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Police Pointed A Gun At Four Black Boys After A 911 Caller Falsely Claimed They Had Weapons

A witness, who filmed the incident, said she'd previously seen a young white man "spouting racial slurs at them and aggressing them with a metal trash can lid and saying he had a knife."<p>Brianna Lindell, who witnessed and filmed the incident at Minnehaha Regional Park, said on Facebook that she'd …

911caller

Black NFL player arrested after flashing gun to defend himself from enraged white driver

Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White was driving to his home in suburban Dallas when he says a white man got enraged and started screaming racial slurs …

Self Defense

7-year-old boy tortured, held under water during home invasion, Texas authorities say

Texas authorities are searching for four suspects in connection with what they say was a horrific torture of a 7-year-old boy during a home invasion, …

Crime

Meek Mill's profound BET performance spotlights police violence

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just weeks out of prison, Meek Mill debuted a song that delivered a blistering criticism of the criminal justice system at the BET Awards on Sunday night.<p>The song, titled "Stay Woke," which features Miguel, is the rapper's first new music since his release.<p>At the start of the performance, …

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Officer fired for "abusing his authority" by pulling over daughter's boyfriend

Officer fired for “abusing his authority” by pulling over daughter’s boyfriend<p>Lorain, OH (WOLO) — A 26 year veteran of the police Lorain Police …

Crime

Anatomy of a Los Angeles Police Shooting: A Black Teenager, a Missing Gun, Protests, Grief

LOS ANGELES — John Weber was rummaging through old boxes the other day, looking for memories, when he found a bunch of old baseball and flag football trophies. He has kept other things, too, like a neatly pressed R.O.T.C. uniform, a reminder that he once hoped to steer his son, Anthony, to the Army …

Law Enforcement

Paramedics investigated for covering teenager with sheet after mistakenly believing he was dead

The Chicago Fire Department is investigating why paramedics mistakenly thought a teenager who was shot in the head was dead and left his body lying …

Crime

Graphic Novelist Found Guilty of the Grisly Murder of Fiancée Who Slowly Died Next to Their Baby

The son of a Canadian millionaire was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday after he tortured his fiancée to death just weeks after she …

Crime

Unarmed teen fatally shot by police while fleeing traffic stop

<b>EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. --</b> A police officer fatally shot an unarmed 17-year-old boy just seconds after he fled from a traffic stop in a confrontation …

Law Enforcement

Man threatened attack against Harvard's black commencement, authorities say

An Arizona man was arrested Friday in connection with threats made last year to bomb and shoot attendees of a commencement ceremony for black students at Harvard University, authorities said.<p>The suspect, identified as Nicholas Zuckerman, 24, faces federal charges of “transmitting in interstate and …

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Wyatt Cenac's examination of American policing uncovers a shocking tale of improbable reconciliation

<i>Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas</i> has devoted its entire first season to a wryly comic dissection of the justice system in America, and the ways in which …

Credit Card Scammers: Street Gangs on the Dark Web

Victoria’s Secret manager calls cops on black woman forced to return bra with security tag on it — and has her handcuffed

A black Tennessee woman accused a Victoria’s Secret manager of racially profiling her after she attempted to return a bra that still had a security …

Six people killed by Phoenix-area murder suspect, police say

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Police say a man who systematically gunned down members of the legal community in Phoenix and neighboring Scottsdale had killed a total of six people before killing himself Monday.<p>Authorities have identified that man as Dwight Lamon Jones, 56. They say all of the shootings have …

Officer fired after intentionally hitting fleeing suspect with his police car

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has fired one of its officers after an investigation showed he intentionally ran down and hit a fleeing …

A white driver ran over a black man then allegedly sent shockingly racist Snapchat messages

LEESVILLE, La. — A pickup truck hit and killed a 31-year-old black man who was being a Good Samaritan as he tried to remove dangerous debris from a roadway in a community south of here.<p>His name was Sherell "Rell" Lewis of Leesville. Tuesday, the day of the accident, was his birthday.<p>He was a barber …

Social Media

Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins

Outside the gates of a residential complex called Oak Bay, a construction frenzy tears up the central Chinese city of Wuhan, a metropolis of 11 …

I Followed My Mom to Prison

Even though I was close to my mom growing up, she was very secretive.<p><i>This article was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project.</i> <i>Sign up for their newsletter.</i><p>As I walked across the stage, I couldn’t believe I was finally graduating. I’d spent the past three years at St. Francis College in …

Amazon is selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement

If you're nervous about the privacy implications of Amazon's camera technology, there might be a good reason for it. The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups are calling on Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to stop offering Rekognition facial detection system to government customers after learning …

A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail

Gang Member Sentenced to 25 Years for Conspiracy in Unification of Rival Northeast L.A. Gangs Under Mexican Mafia: DOJ

A Northeast Los Angeles gang member convicted of helping to run a coalition of rival gangs that unified under the Mexican Mafia was sentenced Monday …

South African man, 23, found guilty of hacking family members to death with ax, staging crime scene

A South African man has been found guilty of murdering three members of his immediate family on Monday, more than three years after the gruesome attack in an upscale housing estate that shocked the nation.<p>Henri van Breda, 23, was also found guilty of obstruction of justice and attempting to murder …

Police officer who Tasered force's race relations adviser is cleared by a judge

A police officer has been found not guilty of assault after Tasering a police race relations adviser in the face having mistaken him for a suspect.<p>PC Claire Boddie of Avon and Somerset Police was cleared of unlawfully discharging the weapon on January 14 last year having wrongly identified Judah …

15-year-old who died in ATV crash was shot with police stun gun

A variety of dashcam, bodycam and surveillance video footage obtained by ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ shows a 15-year-old who died last year after …

It's Time for Police to Start Snitching

Communities of color are actually disproportionately likely to report crimes—it’s police themselves who have maintained a corrosive culture of silence.<p>A 911 caller living in a nonwhite neighborhood snitches.<p>A man wearing a black hoodie “busted both my truck windows out,” the caller reported on …

Justice

Black 22-year-old killed during arrest died from "homicide by asphyxiation," autopsy finds

The cause of death for Keeven Robinson, a 22-year-old black man who died while four white police officers were arresting him just outside New Orleans, was “homicide by asphyxiation,” the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s office announced Monday.<p>Robinson, who police were watching as the subject of an …

Racism, not 'pungent' odor, got Nigerian family kicked off United flight in Texas, lawsuit says

A Nigerian woman has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit alleging she and her children were kicked off a United Airlines flight in Houston after a …

Existing While Black: Irrational Fear Is the New Breed of Racism

It has been a banner year for discrimination. Two recent events on college campuses at Colorado State University and Yale bring issues of …

Mother turns son in to police after seeing him in surveillance footage

A Florida mother turned in her 18-year-old son after she recognized him on surveillance video shared by law enforcement on social media in connection with a burglary.<p>On May 2, Clearwater police released footage that shows three teenagers breaking into a home on April 25 and stealing headphones, …