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Juneteenth Shooting Investigation Yields Arrests

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For those who are unaware of what the Juneteenth celebration are about, it certainly supports a noble cause:

Juneteenth is celebrated in over 250 cities nationally and recognized by 40 million African Americans as their freedom and Independence Day. Juneteenth is celebrated during the 13th and the 19th day of the week, or whenever the weekend falls along those dates.

Additional information reveals the celebration uses the date, June 19, 1865 as its baseline. This was when news of slavery’s abolition came to Galveston, Texas. According to the Juneteenth Ohio website, the Columbus, Ohio celebration attracts over 100,000 attendees as people gather to enjoy the celebration, that is, until this year’s Columbus gathering. Reports reveal an 11-year old boy was hit in the leg by a stray bullet during Saturday night’s events. The boy who was hit is in stable condition, and his identity has been kept under wraps.

Today, reports indicate four arrests have been made in relation to shooting, and, in fact, a juvenile male has been charged:

Columbus police have arrested and charged a 15-year-old boy with felonious assault in connection with a shooting Saturday at the Juneteenth Festival at Franklin Park that injured an 11 year-old boy.

Lovauntea J. Mickens, of 723 S. Napoleon Ave., is accused of firing the stray gunshot that hit the boy in the leg at about 7 p.m. during the festival.

Four juveniles were arrested in fights before the shooting, Lt. Bela Bernhardt said. Police closed down the festival, which was supposed to run through today.

As you might expect, such an avoidable incident put a halt to Juneteenth activities that were scheduled for Sunday, June 16, 2013. Thankfully, the related news reports are not being mired by the typical “Internet tough guy” racism that normally accompanies these kinds of stories (see the comment sections at Yahoo and YouTube for example). That does not mean everyone is above the fold, of course. While the discussion about the way people behave on the Internet, especially when comment sections and user anonymity are involved, has been had before (and will be had again, undoubtedly), you would think such behavior would get old by now. I understand how being anonymous gives you the freedom to say things you might not otherwise say.

That being said, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Sources: Here, here, and here.

Juneteenth Shooting Investigation Yields Arrests
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  • Steve

    Juneteenth? How idiotic.

  • A. Non imous

    I think the author, Chris Richardson, just used the shooting as fill to inject racism into the fold. Mr. Richardson, YOU are the one that injected racism into the article. You literally claimed anonymous postings from other websites and then decided that a child being shot in the leg should somehow hold a racist slant. Mr. Richardson, your journalist integrity is barren, and the article about a boy being shot YOU inappropriately turned into racist diatribe. Your attempt to goad the masses into a racist argument using the shooting of a child is a disgusting use of journalism.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      I’m curious. Is saying Juneteenth is a “noble cause” racist? Or is me telling people who hide behind anonymity “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” also racist? Or are you just picking and choosing what you think fits, while ignoring everything else in the article?

    • Lucy

      I must have missed where the article mentioned the race of the shooter. And if someone says, “well you can tell the race by the name” I will scream because you can’t go by that. Maybe it was an african american who did the shooting. If that is the case then race was not involved. Sadly it’s just some kid who got a hold of a gun.

  • DS

    The whole “Juneteenth” thing is totally racist. In a fair and equal society it would be abolished because of the discrimination against all the other races. Say what you will, but until it is gone racism is here to stay.

    • Water melon

      So true.

  • Tayla

    Juneteenth is a celebration for the african american people to celebrate the freedom rights law..duhh its fun to go to and why ya hatin?? #DontKillOurVibe!

  • http://webpronews/life Jerome Kelly

    I just don’t think it’s right.

  • ol”Briar

    If’n i’ze named Lovantea I’d wanna’ cap someone.

  • http://webpronews/life Jerome Kelly

    Juneteenth is a silly holiday that should not be a celebration for black people. Why should we be happy to hear about our freedom a full two years later in Texas than in any other state?

  • tired of it all

    I love how this race of people can segregate themselves, have their own celebrations, their own tv stations, their own radio stations, their own Miss America, their own scholarships, their own clubs, their own magazines, their own everything and it’s ok, but another race tries to even THINK about doing anything near what this race does and OMG…ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!!!!!!!! Are we really surprised there was a shooting…really??? And look and think really hard and HONESTLY…between this race and the media, that is what keeps racism alive…MOST of us don’t care, we see people, not race, just people!!!!!

    • nell

      you say this race gets all these breaks??? ha!!! this race worked hard for all of the tv stations, magazines, miss america etc. did u forget the fact the this race at one time wasnt even allowed to even do any of the things that the other race was allowed to do HELL YEA THIS RACE IS OWED, HELL THIS RACE EARNED AND WORKED FOR WHAT THEY HAVE NOTHING WAS GIVEN SO GET YOUR DAMN FACTS RIGHT!!!!! RACIST JERKS!

