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  • A black Chicago-area church musician who was moonlighting as a security guard was killed by police Sunday morning as they responded to a call of shots fired at the bar where the man worked.  Jemel Roberson, 26, had already subdued the alleged assailant in the initial shooting at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge, in Robbins, when police arrived, witnesses told WGN-TV.  “He had somebody on the ground with his knee in his back, with his gun in his back, like, ‘Don’t move,’” Adam Harris told the news station.  An officer arrived on the scene a short time later. That officer shot Roberson, killing him.  “Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security! He was a security guard!’ Harris said. “And they still did their job and saw a black man with a gun and, basically, killed him.” Though law enforcement officials have not confirmed the race of the officer who shot Roberson, witnesses told WGN that the officer is white.  NPR reported that Roberson was in uniform, wearing a hat with the word “Security” emblazoned on it. He had a license to carry the weapon he was holding when he was killed.  Four other people, including the suspected shooter from the initial incident, were injured, but none of their injuries were life-threatening, NPR reported.  Midlothian police officials said in a statement Sunday afternoon that their department received a call for assistance from the nearby Robbins Police Department. The call, which came in around 4:05 a.m., stated that someone was shooting people at Manny’s. Two officers responded.  “Upon arrival, officers learned there were several gunshot victims inside the bar,” the statement said. “A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital.” Video posted on Facebook by witnesses showed the aftermath of the fatal shooting. In one video, a police officer can be seen performing CPR on Roberson as other officers mill around and hold back the distraught crowd. Watch the video recorded by witness Adam Harris below. Warning: Images and language may be too graphic for some viewers. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Robbins Police Department are investigating the criminal aspect of the initial shooting, the statement said. The Illinois State Police’s Public Integrity Task Force is investigating the officer-involved shooting.  The police shooting was the subject of widespread criticism on social media.  “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Unless the good guy is black, then he gets killed, too,” Wendy Osefo, a Johns Hopkins professor and political commentator, wrote on Twitter.  Michael Skolnik, a civil rights activist and board member of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, pointed out that Roberson had stopped a potential mass shooting inside the bar.  “While he was holding the suspect down, cops arrived and shot him,” Skolnik wrote.  Roberson, the father of a 9-month-old son, is described on a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for his funeral as a person who was loved by all who knew him.  “He was the light of his mother Beatrice’s life, and was a devoted, loving son,” the fundraising page said. “Jemel was a gifted basketball player and musician, and his love for God and his family were at the forefront of his life.” The GoFundMe page had raised more than $46,000 of its $50,000 goal by Tuesday morning. A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for Roberson outside the bar where he was killed.  Roberson played keyboard and drums at several area churches, friends told WGN. He also planned to become a police officer.  “Every artist he’s ever played for, every musician he’s ever sat beside, we’re all just broken because we have no answers,” Rev. Patricia Hill of Purposed Church told the news station. “He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with took his life.” Another pastor at Purposed Church, Rev. LeAundre Hill, expressed disbelieve on Twitter, saying that Roberson played music at the funeral for Hill’s grandmother just two days before his death.  Hill told WGN that Roberson’s death follows a pattern seen all two often in the United States.  “Once again, it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,” Hill said. Roberson’s mother, Beatrice Roberson, has filed a federal lawsuit in the shooting, which the filing describes as unprovoked, unjustified, excessive and unreasonable, court documents show. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $1 million.  
