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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 through Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 through Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Please join TCN as we thank our “Good Samaritan,” Wilbert Martin
Wilbert Martin
Wilbert Martin
Wilbert Martin is a dedicated employee of the North Mecklenburg Recycling Center on Statesville Road in Huntersville where The County News occasionally visits to recycle back unsold issues. Our publisher, Fran Farrer is deadly allergic to bees and cannot feel when stung and, has been hospitalized on numerous occasions.

When preparing to leave the site she saw a huge wasp in her car and was afraid to enter. She quickly hailed a worker to come to her assistance, who quickly left his duties and came to her rescue ridding the wasp from her car with a fan. In today’s world few people come to the aid of others, and The County News is thankful for Martin’s “Good Samaritan” act.

Thank you from the staff of The County News. More ↠
Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas presents 24th Annual Celebration
Juneteenth Logo

Charlotte, NC - The FREE Multicultural Festival will celebrate 24 years on June 17th-20th, in the heart of Plaza Midwood, on Thomas Ave, and Commonwealth Ave. Multicultural vendors that travel from all across the country and parts of Africa will showcase food, exquisite art, music, and culturally relevant specialty items.

On Thursday, June 17th from 9AM-5PM, children from all over Mecklenburg County will participate in our popular Cultural Camp at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School (adjacent to Independence Park). Children and youth ages 5-17 will engage in true cultural experience from making crafts, jewelry, tie dying, perform skits and much more. Please bring a t-shirt for our tie-dye class.

On Friday, June 18th, we will host our ever-popular Drum Circle in front of the House of Africa (1215 Thomas Ave). The Drum Circle attracts drummers and dance enthusiasts of all ethnicities from all over the US and the world. (5PM until 10PM)

On Saturday and Sunday, June 19th and 20th (12PM until 10PM): Juneteenth March, Prayer, History, and Education are integral parts of the festival. More ↠

Mother of police shooting victim denounces
grand jury decision
Tenicka and Frederick
(L) Tenicka Shannon, (R) Frederick Roderiquez Cox Jr.

By Cash Michaels
Cash Michaels
Michaels
The mother of another fatal police shooting victim in North Carolina blasted a grand jury’s June 1st decision not to indict the off-duty, plainclothes Davidson County sheriff’s detective responsible.

“I was shocked…devastated and let down…,” Tenicka Shannon of High Point said as she vowed that justice will be done in the death of her son, Frederick Rodriquez Cox Jr., 18, last November at a High Point church.

“My son was murdered in a church by a detective!”
Cox was one of many mourners attending the funeral of a teenage murder victim at Living Water Baptist Church on November 8th. After the service ended and the congregation was leaving, a car drove by the church firing shots. Ms. Shannon says her son was heroically opening the door of the church to allow people back in for safety, when the detective opened fire, fatally hitting him four times, twice in the back, according to a subsequent autopsy report.

“He was shot in the back of the neck, which was the fatal shot,” Ms. Shannon confirmed.

It took seven months for the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office to present it’s evidence to More ↠
Police killed Blacks twice as many times as Whites in NC, says report
Police Officers

By Cash Michaels
According to a new Harvard University project, African Americans were twice as likely to be killed by police than whites in North Carolina between 2013 and 2021.

Furthermore, the project, Mapping Police Violence (https://mappingpoliceviolence.org) a product of the Law Enforcement Demographic Survey and the Washington Post’s police shooting database, revealed that in North Carolina, from 2013 until now, there have been 249 deaths involving law enforcement officers, and rarely has anyone been held legally accountable, with officer prosecutions “extremely rare.”

To be clear, there is no official national database of police related deaths, but rather crowdsources and media compilations.

By the numbers, 35% of those deaths were African Americans, while only 22% of North Carolina’s population is Black.

Only four officers were actually charged over that time period (three of the charges involved white victims, only one was Black), and 20% of the 94 reporting police departments and sheriff’s offices had staff of sworn officers who were all-white. More ↠