Monday, October 9, 2017

Ruben Galindo's Family, Lawyers Call for Investigation into Police Shooting

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 8:27 PM

A group of people gathered in front of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center tonight before the Charlotte City Council meeting to call on city leaders to launch an investigation into the shooting death of Ruben Galindo by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers. The group included Galindo's family and lawyers representing his estate.

Ruben Galindo was killed on September 6 after calling 911 and telling dispatchers that he had a gun without any bullets in it. CMPD released body cam footage of the shooting on Friday, which showed that Galindo was holding his arms in the air when he was killed.

Hector Vaca with ActionNC spoke at tonight's press conference, stating that Galindo called police to turn in the gun and followed officers' directions when they arrived.

"We need for CMPD to take responsibility for the actions of their officers," Vaca said.

Vaca demanded that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney's office press charges against CMPD officers Courtney Suggs and David Guerra, who both fired their weapons at Galindo.

Community members gathered to demand answers after body cam footage showed Ruben Galindo's arms were up when he was killed by CMPD officers on Sept. 6. (Photo by amalia deloney)
  • Community members gathered to demand answers after body cam footage showed Ruben Galindo's arms were up when he was killed by CMPD officers on Sept. 6. (Photo by amalia deloney)

Attorney Brian Hochman also spoke at the press conference. He pointed out that Galindo watched after his four-month-old daughter, Ruby, and five other children who lived with him.

"On September 6, [Galindo] called police for help, and the end result of that call is that he was killed," Hochman said. "On behalf of his family and his loved ones, we are encouraging a complete and thorough investigation, and we have already met with the district attorney's office, who has ensured us that that will occur."

Hochman said he and the family are willing to allow the investigation to run its course, but that they participated in the press conference because of the efforts of others to "get out in front of the story." He encouraged the CMPD to be fully cooperative with the upcoming investigation.

"The videos speak for themselves," Hochman said. "This is horrific. No person, no parent, no spouse should ever have to see what this family has seen."

Following the press conference, the group, dressed mostly in black clothing, went quietly into the city council meeting and held yellow signs in silent protest.

The CMPD announced this morning that officers will be holding a use of force exercise for reporters to participate in on Wednesday morning to help "provide critical insight to [the] community on the important, yet often misunderstood subject involving police use of force," according to an email. Stay tuned to Creative Loafing for more coverage.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

CMPD Releases Footage of Officers Fatally Shooting Ruben Galindo

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:40 PM

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released footage this afternoon of the fatal shooting of Ruben Galindo by police officers on September 6.

CMPD released footage from five body cameras worn by officers on the scene, but only one shows the fatal shooting clearly (graphic video below). It appears from the footage that Galindo was holding a gun and had both hands in the air when the shots were fired.

CMPD officers Courtney Suggs and David Guerra both fired their weapon, although it appears from the videos that Guerra fired the fatal shot.

According to CMPD's version of events, Galindo called police just after 9 p.m. on September 6 and stated that he had a gun, although he gave only vague answers when asked why he had it and why he wanted police to respond.

Galindo spoke Spanish, and spoke with a Spanish-speaking interpreter over the phone. Officers have Galindo demands to show his hands in Spanish as officers approached, which he did.

CMPD stated that officers fired because they perceived "an imminent deadly threat."

[Correction: The original headline and content of this article spelled Galindo's first name as Rueben, as it's listed on official police reports. We have since confirmed with people working directly with the family that his name is spelled Ruben.]

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Listen Up: Lute Is Living The Dream On 'Local Vibes'

Episode 12

Posted By and on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Fresh off the release of his debut Dreamville release, West 1996 Pt. 2, Lute came by the studio to talk about how one day he was getting in trouble for using his phone at his job in Walmart, and the next he was kicking it with J. Cole, who just so happened to be a fan.

Lute also discusses the long process behind the new release and why sometimes he found himself having doubts about it, as well as what's it's like for him now to watch the gentrification of the west Charlotte neighborhoods he grew up in.

As always, remember to drop in on our iTunes page to catch up on previous episodes and rate/review us if you like what we're doing. If you don't like what we're doing, don't rate shit, just keep it moving.

[From left] Ryan Pitkin, Lute and Mark Kemp.
  • [From left] Ryan Pitkin, Lute and Mark Kemp.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Johnson C. Smith University Announces New President

'Clay' Armbrister to take the Golden Bull by the horns in 2018

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 11:53 AM

The Johnson C. Smith University Board of Trustees this morning announced the selection of Clarence D. "Clay" Armbrister as the new president of the university. He will be the historic black college's 14th president.

Armbrister currently serves as president of Girard College, an independent college preparatory five-day boarding school for academically capable students from economically disadvantaged families in the Philadelphia region. Before that, he served in leadership roles at John Hopkins and Temple universities.

Clarence D. "Clay" Armbrister.
  • Clarence D. "Clay" Armbrister.

Armbrister will replace Dr. Ronald L. Carter, who has served as president of JCSU for nine years and announced his retirement in August 2016. Armbrister, a first generation college graduate, said he's excited to build on the "unparalleled success" of Carter's work.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the 14th president of Johnson C. Smith University, which throughout its 150-year history has improved the lives of its students and contributed to the growth of Charlotte,” Armbrister said in a press release from JCSU this morning. “I am especially looking forward to working with the board, the faculty, staff and administration to position JCSU as one of the finest institutions of higher education in the country that meets not only the needs of its students, but those of the communities it serves — locally, regionally and globally."

Armbrister will take over as president on Jan. 1, 2018, the day after Carter plans to officially step down. Armbrister and his wife will be introduced to the JCSU community on Thursday, October 19.

