jobs. Unemployment remained high throughout 2020 and about 20 million households reported having too little to eat in the past seven days. Another 10 million households reported being behind on rent.

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