Tag: black lives matter

Colin Kaepernick Reveals the Source of His Inspiration for the National Anthem Protest

Colin Kaepernick Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty) It’s well-known that Colin Kaepernick started his protest on the gridiron to bring attention to the police brutality and racial injustice plaguing this nation, but in a recent interview, the former quarterback reveals what specifically inspired his activism. In an interview with Paper magazine, Kaepernick says the fatal police shooting […]

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Colin Kaepernick Reveals the Source of His Inspiration for National Anthem Protest

Colin Kaepernick Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty) It’s well-known that Colin Kaepernick started his protest on the gridiron to bring attention to the police brutality and racial injustice plaguing this nation, but in a recent interview, the former quarterback reveals what specifically inspired his activism. In an interview with Paper magazine, Kaepernick says the fatal police […]

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Black NYPD Sergeant Who Oversaw Cop Who Killed Eric Garner Loses 20 Days’ Vacation for Her Role in Deadly Encounter

A protester holds up a sign with images of both Eric Garner and Michael Brown, both killed at the hands of police officers, during an August 2014 action on Staten Island in New York City.Photo: John Minchillo, File (Associated Press) New York City Police Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, the only other cop officially implicated in the […]

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Black NYPD Sergeant Who Oversaw Cop Who Killed Eric Garner Loses 20 Vacation Days for Her Role in Deadly Encounter

A protester holds up a sign with images of both Eric Garner and Michael Brown, both killed at the hands of police officers, during an August 2014 action on Staten Island in New York City.Photo: John Minchillo, File (Associated Press) New York City Police Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, the only other cop officially implicated in the […]

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Angela Bassett to Receive Icon Award at 2019 Black Girls Rock! Ceremony

Photo: Rebecca Sapp (Getty Images) There are certain things we can always depend on being fact: Water will always be wet, fire will always be hot and the world would be lost without black women. Facts are facts, America. Knowing that black women make the world go ‘round, BET is once again gathering attendees to […]

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NYPD Fires Officer Responsible for the Death of Eric Garner

People participate in a protest to mark the five year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner during a confrontation with a police officer in the borough of Staten Island on July 17, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) Five years after “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for police […]

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Body-Cam Footage Shows 19-Year-Old De’Von Bailey Running Away as He Was Shot by Police; Autopsy Rules Death a Homicide

Screenshot: 9News.com Once again, something that started so innocuously, with the words, “Hey guys” spoken by a police officer has left bullets in the back of a dead black teen. Nineteen-year-old De’Von Bailey, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was shot and killed by a Colorado Springs police officer on Aug. 3. Recently released body-camera footage from […]

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Tennessee Store Clerk Faces Up to 60 Years for Murdering a Black Teen Over a $2 Beer

Photo: iStock Seventeen-year-old Dorian Harris shoplifted a $2 beer from a local corner store and it cost him his life. Now, the store clerk responsible for shooting and killing the teen is facing up to 60 years in prison after being found guilty of murder in the second degree. Lawyers for Anwar Ghazali argued the […]

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Mike Brown’s Death Changed the World, but Local Activists Say It Hasn’t Changed Ferguson

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Today marks five years since Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was far from the only black man to die at the hands of the police that year; other high-profile cases—Eric Garner died in New York months earlier, Laquan McDonald would be shot and killed […]

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Five Years After Mike Brown’s Killing, Should Policing Be Abolished?

The RangeLots of people have opinions, but very few have the range. So The Root is bringing people together who do to discuss what’s trending and why it matters.    “I know that if I call the cops, they’re not coming to protect me—even in moments when I need it.“ —David Johns, executive director, National […]

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Five Years After Mike Brown, Police Brutality Is Still Harming Black Communities

The RangeLots of people have opinions, but very few have the range. So The Root is bringing people together who do to discuss what’s trending and why it matters.    It’s been five years since Mike Brown, an unarmed teen from Ferguson, Mo., was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. Ahead […]

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Baton Rouge Police Chief Apologizes for Hiring Alton Sterling’s Killer. Sterling Still Dead

A mural in memory of Alton Sterling is displayed on the wall outside of Triple S Food Mart on March 27, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today that the two officers involved in the July 2016 death of Alton Sterling would not face criminal charges. Photo: Josh Brasted (Getty […]

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Woman Said to Show Her Entire Ass During a Traffic Stop Lives to Tell the Tale; Guess on Which Side of the Racial Divide She Resides?

Photo: iStock A woman in Oklahoma repeatedly refused being given a traffic ticket, authorities say, apparently going so far as to kick the cop and get herself shocked with a Taser. Given the tragic ending of so many police encounters in this nation (read: Sandra Bland, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling), you can probably guess […]

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Woman Who Shows Her Entire Ass During a Traffic Stop Lives to Tell the Tale; Guess on Which Side of the Racial Divide She Resides?

Photo: iStock A woman in Oklahoma repeatedly refused being given a traffic ticket, authorities say, apparently going so far as to kick the cop and get herself shocked with a Taser. Given the tragic ending of so many police encounters in this nation (read: Sandra Bland, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling), you can probably guess […]

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Patrice Cullors, Reform LA Jails Lead the Charge to Decriminalize Mental Health with #CancelMcCarthyContract Campaign

Screenshot: PublicTheaterNY (YouTube) For years, activist and community organizer Patrice Cullors has poured her passion for the people into cofounding movements and coalitions such as Black Lives Matter and Reform LA Jails. But with the announcement of her #CancelMcCarthyContract campaign comes one of her biggest challenges yet—the fight for the mental health and wellbeing of […]

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Patrisse Cullors, Reform LA Jails Lead the Charge to Decriminalize Mental Health with #CancelMcCarthyContract Campaign

Screenshot: PublicTheaterNY (YouTube) For years, activist and community organizer Patrisse Cullors has poured her passion for the people into cofounding movements and coalitions such as Black Lives Matter and Reform LA Jails. But with the announcement of her #CancelMcCarthyContract campaign comes one of her biggest challenges yet—the fight for the mental health and wellbeing of […]

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‘Does That Mean That the Dictionary is Now Racist?’: Diamond and Silk Stump for Trump in Failed Nancy Pelosi Clapback

Screenshot: Fox Nation (YouTube) Diamond and Silk live to say stupid things. As the GOP’s sock puppets of choice and ardent proponents of all things loud and wrong, Shuck and Jive aren’t always there when you call, but they’re always on time to deliver their unique brand of high-decibel absurdity with a side of contrived […]

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Eric Garner’s Daughter Meets With NYC Mayor, Says Not Firing Officer Daniel Pantaleo Is ‘Unacceptable’

Emerald Garner, daughter of chokehold victim Eric Garner, gets emotional as she leaves the U.S. Attorney’s office, in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 16, 2019. Photo: AP Photo (Richard Drew) Though at this point it should be expected, it’s always a gut punch when a police officer takes a life—on video—and said death is ruled a homicide […]

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Chicago Police Board Fires 4 Officers Accused of Covering Up Laquan McDonald’s Murder

Photo: AP Photo An independent civilian board voted Thursday night to fire four Chicago police officers for their involvement in covering up the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The Chicago Police Board ordered Officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, Ricardo Viramontes, and Sgt. Stephen Franko to be discharged from the Chicago Police Department for making […]

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