In this morning's release, Bernard W. Smalley, vice chair of the Board of Directors of City Trusts and chair of the Girard College Committee, praised Armbrister's leadership, passion for education and dedication to student development.

“I have had the privilege — and it is a genuine privilege — to work closely with Clay Armbrister over the last five years,” Smalley said. “He has worked tirelessly in leading the development of a new curriculum that is preparing our students to be even more successful in college and build lives as productive citizens. Through that work, it became clear that Clay has a passion for shaping young lives through the power of higher education, and JCSU offers a challenge that he just couldn’t pass up. I know this much: JCSU is getting a great leader who is dedicated to the cause of helping young people use higher education to build successful and productive lives.”

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Friday, September 29, 2017

WATCH: Lute Drops 'West 1996 Pt. 2,' Premieres "Morning Shift" Video

Charlotte rapper makes Dreamville debut

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 1:02 PM

Charlotte rapper Lute today released his first new material in two years, and it was well worth the wait. It's his first release since signing on with J. Cole's Dreamville label in 2015.

He also released a video for the album's first single, "Morning Shift." It shows Lute escaping from the fictional Slum County Correctional Facility in hopes to make it to his little girl's birthday party, but not is all as it seems.

Visit Lute's Dreamville page to download or stream the album on a multitude of platforms, and stay tuned to CL for more coverage, as Lute plans to drop by the 'Local Vibes' podcast studio this weekend, and we'll be getting that conversation to you within the week.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Listen Up: Phillip Gripper, a Thrasher on his Drums and his Rollerblades, Stops by 'Local Vibes'

Episode 11

Posted By and on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Episode 11 gets off to a bit of a dark start, but it brightens up a bit as Phillip Gripper of Modern Primitives and Space Wizard discusses his work between the drums and the keyboard, as well as how his love for rollerblading and the upcoming opening of his skate/blade/bike/whatever park Oso, which he aims to make a space for progress in the community.

As always, don't forget to check out our iTunes page to catch up on all the old episodes. They're all good, believe us.

On a technical note, we are aware that we sort of make it sound like we're going to play you out with a full version of Modern Primitives' "Lay With the Dead," but due to shitty sound levels (Ryan must have hit the fader), we cut that so we don't damage anyone's ears. But here's the video:

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

'CL' Tampa Bay Creates 'Furricane Relief' for Irma's Animal Victims

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Our friends at Creative Loafing in Tampa Bay, Florida, have set up a GoFundMe for its "Furricane Relief" project to raise funds animal victims of Hurricane Irma, which swept through that state last week.

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"Tampa Bay is coming together in countless amazing ways to help and support one another in the wake of Hurricane Irma. It's truly inspiring, and makes us proud to be a part of this community," James Howard, the publisher of CL Tampa Bay, wrote in an email yesterday.

"In that spirit, we've created a Furricane Relief GoFundMe to help raise money for two local organizations going above and beyond to help local pets and wild animals despite limited resources, an already packed workload and their own Irma-related issues: The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the Suncoast Animal League.

"Both of these outfits work year-round to provide shelter and services for domestic and wild animals throughout the Bay area (and often beyond)," Howard wrote. "Now is an especially critical and busy time, and we're asking you to do what you can to help. Every cent raised through this campaign will be split evenly between HSTB and SAL, and presented to both at our annual Best of the Bay Awards Party at St. Pete's Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 27."

Please go to the GoFundMe page and help CL Tampa Bay raise desperately needed funds for these important organizations.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Listen Up: DJ SPK and Black Linen Drop In to the 'Local Vibes' Studio

Episode 9

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 10:49 AM

In this week's Episode of Local Vibes, DJ SPK and Black Linen talk about Charlotte's hip-hop scene, from how it compares with Atlanta to Black Linen's battle against pay-to-play.

And don't forget to catch up on all the past episodes on our iTunes page.

[From left] Black Linen, Mark Kemp, Ryan Pitkin and DJ SPK.
  • [From left] Black Linen, Mark Kemp, Ryan Pitkin and DJ SPK.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Listen Up: Mason Parker Returns to the Queen City for 'Local Vibes'

Episode 8

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 11:10 AM

We last spoke with Charlotte rapper Mason Parker in May, as he prepared to fly out to Los Angeles and start building his brand on a national level. He recently came back to Charlotte to see his kids and send them off to school for a new year, but we couldn't let him go without having him in the studio for a chat about how life in L.A. has been treating him, what makes him homesick and his thoughts on the Charlotte rap scene as it is today.

And don't forget to check out our iTunes page to catch up on past episodes.

[From left] Ryan Pitkin, Mason Parker and Mark Kemp in the Hygge West studio.
  • [From left] Ryan Pitkin, Mason Parker and Mark Kemp in the Hygge West studio.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chinese Lantern Festival kicks with multicolored art

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The Chinese Lantern Festival got off to a multicolored start September 7, hosted this year for the first time by Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

CL sent intern Tate Roberts out to shoot some photos of the animals, made from rayon fabric and metal frames, and shipped all the way from China, which is about a 9,000-mile commute. In fact, the elephant statue itself was made from actual China.

But there's more than just lanterns. Here's the full nightly schedule:

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Family Activities
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Chinese Folk Art Marketplace
6 – 9 p.m.: Food Truck(s)
6 – 6:45 p.m.: Kung Fu Show followed by a Coaching Session
7 – 7:30 p.m.: Shadow Play followed by Backstage Activities
7:45 – 8:30 p.m.: Kung Fu Show followed by a Coaching Session
8:45 – 9:15 p.m.: Shadow Play followed by Backstage Activities

The festival runs every Wednesday through Sunday, from 5:50 to 9:30 p.m. until October 29.
For tickets, go here.

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