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Cops, Robbers, and Journalists: Who’s Innocent? Who's to Blame?

Cops, Robbers, and Journalists: Who’s Innocent? Who's to Blame?
The editors of The Contributor recently threw gas on the flames of America’s racial unrest with yet another irresponsible headline: “Jamar Clark: 5 Fast Facts you need to know.” Problem is, only two of their statements are facts (that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence) and the rest are allegations and/or speculation.
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An Arrest, a Suicide, a Year Later: The Lasting Tragedy of Kalief Browder

An Arrest, a Suicide, a Year Later: The Lasting Tragedy of Kalief Browder
Almost one year ago today, The New Yorker published the story of a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. Accused of stealing a backpack in 2010 at the age of 16, he was held on Rikers for more than 1,000 days waiting for a trial that never happened. His brutal detention included, among other abuses, two years in solitary confinement and beatings by officers and inmates. This tragedy of criminal justice was further compounded last June when, two years after his case was dismissed for lack of evidence, Browder, 22, committed suicide.
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Native American Activist Rex Henry "Found" Dead In Philadelphia, Mississippi Jail Cell

Native American Activist Rex Henry "Found" Dead In Philadelphia, Mississippi Jail Cell
Rexdale Wayne Henry, a Mississippi Choctaw Native American activist, was arrested on July 9 for failing to pay an old traffic fine. He was found dead in his Philadelphia, Mississippi jail cell on July 14. What happened?
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Gang Members Blow Holes in Baltimore Police Narrative

Gang Members Blow Holes in Baltimore Police Narrative
Gang Members Blow Holes in Baltimore Police Narrative - Baltimore gang members explain what they are trying to do at the Baltimore protests and why they are trying to prevent violence. Also Baltimore’s record on systemic Police violence...
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People's State of the Union on the Steps of Minneapolis City Hall: VIDEO

People's State of the Union on the Steps of Minneapolis City Hall: VIDEO
Advocates for citizens fed up with police harassment and mistreatment of workers are successfully getting the attention of Minneapolis city leaders. This week, Neighborhoods Organizing For Change Field (NOC) Organizer Mike Griffin led a "people's state of the union" presentation at Minneapolis City Hall that outlined systemic labor issues for low-wage workers and how certain city laws are being abused by police to harass minorities. The presentation got the support and participation of several city council members.
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Slain Teen's Grandmother Questions Mayor About Police "Extreme Violence"

Slain Teen's Grandmother Questions Mayor About Police "Extreme Violence"
The Grandmother of Tony Robinson, a 19-year-old man shot by police in Madison, Wisconsin submitted a question to the Mayor of Madison at a debate on Thursday night. Sharon Irwin wanted to know "what are you going to do to stop this extreme violence."
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This Video May Be the Most Important Yet in the Michael Brown Shooting

This Video May Be the Most Important Yet in the Michael Brown Shooting
We previously discussed the two white construction workers who witnessed the Michael Brown shooting. However, this video featuring the two witnesses at the scene as they corroborate their account that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was killed by Darren Wilson.
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New Witnesses to Michael Brown's Murder Say Teen Didn't Charge Darren Wilson

New Witnesses to Michael Brown's Murder Say Teen Didn't Charge Darren Wilson
Two white workers witnessed Michael Brown being shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Here is their account, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Hillary Breaks Silence on Michael Brown Shooting

Hillary Breaks Silence on Michael Brown Shooting
Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.
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With $5.1B in New Toys, SWAT Deployments Rise 1,400% in 20 Years

With $5.1B in New Toys, SWAT Deployments Rise 1,400% in 20 Years
It almost makes sense on the surface: Police departments across the country receive the military's excess equipment, everything from fax machines to riot shields to "various types of land vehicles." While in effect since 1990, things really skyrocketed after 9/11 and then the de-escalation of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The data regarding these acquisitions and the local departments' ability to use them are starting to flood out, and it's just as scary as the images of police militarization that have made Ferguson, Missouri, the center of this debate.
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