Black NBA executive abused by white police officer

first_imgThe Toronto Raptors won their first National Basketball Association championship in Oakland, Calif., in June 2019, when they defeated the Golden State Warriors in a best of seven-game series, four games to two. When the Raptors’ president of operations, Masai Ujiri, attempted to make his way onto the winners’ platform to join in the awards ceremony with his victorious team, he was viciously pushed back by an Alameda County Sheriff’s Department police officer — not once but twice.Masai UjiriWhat makes this unfortunate incident so significant is that Ujiri is Nigerian and the officer who assaulted him, Alan Strickland, is white. The fact that the 50-year-old Ujiri was head of a multibillion-dollar team and was dressed impeccably did not matter to the police — in their eyes, he was still a Black person to be demonized.  Strickland pushed him the first time when Ujiri tried to display his credentials.  Ujiri, in a display of righteous indignation, pushed the officer back and was eventually allowed to join his team to celebrate.  This February, the officer brought a lawsuit against Ujiri claiming that he “suffered, and will continue to suffer, physical, mental, emotional, and economic injuries.” (CNN, Aug. 21) Ujiri filed a counter lawsuit Aug. 18 accusing Strickland of perpetrating a fraud, as the recently released police body cam shows Strickland initially physically confronting Ujiri, not the other way around. The Warriors’ president of operations, Rick Welts, made a public apology to Ujiri for the incident, stating how “embarrassed” and “heartbroken” he was. (San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 23)The Raptors organization issued a statement saying, “We believe this video evidence shows exactly that — Masai was not an aggressor, but instead was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions.” (CNN)The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is defending Strickland’s actions, despite the damning evidence against him.  Ujiri issued a statement Aug. 20 linking what happened to him to the Black Lives Matter struggle. He remarked: “The video sadly demonstrates how horribly I was treated by a law enforcement officer last year in the midst of my team, the Toronto Raptors, winning its first world championship. It was an exhilarating moment of achievement for our organization, for our players, for our city, for our country, and for me personally, given my long-tenured professional journey in the NBA. “Yet, unfortunately, I was reminded in that moment that despite all of my hard work and success, there are some people, including those who are supposed to protect us, who will always and only see me as something that is unworthy of respectful engagement. And, there’s only one indisputable reason why that is the case — because I am Black.“What saddens me most about this ordeal is that the only reason why I am getting the justice I deserve in this moment is because of my success. Because I’m the President of an NBA team, I had access to resources that ensured I could demand and fight for my justice. So many of my brothers and sisters haven’t had, don’t have, and won’t have the same access to resources that assured my justice. And that’s why Black Lives Matter.“And that’s why it’s important for all of us to keep demanding justice. Justice for George [Floyd]. Justice for Breonna [Taylor]. Justice for [Elijah McCain]. Justice for far too many Black lives that mattered. And justice for Black people around the world, who need our voice and our compassion to save their lives. Those are the ties that bind us.”A number of Raptors players, like Serge Ibaka, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell, along with NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle have come to Ujiri’s defense.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Lockdown 3.0: Delhi HC Extends Restrictive Functioning Till May 17

first_imgNews UpdatesLockdown 3.0: Delhi HC Extends Restrictive Functioning Till May 17 Karan Tripathi2 May 2020 4:35 AMShare This – xIn light of further extension of the nationwide lockdown, the Delhi High Court has also decided to continue with its restricted functioning till May 17. The terms of the court functioning, both in the High Court as well as in the subordinate courts, will be similar to those prescribed in earlier orders dated March 23, March 25, and April 15. To further expedite the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn light of further extension of the nationwide lockdown, the Delhi High Court has also decided to continue with its restricted functioning till May 17. The terms of the court functioning, both in the High Court as well as in the subordinate courts, will be similar to those prescribed in earlier orders dated March 23, March 25, and April 15. To further expedite the listing of cases for video-conference hearing, the link for mentioning matters will now be available from 9:00 to 10:30 am. While praising the process of video conferencing undertaken by the court to hear urgent matters, the order highlights that all the courts in Delhi, including the High Court, have already dealt with more than 11,427 urgent matters after the announcement of lockdown. It is also informed in the order that the facility for video conferencing has also been set up in the High Court complex for those advocates who do not have the requisite infrastructure in their respective residences or offices. The District Courts have also been directed to create such facility in their respective court complexes. The order states that: ‘The progression of hearing of urgent l matters in Delhi High Court has been tremendous. Initially, when the hearings started taking place through videoconferencing, it was confined to extremely urgent matters. However, with the experience and after taking regular inputs from the Bar, presently, all the urgent matters of all kinds are being taken up by the Delhi High Court as well as the courts subordinate to it. The mentioning in High Court is exclusively through two-tier weblink, a completely transparent mechanism, which ensures contentment for all.’ The order also highlights that earlier only two Division Benches and four Single Benches were designated to take up urgent matters on alternate days. However, since last week, this strength has been increased to two Division Benches and six Single Benches who are taking up matters every day. The order goes on to note that: ‘Number of Benches can be increased further, depending on the workload. One Division Bench and one single Bench are already on standby. Procedure has also been put in place so that ripe matters of certain important categories can be disposed of on the basis of written submissions alone, subject to consent of counsel for both the sides.’ Next Storylast_img read more