      • Dizzz

        you just made some of these commenter’s points for them. DO YOU REALIZE MOST ANCESTORS OF CAUCASIANS (IRISH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, ETC) WERE SUBJECTED TO PREJUDICES UPON COMING TO THIS COUNTRY? JUST BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ENSLAVED DIDN’T MEAN THEY HAD THE RIGHT TO VOTE OR OBTAIN A EQUAL JOB OR EDUCATION. YOUR VICTIMIZING YOURSELF WHEN YOU WEREN’T THE VICTIM, SOMEONE ELSE WAS 150 YEARS AGO AND RESPECT THAT, NOT WITH HATE, BUT WITH APPRECIATION THAT IT WASN’T YOU THAT ENDURED AND THAT YOU HAVE EQUAL ENTITLEMENT (BETTER WHEN COMES TO MOST COLLEGES). JEWS HAD IT WAY WORSE MY FRIEND, AND DO YOU SEE THEM CALLING EVERYONE ELSE RACIST? THEY MOVED ON AND UP

        • Water melon

          The blacks cant admit OR are beyond education to KNOW that MILLIONS of Europeans were slaves too !! Simple facts most blacks cant understand…or dont want to. More gubberment cheese. YOU RACISTS.

          I like pigs feet

      • Water melon

        There would be no black people in America if it wasn’t for that. I say ship them all back Africa. isn’t doing so well. Hell they kill all the white people in Africa

        IF you are black then cool If you are African American and you were born in America you are the RACIST.

    • seriously!!!

      Are you serious!!! this race has worked hard for everything accomplished be it tv shows, radio stations magazines etc. Maybe if soceity didnt put a label on everyone/thing just maybe we could see “Just People” idiot. You have some nerve when your race owns everthing there is 10x compared to any other race. You know theres no level playing field here so shut your chops.
      Good Day

      • Water melon

        Ever play the race card ?

    • Rich

      So your comment end with “we see people, not race, just people!!!!!”
      How you said that is how you feel when you begin your comment with “I love how this race of people”. If you do not see race, how can identify this race of people that you say does so much wrong.
      The worst kind a closet racist.

  • Dan

    Why do blacks get to have their own celebrations on everything but by god is someone else does it they are dirty racist. Imagine if there was a United White College fund? People would scream…. But they have one. Imagine if their was a festival for any other race that “celebrates” their independence they would scream… They keep racism alive against themselves.

    • Water melon

      Exactly. Racism ends when the blacks stop using the race card and quit saying African American. ARE YOU FROM AFRICA? Maybe your ancestors 500 years ago.
      Lets see if all the white people walk around and say “Hey, I am a German American with 2/3′s Irish.”
      Blacks on the whole are unreal..the media perpetuates it. Then you have the whole country that says Obama is Black. NO HE IS NOT. He is a mulatto. His dad was married to a nice black girl, then he had to have an affair with a WHITE women. Doesn’t this make Obama a bastard child? Born out-of-wedlock.

    • http://yahoo.com Elwyn

      Ignorance is bliss. After Negroes back then, now identified as Black African American lived a life in slavery and bondage. Black people still forgive and you are welcome to attend any celebration event or festival we have.

      Our reasons for staging these events and days of recognition isto unite and celebrate Freedom, Justice and Liberty as any other European, Hispanic or Blue eyed human being. We were never allowed independence while in slavery. Hope you’ve been blessed! Peace and L O V E

      • Lucy

        I love the people who say “we” were in slavery. Unless you lived during that era, YOU were not in slavery. But you can be a slave to the past. It’s time to notice the progress. There has been so much progress since that era but some people are stuck and use it against everyone else.

  • geoffrey

    give the parents of the kid 5 years in prison to, must be a bunch of hood rats

  • geoffrey

    the linden area of Columbus use to be so nice, now its not safe to walk in the area or drive with your windows down, role up the windows and lock the doors

  • geoffrey

    how about a white festival next year downtown, causcasions

    • http://webpronews/life Jerome Kelly

      u need to be enslaved 4 400 years and then be released 2years after your freedom has been announced

  • geoffrey

    they sell a lot of water melon there

    • nell

      racist a@@ comment, and watermelon is one word not two, pink dog smelling rape your grandmother kill her and rap your cat hide them in your freezer a@@ cracker

  • http://webpronews/life Jerome Kelly

    People really need to know what this holiday is all about

    • Water melon

      black pride..get out the guns and shoot people. smoke crack. Use the race card every chance you get. Blame everything on whitey

  • http://Historics kenneth robinson

    I got an idea why don’t we try to teach these youth about what their culture is about instead of trying to adopt Hebrew customs learned in Church, which in case you haven’t figured it, out is plantation management

    • John

      What exactly are you talking about sir? Hebrew customs are being taught to the black youth where exactly? Culture is supposed to be taught by your parents and family, quit making excuses and start making a difference.

  • harvey mushman

    I never heard of this before. Must have been started by Bud Billiken.

  • tee

    If I’m not mistaken they aren’t the only race that has their own celebration…Asian festival,Latino festival..etc just a shame,how everyone can point a finger or pull the whole race card..when reality is that if MORE REAL PARENTING WAS GOING ON AND LESS TIME SPENT FINGER POINTING MAYBE THESE KIDS WOULD NO BETTER..AND DO BETTER

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