Friday, March 01, 2013

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Marco McMillian Death: Mississippi Town Burns with Grief and Disillusion

It's happened yet again. The murder of talented individual whom soared to heights on the big stage of life but decided to pay it forward by returning to his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. COP 24/7 sends it condolences to Mr. Mc Millian's family and awaits outcomes surrounding the arrest of Lawrence Reed as the suspected murderer. This tragedy continues to highlight the complexities of being gay in the south while offerings us another sobering snapshot of how homophobia, violence and family dynamics intersect in the lives of many gay men and women.

McMillian's body was found the next day near the Mississippi River levee between Sherard and Rena Lara, Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said. Warren Strain, a spokesman with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said the autopsy was completed but toxicology and other test results are pending, and no cause of death will be released until the report is completed.

The Coahoma County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that Reed was charged in the death of 34-year-old McMillian, a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale. Campaign spokesman Jarod Keith said McMillian's bid was noteworthy because he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi.

The sheriff's department has not released a possible motive for the crime.

The Insanity Legislative Session Continues

Is anybody annoyed that the current Arkansas Legislative convening seems to be running amuck with a flurry of half baked legislation that is being swiftly enacted faster than a quick change artist. Ranging from not allowing conceal carriers being identified to a fetal heartbeat measure that is ringing bells across the country. The 89th Legislative session has been a down right barn burner in which its GOP strong hold has acted like "bulls in a china cabinet." The trouncing of Gov. Bebee has been amplified that legislators believe that not even decisions rendered by the United States Supreme Court matter to them. At this point, I can just imagined agitated opposition to all this mayhem are already "lawyering up" as the lawsuits will be rolling like no bodies business. It will be the Mr. & Mrs. Taxpayer who will be the ultimate looser as the rest of the nation looks on with shaking heads and wagging fingers. Brace yourselves as we move into next. Stay connected to COP 24/7 and check in on these bustas at:

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