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Former Rikers Island inmate Robert Hinton was the target of vicious beatings and other abuse by corrections officers at the notorious jail. In April 2012, he was hogtied and beaten by five guards and a supervisor and placed in solitary confinement. The brutal beating left him with a broken nose and a fractured vertebra.  Hinton sued the City of New York and was awarded $450K by an administrative court judge who called the beating “brazen misconduct.” The jail personal involved in the beating were then fired.

Since being awarded the settlement, Hinton had intentions of moving away from his crime-ridden neighborhood in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York. He was taking care of his ailing mother and looking forward to getting the check that would allow him to change his life.

Tragically, Hinton would never see a dime of that money. On midnight this past Friday morning, he was murdered near his home on the day he was supposed to receive his settlement. Police have made no arrests and there are no leads on Hinton’s murder.

His lawyer Nicole Bellina described him as upbeat and positive earlier in the week and looking forward to a new life.

Hinton’s last text to her was, “I pray I even live long enough to see some sort of happiness.”

The investigation into his murder is ongoing, according to NYC police detectives.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • guest

    “Police have made no arrests and there are no leads on Hinton’s murder”, what a surprise I’m sure they’re hard on the case!

    • Whiteguy

      Im sure the one lead is that a black did it.

      • ryan

        yeah, because the system would rather pay a few thousand to a hit man than a huge settlement.

  • lottogirl846

    As if they are going to investigate their own.

  • [email protected]

    pigs…fukkin pigs, LAW ENFORCEMENT NEEDS A RESET

  • Whiteguy

    The Lord givith and the Lord taketh away…

    Black on black crime. Mean bro kills befor the convict bro can get his Gobment check. TNB

    • JustLuvly

      Your so stupid.. white on white crime is done at a higher rate and whites are leading the races in food stamp collections. lmaoooo i see them I’m my office everyday applying for those government checks n stamps.

      • Whiteguy

        Well sure after Odumbo killed the economy we all suffered! You see them all the time in your office???? I believe you because that means your a worthless civil servant. On a gov’t paperwork red tape job. You sit there and do nothing all day. Can’t work in the competitive commercial business world eh???Sit there all day like a monkey with your rubber stamp “processing” claims…hahahaha. One step up from riding on the back of a trash truck!

        • RollingMo

          C’mon Bush killed the economy along with his country club banker pals. Congress block infrastructure job bills that would have boosted the economy. Under Obama the deficit has been reduced. We are at war on to many fronts ans giving to many corps a break as they avoid taxes.

          • Whiteguy

            Blacks not paying their mortgage throw it all out of balance.

        • JustLuvly

          Bitch… the economy was dead before Obama… lmaoooo… you sound like you’re upset with FACTS… FACTS THAT WHITE HAVE MADE UP 73% OF CITIZENS THAT RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS FOR THE LAST 15+YRS… if I’m not mistaken that was before Obama but during BUSH yrs in office… please get facts before u rant..

          • Whiteguy

            News flash…food stamp use went through the roof under the darkie pres. Everything was going fine until the blacks failed to pay their mortgages and popped the bubble.

            Everyone was well employed under Bush. Stock market was up. But everyone saw the future going south when a mixed pres / democRAT hit the WH and the big money people pulled their money out for safe keeping. See if I am right in the future, white gets back in the WH it all goes right back up to full bonus mode again.

          • Whiteguy

            Do you think you have power by calling be a bitch? HAHAHAHA

            Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the hood
            Every one of them darkies was up to no good
            Their forties were tossed on the lawns as they passed
            And the moonlight did twinkle as it shown on the glass

            The children were kept up way past their bed time
            On the porch, while their mommas all smoked-up a dime
            As the moms hit the pipe and passed it along
            The babies all cried, ’cause their Grape Drank was gone

            When all of the sudden, this car made a screech
            While rounding the corner on the dimly lit street
            The ho’s all got off, their fat ***** with haste
            And left the poor babies, as though they were waste

            Just inside the door, they all looked out in horror
            For the crack rock kept burning, and they didn’t have more
            When what should appear but a ten-year-old beater
            With 25 inch rims, that just couldn’t be sweeter

            They all started wailing, “My baby’s out there!”
            But open the door, not a one of them dared
            The bullets were flying, and the babies were crying
            As one, then another, began silently dying

            Rashid, and Darnel… You been shot in the head!
            Hey Tamika… yo’ Wanda… is you all both dead?
            They quickly decided, on a plan of attack…
            And sent Aunt Rwanda to go score some more crack

            When the cops finally came, not one person would talk
            As detectives drew outlines on the porch with their chalk
            Just another night in Chicago, as it would appear
            No reason to spoil the holiday cheer…

            For Rwanda came back with a Christmas surprise…
            An eight-ball of crack, and semen-stained thighs
            As they tore up a Chore Boy, and stuffed it inside
            They all vowed to get tats of their kids who had died.

