Melissa Itzel

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Black like her: Is racial identity a state of mind?

The civil rights activist in Washington state who has come under fire for her disputed racial identity said she was stepping down as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter.<p>The civil rights activist in Washington state who came under fire for her racial identity said she was stepping down.<p>While …

Rachel Dolezal

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

Baltimore Protests Intensify: Pictures

Protest

What we know, don't know about Freddie Gray's arrest

<b>(CNN) —</b> New information released Thursday adds complexity, and even more questions, to the already confusing picture of what happened to Freddie Gray after his arrest.<p>The transport van that carried Gray made a previously unknown stop along its route from where he was arrested to the police station. …

Justice

What’s Next for Baltimore

A citywide curfew that went into effect late Tuesday until early Wednesday brought calm to Baltimore in the wake of riots that spotlighted deep …

Obama criticizes black deaths by police, but also rioters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Urging Americans to "do some soul-searching," President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Tuesday over recurring black deaths …

Justice

'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van.<p><i>Updated on April 27, 2015, at 5 p.m.</i><p>A rough ride. Bringing them up front. A screen test. A cowboy ride. A nickel ride.<p>Police say that intentionally banging a suspect around in the back of a van isn't common …

Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response

A line of police behind riot shields hurled tear gas canisters and fired pepper balls at as many as 200 protesters Tuesday night to enforce a citywide curfew, imposed after the worst outbreak of rioting in Baltimore since 1968.<p>Demonstrators threw bottles at police and picked up the canisters and …