Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows ‘high-energy’ impact – The Baltimore Sun

Freddie Gray suffered a single “high-energy injury” to his neck and spine — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The state medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.”

Though Gray was loaded into the van on his belly, the medical examiner surmised that he may have gotten to his feet and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction. He was not belted in, but his wrists and ankles were shackled, putting him “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.” (Source: Read more)

McCrory wants end to Confederate flag on NC license plates – News & Observer

RALEIGH – With the Confederate flag under new scrutiny in states across the South, a spokesman for Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that North Carolina should stop issuing license plates with the flag on them.

“The time is right to change this policy due to the recent Supreme Court ruling and the tragedy in Charleston,” said Josh Ellis, the governor’s communications director.

On Monday, just days after the racially motivated slayings of nine parishioners in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the flag should be removed from the State House grounds in Columbia.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that Texas did not violate the First Amendment by declining to allow specialty license plates featuring the Confederate flag, arguing that the plates represent speech by the government. (Source: Read more)

Slack CEO explodes over editorial about the South Carolina shooting, says ‘f— you’ to Wall Street Journal – Business Insider

Stewart Butterfield, cofounder of Flickr and CEO of the office-communication software Slack, lashed out against a Wall Street Journal editorial in a tweetstorm Sunday night.

The Journal editorial in question addressed the recent killings of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, saying the event was caused by a “problem that defies explanation.” (Source: Read more)

Cops Bought Dylann Roof Burger King Hours After Charleston Shooting – HuffPost

The man accused of gunning down nine people inside a historic black church in South Carolina was “polite” and “quiet” while he was in police custody in North Carolina, according to a police chief who spoke with the Charlotte Observer.

Dylann Roof, 21, was apprehended by Shelby police on Thursday. He has been charged with nine counts of murder in a mass shooting inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last Wednesday.

Police arrested him without incident.

Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford told the Charlotte Observer that when Roof complained he was hungry, cops went to a nearby Burger King and bought the accused mass murderer a meal while he was in custody. (Source: Read more)

Amazon, Etsy to Ban Confederate Flag Merchandise, Joining Walmart, eBay – ABC News

Following Walmart, Sears and eBay, mega online seller Amazon and crafts site Etsy say they will ban sales of Confederate flag merchandise, after the products experienced a surge in popularity.

Seattle-based Inc. is joining the ban on Confederate flag sales, a spokesman for the company confirmed to ABC News, with its more than 2 million third-party sellers.

In the last 24 hours, the top five biggest sales rank gainers on, or “movers and shakers,” of the “patio, lawn and garden” category have been Confederate flag products, according to the website.

A search of the website for “Confederate flag” Tuesday afternoon produced more than 14,000 results. (Source: Read more)

Walmart Decides to Stop Selling Confederate Flag Merchandise Amid Uproar Over Rebel Banner – ABC News

Retail giant Walmart has decided to stop selling Confederate rebel flags amidst a renewed uproar about the rebel banner, the company said in a statement.

The move also comes in the wake of the racially motivated massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week, which left nine people, including pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney dead.

“We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer,” spokesman Brian Nick said in a statement. “We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment – whether in our stores or on our web site.” (Source: Read more)