Asked whether the image of a white Jesus needed to be reviewed, the head of the Church of England said: “Yes of course it does.”
The Anglican Church should reconsider its portrayal of Jesus as a white man, the archbishop of Canterbury has said.Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today program, Justin Welby, said that in light of the Black Lives Matter protests, the west needed to question whether the traditional portrayal of Jesus as a white man by Western churches was the correct approach to take.
Asked whether the image of a white Jesus needed to be reviewed, the head of the Church of England said: “Yes of course it does, this sense that God was white… You go into churches [around the world] and you don’t see a white Jesus.“You see a black Jesus, a Chinese Jesus, a Middle-Eastern Jesus – which is of course the most accurate – you see a Fijian Jesus.”Welby continued: “Jesus” is portrayed in as many ways as there are cultures, languages and understandings. And I don’t think that throwing out everything we’ve got in the past is the way to do it but I do think saying: ‘That’s not the Jesus who exists, that’s not who we worship.’ It is a reminder of the universality of the God who became fully human.”Commenting on the Black Lives Matter campaign to remove statues to figures deemed controversial, Welby said that people should forgive the “trespasses” of those who were being commemorated, rather than remove statues, but added that the church would be reviewing the monuments it holds.“Some names will have to change. I mean, the church, goodness me, you know, you just go around Canterbury Cathedral, there are monuments everywhere, or Westminster Abbey, and we’re looking at all that, and some will have to come down. But yes, there can be forgiveness, I hope and pray as we come together, but only if there’s justice.”
Asked to clarify whether that meant some statues could be removed from within Canterbury Cathedral, the archbishop said: “No, I didn’t say that. I very carefully didn’t say that.”Explaining that it was not his sole decision, he added: “We’re going to be looking very carefully and putting them in context and seeing if they all should be there… The question arises. Of course it does.”Asked if society focused too heavily on repentance over forgiveness, he said: “Yes, I think we do… repentance and justice must go together.”Earlier this month, Welby joined 13 other Church of England bishops in being among 71 bishops from around the world who signed a statement by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network on Environmental Racism.”Black lives that are being impacted by drought, flooding, storms and sea level rise. The delayed global response to climate injustice gives the impression that #blacklivesdontmatter,” the statement read. “We stand at a Kairos [an Ancient Greek word meaning critical] moment – in order to fight environmental injustice, we must also fight racial injustice.”Among a number of pledges made in the statement was a promise to commit to “recognizing and challenging white privilege in society and the Church,” and “recognizing the colonial past of the Anglican Communion, its ongoing Euro-centric values and the dominance of English.”However, the bishops were accused of hypocrisy by a vicar and a trainee priest within the church, who brought evidence that they had been blocked from advancing in their careers due to discrimination.
For decades, many in the Black community have felt Black people should not pay taxes. Over the years, some have pushed the so-called “Black Tax Credit.” Some tried it. Of course, the IRS wasn’t in agreement. It was reported as a Tax Scam. But now hip-hop mogul Ice Cube, 50, wants the IRS to exempt Black people from paying taxes.
“THE HIGH COST OF RACISM: BLACKS in America should be exempt from paying any taxes for 462 years. This would help to start repairing the damage done to us by America. OUR BILL IS PAID BY NOW. No more”, Ice Cube tweeted.
In another tweet, he wrote, “We will ask for board seats, hefty shares of the company and you will pay a heavy-heavy fine for what you’ve done. Or we will ask the believers in justice. To not support your business for 40 days & 40 nights … WE DONT REALLY GIVE A F–K IF WE WE’RE BEING FAIR OR NOT.
Additionally, Cube shared a video of Michael O’Meara, the president of New York state’s group of Police Benevolent Associations. During a recent news conference, O’Meara said that the media, legislators, and others have been trying to “shame” police officers since Floyd died, and officers are being treated like “animals and thugs,” Atlanta Black Star reported.
Contradicting O’Meara’s claims, Cube added footage of officers assaulting people.
“YOUR TAX PAYER DOLLARS PAY FOR THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT,” he posted. “But the whistle blowers are the bad guys? How? Truth is anti-police?”
