Back in July, officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin entered into an Applebee’s and approached Jermelle English Jr., a Black man who they mistakenly thought was the suspect from a hit-and-run accident. In a video that has since gone viral, English Jr. could be seen on the ground with his 1-year-old baby before authorities pinned him and began hitting him repeatedly. He and the woman he was with, Shanya Boyd, were then taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting police. Boyd also received an additional charge for marijuana possession. The perpetrators that the cops were actually looking for were later found hiding in the Applebee’s restroom.
Yesterday (Aug. 30), TMZ reported that JAY-Z’s Team Roc, Roc Nation’s philanthropic and social justice division, stepped in to assist English Jr. and his family by hiring decorated lawyer Alex Spiro to take on the case. The outlet also stated that the intent will be to get all of the aforementioned charges dropped and potentially file a lawsuit against Kenosha’s law enforcement.
Jennifer Harris, the manager who was on duty at the time, gave CBS 58 her account of the chaotic incident. “It was a lot, I was worried for the baby first off, the baby and the gentleman, that was my first concern,” she said, also noting that pepper spray was deployed in the midst of the fracas. “One employee was trying to get the cops to stop punching him, he was like, ‘Hey, hey, stop, he’s on the ground, stop,’ and they pushed him, pushed my employee, and said, ‘One more word out of you and you’re arrested.'”
Harris also revealed that she’d since been fired by the restaurant chain after footage of what took place reached social media. “They told me they can’t trust me and that I didn’t just ruin this Applebee’s name, I ruined all the Applebee’s in Wisconsin’s name by letting these videos get out,” she stated. “I’m not the one who recorded the videos nor let them out on the internet, so I don’t understand. My employees are trying to get the right story out, so how did we ruin the name of Applebee’s?”
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.
“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.
In this new episode of ‘Bet on Black,’ food and beverage take center stage as aspiring Black entrepreneurs from It’s Seasoned, Black Farmer Box, and Moors Brewing Co. present their business ideas to judges with mentorship from Melissa Butler. Watch here!
Take a look inside the Makers Studio presented by Walmart at REVOLT WORLD, a space where Black creators could hone in on their brand and see it come to life.
REVOLT is continuing its impactful partnership with Walmart by teaming up to showcase Black creatives at HBCUs all-across America. The panel consisted of three experienced, accomplished Black HBCU alumni: Actor and media personality Terrence J, entertainment attorney John T. Rose, and actress and “REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy-Rue McCullough.
The health of a community can often be traced to the health of the environment that surrounds it. In Atlanta, a woman named Dr. Jaqueline Echols has dedicated her life to helping ensure that people in economically underserved communities have clean rivers – for better health and for the joy of outdoor recreational space.
Fly Guy DC taps in with REVOLT WORLD attendees to learn what the Opportunity Center, presented by Walmart, means to them and their futures.
In the season finale of “Bet on Black,” special guest judge Ray J joins as the finalists take the main stage to show they have what it takes to win the $200,000 grand prize; Melissa Butler and Eunique Jones Gibson mentor. Presented by Target.
Walmart supports HBCU students and encourages them to be Black & Unlimited. Fly Guy DC talked to a few at REVOLT WORLD about how being an HBCU student has changed their lives.
In this exclusive interview, DDG opens up about his fashion inspiration, what drew him to girlfriend Halle Bailey, dealing with negative opinions about his relationship, and more. Read up!
Here’s a list of rappers who are named after food. Enjoy — or shall we say, “Bon appetit”?
The artist has remained remarkably consistent in her song lyrics about making money, telling off haters and feeling liberated since her debut.
The next time you’re looking for a caption for your perfectly curated Instagram, there’s a 95 percent chance that Drizzy’s got you!