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Florida deputies to be tried for shooting disabled man

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that two Brevard County Deputy Sheriffs must stand trial for their shooting of an unarmed man inside his home after family members asked law enforcement officers to Baker Act the … Continue reading

This big firm was criticized for lack of diversity. Now it’s No. 1 for black lawyers, new report

ABA JOURNAL — Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP came under fire for its lack of diversity when a photo of promoted partners, which appeared to include one white woman and 11 white men, was posted to social media in … Continue reading

Racism should be called racism, AP Stylebook changes journalistic guidelines

NBC NEWS — The Associated Press has announced that the AP Stylebook will now advise journalists to use the word racism to refer to acts of racism instead of evoking euphemisms like “racially charged,” and “racially motivated.”   Do not use … Continue reading

Expert advice to police and civilians, how to overcome racial bias

TIME — Jennifer Eberhardt is a psychology professor at Stanford University who won a MacArthur “genius grant”  for her study of bias. In an interview with TIME, she explains how implicit bias can affect people of all age groups and … Continue reading

Body-cam footage confirms police killed Willie McCoy while he was sleeping

THE GUARDIAN — Vallejo police released body-camera footage of 20-year-old Willie McCoy’s killing, which happened at a Bay-area Taco Bell in February. The footage confirms that Vallejo police did not try to wake McCoy nor talk to him before opening fire … Continue reading

Famous rappers urge Supreme Court to take First Amendment case

Chance the Rapper

CNN — Killer Mike, Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Fat Joe and 21 Savage were among the group of artists and scholars named in a legal brief filed on March 6. The briefing urges the Supreme Court to … Continue reading

Black senator refuses to back down to proposed ‘stand your ground’ bill

  USA TODAY — Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers refused to be silenced during a recent debate surrounding the state’s proposed “stand your ground” bill. Sen. Flowers’ outrage was sparked when one of her white counterparts requested to impose a ten-minute … Continue reading

Sacramento police reveal officers’ account of Stephon Clark’s death

Stephon Clark and family

                    CNN — Officers’ accounts of what happened on the night that Stephon Clark was shot down in his grandmother’s backyard have been released to the public in a nearly 800-page … Continue reading

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Alabama newspaper editor calls for KKK “to night ride again”

Photo of a portion of Sutton's editorial published on Feb. 14.

NBC News — Goodloe Sutton, publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama, confirmed on Monday that he was the author of an editorial calling for the Klu Klux Klan to night ride against “Democrats in the Republican party and Democrats … Continue reading