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Van Dyke trial: Jury sees video of white Chicago police officer shooting Laquan McDonald

Police reaching for pistol

NBC NEWS – Prosecutors on Monday showed jurors video of a white Chicago police officer opening fire on black teenager Laquan McDonald, saying the 2014 fatal shooting was “completely unnecessary.” The video shows Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times … Continue reading

American man charged in Uganda for racist assault on hotel staff

Huffington Post reports Uganda police arrested an older American man after reviewing a video that showed him striking out at hotel workers and using racial slurs. The police identified the man as Jimmy L. Taylor, a U.S. citizen who claims to … Continue reading

Protesters topple Confederate statue at UNC

CNN reports that about 250 protesters on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus knocked over the school’s controversial Silent Sam Confederate statue, the university said Tuesday. The statue is the latest among several Confederate monuments to be … Continue reading

Spike Lee says directing ‘BlacKkKlansman’ was an obvious choice

The 61-year-old director was stunned when ‘Get Out’ filmmaker Jordan Peele – who had optioned the story and developed a script for the movie – asked him to take the reins on the saga, which is based on the true … Continue reading

John Legend wants Louisiana to remove ‘white supremacy’ from its constitution

CNN reports, that as part of his continued work in criminal justice reform, John Legend is calling on Louisiana to change its constitution. In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post Tuesday headlined “It’s time for Louisiana to strip white supremacy … Continue reading

Lawsuit filed over rule banning smoking inside public housing

A lawsuit was filed challenging the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rule that directs all state and local housing authorities to ban smoking inside and out of public housing facilities nationwide. HUD’s anti-smoking regulation was finalized during the Obama … Continue reading

Municipality overbooks electronic monitoring units, gets sued

A lawsuit filed in Ohio claims that at least 13 people who have posted bond are still in jail because the county ran out of monitoring units. The lawsuit says Martin has posted bond, but he is required by a judge’s … Continue reading

West Point appoints first Black superintendent since the academy was founded in 1802

Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, a 1983 U.S. Military Academy graduate who has held high-ranking Army posts in Europe and Asia, has become the first black officer to command West Point in its 216-year history, academy officials announced. The native … Continue reading

Black homicide victims are less likely to see an arrest than white victims

Black victims, who accounted for the majority of homicides in the last decade, were the least likely of any racial group to have their killings result in an arrest, The Post found. While police arrested someone in 63 percent of … Continue reading

One Georgia city’s entire justice system is run by Black women

Black woman judge

CNN reports that South Fulton, an Atlanta suburb and one of Georgia’s newest cities, has the distinction of being perhaps the first city in the nation to have its criminal justice system led entirely by Black women. The city of South Fulton … Continue reading