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Why cops kill black people: Research suggests a troubling pattern of “retaliatory violence”

<b>Diante Yarber (Facebook)</b><p>A new case in California — and new research suggesting that police get stuck in a deadly psychological cycle<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 27, 2018 8:59am (UTC)<p>On April 5, police in Barstow, California, fired at least 30 shots at an unarmed 26-year-old African-American named Diante …

Law Enforcement

Lawyer Who Was Said to Have Dirt on Clinton Had Closer Ties to Kremlin Than She Let On

MOSCOW — The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016 on the premise that she would deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton has long insisted she is a private attorney, not a Kremlin operative trying to meddle in the presidential election.<p>But newly …

Russia

Cambridge Analytica was suppressing Democratic votes, and promoting Putin, all on Bannon's orders

Two years before the election—and at the same time as Russian operatives were setting up their cyber-warfare operation to interfere in the upcoming …

Cambridge Analytica

'He couldn't go on any longer': Avicii's family release statement on his death

Avicii's family has implied their late son took his own life, saying the famed DJ "could not go on any longer" and that "he wanted to find peace".The …

Mental Health

How the NAACP fought lynching  – by using the racists' own pictures against them

<i>Note that graphic images of lynchings are included in this article.</i><p>embed<p>In July of 1916,at the end of a long day, readers all across the US picked up the most recent issue of a new magazine, maybe from a coffee table or while browsing at the library. Its cover image was ordinary: recent college …

Black History

Why I Left The U.S. 20 Years Ago... And Why I Won't Be Coming Back

In hindsight, growing up in white, middle-class suburbia in 1980s America was kind of like being brainwashed. I grew up believing that having money was an objective to strive for and that life was a ruthless competition. I worked hard in school and got a good job because that was what was expected …

United States

Golden State Killer suspect lived a quiet suburban life, with flashes of rage and anger

When the law came for him after 40 years of hunting, he was doing a woodworking project in his garage.<p>As the team of heavily armed local and federal agents took him into custody, the 72-year-old truck mechanic asked them if he could take out a roast he had cooking inside.<p>The arrest Tuesday …

Crime

Here's how an Alabama newspaper marked the opening of the nation's first lynching memorial

<b>(CNN) —</b> John Williams. Gaines Hall. Buck Steward. Pete Zeigler. Jim Acoff. Henry Ivy. Willy Webb.<p>The names go on and on, 313 in all, printed in white against a dark backdrop, each a testament to a whole life stolen through the horrific American legacy of lynching.<p>The stunning presentation graced …

Black History

Federal Agents Seized 16 Old Cellphones in the Michael Cohen Raids. Everybody’s Going to Jail

You know how I know Michael Cohen is either a professional fixer or one of the drug dealers from <i>The Wire</i>? Because when federal agents raided his …

Donald Trump

North and South Korea vow to end the Korean War in historic accord

<b>Ilsan, South Korea (CNN) —</b> The leaders of North and South Korea have committed themselves to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and pledged to bring a formal end to the Korean War, 65 years after hostilities ceased.<p>In a remarkable day-long summit that weighed heavy with …

North Korea

Cosby could spend rest of life in prison for sex assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's team blasted his sexual-assault trial as a "public lynching" Friday and began looking ahead to an appeal as the judge ordered house arrest for the 80-year-old comedian and said he would be outfitted with a GPS ankle monitoring device.<p>Cosby's appeal seems certain …

Justice

"Things That Make White People Uncomfortable": Michael Bennett's Essential New Book

Michael Bennett

Saheed Vassell's Death Spurs Rally On Crown Heights Corner

"An unarmed Black man was murdered by NYPD Wednesday night," NYC Shut It Down organizers said. "Join us as we demand justice."<p>CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN …

NYPD cops shoot, kill bipolar black man with metal pipe in NYC

A bipolar Brooklyn man waving a metal object at passersby was fatally shot by police Wednesday when cops responding to 911 calls for a man with a gun …

New York police release video of man pointing object before fatal shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> The New York City Police Department released surveillance video Thursday of a man, later fatally shot by police, pointing a silver object at residents as if he were brandishing a gun.<p>The video also shows 911 call transcripts of neighborhood residents who reported the man to police.<p>On …

Law Enforcement

10 Historians on What People Still Don't Know About Martin Luther King Jr.

<i>Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the April 4, 1968, assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Yet, while his birthday has become a national</i> …

Why didn't I kill him?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first time I almost killed a man was two years after graduating from the police academy.<p>I was working at a local nightclub when a brawl erupted. Wading through the sucker punches and small skirmishes, I saw a man walk to his car, retrieve a long brown item and approach the nightclub …

Law Enforcement

How Patriots' Julian Edelman helped stop a potential school shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> New England Patriots player Julian Edelman was in Texas visiting a friend when he got a disturbing message on social media.<p>"I can't help but notice in the comments section there is a kid saying he's going to shoot up a school, can everybody alert the authorities please????" an unidentified …

Social Media

One of the NFL’s most outspoken activists is facing 10 years in prison on questionable charges

None of this makes any sense.<p>This week, NFL star Michael Bennett released a book, <i>Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.</i> Yet for a top athlete, …

Supreme Court: No Lives Matter If a Cop Feels Threatened

The high court’s ruling this week basically says that if an old lady has a cane and a cop says he thought it was a gun, he can fire away.<p>It’s …

Cosby jury filled as defence alleges discrimination

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A jury of seven men and five women — 10 of them white, two of them black — was seated Wednesday to decide Bill Cosby’s fate in the …

Opinions about NFL anthem protests are divided down racial lines

There is no denying that many Americans feel strongly about national anthem protests, particularly during the National Football League's 2017 season. …

On School Discipline, Fix the Problem, Not the Statistics

Are America’s teachers a bunch of racists? Democrats seem to think so.<p>After a rocky start, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has done an admirable …

Education

Poll: Nearly half of white Southerners feel like they're under attack

Nearly half of white American poll respondents living in the South feel like they’re under attack, a new Winthrop University poll found.<p>Forty-six …

Polling

Trump sounds ignorant of history. But racist ideas often masquerade as ignorance.

The racial story is often told from assuming lips.<p>All year, that story has been told from the prevailing assumption that President Trump, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other allies of the Trump administration who have rhetorically …

War

The real world, only in reverse: What would it be like if black people and white people traded places? How would people react?

<b>Note from BW of Brazil</b>: <i>So, did you notice anything strange about the photo above? If so, what struck you as strange? In a country like Brazil,</i> …

Women of Color