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Milwaukee Black Panthers Intimidate Asian Nail Salon; It’s Now Closed [VIDEO]

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A group of about 10 Milwaukee Black Panthers intimidated an Asian nail salon’s employees during an aggressive confrontation captured on video; when we went to the nail salon, we discovered that the Milwaukee small business has closed for good. You can watch two videos of the intimidation tactics later in this article.

They accused an employee of disrespecting Black Lives Matter and a black woman.

After seeing the video circulating on Twitter among conservative sites (it appears to have been ignored by the other media) in April, Wisconsin Right Now traced its origins to the Facebook page of “Darryl King Rick Farmer II,” whose Facebook page proclaims him as, “LEADER AND BLACK GENERAL OF THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS NATIONWIDE AND OTHER COUNTRIES!” You can also see the phrase Original Black Panthers Milwaukee on the jackets worn by the men in the video.

We’re surprised the video isn’t getting more media attention considering its focus on condemning anti-Asian hatred lately.

On April 4, we went to the nail salon’s location at 1422 E. Brady St. We found that the nail salon is now out of business. In fact, its sign is gone and the building is completely empty. Its phone number is now disconnected. However, Wisconsin Right Now has learned the nail salon was dealing with a lot of other issues, an eviction proceeding and expired state license.

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Jade’s nails and spa, milwaukee. Photo: jessica mcbride milwaukee

On his page, “King Rick” claimed that the nail salon – Jade’s Nails and Spa on Brady Street – shut down for good not long after he and his Panthers walked in, said no other customers could come in, and harangued the employees in a disturbing scene. The incident occurred in mid January but is just going viral now. A second video is available on King Rick’s page, and it shows Milwaukee police officers responding to the scene.

In one of the videos, a Milwaukee police officer responds, thanks the Milwaukee Black Panthers, calls Farmer “General,” and tells the Black Panthers she appreciated them coming down (see the full MPD response at the end of this article).

As far back as 2017, Fox 6 was reporting of the group: “There are allegations of extortion and harassment against the original Black Panthers of Milwaukee.” King Rick denied those accusations, which centered around Stark Foods, located at 13th and Atkinson.

Farmer took credit for the nail salon business closing down and expressed jubilation. “The Original Black Panthers and the biggest Panther in the jungle, King Rick!! We are proud to announce the permanent closing of Jade’s Nails on Brady St.!! Due to the efforts of the OBP and community they no longer exist!! They disrespected our queens and paid the ultimate price!! Out of business!! Black Panther power once again in full effect!” he wrote on Facebook.

Here’s the first video, as it appears on King Rick’s page.

Here’s the second video. It shows police arriving.

In the videos, King Rick tells the Asian employee, “We gonna shut you down, stop talking sh-t. You disrespected a black woman by calling her a b-tch.”

A male and female employee are seen in the video. They could not be reached for comment about any of the allegations or why the salon closed because the business is now closed down. The videos date to early January but just started going viral; we found the salon closed on April 4. However, in the video, the male tries to deny the allegations, telling the Black Panthers, “I did not,” and generally trying to avoid directly confronting them back.

We looked up the registered agents of the nail salon, but we aren’t naming them for their own protection. We also looked up their license to run a manicure establishment with the state and discovered its license expired in 2019. There are no orders against the salon on the state website. The woman listed as the registered agent for the nail salon’s LLC has a valid manicurist’s license with the state through 2023.

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We also wrote to an email on the nail salon’s website to ask for comment, including why the nail salon closed and exactly when. If we get a response, we will update this story.

Despite King Rick’s claim, though, that they no longer existed due to his group’s efforts, we found that the nail salon’s owners did have a pending eviction hearing in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. They left before they could be evicted, though. “Plaintiff informs the court they have spoken with the defendant this morning and were informed defendant has vacated the property. Defendant states that is correct, they have vacated the property,” a notation in court records says on January 14. That was the date an eviction hearing was scheduled; the landlord claimed the nail salon owed $65,000 in back rent. In February, the court granted a judgment against five defendants. A Vietnamese interpreter was used.

King Rick wrote on Facebook on January 17, 2021, that the nail salon “is closed permanently.” That came 15 days after he first shared the video on January 2, writing,

“TODAY THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS AND THE BIGGEST PANTHER IN THE JUNGLE, KING RICK! CONVERGED ON JADES NAILS AND SPA SALON 1422 E. BRADY IN MILWAUKEE!! THE OWNER DISRESPECTED BLACK QUEENS IN OUR COMMUNITY CALLING THEM BITCHES! HE ALSO SAID HE DOES NOT NEED THEM TO SPEND MONEY THERE!! MPD WAS CALLED! SAW IT WAS OBP AND WANTED NO PARTS!! BLACK WOMEN DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY WITH THIS BUSINESS!! THEY DONT RESPECT YOU OR WANT YOUR $$$!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!”

