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University Cop Indicted for Murder in Shooting of Cincinatti Motorist Samuel DuBose

By Dana Ford, CNN University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted this week on a murder charge in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose. If convicted, Tensing could go to prison for life, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a news conference. Deters played body camera footage of the traffic stop shooting that appeared to contradict Tensing's version of what happened. "I've been doin ...

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Police Misconduct Lawsuits Cost Taxpayers, Not Cops, Millions

RT.com From big cities to small towns, American taxpayers are footing the bill for police gone rogue. When an officer or department is sued for police brutality or an in-custody death, the municipality is the one to pay up. And it’s costing taxpayers millions. Property taxes that would otherwise be used for schools, recreation centers, fixing potholes, cleaning up graffiti and other problems are instead bei ...

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Dashcam Footage of Sandra Bland’s Arrest Contradicts Police Report

By Abby Ohlheiser and Abby Phillip, Washington Post Story Posted:07/22/2015 According to newly released police video, a Texas trooper threatened Sandra Bland with a Taser when he ordered her out of her vehicle during a traffic stop on July 10, three days before she was found dead in a county jail. Bland — a 28-year old African American woman — was stopped for failing to signal while changing lanes, but the ...

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Federal Hate Crimes Hit Church Murderer Roof

by Frederick H. Lowe White terrorist Dylann Storm Roof, who massacred nine African-American men and women during Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for hate crimes, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Wednesday. The grand jury returned a 33-count indictment against Roof, charging him with federal hate crimes and firear ...

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Black High School Students’ Drop Out Rate Four Times Higher Than Whites

By Zenitha Prince (TriceEdneyWire.com) — Black students are four times more likely than their white peers to drop out of high school, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the report, which examined trends in high school dropout and completion rates nationwide, during the 2012 school year 3.4 percent of all students ages 15 to 24 left high school without gaini ...

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Garner Rally Calls for Charges as Mothers of Dead Black Men Declare: ‘This club is full’

(The Guardian) One year and a day after Eric Garner died, a small group of women stood on a podium outside a federal courthouse in New York City. They were there to call on federal prosecutors to indict the police officer who put Garner into a fatal chokehold, during an arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. One of the women was Garner’s mother. As she took her spot before hundreds of people in Broo ...

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Study Reveals Prosecutors Are a White Boys Club: Only 4% of elected prosecutors are black men; 1% are black women

by Frederick Lowe When Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby stepped before the microphones last May and announced the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Jr.,25, it was a rare event for two different reasons. Prosecutors almost never indict police officers in the questionable deaths of black men, armed or unarmed. And Mosby is one of a few elected black women state’s att ...

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Eric Garner’s Family to Receive $5.9m Settlement from New York City

The city of New York has agreed to pay $5.9m to the family of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old man who died on Staten Island last July after being placed in an illegal chokehold by a police officer. His death refueled the Black Lives Matter movement as quotations of his final words, “I can’t breathe”, were seen across America “Following a judicious review of the claim and facts of this case, my office was able ...

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After 54 Years, Confederate Flag Removed from South Carolina Statehouse

JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse to the cheers of thousands on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely. The turnabout seemed unthinkable before the June 17 mass ...

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SC Senate Votes to Take Down Flag; House OK Still Needed

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Senate has voted  to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on the Statehouse grounds, though the proposal still needs approval from the state House and the governor. The bill requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber; the Senate approved it 37-3. Gov. Nikki Haley has said she wants the flag to come down and will sign the bill. This week's vote comes less than a week af ...

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