He patted the car, he walked back to his car, he put on gloves. The next thing I knew, he was handcuffing Dennis.” “He told me … I was being detained for his safety because he didn’t know me,” Johnson said. “At this time I became distraught,” White wrote in his account of the incident. “I have been racially profiled several times in my lifetime but it touched my core when my woman was included.” Marion County Sheriff Mark Richardson issued a statement on Monday in regard to the actors’ claims: “Discrimination in any form, including racial profiling, is strictly prohibited by this department and as Sheriff of Marion County SC, I can assure you I will take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the allegations of racial profiling made by Mr. White and Ms. Johnson. This matter will be dealt with by an internal investigation within the department and I will also ask the State Law Enforcement Division to review the allegation made against Deputy Barfield.” It was Johnson’s first experience being handcuffed. Several of her family members work in law enforcement, Johnson said, adding that she’s “never been afraid of cops or had bad opinions of them.” This time was different. After thoroughly searching the car, the officer removed the handcuffs and let the couple go. “No apology, no nothing,” White wrote. White says he won’t stop talking about the incident until “that racist cop” is reprimanded and punished.
Insight: Little-known Hollywood investor poised to score with Twitter IPO
Rizvi was able to buy only $100 million in Facebook shortly before its IPO, thus limiting his returns, according to people with knowledge of the matter. FROM IOWA FALLS TO SILICON VALLEY Rizvi, who owns a sprawling three-home compound in Greenwich, Connecticut, and a 1.65-acre Palm Beach, Florida, estate near Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, was born in India but moved to Iowa Falls, a town of 5,200 people, when he was five. Along with his older brother Ashraf, a hedge fund manager, Rizvi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school. Both now serve on the undergraduate school’s executive board. Rizvi worked as a real estate analyst while at Wharton, then he started and sold a telecom company. With the proceeds, he financed his first big buyout in 1995, when he bought the electronic manufacturing business of a Puerto Rico phone company. Refocusing it on making higher-cost equipment, he spent the next four years boosting the company’s annual revenue from $10 million to $450 million. He did not break into the elite circles of media investing until 2004, after he founded Rizvi Traverse with John Giampetroni, a New York private equity investor. In 2005 the ICM talent agency, which represented stars like Mel Gibson and Robert Redford, was looking for financing as it struggled with the defection of key agents and stars. Rizvi took a controlling stake in ICM for $100 million, including $95 million in debt financing from Merrill Lynch & Co, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Rizvi Traverse put up just $5 million.
Hollywood Won’t Be a Bystander as Healthcare Debate Heats Up
The community is hardly immune from some of the health issues that are dogging America, even before Obamacare. Pharmacists are reporting fast-growing sales of antidepressants. Medical marijuana is a major growth industry. The calendars of shrinks are full. But its conservatives who are feeling the heat. They have a narrow corridor of time in which to sell their message: Once people are enrolled and obtaining benefits, they will be nervous about surrendering them. Hence the campaign will shortly get up close and personal. The president last week addressed thousands of volunteers who will shortly take to the field, urging door-to-door support of the Obamacare doctrine. Arrayed on the other side are groups like Americans for Prosperity and the Heritage Action Fund. They are counting not only on massive paid advertising but also on booking spokesmen on conservative radio and TV shows. Yet they cannot simply preach to the Fox News choir. Young women are specially targeted in most of the commercials. Your well-being (determined) by a bureaucrat in D.C. is devastating, says one woman identified as a cancer survivor. Obamacare cannot be implemented, the ad concludes.