Cube has been very vocal on Twitter since George Floyd’s death on May 25 at the hands of Minnesota police. So upset was Cube that he recently opted out of an appearance on “Good Morning America” to promote his new music business comedy, “The High Note”
He tweeted at 5:37 a.m. the morning of the interview, “I apologize to everyone expecting to see me on Good Morning America today. But after the events in Minnesota with George Floyd I’m in no mood to tell America, good morning.”
Speaking out against police brutality and racism isn’t new for Cube.
“Early records like ‘Straight Outta Compton’, ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’ and ‘The Predator’ are the sound of a man wrestling for control of the narrative about his own community,” NME reported.
Ice Cube started his acting career with the John Singleton breakthrough film, “Boyz n the Hood.”
“In the early work, it was important to try to convey a message in movies,” Cube told NME. “Then I got to a point where I felt, you know, my music is hardcore. I’m talking about a lot of shit that’s real depressing. People want to laugh, man!”
Cube started screenwriting with the1995 stoner hit comedy “Friday.” Sequels followed. Hollywood seemed to love Cube — and vice versa. In fact, he is the “only actor to have at least five highly-successful movie franchises (‘Friday,’ ‘Barbershop,’ ‘Are We There Yet?,’ ‘Ride Along,’ and ‘21 Jump Street’),” Pride Publishing reported.
Cube said he started to lean towards comedies “because people want to escape when they go to the movies.”
In recent years, Cube has become best known as an actor in big-budget “popcorn comedies” such as “21 Jump Street” (2012), “Ride Along” (2014), and “Fist Fight”(2017), but he remained vocal about the issues that plague the Black community.
Prior to the death of Floyd, Ice Cube tweeted about the candidates in the upcoming presidential election. “Hold the Black vote hostage until one of ’em comes with A Black Agenda that we’re satisfied with. It’s not our job to fix the country’s mess until we fix our mess…#fuckyoupayme”
That tweet was in response to Joe Biden’s comment on The Breakfast Club, when he told Charlamagne tha God, “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.”
Following the tragic death of Floyd, Cube again turned to Twitter on May 28 to call out the police. He wrote: “How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back???”
“Ice Cube continues to represent the best of the genius of hip-hop that transforms the world into a better place for (those) who cry out for freedom and justice,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Pride Publishing reported.
“I have heard there are some meetings here, but where and when, I have no idea,” Sister Anna told me, taking some time to open up on the subject. “I think they come from France, England, all over, but Ingolstadt is the meeting place in Europe.”
Working in the church bookshop opposite Ingolstadt’s colossal Gothic Liebfrauenmünster church, Sister Anna sees, and speaks to, a lot of people. But some remain shrouded in mystery to her: Illuminati pilgrims, who she believes may still carry out secret meetings in the Bavarian city.
The idea that clandestine Illuminati gatherings could be taking place in the small Bavarian city may seem far-fetched, but Ingolstadt does have a history of them. The city is the birthplace of the infamous secret society that has become part myth, part historical truth, and the foundation of countless conspiracy theories.
The charming city of Ingolstadt is the birthplace of the Illuminati
It was on 1 May 1776 that Adam Weishaupt, a professor of law at the University of Ingolstadt, founded the Order of the Illuminati, a secret organisation formed to oppose religious influence on society and the abuse of power by the state by fostering a safe space for critique, debate and free speech. Inspired by the Freemasons and French Enlightenment philosophers, Weishaupt believed that society should no longer be dictated by religious virtues; instead he wanted to create a state of liberty and moral equality where knowledge was not restricted by religious prejudices. However religious and political conservatism ruled in Ingolstadt at that time, and subject matter taught at the Jesuit-controlled university where Weishaupt lectured was strictly monitored.
After initially handpicking his five most talented law students to join, the network rapidly expanded, its members disseminating Weishaupt’s goals of enlightenment with radical teachings, while at the same time creating an elaborate network of informants who reported on the behaviour of state and religious figures in an effort to build up a wealth of information that the Illuminati could potentially exploit in their teachings. With the help of prominent German diplomat Baron Adolf Franz Friedrich, Freiherr von Knigge – who helped recruit Freemason lodges to the Illuminati cause – the clandestine group grew to more than 2,000 members throughout Bavaria, France, Hungary, Italy and Poland, among other places.
