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Aug 3, 2015 at 11:02am UTC

This infographic shows how likely different races are to go to prison

The criminal justice system in America is racially skewed, and as incarceration rates continue to climb, studies have found that African-Americans are disproportionately affected to a significant extent.<p>This illustration from the Sentencing Project shows exactly how stark the racial disparity is in …

Criminal Sentencing

Group releases statement defending Dylann Roof's 'legitimate grievances'

The basest of suspect Dylann Roof's convictions, by his own acknowledgment, are rooted in a deep hatred of black people, and now a national organization has stepped up to defend his resentment.<p>Mother Jones writer Allie Gross noted Sunday night that the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) …

Texas officer on leave after video shows him pushing teen

Freed Alabama death row inmate: 'I'm at peace with myself. Are they at peace?'

Ray Hinton spent 28 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now enjoying his freedom, he says faith in God and harnessing his imagination kept him going

Death Row

George W. Bush’s CIA briefer admits Iraq WMD “intelligence” was a lie

<b>(MSNBC)</b><p>Former CIA Deputy Director and intelligence briefer Michael Morell appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Tuesday<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>May 20, 2015 12:40pm (UTC)<p>A flurry of politicians quickly declaring their candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination has meant that the Bush administration's …

National Security

What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?

They switched diets.<p>Twenty South Africans gave up their corn porridge and vegetable stews for burgers and fries.<p>And 20 Pittsburghians sacrificed fast food staples for the low-fat, high-fiber fare that South Africans traditionally eat.<p>Dr. Stephen O'Keefe, a professor of nutrition at the University …

Duke Energy will be in federal court for coal ash crimes

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As the nation's largest electricity company prepares to plead guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act, Duke Energy …

U.S. Federal Courts

Police: George Zimmerman involved in shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> George Zimmerman, acquitted by a Florida jury in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2013, suffered minor injuries Monday after being shot at by a motorist, police said.<p>Zimmerman and the man who shot at him had been in an ongoing dispute, police in Lake Mary, Florida, said, though both …

Justice

South Carolina sheriff's deputy shoots resident who was victim of break-in

The victim of a home invasion was shot and seriously wounded by a South Carolina sheriff's deputy, prompting an investigation from the state's top law enforcement agency, officials said Friday.<p>Charleston County sheriff's deputies were responding to reports of a shooting at a home in Hollywood, …

Video shows Delaware police officer kicking man in head

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police in Dover, Delaware, have released dashcam video showing one of their officers kicking a man in the head, allegedly "rendering him unconscious."<p>Cpl. Thomas Webster was indicted Monday in the August 2013 incident. The video recording was released Thursday.<p>According to a police news …

Nine Georgia deputies fired over black inmate's death

(Reuters) - Nine sheriff’s deputies in Georgia were fired on Friday over the New Year’s Day death of a black inmate who had been placed in restraints, officials said.<p>The dismissals come amid a series of killings by police in cities including of Baltimore, New York, and Ferguson, Missouri over the …

Georgia (U.S. State)

Report: Pentagon credit cards used for gambling, adult services

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Some Pentagon employees, apparently attempting to hide personal spending on gambling and adult services, used their government-issued credit cards to pay for the salacious expenses, according to a Department of Defense official.<p>In what amounts to more of an embarrassment than a …

Judges to Review 3,000 Arrests After Racist and Anti-Gay San Francisco Police Texts

Three retired judges will review around 3,000 arrests connected to 14 San Francisco Police Department officers who are under investigation for allegedly sending racist and anti-gay text messages, the city's top prosecutor announced Thursday.<p>The judges, who are not being paid, will also try to …

Chicago Creates Reparations Fund For Victims Of Police Torture

<b>Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.</b><p>The city of Chicago has become the first in the nation to create a reparations fund for victims of police torture, after the City Council unanimously approved the $5.5 million package.<p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the abuse and torture of scores of mostly black, male …

4 black officers held at gunpoint by police

Teachable Momentum: Baltimore 'Big Brothers' Sees 3,000 Percent Increase in Mentorship Requests

In just 36 hours, following shocking television images of youths rioting in the streets, the Baltimore chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has received the largest surge in mentor applicants in the organization’s history — a whopping 3,000 percent increase.<p>That spike in interest is …

This dangerous practice allows police to injure suspects without ever laying a hand on them

An investigation is under way to determine exactly how 25-year-old Freddie Gray sustained his fatal injuries while in the back of a Baltimore PD police van last month.<p>Gray was arrested in April on suspicion of possessing a switchblade and died a week later after suffering a severe spinal cord …

Justice

Baltimore police illegally detained many protesters, public defender says

Nearly half the people arrested during the unrest that roiled Baltimore on Monday night were released Wednesday night, and the city public defender's office contends they were held in cramped and dangerous conditions.<p>Deputy Public Defender Natalie Finegar said 101 people were released from the …

San Diego agrees to pay $1.3 million to 2 women abused by police officer

The San Diego City Council has agreed to pay a total of $1.3 million to two women sexually assaulted by an on-duty police officer.<p>The council agreed to the payment at a closed session last month to settle claims filed by the women. The settlement was disclosed publicly this week.<p>The money will come …

Officers in Freddie Gray arrest identified

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chanting "No justice! No peace!" protesters rallied in Baltimore late Tuesday, the same day police released the names of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.<p>Gray died of a spinal injury Sunday, exactly one week after he was taken into custody.<p>Demonstrators marched to a local …

Hundreds help girl, 10, with rare condition celebrate birthday after none of her friends RSVP

When Jenny Moretter turned to Facebook after none of her daughter’s fourth-grade classmates RSVP’d to her 10th birthday party, she was simply aiming to prevent her daughter, Mackenzie, from having to celebrate her special day alone.<p>But on Saturday, the Minnesota mom— whose daughter has an enlarged …

Baltimore Mayor ‘Angry’ About Lack of Answers in Man’s Death After Arrest

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Oklahoma sheriff's office supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy's records, report says

Supervisors at an Oklahoma sheriff’s office were reportedly ordered to falsify a reserve deputy’s training records, giving him credit for training and certifications he never received.<p>The Tulsa World, citing unnamed sources, reports that at least three of reserve deputy Robert Bates’ supervisors at …

California city fails to discipline problem police: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An investigator appointed by a U.S. federal judge said the city of Oakland, California has failed to discipline problem police officers “time and again,” as police tactics are under increased scrutiny across the U.S., according to a court filing on Thursday.<p>Disciplining …

Law Enforcement

Chicago not releasing video of officer-involved shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Months after a teenager was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the city is still refusing to release the dash-cam video of the …

Law Enforcement

The sad truth about how many cops get convicted for on-duty shootings

Since 2005, just 11 cops have have been convicted of fatally shooting somebody while on duty even though thousands of people have died from police-involved shootings, a new analysis has found.<p>Of the 54 officers charged in connection with the fatal shootings, only 11 have been convicted, according …

Law Enforcement