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In October 2022, a young Black man went missing after calling to telling his mother white men were chasing him in three trucks. When his body was later found, authorities said they didn’t suspect foul play. His family disagrees. What really happened in Taylorsville, MS?



Black man who said he was chased by whites later found decapitated; Sheriff says ‘no foul play’

Rasheem Carter, 25, a welder from Fayette in Jefferson County, MS, went missing on Oct. 2, 2022, near Taylorsville, MS, in Smith County, where he had undertaken contract work. Carter had previously texted his mother, Tiffany Carter, saying he’d had an altercation with someone at work. The text named a person and said “if anything happens… he’s responsible for it. … He got these guys wanting to kill me”.

On Oct. 1, Rasheem called his mother, telling her that a group of white men hurling racial slurs were chasing him in three trucks. Tiffany told her son to go to the police, believing they would protect him. But that was the last she heard from him.

Rasheem’s skull was found detached from his body. The dome of the skull was removed during autopsy. Photos were released by the family. 

When Rasheem’s remains were found on Nov. 2, dismembered and decapitated, in a wooded area near Taylorsville, Tiffany was in no doubt what happened to her son. But a day later, Smith County Sheriff Joel Houston posted on Facebook that there was “no reason to believe foul play was involved”.  

Rasheem’s remains were found scattered over two acres, and parts of him are still missing. The delay in finding his remains complicates the picture significantly, as there was evidence of animal predation. When a body lies undiscovered for months, animal activity can scatter remains over a wide area. 

An autopsy report by the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office noted injuries. However the report states that the condition of the remains when they were recovered make it difficult to determine when and in what sequence those injuries occurred. For this reason, the examiner was unable to establish a cause and manner of death with any confidence. 

Ben Crump calls for federal investigation

What we have is a Mississippi lynching,” famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump told reporters on Tuesday. Crump, representing the Carter family, is calling for a federal probe into Rasheem’s death. During the press conference, Crump said, “This doesn’t seem like the act of just one individual. It kind of lines up with what Tiffany said. There was a lynch mob of three trucks chasing her son before he went missing.”

“One thing is for certain … This was not a natural killing. This was not a natural death,” Crump said. “This represents a young man who was killed”. Crump and the Carter family believe that the Sheriff’s conclusion that there was no foul play doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, given the other circumstances surrounding the case.

“This was a nefarious act. This was an evil act,” Crump said. “Somebody murdered Rasheem Carter, and we cannot let them get away with this.”

“Nothing to hide” says Sheriff

Carter was in Taylorsville for short-term contracting work. His mother Tiffany says Rasheem was saving money to reopen his seafood restaurant. The restaurant, named for Rasheem’s 7-year-old daughter Cali, had closed during the pandemic. But at the work site, Carter had a disagreement with at least one of his co-workers and fled.

Rasheem had twice visited the Taylorsville Police Department in the lead up to his disappearance. It was around that time Carter texted his mother indicating he was being targeted by at least one individual.

Despite this, Sheriff Houston initially stood by his department’s conclusion that there was no foul play. Earlier evidence “didn’t suggest anything,” he said. However, Houston has since backtracked following a backlash, saying foul play hadn’t been ruled out. “Nothing is being swept under the rug,” Houston said. “There’s nothing to hide.”

“Running for his life”

Carter’s family has also shared an image from a deer trail camera from the day Rasheem went missing. Carter’s mother says she believes her son was hiding from someone, and “running for his life”. Sheriff Houston said the department had reviewed trail camera footage and didn’t find evidence of anyone else in the area.

After months of refusing to share any details of his department’s investigation, either with the public or apparently with the family, Houston gave an interview to NBC. During the interview, he shared details of leads that had been followed and other information about the investigation.

Houston said the department had interviewed “everybody involved” with Carter’s last job. This includes four to five people Carter had mentioned to his mother. These individuals were “ruled out” as suspects in Carter’s death, Houston said, by phone records and GPS coordinates showing that they were at another job site nearly 100 miles away from Taylorsville when Carter was last seen alive.

“His whole demeanor had changed”

A trail camera captured an image of Rasheem on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 2022.

According to Houston, Carter’s colleagues and supervisor said in interviews that Carter “had not been himself” during the week before he went missing. “They said his whole demeanor had changed, they weren’t sure what was going on,” Houston said. “They just said he kept to himself more. He usually joked around, and in the last week or so they weren’t able to do that”.

Houston confirmed that Carter had “a couple of verbal altercations” with at least one co-worker. However, the Sheriff didn’t say what led to the altercation or whether the conflict might have prompted Carter’s change in behavior.