The Eye of Providence, pictured here on the ceiling of Ingolstadt’s Maria de Victoria church, is often associated with the Illuminati
Yet in the city where it all began, this peculiar legacy remains little known among residents.
“Not so many people know about it. But the Illuminati are part of the history of Ingolstadt,” local journalist Michael Klarner explained as we stood outside the old University of Ingolstadt, an unassuming, church-like building just a short stroll from Sister Anna’s bookshop.
The Illuminati was never meant to be noticed
“Weishaupt was in many ways a revolutionary,” Klarner continued. “He liked the idea of teaching people to be better human beings. He wanted to change society, he was dreaming of a better world, of a better government. He started the Illuminati with the idea that everything known to human kind should be taught – something that was not allowed here at the university.”
Entering the old university building, I was on the lookout for any sign that Weishaupt’s organisation started within these thick medieval walls, but clues were noticeably absent.
But maybe that shouldn’t be so surprising – the Illuminati, after all, was never meant to be noticed.
A small plaque outside Weishaupt’s former home marks the building as an old Illuminati meeting place
The organisation didn’t evade the establishment for long, however. Just a decade after its creation, the secret society was infiltrated by Bavarian authorities after its radical anti-state writings were intercepted by government authorities. The Illuminati was shut down and Weishaupt was banished from Ingolstadt to live the rest of his life in the German city of Gotha, 300km to the north.
Yet the idea of a secret society revolting against the state has captured imaginations ever since, encapsulated in conspiracy theories cooked up by those who believe the Illuminati was never actually disbanded – a claim that has been widely debunked by historians. Even still, conspiracy theorists say that the organisation has been covertly working behind the scenes to subvert authority. The Illuminati has been suggested as the party responsible for the French Revolution, the assassination of US president John F Kennedy and even the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, and has become famous through books and films like Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons.
Weishaupt wanted to change society, he was dreaming of a better world
“The Illuminati conspiracy theory is what we call a ‘superconspiracy’, or basically a conspiracy that controls smaller conspiracies,” said Dr Michael Wood of the University of Winchester, an expert in the psychology of conspiracy theories. “People do talk about the Illuminati, but a lot of the time it’s in a joking or self-aware kind of way, almost making fun of the idea of a global conspiracy.”
And all of this began in a modest Bavarian city that’s better known as the setting of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein than anything else.
Ingolstadt is perhaps best known as the setting for Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein
Little points to the secret society’s creation in Ingolstadt, except perhaps a small, easily missed plaque outside Weishaupt’s former home, a light blue building on Theresienstrasse street, that marks it as an Illuminati meeting place in the late 18th Century. Yet delve a little deeper, and signs can be found of Ingolstadt’s unlikely role in history.
Tucked behind two sets of metal doors at the Stadtmuseum Ingolstadt (City Museum) I found city archivist Maria Eppelsheimer sifting through row upon row of centuries-old books in search of Ingolstadt’s Illuminati past, written in the words of the founder himself. The thick smell of ageing paper filled the narrow spaces between each bookcase, from which precious archaic hardbacks and delicate manuscripts jutted out.
“I think it’s one of the most interesting topics we look at here,” Eppelsheimer said as she studied the dusty spines in a section dedicated solely to Ingolstadt’s history. She delicately pulled out one of the smallest books on the shelf. It was Apologie der Illuminaten, a 1786 work written by Weishaupt in which he defended the creation of the Illuminati shortly after his exile from the city.
Several of Weishaupt’s works can be found in Ingolstadt’s archives
“It’s crazy what the Illuminati has been made into,” the archivist said as she leafed through the pages of the well-worn manuscript. “What it’s been made into has nothing to do with the real Illuminati.”
More of Weishaupt’s words can be found in small, unassuming volumes hidden among the city’s vast archive. It’s as though more than two centuries after its formation, Weishaupt’s Illuminati has continued to remain as elusive as possible.
However there are some people in Ingolstadt, such as Klarner, who are actively trying to bring this unusual historical legacy to light.