  • Amazon has chosen a pair of cities to build their second headquarters in, company officials confirmed Tuesday morning. >> Read more trending news  The company’s “HQ2” will be in both New York City and Arlington, Virginia. Officials also announced that Amazon will build a Center for Excellence in Nashville to serve the company’s operations business. Between the three locations, Amazon officials said they expect to create more than 55,000 jobs. Update 10:30 a.m. EST Nov. 13: Amazon’s planned Operations Center of Excellence will be based along the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. The company expects to invest more than $230 million in the center and create more than $1 billion in incremental tax revenue over the next 10 years. “These are quality, high-paying jobs that will boost our economy, provide our workers with new opportunities, and show the rest of the world that Nashville is a premiere location for business investment,” Nashville Mayor David Briley said Tuesday in a statement. The Operations Center of excellence will serve as Amazon’s Eastern U.S. regional hub for the technological and management functions of the company’s retail operations division.   Update 10:15 a.m. EST Nov. 13: Amazon officials said the planned headquarters in Arlington, in the Washington D.C. metro area, will be located in National Landing, an urban community in northern Virginia. “This is a big win for Virginia – I’m proud Amazon recognizes the tremendous assets the Commonwealth has to offer and plans to deepen its roots here,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday in a statement.  “Virginia put together a proposal for Amazon that we believe represents a new model of economic development for the 21st century, and I’m excited to say that our innovative approach was successful.” The company’s New York headquarters will be in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side. “With an average salary of $150,000 per year for the tens of thousands of new jobs Amazon is creating in Queens, economic opportunity and investment will flourish for the entire region,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday in a statement. Officials expect to start hiring people for both locations next year. Update 10 a.m. EST Nov. 13: “We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon said Tuesday in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come.” Original report: The New York City and Washington, D.C., metro areas are splitting Amazon’s planned second headquarters project, according to a Wall Street Journal report Monday night. The official announcement could be made as soon as Tuesday, the media outlet said, citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” Politico published a similar report early Tuesday, also citing unnamed sources. The news outlets reported that the company has settled on New York’s Long Island City as well as Crystal City, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Losing dibs on the tech giant’s proposed HQ2 and a projected 50,000 jobs would be tough news for boosters in a host of other cities that tried to lure Amazon as it promised a major headquarters expansion beyond its Seattle base. Amazon generated enormous attention with its very public call out last year for cities interested in landing the project. Read more here. – The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
  • CNN filed suit Tuesday against President Donald Trump and his top aides, arguing they violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week. >> Read more trending news In the lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, attorneys for CNN asked for Acosta’s press credentials to be immediately reinstated and protected. >> White House suspends CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN officials said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.” Attorneys for CNN named six defendants in the suit, including Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The lawsuit alleged the decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials was a “severe and unprecedented punishment” following “years of hostility by President Trump against CNN and Acosta based on the contents of their reporting.” >> Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta: WaPost “(It’s) an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view,” CNN attorneys said in the lawsuit. Acosta’s press credentials were suspended Wednesday after a White House intern attempted to take his microphone during a news conference with Trump. Huckabee Sanders released a statement after the incident accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
  • A 29-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly set a mattress on fire inside a Dayton, Ohio, home that reportedly belonged to her ex-boyfriend Monday night.  Carla Lanier was arrested at a Malden Avenue address and booked into Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated arson, jail records show. According to a witness to the incident, Lanier was attempting to enter the home by banging on windows before she reportedly kicked the door in to gain access. Once inside, she allegedly got into an altercation with the ex-boyfriend, who also had another female visitor inside the home, the witness said. >> Read more trending news  “While it was all happening, the other girl ended up hiding in the bathroom,' the witness said. Lanier then reportedly told the male resident that she had set a mattress on fire inside one of the bedrooms, according to the witness.  The resident was able to extinguish the fire, which was contained to the bedroom, before crews arrived just before midnight, police said. No one was injured in the blaze, but the bedroom did sustain damage, the witness said.
  • A Tennessee father is angry after someone allegedly assaulted his son while the boy was walking his dog. The father also told WHBQ in Memphis that the person stole his son’s rare dog. John Black said someone assaulted his son, Brandon, while walking his white American bulldog, Diamond, in the 7000 block of Hedgington in Shelby County. >> Read more trending news  The 12-year-old told Black that before he could make it back home, a man in a Chrysler PT Cruiser 'pushed my son down, grabbed the leash, took the dog and drove off,” Black said. Black said he got the expensive, rare dog from a Sacramento, California, breeder in September for his son. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it is investigating the incident. Officials could not release any other information regarding this incident.  'I'm glad Brandon didn't fight back,” Black said. >> See the viral Facebook post here Black said he’s hopeful his son will get his dog back. He said the obvious blue patch on the left side of the dog’s face will help people identify the dog. 'I've already had one young lady inbox me and tell me they saw the dog in Millington. So he could be in that area,” Black said. Black said he is encouraging whoever is in possession of the dog to bring in to the vet. If you have any information regarding the dog's whereabouts, call the Sheriff's Office at 901-222-5600 or 901-379-7625.