Having ruled out the prime suspects, Houston submitted search warrants to Google, starting in mid-November. Houston hoped this might reveal whether any devices pinged in the area where Carter’s remains were found around the time he went missing. “It’s a last-straw-type deal to determine if anyone else was with him or not,” he said. “It’s not uncommon to use this tool.” But the department has had to revise and resubmit this request several times, most recently last week.

The sheriff also said he would welcome the Justice Department’s involvement, saying he wants justice for Carter’s family “just as much as the family does.”

Carter’s family has dismissed any suggestion that Rasheem was under the influence of any substances at the time of his disappearance. Tiffany Carter also says her son had no history of mental illness that could account for the change in behavior. “I just know what my son told me,” Tiffany said. “I don’t believe anything [police] say. It’s lies after lies.”


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Leflore Co. jury declines to indict Carolyn Bryant-Donham, wife of Emmett Till’s murderer. Inflation slows significantly, but still high. Fearing disaster, Russia urged to surrender Ukraine nuclear plant.



Mississippi grand jury declines to indict Carolyn Bryant-Donham, wife of Emmett Till’s murderer

A Leflore County grand jury has decided not to indict Carolyn Bryant-Donham in the 1955 kidnapping that led to Emmett Till’s murder. The jury heard more than 7 hours of testimony from investigators and witnesses. Recent developments in the case, including the discovery of the original, unserved warrant for Bryant-Donham’s arrest and the release of her unpublished memoir had renewed calls for Bryant-Donham, now in her late 80s, to at last answer for her role in one of the most infamous murders in Mississippi’s history.

In 1955, Bryant-Donham was married to Roy Bryant who, along with his half-brother J.W. Milam, abducted 14-year-old Till from his great-uncle’s home in the middle of the night. Till’s mutilated body was found three days later in a creek. Warrants were issued for Bryant, Milam, and Bryant-Donham. But the local sheriff didn’t want to “bother” Bryant-Donham by arresting her on a kidnapping charge because “she’s got two young boys to raise”.

How involved was Bryant-Donham in Till’s murder?

Bryant-Donham had accused Till of groping her at the store she ran with her husband in Money, MS. Witnesses say Till whistled at the white woman, but never touched her. Later, Till’s great-uncle said he heard a voice “lighter than a man’s” coming from the pick-up driven by his nephew’s kidnappers say “that’s him”. 

Bryant-Donham’s memoir offered some stunning pieces of revisionism that directly contradict witness testimony at the time. Firstly, she claimed she cried out for help after her encounter with Till. Witnesses heard no such cry. She also claims not to have been present when her husband and brother-in-law kidnapped Till. Instead, she claims, they brought her to him in the middle of the night. She claims that she told the two men “That’s not him. Please take him home”. Then she makes the stunning claim that Till identified himself as the boy Bryant and Milam were looking for.

After Bryant-Donham testified at trial that Till had groped her, contradicting other witnesses, the all-white jury acquitted Bryant and Milam. The two men later bragged about having killed the boy in an interview with “Look” magazine.

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Inflation slows significantly, but still high

Indicators for July show that year-on-year inflation in the US was 8.5%, a significant drop from June’s figure of 9.1%. Gas prices are also down about a dollar from their high in June of over $5 per gallon. Prices have also dropped for other commodities that had skyrocketed, including airfares (down 8% since June) and hotel room costs (down 2.7%). However, these price decreases could also have to do with the summer travel season winding down.

While this is welcome news, it’s not yet certain that inflation has peaked. Numbers have dropped from month to month, only to rise again. A strong jobs report from June that shows employers adding over 500,000 jobs, while good news for job hunters and those seeking higher wages, may indicate another rebound. At the very least, it likely means inflation will be slow to reach the Federal Reserve’s target rate of 2%.

Wages are rising, but not nearly fast enough to keep up with inflation. And consumers should not expect to see prices on other commodities, such as grocery store items, drop steeply in the near future. 

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G7 urges Russia to surrender Ukraine nuclear plant, fearing disaster

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) are calling on Russia to return control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to Ukraine. This follows reports of shelling at the plant and irregularities in its operation. Foreign observers fear a nuclear disaster of major proportions may be imminent if Russia continues to occupy the plant.

Zaporizhzhia and its environs have been a major flashpoint since the conflict began. Ukrainian authorities say there are currently about 500 troops at Zaporizhzhia. They say the Russians using it as a military base to fire rockets into nearby cities, believing Ukrainian soldiers won’t dare target Russian firing platforms at the plant. Russian troops claim that Ukrainian troops have in fact fired on the plant. Whoever is responsible, the IAEA has expressed alarm at damage to key parts of the plant’s infrastructure.