“You know Frankenstein is believed to have been based in the city because of the Illuminati,” Klarner said enthusiastically as he took me on a short tour of Ingolstadt’s historical and religious landmarks. “By the French Revolution, there were already theories that the revolution began in Ingolstadt and that the Illuminati were the intellectual fathers of the revolution. This is why many literary theorists believe Mary Shelley knew about Ingolstadt, and why Frankenstein was then set here.”
Local journalist Michael Klarner leads Illuminati-themed walking tours to educate visitors on the group’s relationship to Ingolstadt
Klarner regularly leads Illuminati-themed walking tours to educate visitors on the group’s relationship to the city. As we passed the large green, orange and yellow painted buildings of the old city, Klarner reeled off significant Illuminati dates, individuals and information, taking us back to 16th-Century Ingolstadt and the role of 15th-Century university professor Johann Eck in helping to cement the city, and the university in particular, as a bastion for the Catholic faith – something Weishaupt looked to counter two centuries later.
I think there is something here, but what exactly, I don’t know
“Of course we get some conspiracy theorists on the tours I do,” Klarner admitted. “But we can educate them to what is the real truth and what is conspiracy.”
Back at Sister Anna’s bookshop, however, the mystery around the Illuminati continues to catch the imagination of the shy nun – despite what the history books may say.
“Some people have come here and asked me about the meetings,” the nun said, leaning over the table as though disclosing a secret. “I think there is something here, but what exactly, in what houses, I don’t know.”
It said in January that some briefing material it had about the videos was classified as top secret and would cause “exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States” if released.
Despite long-standing popular associations with stories of aliens, the terms “unidentified aerial phenomena” and “UFO” do not mean the object is thought to be extraterrestrial.
“It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” one of the pilots, Cmdr. David Fravor, told The Times in 2017.
GOFAST, January 2015
This clip shows what looks like the ocean surface as a small object skims past the camera at high speed.
The pilots tracking it can be heard giving a whoop of satisfaction when the camera gets a fix on it. One says, “What the f— is that?”
GIMBAL, January 2015
In the 34-second footage, the aircraft’s infrared camera tracks a saucer-like object flying above clouds as pilots discuss what it could be.
One says it could be a drone, while another comments that “there’s a whole fleet of them,” though no other object is visible in the video.
The object then rotates.
“My gosh, they’re all going against the wind — the wind’s 120 knots to the west,” the first pilot can be heard saying.
The Department of Defense said on Monday that it found that the videos don’t “reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems” and that their release “does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.”
“DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos,” it added.
“The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified.'”
This release ‘only scratches the surface’ of what the government knows
Former Sen. Harry Reid, who helped fund the US government’s UFO investigations, tweeted on Monday that the Pentagon’s release of the videos “only scratches the surface” of what the government has on file.
Aerospace firm Draganfly has conducted the first US test flights of its “pandemic drones,” the company announced today.
The drones are fitted with sensors and computer vision systems that measure body temperature, breathing, and heart rates from up to 190 feet. They can also spot if someone’s sneezing, coughing, or following social distancing rules.
The test flights were conducted in Westport, Connecticut, which became a coronavirus hotspot following a private party where dozens of people were exposed to the virus.
According to Draganfly, Westport will use the tech to protect at-risk groups, such as seniors and crowds gathering in public places.
Westport Police Lieutenant Anthony Prezioso told local news outlet Patch that the tests had been going on for “approximately the last five days.”
“It is anticipated that this will continue to be in effect through the summer months of July and August as we anticipate the need to continue to work to reinforce social distancing measures in order to limit and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” he said.
Draganfly has made a big effort to allay concerns that measures to contain the coronavirus are expanding the surveillance state.
The company claims that its software uses biometric readings but no facial recognition, and that all the data it collects is anonymized.
“The system does not collect individualized data. The system does not identify people,” Draganfly CEO Cameron Chell said in youtube video.
“The system takes population samples and provides this anonymized data to our public safety officials so that we can have clear data giving us an indication of population health, and allowing our officials to make decisions based on real data.”
The company also has eyes on future pandemics — and business opportunities.
