Saturday News: Driving While Black

SAMPSON COUNTY DEPUTY PULLS OVER BLACK MAN FOR GOING UNDER SPEED LIMIT: Perry was pulled over, the deputy in the video tells him, because he was driving 65 mph in a 70-mph zone. "You're driving 65, and you know the speed limit is 70. I'm just wondering what's wrong. I mean, are you OK?" the deputy, who is white, asked Perry. "I'm just checking on you. That's all I'm doing," he said. As the deputy continued to question him – about his home address, the length of the car rental and his destination – Perry asked, "I'm trying to understand the relation to the traffic stop. ... I have to identify where I'm traveling to and from during the trip out here? ... I don't understand." The deputy stepped away and returned with a written warning for Perry, for traveling under the speed limit. "Wouldn't you say it is kind of suspicious to travel under the speed limit and when the speed limit is 70?" the deputy asked before he dismissed Perry, telling him, "I've got stuff to do."

GROUPS WORKING TO GET NC'S LATINO POPULATION TO TAKE PART IN CENSUS: The campaign, spearheaded by the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, an advocacy group, must overcome a wariness of government shared by many Latino residents. The Trump administration abandoned its efforts to include a question about citizenship last summer, but many people still worry the census might be used to identify non-citizens. “Everywhere I go, every time I speak with a Latino organization, the first question I get is about the citizenship question,” said Stacy Carless, executive director of the N.C. Counts Coalition, a nonprofit coordinating census campaigns statewide. “That just goes to show you that the harm has already been done with that question. And it is incredibly important that we rebuild trust within our community and maintain the integrity of the census operation.” The U.S. Constitution requires the government to count everyone living in the country every 10 years, regardless of whether they are citizens. Speaking at a conference in the Triangle earlier this month, NALEO Educational Fund’s executive director Arturo Vargas said research shows Latinos are more likely to want to fill out a census form when they understand that the distribution of federal money is often determined by population.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN'S ABUSE LASTED FOR YEARS: In response to defense claims that Haleyi and the alleged rape victim were opportunists who had consensual sex with Weinstein because they thought it would help their careers, prosecutors are seeking to focus the jury’s attention on accusers’ harrowing accounts alleging rapes, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, lewd propositions and casting couch experiences. Some women testified that Weinstein ignored pleas of “no, no, no” as he assaulted them. The woman Weinstein is charged with raping said he would turn violent when he couldn’t get his way and that, “If he heard the word ‘no,’ it was like a trigger for him.” Another woman recalled Weinstein sneering, “You’ll never make it in this business, this is how this industry works,” when she laughed off his advances. The prosecution’s task has been complicated because the women he’s charged with raping kept in contact with Weinstein after the alleged encounters. But Illuzzi said that part of his scheme was to keep in contact with them so he could point to those encounters as evidence nothing happened, essentially “preparing for a moment just like this.”

TRUMP IS SENDING IMMIGRATION STORMTROOPERS TO SANCTUARY CITIES: The Trump administration said Friday that it is preparing to deploy elite Border Patrol tactical units to the interior of the United States to assist U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement teams in “sanctuary cities” and other jurisdictions where authorities are seeking to boost arrests and deportations. The deployment, which will send 100 agents from Border Patrol’s highly trained BORTAC teams to embed with ICE agents, comes as the Trump administration has threatened to retaliate against states and jurisdictions that eschew cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Immigration officials said the Border Patrol tactical agents will assist in routine operations and would be deployed to sanctuary jurisdictions as well as other areas where the agency needs help. Advocacy groups Friday accused the Trump administration of reassigning the tactical agents to the interior of the United States to frighten immigrants and “rile up” his base this election year. The announcement comes after Attorney General William P. Barr said Monday that the Justice Department would sue two sanctuary jurisdictions in New Jersey and Washington state. Naureen Shah, senior advocacy and policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, said she feared the ramp-up is part of a “broad pattern of reprisal” against sanctuary jurisdictions. She warned that tactical teams accustomed to remote border regions could put citizens and immigrants at risk while working in unfamiliar, congested cities.

AMERICANS QUARANTINED ON CRUISE SHIP IN TOKYO WILL BE EVACUATED: The United States will evacuate Americans from the cruise ship that has been quarantined for more than a week in Japan because of coronavirus infections on board, the United States Embassy in Tokyo said on Saturday. A chartered flight will arrive on Sunday for those who want to return to the United States, according to a letter from the embassy emailed to American passengers and crew members. Hundreds of Americans are on the ship. The ship, the Diamond Princess, was placed under quarantine at the city of Yokohama early last week, with about 3,700 passengers and crew members aboard, after the coronavirus was diagnosed in a man who had disembarked in Hong Kong. Since then, at least 285 coronavirus cases have been confirmed aboard the 17-deck luxury ship — including 67 announced on Saturday, the most reported in a single day since the quarantine began. The embassy said those who chose not to take the flight would be “unable to return to the United States for a period of time,” though it did not specify how long, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would decide the timeline. Symptomatic Americans who cannot board the flight will remain in Japan for care, the embassy said. At least 40 Americans have already been taken off the ship after testing positive for the virus.