“Oh, I’m coming back. I can come back any time I want to, yeah,” King Rick says in the video, his voice in yelling tone. “And whatcha gonna do when I do, you’re going to call the police right? They’re going to shut you down. I’m going to shut you down. We’re going to shut that ass down.”

The confrontation included about 10 Milwaukee Black Panthers, including one who was carrying what appeared to be a wooden stick (or cane). There were customers in the nail salon at the time.

King Rick said in the video, “I will tear this joint up. Black women don’t come back here no more.”

The male employee told the Milwaukee Black Panthers, “I don’t disrespect the black community, I don’t, I swear to God. I am yellow-skinned. I’m not white.”

King Rick says, “You have no idea who you’re f-cking with.” He tells a customer, “Don’t spend no money here, dear.” He tells the employee to shut up. “Don’t spend any more money with them,” a Black Panther says.

In one of the videos, King Rick points his finger and says, “I’ll tell you why I am here – last week was a black woman came in here, you cussed her out, called her a b-tch, started yelling black lives matter. I have you on video sir, that’s why I am here today. You don’t disrespect black women in our community. That’s going to stop. Do I make myself clear.”

The truth behind those claims is not clear.

King Rick then says, “Black women shouldn’t be in this shop. Don’t let nobody in here when I’m talking.”

He adds, “You ever disrespect a black woman again, we’re going to shut you down.”

The Milwaukee Black Panthers raise their fists and chant, “No justice, no peace.” At one point, they also directly address customers inside the salon. “You all shouldn’t be up in here,” he says. The customers said they were from Chicago and didn’t know.

“I’m glad that you know, now don’t come back here anymore,” said King Rick.

On Facebook, King Rick wrote, “*PLEASE SHARE* JADE’S NAILS & SPA LOCATED AT 1422 E. BRADY ST. IN MILWAUKEE!! DISRESPECTED OUR QUEENS! THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS AND THE BIGGEST PANTHER IN THE JUNGLE, KING RICK FOUND OUT!! JADE’S IS CLOSED PERMANENTLY!! THE COMPLETE VILLAGE IS OUR FAMILY!!! ANY QUESTIONS?”

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The nail salon. Jessica mcbride photo

In one video, two police officers arrived, a black female and a white male.

The female officer asks, “What happened? What did I miss?”

Referring to King Rick, she says, “General, I just want to know what’s going on.”

He tells her that the Asian man “disrespected black women in our community. It was on live. We came in.” The Asian man tries to tell the officer that he believed the Panthers were messing up his stuff. King Rick tells the male employee, “Nobody was going to mess up your store.”

“I know, I know,” said the female police officer. The male employee laughed in an unbelieving fashion, but King Rick said, “He’s laughing,” to which the officer responded, “I agree.”

The female cop concludes by saying, “All right, I’m sure that he got your message, sir, thank you so much. We really appreciate you coming down. Thank you though.”

The video ends with the Milwaukee Black Panthers appearing to leave the store.


Another Milwaukee Black Panthers Confrontation

King Rick’s Facebook page shows the group also recently aggressively confronted employees in another business – this a convenience store – over assault allegations. A 2019 article in the Milwaukee Courier described how the Panthers have a history of confronting businesses where they think blacks were mistreated, run a hotline, have regular meetings, and even do community patrols.

Farmer was once involved in a failed effort to recall Mayor Tom Barrett.

We reached out to MPD to determine whether any further action was taken against the Milwaukee Black Panthers and whether police were called in the earlier incident in which it’s alleged a black woman was called the B word. We received this response,

“Milwaukee Police responded to a trouble with subject complaint that occurred on January 2, 2021, at approximately 2:47 p.m. on the 1400 block of E. Brady Street. Members of the New Black Panther Party were protesting against a nail salon employee that allegedly disrespected a black woman. Officers advised all parties involved and the members of the Black Panther Party left the area.” Police could not find any prior incidents or any further incidents involving members of the Black Panther Party at this location.

“The Milwaukee Police Department’s main priority is public safety. We respect the rights of all individuals who wish to peacefully express their First Amendment rights. The Milwaukee Police Department is committed to working with our community and system partners to continue to build sustainable neighborhoods free of crime that are built on positive relationships,” the police spokesman Sgt. Efrain Cornejo said in a statement.

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State prosecutors rested their case against former President Donald Trump on Monday, capping off four weeks of testimony from 20 witnesses.

