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Mothers Of Murder Victims Come Together To Support One Another

Precious DoeIt is the 20th birthday weekend of Erica Michelle Green, a 3-year-old girl who stole all of hearts when her remains were found in a wooded area on April 21, 2001 and May 1, 2001.

The community embraced her and called her “Precious Doe.”

Erica was born on May 15, 1997 in McLoud, Oklahoma. Erica had been murdered and decapitated. Her body was found naked and her head was wrapped in a trash bag and dumped in the woods. Her murder sparked national attention because of the brutality of the murder and the fact that she remaoned unidentified for so many years.

On May 5, 2005, she was identified by her grandfather as Erica Green after an ad appeared in THE CALL paid for by General Mills who had agreed to pay for the ad in agreement with Activist Alonzo Washington.

Her mother, Michelle M. Johnson and step-father Harrell Johnson, were charged and convicted of the murder. On October 8, 2008, Harrell Johnson was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. On October 22, 2008, Michelle Johnson was sentenced to 25 years in prison, in exchange for her 2007 guilty plea to second-degree murder and testimony against her husband.

This week-end a group of mother’s who have lost their children to acts of violence have planned several events to honor those other mothers who have lost their children and to celebrate Erica’s birthday.

On Thursday, May 11, the mothers handed out stuff bears and crime prevention literature at area grocery stores in the urban core.

On Friday and Saturday, the mothers, along with the “Precious Doe” community and State Representative Brandon Ellington, will hand out Mother Appreciation certificates.

Then, on Monday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the park located at 59th and Kennsington, across the street from where Erica’s remains were found, there will be cake and ice cream as well as other crime prevention material distributed.

“This is just our way of giving back to the community and allowing the mothers who have lost a son or daughter to share those feelings with the community,” said Ms. Teresa Perry, one of the organizers of the events.

“We need to make sure as a community that our babies are protected at all times. And we need to remember the mothers who have lost a child and let them know that they are loved and in our prayer at this time of the year,” she said.

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Discrimination Lawsuit Raises Concerns Since Company Is Owned By State Senator

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

A great deal has been said about a Bill that will raise the standards required by law to prove or prevail in discrimination suits filed in the state of Missouri under Senate Bill 43. Ironically, thr author of the Bill is fight a discrimination suit that has been filed against him.

According to court records, Tracy Ranson has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Show-Me Rent-To-Own, Inc., of Farmington, Mo., which is owned by State Senator Gary Romine. Romine is one of the authors of Senate Bill 43 which has passed the Senate and is one vote away from passing the Missouri House of Representatives, according to Rep. DaRon McGee.

“Legislation pending in the Missouri House of Representatives is just one vote away from rolling back Civil Rights protections in our state by more than 50 years. That single vote would hit the reset button on decades of progress in combating racial and sex discrimination in Missouri,” he said.

“The Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodation based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, disability or familial status. Senate Bill 43 would impose so many new hurdles to suing employers for discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act as to essentially lock the courthouse doors to victims and protect wrongdoing from being held accountable for their unlawful actions,” Rep. McGee said.

“Senate Bill 43 is legislation that is explicitly designed to make workplace discrimination lawsuits more difficult to bring forward. Legislation that would make it more difficult to redeem one’s rights for improper treatment based upon an intrinsic characteristic— those characteristics which are the reflection of each individual. The public policy implication of this bill makes it harder prove discrimination and raises the burden of proof for the victim,” he stated.

Ranson, a black former account manager at the company’s Sikeston store, sued in 2015 and he was fired for pre-textual reasons after complaining about a white supervisor’s use of racial slurs and the store’s policy refusing to rent to residents of the city’ predominantly black neighborhood.

According to court documents, there was a map which had areas blacked out that employees were advised to not rent to customers in that area. the area in question is the predominantly African American part of town.

In addition, and most disturbing, is some of the language that Ranson overheard coming from her immediate supervisor, Brian Barnes.
The racially discriminatory statements that were offensive to the Plaintiff were:
• “quit acting like a nigger”
• “What’s up my nigger”
• “nigger’
• “black ass”
• “Black people are the
worst to work with”
• “Black people are the
worst to rent to”
• “As long as I (Brian Barnes) am manager, there will never be two black guys working together”

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Police Officer Who Shot And Killed Unarmed Texas Teen Is Fired

shootingBALCH SPRINGS, Texas
(AP) — Police in suburban Dallas fired the officer Tuesday, May 2, who shot and killed a black 15-year-old boy riding in a vehicle leaving a chaotic house party, taking the swift action sought by the teenager’s family and protesters who link the case to other deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

The Balch Springs, Texas, officer, identified as Roy Oliver, was terminated for violating department policies in the shooting death of Jordan Edwards, police chief Jonathan Haber said.

Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving the party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night. Police arrived at the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint and spotted the vehicle leaving. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away.

Shots from his rifle pierced the front side passenger window, hitting Edwards in the front seat, according to Edwards’ family attorneys, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett. His 16-year-old brother was driving.

Haber said Oliver, who joined the department in 2011, had committed “several” violations of policy, but wouldn’t say what they were because Oliver is entitled to appeal his firing. The Dallas County district attorney and the Dallas County sheriff’s office are investigating the case. The race of the fired officer was not revealed.

Police originally said the teenagers’ vehicle was reversing “in an aggressive manner” toward officers, but Haber said Monday that video taken at the scene proved the vehicle was actually driving away.

The police department’s latest statement, released Tuesday night, says officers entering the house heard gunshots ring out during a “chaotic scene with numerous people running away from the location.” As officers exited the house, they encountered the vehicle backing out onto a main road and driving away despite their attempts to tell the driver to stop, the new statement said.

The Dallas County medical examiner ruled Edwards’ death a homicide.

Haber said Monday that his department wrongly described

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