Additionally, the situation on the ground has made it difficult to bring qualified personnel safely into the plant to make necessary repairs and see to routine operation.

Many will recall the 1968 Chernobyl disaster. Zaporizhzhia has more fail-safes, more redundant systems than Chernobyl did, and more sophisticated shielding. But in a worst case scenario, a full melt-down at the plant could endanger thousands of people in the immediate area and leave millions without power. 

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1955 warrant for wife in Till murder found; family demands arrest. Nearly half say Trump should face charges for Jan. 6. Finland and Sweden on way to joining NATO.



1955 warrant for wife in Till murder found; family demands arrest

In Leflore County, MS, a team of searchers have found the original unserved 1955 warrant for Carolyn Bryant’s arrest for the kidnapping of Emmett Till. The team located the document after a laborious search among a trove of boxes sorted only by decade in the basement of the county courthouse. Carolyn Bryant was the wife of Roy Bryant, who was tried and acquitted by an all-white jury in the brutal murder of 14-year-old Till. Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam later confessed to the crime in a magazine article.

Carolyn Bryant accused Till of making improper advances toward her outside the store she ran with her husband in Money, MS. Two nights later, Roy Bryant and Milam showed up in a pick-up truck in front of the house of Till’s uncle. The uncle said he heard a voice “lighter than a man’s” identify Till to the two men who took Till away. Till’s broken body was found in a river some days later.

Carolyn Bryant, now Carolyn Donham, is still alive and in her 80s. At last account, she was living North Carolina. Two living family members of Till’s are calling for Donham’s arrest nearly 70 years after Till’s murder. It was known at the time of the murder that a warrant had been issued for the then-Mrs. Bryant. However, the Leflore County Sheriff told reporters at the time that he didn’t want to “bother” Mrs. Bryant as she had two young boys to raise.

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Nearly half say Trump should face charges for Jan. 6

A recent poll shows that 48% of Americans think that former President Donald Trump should face criminal charges for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2020, Capitol riot. Less than a third (31%) do not support charges and 20% answered that they didn’t know enough to form an opinion. Along party lines, 86% of Democrats and only 10% of Republicans think Trump should face charges. Most Republicans (68%) say Trump should not be charged and 21% say they don’t know. A majority of all American adults (58%) believes that Trump bears a great deal or quite a bit of responsibility for that day’s events.

This poll was conducted after the first five Jan. 6 hearings had aired. However, this was before Tuesday’s hearing, which featured some of the most incriminating testimony yet. 

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former White House counsel

The select committee investigating the riot has issued a subpoena for Pat Cipollone, a Trump White House attorney. Various witnesses have testified that Cipollone consistently resisted Trump & Co.’s schemes to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. On Tuesday, Cassidy Hutchinson, former aid to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the committee that Cipollone had urged Trump not to go through with his plan to march to the Capitol with the rioters. Cipollone purportedly told Hutchinson that Trump risked charges for “every crime imaginable” if he lead the armed protesters to the Capitol.

The Jan. 6 committee have asked Cipollone to testify on multiple occasions, but Cipollone has only given an informal statement. The committee believes that Cipollone could provide invaluable information about the Trump camp’s plans to overturn the election.



Finland and Sweden on way to joining NATO after Turkey withdraws objection

Last month, Finland and Sweden abandoned decades of military neutrality by applying to join NATO. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, both countries have been increasingly fearful of potential invasion threats from Russia. Finland and Sweden each have a long history of land, sea and air incursions from Russian military. Until recently, both largely ignored these encroachments, preferring to maintain cordial or at least neutral relations with their powerful neighbor.

When the Nordic countries first announced their wish to join NATO, the Kremlin strongly condemned their decision. Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine citing decades of eastward NATO expansion. However, if Putin hoped to discourage further NATO expansion towards his border, his aggressive action towards Ukraine has had the opposite effect.

Admission to NATO requires approval from all 30 current member nations. Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan initially announced his opposition to Finland and Sweden joining the alliance, accusing them of harboring Kurdish terrorists. Turkey has been fighting its militant ethnic Kurdish minority for decades. Now, Turkey has withdrawn its objection following the announcement that Sweden and Finland would extradite 33 Kurdish terrorism suspects back to Turkey. President Biden also assured Erdogan that he would back Turkey’s potential purchase of 40 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets.

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