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Lawyer: Race a factor in St. Louis cop being mistakenly shot

An off-duty black St. Louis police officer’s race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn’t recognize him after a shootout with black suspects this week, the wounded officer’s lawyer contends.<p>The 38-year-old black officer was off duty when he heard a commotion near his …

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Seattle police spokesman plays video game while talking about fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles; video removed

Officer Sean Whitcomb played the video game “Destiny,” a first-person shooter-style game, while expressing sorrow about how the Charleena Lyles …

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LAPD arrests officer accused of unlawful sex with teen

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says he personally arrested one of his own officers on Thursday.<p>Beck arrested 10-year veteran LAPD officer …

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‘Making a Murderer’ Confession Was Coerced, Federal Judges Affirm

CHICAGO — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday.<p>Brendan Dassey, 27, was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of …

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Footage Of Philando Castile's Girlfriend's Daughter Is HEARTBREAKING (VIDEO)

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Watchdog group accuses private prison company of illegally funding a Trump super-PAC

Barbed wire fence layed around prison wallsjosefkubes/iStock<p>It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has been very good for private prison …

Corruption

Angela Davis: ‘unbroken line of police violence in US back to slavery’

The activist, feminist and revolutionary explains how the ‘prison industrial complex’ profits from black people, that Barack Obama can’t be blamed for the lack of progress on race, and why Beyoncé is not a terrorist<p>“There is an unbroken line of police violence in the United States that takes us all …

Racism

Seattle officers in fatal shooting had crisis training

SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises.<p>Officials also say the officers had at least one less-lethal way to handle the woman who they knew had a …

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Philando Castile shooting: 18 arrested as thousands protest verdict

<b>St. Paul, Minnesota (CNN) —</b> Thousands of protesters gathered Friday night after a jury found a police officer not guilty in last year's fatal shooting of motorist Philando Castile.<p>Minnesota State Patrol said it arrested 18 protesters following demonstrations on Interstate 94 in St. Paul. They were …

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Minn. officer acquitted in shooting of Philando Castile during traffic stop, dismissed from police force

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury on June 16, nearly a year after his death. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)<p>The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was …

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Federal agents arrest Vagos motorcycle gang members in California, Nevada and Hawaii raids

Federal agents launched a sweeping operation against the Vagos biker gang Friday, arresting many of the group’s leaders in raids throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii, authorities said.<p>A grand jury indictment that was unsealed after the coordinated, early-morning arrests leveled federal …

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Rikers guard admits to raping female inmate, avoids jail time

A former city correction officer admitted to sexually assaulting an inmate in a storage closet on Rikers Island but will not serve time under a plea …

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Jersey City cops caught on video appear to kick, drag a man on fire

A bystander, who had caught on fire when he was accidentally involved in a car crash during police pursuit of another vehicle, appeared to be kicked …

Black troops as much as twice as likely to be punished by commanders, courts

WASHINGTON — Black troops are far more likely than their white comrades to face court martial or other forms of military punishment, according to a study to be released Wednesday.<p>Black service members were as much as two times more likely than white troops to face discipline in an average year, …

Judiciary

States With Large Black Populations Are Stingier With Government Benefits

Research suggests that states with homogenous populations are more willing to spend on the safety net than those with higher shares of minorities.<p>When he launched his War on Poverty in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Tom Fletcher, an unemployed white Appalachian coal miner who lived in …

Poverty

Source: Brother of dismembered boy's killer found dead

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly six years after detectives uncovered the dismembered remains of an 8-year-old boy in a Brooklyn house, the brother of the man now imprisoned for killing the child was found dead in the same family home.<p>Police responding to a call from the family on Friday discovered the body …

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As Portland train attack victim died, a man stole his wedding ring, police say

Many Portlanders thought little could shock them more than the fatal stabbing of two men on a train for defending teens against anti-Muslim and racist taunts.<p>But after last week’s attack, in which 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian is accused of killing two men by slashing their throats, police …

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Tiger Woods is lost, in every literal and figurative way

No, the Tiger Woods you met in that Jupiter, Florida, police report is not the Tiger Woods presented to you by Tiger, his sponsors and his reps. <i>That</i> …

Golf

Three Years on Rikers Without Trial | The New Yorker

In the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a party in the Belmont section of the Bronx. They walked along Arthur Avenue, the main street of Little Italy, past bakeries and cafés with their metal …

Social Issues

LAPD officer is spared time behind bars in South L.A. assault case caught on video

It was a case that echoed the larger national debate about how police use force: a black man, assaulted by an officer, caught on video.<p>Prosecutors took the rare step of filing a criminal charge against Los Angeles Police Officer Richard Garcia, who had kicked, punched and elbowed the man as he was …

Grand Jury Won’t Indict Officer in Killing of Boy, 13, Who Held BB Gun

A grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, declined on Friday to indict a white police officer who fatally shot a 13-year-old black boy who was brandishing a BB gun, finding that the officer’s actions were justified, city officials and the police said.<p>The officer, Bryan Mason, had chased Tyre King into an …

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Three teenagers arrested in kidnapping and killing of 6-year-old boy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three Mississippi teenagers are accused of killing a 6-year-old boy after stealing the car he was left in.<p>The child, Kingston Frazier, was left alone in a Toyota Camry in a Kroger parking lot around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.<p>The three suspects pulled into the parking lot in a …

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Police supervisor told officer to say nothing after shooting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The supervisor of a white Oklahoma police officer who shot an unarmed black man testified Thursday that he told her to say nothing about the incident because he knew the shooting would be racially explosive.<p>Tulsa police Cpl. Wyett Poth testified Thursday about his directions to …

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Missouri sheriff involved in inmate death removed from job

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri sheriff who was arrested last month on assault and other charges has been suspended from office after he was involved in a jail altercation last week in which an inmate died, the state's top prosecutor said.<p>Attorney General Josh Hawley said in a news release …

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Hate crime is suspected after a gunman kills 3 white men in downtown Fresno

Kori Ali Muhammad told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America.<p>On social media, he referred to white people as “devils.” Earlier in the year, he released a rap album replete with violent, explicit, racially-charged lyrics, including referring to himself in one song …

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LAPD officers expected to face more scrutiny over shootings with new rules

For nearly two years, the Los Angeles Police Department’s civilian bosses have embarked on a high-profile campaign to curb the number of shootings by officers, pushing department brass for more training and less-lethal devices.<p>This week, the Police Commission will consider taking a major step to …

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