Sgt. Cleon Brown with the Hastings, Michigan police department always believed he was white with Native American ancestors. That is, until his daughter was diagnosed with an illness typically found in people of African American descent. His search for answers led him to take a DNA test from Ancestry.com. Sure enough, he is 18% sub-Saharan African, according to the test results.
Brown — a combat veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War before becoming a police officer — claims that after he revealed the test results, station Chief Jeff Pratt called him “Kunta,” nodding to the Gambian-turned-American-slave in the famed Alex Haley novel and miniseries “Roots.”
In January 2017, Brown filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to local news station Fox 17, Brown says the taunting has prevented him from performing his duties at work.
He alleged that employees across the department started whispering “black lives matter” while pumping their fists as they walked past him. The lawsuit claims the stressful work environment has also created health complications for Brown, who is seeking $500,000 in damages.
The city and the department deny any wrongdoing, suggesting that Brown is the one who began joking about race, according to The New York Times. Brown says absolutely not: “I just never thought it would be in Hastings, saying, like, racist comments to me. All the years I’ve been there we never joked about race.”
According to the Times, “of the 7,350 residents counted in Hastings, a Grand Rapids suburb, in the 2010 census, only 40 were black.” Brown told the paper that all of the city’s 13 police officers are “white — or at least they appear to be.”
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.
MAPLE, N.C. -- A maritime center with a pool big enough to hold a small ship and simulate hurricane conditions is set to open in Currituck County, North Carolina, in two years. It will serve to train groups such as special forces, law enforcement and offshore wind crews.