“This system, and our work with public safety officials, is so important, because never again do we want to be in a situation where we’re having to make such drastic guesses for such tremendous decisions that affect not just human lives, but also the economy and the world population,” said Chell.
“These types of decisions can’t be made in retrospect — they have to be made in real-time.”
Willie D Wishes Charles Barkley Would’ve Died Instead Of Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash on Sunday (January 26) alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianni and seven other people.
Willie d is one of the thousands of fans who are mourning their deaths. But on Monday (January 27), the Geto Boys MC ignited controversy when he suggested Bryant’s fellow NBA superstar Charles Barkley should’ve perished instead.
“It’s OK to question God,” he said on Instagram Live. “In the wake of the late, great Kobe Bryant dying tragically, suddenly, young, a lot of people are in pain all over the world. Some people are saying it feels like the loss of a family member.
“I agree. Kobe was a good dude. So much so that some people are questioning God. I got a question for God too. Why Kobe? How come you didn’t take Charles Barkley? No more talk.”
Willie D’s comment section lit up with hundreds of reactions to his video. Many pointed out Barkley has a family as well and wishing death upon anyone is extremely disrespectful and tactless.
“U gotta stop downing other black men in this occasion!” one commenter wrote. “You can’t wish death on a man and not receive karma! Question god all you want but u playing games willie.”
The Houston rap vet’s beef with Barkley stretches back years. In 2016, he ridiculed Barkley in a song called ” Coon” in which he accuses the famous athlete of speaking down on his race.
“Blacks been free since Lincoln got wasted,” he raps. “But some of these niggas still on the plantation/Listen up Charles Barkley/You light skin but still calling you a darky/The only reason that they put the mic in your face/Is so you can do they dirt and talk down on your race/TNT made you big put you on a wig/Now you’re acting like you never had trouble with pigs.”
He followed up with “Coon 2” took aim at Michael Jordan, Steve Harvey, Ted Cruz and more.
Slum Village member T-3 has released Mr. Fantastic, an eight-track EP produced entirely by Teeko and Ruckazoid. The veteran MC’s new solo project includes collaborations with Frank Nitt, Illa J and the late Baatin, among others.
“Working with Teeko and Ruckazoid was amazing,” T3 said in a press release. “It was like when I first heard their production I felt like it was tailor-made for me in a sense. Songs came together quickly. When me and Ruck talked later I found out that he had previously worked with Baatin. Imagine the odds. Some guys I found on the internet randomly … almost seems like it was meant to be.”
Legendary Hip Hop producer Pete Rock shared a video to his Instagram account that makes his feelings about Oprah Winfrey crystal clear. The billionaire talk show host mogul made headlines earlier this month when she stepped down from her executive producer role on a documentary about one of Russell Simmons’ sexual assault accusers, Drew Dixon.
The Def Jam Recordings co-founder public called out Oprah via Instagram for signing up for the role in the first place. Oprah has since denied the public pressure had anything to do with her decision.
The video, which Rock posted to both Facebook and Instagram, features several video snippets of Oprah. In one, she appears to defend disgraced Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein whose been accused of multiple sexual assaults by dozens of women, including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowen.
“If we make this just about Harvey Weinstein, then we will have lost this moment,” she says.
Elsewhere in the video, an Entertainment Tonight story about the singer Seal, who called out Oprah in a 2018 Instagram post and accused her of knowing about Weinstein’s predatory behavior, pops up on the screen.
“Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young starry-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into,” the post reads. “My bad.”
The text is written across a photo of Oprah kissing Weinstein’s cheek and reads, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.”
That clip is then followed by a snippet of Oprah’s recent interview on Good Morning of America, where she was adamant she couldn’t be silenced by Simmons, which is coupled with a story about Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct involving actress Lupita Nyong’o.
At the end of the video, the words, “We will expose this agenda of TARGETING the BLACK MAN.. OPRAH. And EXCUSING the System of WHITE SUPREMACY” is written across the screen, a sentiment Rock apparently supports.
Police in a Detroit suburb are seeking criminal charges against students suspected of making masked threats against a Catholic high school on social media.
Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi, Michigan was shut down Friday after students were threatened online by figures wearing Guy Fawkes masks, and warned of a violent attack set to take place that day. Officials at other area Catholic schools including Regina High School, Warren De La Salle Collegiate and University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy also cancelled classes over the threats. Authorities say the other schools were not directly threatened.
According to a Monday press release by Novi police, an investigation undertaken in association with federal authorities began on October 25, after a student’s parent contacted authorities. The parent reported that their child had seen a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask while making threats towards Detroit Catholic Central High School on Snapchat. Another threat was allegedly made on October 31 by a figure wearing the same kind of mask, warning that “Everyone would be wearing masks and start killing” the following day at the school’s All Saints Day mass.
The original threat was allegedly made by an individual who lives with his parents in Ohio. It is claimed that he was assisted by three students from Detroit Catholic Central High School. Authorities say the October 31 threat was also made by a student at the same school, but the two threats are not directly related.
After quickly discovering the identities of the suspects, police are believed to have interviewed the five over the weekend. There does not appear to be any further threat. The school remained closed on Monday, but classes are set to resume Tuesday.
Guy Fawkes masks have been popularly used as an anti-authoritarian symbol and disguise method after appearing in the 2005 film V for Vendetta. Set in a dystopian future version of England, the film’s protagonist wears the mask while attempting to counter a fascist government with violent acts. The masks were later worn by the anonymous members of online activist group “Anonymous.”
Fawkes was a key figure of the failed November 5, 1605 gunpowder plot, which involved a group of Catholics in England who hoped to install a Catholic monarch by assassinating King James I in an underground gunpowder explosion at the country’s Houses of Parliament.
Police have handed over the results of the investigation to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. The press release states that the school will be “levying applicable school discipline to the four students involved.”
If prosecutors who review the findings move forward with the case, the five will likely be charged with making terroristic threats, a felony that carries a possible prison sentence of 20 years.
Two weeks ago, most of the country had never heard of Joshua Brown.The 28-year-old catapulted into the spotlight when hereluctantly testified in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who was convicted of killing her neighbor, Botham Jean.Ten days after he testified, Brown was shot & killed, a victim of the gun violence he had always feared. Here’s what we know and don’t know about the case:
What we know:
Brown was visibly shaken after the murder of Botham Jean, who lived directly across the hall from him last year at Dallas’ South Side Lofts. The two men met hours before Guyger allegedly mistook Jean’s apartment for her own, walked in and killed Jean, thinking he was an intruder.On the night of September 6, 2018, Brown returned home at nearly the same time Guyger walked into Jean’s apartment.Brown said he was down the hall when he heard the voices of two people who sounded like they were meeting by “surprise.”Gunshots followed “right after,” Brown said.Later, Brown said, he saw Guyger leave Jean’s apartment and enter the hallway. The officer was on the phone.She was “crying, explaining what happened, what she thought happened, saying she came in to the wrong apartment,” Brown testified. Through his peep hole, Brown said he saw the former officer “going back, back and forth on the phone.”Brown testified he did not hear anyone say anything like, “Stop! Police!” But he said it was difficult to make out the brief and frantic words between Guyger and Jean. About three months after Jean’s death, Brown moved out of South Side Flats.He tried to keep a “low profile intentionally,” said attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents both the Jean and Brown families.Brown moved to the Atera Apartments in Dallas, about five miles from his former complex.On Friday night, an assailant shot and killed Brown in the parking lot of the Atera Apartments.Witnesses told police they saw a silver, four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot right after the shooting.
What we don’t know:
Who killed Brown, and why So far, police have made no arrests in Brown’s death.Investigators also don’t know what the motive was, DALLAS POILCE CHEIF U. RENEE HALL said. Authorities haven’t said whether Brown’s death has any connection to his testimony in the Guyger trial. Whether the killing was connected to the last time Brown was shot Brown had survived a shooting almost a year before his death, Merritt said. He was shot near a strip club in Dallas in November 2018, Merritt said. Brown and his family believed he was targeted in that shooting by someone he knew and had grown up with. Another man, Nicholas Shaquan Diggs, was killed in the shooting, Merritt said.After Brown was shot last year, “he was concerned that that person might try to come back and finish the job,” Merritt said.The gunman in that shooting has not yet been arrested.