Emily Austen, a reporter for FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Sun, recently appeared in a Barstool Sports Facebook Live video (which has since been deleted) after she went a little off script. Okay, there likely wasn’t a script, since the show is just people hanging out on the couch talking sports. After calling Kevin Love a “little b*tch” several times, the 27-year-old reporter went after Mexicans. Yup. When the conversation turned to current events, the hosts talked about Mayte Lara Ibarra. Lara Ibarra is the undocumented Texas high school graduate who achieved a 4.5 GPA and revealed her immigration status via Twitter. Rather than marveling at a young woman’s ability to secure a scholarship to an Ivy League school through hard work, Austen said, “I didn’t even know Mexicans were that smart.” She then went into a few stereotypical jokes about Chinese men and the Jewish community. After the inevitable backlash, Austen issued an apology for her comments. As of now, it is unclear whether or not Austen is employed at FOX Sports. She still lists “FOX Sports/Florida & Sun” on her Twitter bio. FOX released a very vague statement about her future with the company.
Hey, Emily Austen, here are a few more “smart” undocumented Mexican-Americans you should get to know. And they’re all valedictorians:
Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.
Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.
Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.
Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.
A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.
People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.
Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.
Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.
Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.
In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.
State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.
“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”
Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.
The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.
If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!
Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department alleging violation of privacy. The lawsuit stems from behavior by the officers at the scene of her husband and daughter’s death.
Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
On Jan. 26, a helicopter carrying Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Payton and Sarah Chester, Alyssa, Keri, and John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan crashed in the Calabasas hills. The sudden death devastated those who knew Kobe and the city of Los Angeles that mourned his death for months after.
Vanessa was shocked to hear that the sheriff deputies took photos of her husband’s and daughter’s bodies at the crash site.
“This lawsuit is about accountability and about preventing this disgraceful behavior from happening to other families in the future who have suffered loss,” Vanessa’s attorney, Luis Li, said in a statement. “The department formally refused Mrs. Bryant’s requests for information, saying it was ‘unable to assist’ with any inquiry and had no legal obligation to do so. It’s now for a court to tell the department what its obligations are.”
Bryant is suing the department claiming damages for emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy.
Kobe fans are upset with the LACSD and the allegations that the deputies took these photos.
According to TMZ, Sheriff Alex Villanueva knew about the photos taken by eight deputies and shared within the department. They were also shared in the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation. Sheriff Villanueva told the deputies to delete the photos from their phones and felt confident they did so.
A trainee allegedly shared the photos with a woman in a bar.
A witness to the event said that a trainee took out his phone and showed a woman the photos to impress her. The bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint about the trainee and their behavior with the photos. The trainee showed the woman the photos a few days after the crash leading many to believe that the sheriff’s department was fully aware of the photos.
Kobe fans are standing behind Vanessa as she follows through with her lawsuit.
Reports state that the sheriff’s department told deputies to delete the images to avoid disciplinary action. The coverup is sparking outrage by Kobe fans who are angered that the department did not do enough to protect the dignity and privacy of all of the victims of the crash.
Mitú will update this story as it continues to develop.