80-year-old Tempie Strickland was arrested after a domestic abuse allegations against her live-in ex-husband in Fort Worth, TX. Tempie allegedly pointed a weapon at her husband because he was staying out late and she wanted to “scare” him. Tempie was charged with attempted murder, but the charge has been reduced to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Even though Tempie’s husband didn’t want to press charges, police still claimed they had to arrest the elderly woman. This story spoke to Rickey Smiley’s heart and the radio personality reached out and bailed Tempie out of jail. “I’m not defending the crime of pulling guns out on people,” Smiley stated, but he didn’t want her to die in jail before she was able to be judged by her peers. “When it comes to seniors, I’m really sensitive, says Smiley.
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Smiley paid Tempie’s bond (originally set at $100 K) and told Tempie that he will join to support her in court and wants to make sure that she’ll have a “happy and peaceful” life. Imagine your grandmother being thrown in jail. It’s not a good feeling, right? Rickey called Tempie and while it was hilarious she didn’t know who he was, Tempie’s sad statement about her condition made my heart bleed. “I’m still worried about it and I look like I’m dying. I was sick before all this happened and I look like I’m about to fade away,” Tempie admitted.
Rickey’s kind heart reminds me that there are amazing people in the world who care about people other than themselves. Rickey told Mrs. Strickland’s attorney:
Anything Ms. Strickland need as far as her necessities and food, and medicine or whatever, you know, I don’t like for any senior – you know, a lot of time we get so busy and get so caught up in our stuff we forget about people like Ms. Strickland that have paved the way for us to have what we have. And I might not be able to help everybody, but if I can just help somebody then my living won’t be in vain. Bro, it’s the right thing to do. I want to make sure that the rest of her days here on this earth that she have peace, food, medicine and any and everything that she needs, and whatever, because she don’t need no drama in her life. I was raised by a beautiful and wonderful elderly old black ladies and my grandmothers and my great-grandmother was awesome and she is every bit of all of them. And that’s what it’s all about. So we gonna make sure she straight, bro. And I really appreciate you.
What kind of world do we live in when George Zimmerman can admittedly kill a unarmed Black teen and go free? Or Marissa Alexander can fire a warning shot into the ceiling and be faced with 20 years? Or even worse, Renisha McBride’s death can be called a homicide and her killer is still not charged?!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"