          • JustLuvly

            I’ve never lived in the hood.. always had a 6 figure bank account .. and OWN everything I got… lmmfaooooo… when u get some melanin n as far in life as I have then just maybe you can offend me… UNTIL THEN YOURE JUST A PILE OF STUPIDITY… LMAOOOOOOO@ U.

          • Whiteguy

            That is funny I have all the same items you listed but I know what money it takes for that and it is not that much. So you are nothing. And you are a fool to have it in a bank and not in the market.

            If I put $5k of rims on a $1k value car will I be close enough to get my street cred as a melanin monkey? Why not tell me when I get some sickle cells in me to be more black???? Nah you can have that mutation too.

            Once there was a black boy in heaven. God spoke to him one day. God said, “boy you are going back down to Earth.”

            To which the boy asked “Will I be an Angel?

            Gad laughed and “NO your going to be a bat”

            hahahahahaha Happy fake Kwanzaa.

          • Gary Millsapp

            Kwaanza is fake ??? No white bitch your whole history is fake. I would not be proud to be white. Its all fake. Your history. Your religion your god. All fake. We have natural sun block. Melanin. While you pussy motherfuckers pay millions a year to be “dark and handsome” We are simply born that way. You will be dead of cancer long before you even matter. The whole point that you are here and probably on Worldstar as well arguing your point with black people says something about you as a person. I don’t feel the need to make a point about who I am to anyone. Your probably a pimple face loner type motherfucker whos ready to shoot up a school because youre a looser. Get a fucking life. And get some fucking color before you die of skin cancer you fucking Vampire

          • Whiteguy

            Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1965 as the first specifically African-American holiday. Was not even real until 1965. HAHAHA. As to sun burn, I guess it is because the whites figured out how live indoors and not om mud huts out in the middle of no where. Had to steal the candle idea from the Jewish menorah.

            And I have to tell you also, I don’t have a god. I do not follow religion. So again your wrong.

            Worldstar???

            “As a person of color, you might question whether skin cancer ought to be one of your top health concerns. If you’re African-American, you may not even think you can get skin cancer. But you’d be surprised.
            “Anyone can get skin cancer,”
            says Lisa Chipps, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Harbor-UCLA
            Medical Center. It is less common in people of color, but it’s often
            more serious. That’s because it’s usually found later, when it’s harder
            to treat.
            If you know what to look for and how to protect yourself, you can prevent it or catch it early.” Check your skank azz.

          • Gary Millsapp

            You didn’t check shit motherfucker. You know when Christmas was created and by who ??? Ever heard of Sinterklaas??? What year did Holly wood create Christmas. Or Easter for that matter. Your whole religion is fake. Ever heard of the Egyptian book of the Dead ??? Constantine ??? Your whole history is FAKE. Youre fake bitch

          • Whiteguy

            Hollywood is one word.

            Ever hear of Stinkass? That’s your street name!

          • Gary Millsapp

            NO THATS YOUR MOTHERS NAME AFTER I CREAM PIE THAT BITCH

          • Whiteguy

            Into necrophilia are you?

            How are you liking that Freddy Baltimore jury fail?

            Oh and by the way I don’t have a religion. I am not weak minded enough to need one to latch onto.

  • [email protected]

    The jail personal involved in the beating were then fired.

    More typos. Did you mean: personnel

  • [email protected]

    The horrendousness of violence against this poor man is yet more proof that the justice system is ‘dead set against’ African Americans, especially AA males.

  • [email protected]

    As for ‘Whiteguy’s’ interpretation of what caused the Real Estate bubble, one needs only to follow the money. Who got rich off that whole scheme? Pushy Realtors, Deceptive Mortgage Brokers, and mostly Greedy Whites on Wall Street! THEY were the culprits behind the whole economic crash of this country’s economy and infected the whole WORLD’s financial systems, causing theirs to plummet as well ! Yes, Minorities and single women were the ones mostly targeted for those ‘exotic’ complicated mortgages that no one understood and that were totally unreasonable, unpayable, deceptive, and that has since been outlawed. Had the home buyers been just given a fixed rate, this wouldn’t have happened. Had the American public who got tricked into those shady loans been bailed out instead of the banks, it would have been much better