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Editorial: Do we have the wherewithal to respond to injustice?

Memorial In Brooklyn For Recent Victims Of Police Violence, Eric Garner And Michael Brown

By Be Moore

In 1991, Howard University rested squarely in the hood.

Now, the university hasn’t MOVED, but think of the hood as a sort of tide that rises and encompasses areas, and other times recedes, leaving traces like flopping fish on the ground after a tidal wave. We we’re under water.

Along with hood, comes hood fixings. Familiar things that you’ve surely seen before: bad graffiti, low grade food, and trash that rolls like tumbleweeds. Another key element to the hood is an ever present lack of respect for it’s residents.

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Foul play suspecting in police shooting of African American Pace University football star

A passenger in the car of slain Pace University football star Danroy Henry said Monday that the first shots fired by cops were unprovoked.

“They shot me, they shot me, they shot me,” Henry whispered as cops hauled him from the car and cuffed him on the street, pal Brandon Cox said.

“None of us deserved what happened that night. I’m just devastated at the loss of my friend.”

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Unarmed Black CEO shot by police during sex sweep in Newark park

The American Civil Liberties Union joined gay rights groups and civic and religious leaders today in calling for a thorough — and independent — investigation into the shooting death of Atlanta CEO DeFarra Gaymon by an Essex County sheriff’s officer.

“What we have here is a situation where an unarmed citizen ends up dead as a result of what would have been a minor crime,” said Deborah Jacobs, executive director for the ACLU-NJ. “Considering the seriousness of the incident and many unanswered questions, this investigation demands the legitimacy that only an external review can provide.”

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Possibly the most effective 34 seconds political ad ever.



Aspiring Attorney General Ken Hodges served as special prosecutor in the 2003 shooting death of a Muscogee County black man, Kenneth Walker, by a white sheriff’s deputy, David Glisson.

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Oakland BART shooting verdict spark riots



Angry mobs smashed windows and set small fires in downtown Oakland Thursday night, their rage sparked by a white transit cop’s conviction of a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a subway station New Year’s Day 2009.

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Excessive force? Seattle police officer throws a punch to subdue a female jaywalker



Investigators in Seattle are reviewing the incident, which was captured on video.

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Ex-Chicago Police Lt. Accused of Torturing More Than 100 African-American Men

A former police commander accused of overseeing the torture of more than 100 African American men goes on trial today in Chicago.

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Who will police the Police?

The police were caught on tape beating a man, who was already unconscious and then covered it up by hiding the tape for over a year. Isn’t that criminal? Why were they only fired? Should police officers be allowed to get emotional?