The first-ever trial of a former President was one step closer to a conclusion after prosecutors concluded their case Monday. Next up: Trump's attorneys will get a chance to present their defense. The case centered around Trump's alleged sexual encounter with an adult film actress in 2006 and a $130,000 payment to her in 2016 to keep her quiet ahead of the 2016 election. Trump has pleaded not guilty and denied the encounter happened.

Prosecutors allege that Trump covered up the payment to Stormy Daniels and another hush money payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal ahead of the election and covered them up as legal payments.

Trump, 77, is the first former U.S. president to be charged with a felony.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records related to money paid to Daniels and McDougal. Bragg has alleged Trump broke New York law when he falsified business records with the intent to commit or conceal another crime.

Prosecutors allege Trump falsified internal records kept by his company, hiding the true nature of payments that involve Daniels ($130,000), McDougal ($150,000), and Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen ($420,000). Prosecutors allege the money was logged as legal expenses, not reimbursements. Both Cohen and Daniels testified during the trial.

Daniels detailed the alleged 2006 sexual encounter and testified she "blacked out." She also said Trump didn't wear a condom. Defense attorneys asked for a mistrial after that testimony, which they argued was prejudicial.

Judge Juan Merchan denied that motion and repeatedly fined Trump for his comments and social media activity outside of the courtroom. Merchan ordered Trump to pay a total of $10,000 for violations of the gag order.

The gag order remains in place. Trump, the nation's 45th president, is prohibited from making or directing others to make public statements about the jurors, witnesses, attorneys, court staff, district attorney staff and family members of staff.

It is not clear if Trump plans to take the stand in his own defense. He previously said he would take the stand if necessary.

Under New York state law, falsifying business records in the first degree is a Class E felony that carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

In late March, Trump said that he wasn't worried about a conviction when asked if he thought a conviction could hurt his chances of returning to the White House.

"It could also make me more popular because the people know it's a scam," he said. "It's a Biden trial, there is no trial, there's a Biden trial."

Whatever happens during the trial, Trump will be protected by the U.S. Secret Service.

Even if convicted and sentenced to jail, Trump could continue his campaign to retake the White House.

"The Constitution does not bar felons from serving as President," said Richard Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Trump could not pardon himself from any state charges, Hasen said.

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Lawmakers have threatened to revoke the appropriations for a federally-funded scholarship program that an audit found favors liberally leaning students over conservatives by a ratio of 10 to 1.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established in the 1970s to award scholarships to students who “demonstrate outstanding potential for and who plan to pursue a career in public service.”

An audit of those scholarships performed by the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, though, reported strong liberal bias at the taxpayer-funded foundation.

“While this role suggests these programs should include scholars who reflect a breadth of views, values, and interests, their participants instead display a stark ideological tilt,” AEI said in its report.

The foundation does have members of both parties on its board, including U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kans.

Notably, President Joe Biden's Education Secretary Miguel Cardona also sits on the board.

House Republican lawmakers on leadership on the relevant committees sent a letter to foundation Executive Secretary Terry Babcock-Lumish demanding answers.

“Between 2021 and 2023, the Truman Foundation selected 182 Truman winners,” the letter said. “Yet, despite the Truman Foundation’s claims that it ‘supports scholars from a wide range of perspectives, interests, and geographic areas,’ just six recipients espoused interest in a cause traditionally considered conservative-leaning.

“Not a single winner professed interest in causes such as protecting the rights of the unborn or defending the Second Amendment,” the letter continued. “By contrast, the Foundation selected at least 74 winners professing interest in a progressive cause.”

The foundation awards about 60 scholarships every year.

“As a publicly funded award charged with preparing the civic leaders of tomorrow, the Truman Scholarship should, at a bare minimum, be reflective of the country’s breadth of values, viewpoints, and interests,” the letter said. “The Truman Foundation requested approximately $3 million in appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year. However, if the Truman Scholarship functions as a career booster solely for students of a particular political persuasion, it should no longer be worthy of Congressional support, taxpayer funding, or its exalted public image.”

Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development Chairman Burgess Owens, R-Utah., and Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., led the letter.

The foundation did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.

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The Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and the Senate Committee on Shared Revenue, Elections and Consumer Protection held a hearing Thursday with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, some local election clerks and Fond du Lac County’s district attorney.

“We're not trying to get anybody into a bad spot here, or in a corner, or make accusations on that level,” Sen. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown, said. “We want our clerks, who are already stressed enough, to know that we are here to be there as an assist to them.”

Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, said he wants to make sure voters have faith in Wisconsin’s electoral process.

“This is one of the topics that hit our inboxes quite a bit the last three months or so,” Krug added. “We thought it’s pretty important just to vet it out, to get all the information out to the public.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission was invited to Thursday’s meeting but didn’t attend because commissioners were having a meeting of their own. But that left lawmakers’ questions unanswered.

Wis-DOT Deputy Secretary Kristina Boardman said Wisconsin is known as a strict voter ID state.

“I want to make very clear that Wis-DOT is required to provide free identification cards for U.S. citizens that request them for the purposes of voting, and that to be eligible for that free identification card one must be a U.S. citizen and at least 17 years of age,” Boardman said. “Wis-DOT staff do not determine voter eligibility or register anyone to vote. Someone who has a Wisconsin ID or a driver's license is eligible to register to vote online, and that information will be confirmed with Wisconsin DMV systems to ensure that the information entered for voter registration is consistent with the DMV's records

Boardman said in Wisconsin, less than a fraction of one percent of ID requests are fraudulent.

“We put together [a] case activity report, assemble all of the documentation that we have, we have the investigator that had the case pull that together, and we do refer that to law enforcement so that they can take whatever action is appropriate,” Boardman added. “We note what statutes we believe may have been violated. And then it's up to law enforcement to take action.”

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“The legislature has passed hundreds of bills to solve problems facing Wisconsin businesses and families. Most of these bills were signed into law, but many were vetoed by a governor more focused on politics than policies that help everyday Wisconsinites,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said Tuesday. “Overriding the governor’s obstructive vetoes is the last, best way to address these critical issues.”

The override votes came one day after Evers sued the legislature over nearly $200 million that is attached to some of his vetoes.

Most of that money is the $125 million that’s supposed to go toward PFAS clean up in Wisconsin.

“For the fifth time this legislative session, I voted to provide Wisconsin families with the largest investment in clean drinking water in state history – five more times than every Democrat legislator in this state combined. The bill that Gov. Evers vetoed (SB 312) would have created a grant program that targets this critical funding to areas of the state most heavily impacted by PFAS contamination while protecting innocent landowners from financial ruin,” Sen Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, said.

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LeMahieu said Evers is simply playing the game.

“While Gov. Evers plays politics, the legislature will continue to do the right thing on behalf of the people of our state,” LeMahieu added.

Senate Democrats responded with game-playing accusations of their own.

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With less than half a year until the 2024 presidential election, former President Donald Trump holds a sizable lead over incumbent President Joe Biden in several swing states.

While the overall national polling varies and shows a tighter race, Trump holds significant leads in several swing states.

According to Real Clear Politics, Trump leads in a slew of key battleground states like Arizona (+5.2), Georgia (+4.6), Michigan (+0.8), Nevada (+6.2), North Carolina (+5.4), Pennsylvania (+2.0), and Wisconsin (+0.6).

Other polling has shown Trump with a dominant lead in the Sun Belt while performing less well against Biden in some rust belt swing states.

“As the old saying goes, good gets better and bad gets worse, and it’s clear President Biden is in bad shape right now,” Colin Reed, a Republican strategist, former campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and co-founder of South and Hill Strategies, told The Center Square. “Five and a half months is an eternity in politics, and there’s theoretically still time to right the ship, but it’s getting late early for the president, especially when Father Time remains undefeated and doubts about his age continue to grow. “

According to the Real Clear Politics’ national polling average, Trump leads Biden 46.1% to 44.9%.

A New York Times poll released this week showed leads for Trump in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania but slightly trailing Biden in Wisconsin, raising concerns among supporters.

Trump’s lead has been in large part fueled by minority voters flocking to his side.

Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating has plummeted since taking office. While that is not unusual for incumbents, Biden’s approval is lower than recent presidents.

Gallup recently released polling data showing that in the 13th quarter of Biden’s presidency, he averaged a 38.7% approval rating, worse than Trump at the same time in his term.

“None of the other nine presidents elected to their first term since Dwight Eisenhower had a lower 13th-quarter average than Biden,” Gallup said.

Axios reported this week that Biden and his team think the polls don’t represent Americans’ actual feelings and that the president’s position is strong.

“They're still 50% (well 45%) to win, per betting markets,” pollster Nate Silver wrote on X. “But Biden has been behind Trump in polls for a year now. His approval is in the tank, and voters have been clear they think he's too old. If Trump wins, history will not remember Biden kindly.”

Meanwhile, Trump spends valuable campaign time in a series of court appearances for his myriad of federal prosecution court dates.

“I’m under a gag order,” Trump told reporters after a court appearance Tuesday. “Nobody has actually seen anything like it ... I'm beating him in every poll and I have a gag order, so I think it's totally unconstitutional."

Republicans have blasted Biden for Trump’s prosecution, accusing Biden of using the Justice Department against his political opponent.

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