Tag: Mississippi

Federal Judge Places Consent Decree on Racist Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department

Screenshot: WLBT (YouTube) A federal judge has ordered a Mississippi county sheriff’s office to make sweeping changes after a civil rights lawsuit accused the county’s law enforcement agency of targeting black residents for years. On Thursday, a federal judge in the Southern District of Mississippi issued a landmark settlement in the case of Brown v. […]

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Mississippi Police Shot a Bullet Into the Back of His Head. A City Attorney Is Arguing It Doesn’t Matter Since He’s Not a Citizen

Photo: iStock Mississippi police should have never been at Ismael Lopez’s door. But in executing a warrant for a man wanted for domestic assault in July 2017, police went to the wrong address, arriving at Lopez’s home instead of the suspect’s. Lopez would not survive the encounter with police, who never announced themselves at the […]

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Overlooked No More: Robert Johnson, Bluesman Whose Life Was a Riddle

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Reggie Ugwu Little about the life Robert Leroy Johnson lived in his brief 27 years, from approximately May 1911 until he died mysteriously in 1938, was documented. A birth certificate, if he had one, has […]

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Here’s How Young Black Voters Are Fighting Back Against Voter Suppression in Mississippi

Voter registering at a drive on campus of Ole MissPhoto: Courtesy MS Votes While folks around the country are galvanizing today, National Voter Registration Day, to make sure people are eligible to vote come Election Day, here in Mississippi, young black voters are fighting for much more than making sure our names are on the […]

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Deep in Trump Country, Democrats Take Aim at Three Governors’ Seats

CLEVELAND, Miss. — Jim Hood, the Mississippi state attorney general, is a ruddy-faced man with a deep drawl and a vintage country-music hairdo — an anti-abortion, deer-hunting Baptist from the northeast Mississippi hill country. He is also a Democratic candidate for governor. On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon in the small Delta city of Cleveland, Miss., […]

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Google Celebrates Late, Great Blues Legend B.B. King on 94th Birthday

Google Doodle celebrates B.B. King—the iconic “King of the Blues” — commemorating would’ve been his 94th birthday Photo: Google Never ever forget the great ones who came before you. We give props to the folks at Google for keeping some of our historical events and figures at the forefront through its remarkable Google Doodle initiative, […]

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Memphis Police Charge 3 Mississippi Men With Civil Rights Intimidation in Parking Garage Attack

Three Mississippi men have been charged with civil rights intimidation and attempted robbery after allegedly attacking two black men in a downtown Memphis, Tenn. parking garage earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, citing court documents, Christopher Elder, Joshua Matheny and Michael Matheny confronted both victims on Sept. 2. Advertisement One of the victims, […]

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Mississippi Event Hall Refuses to Host Interracial Wedding, Then Apologizes

Video LaKambria Welch said that a wedding venue in Booneville, Miss., would not allow her brother’s wedding to take place there because the venue doesn’t “do gay weddings or mixed race” citing its “Christian beliefs.” The owners of an event hall in northeastern Mississippi apologized on Tuesday for refusing to host a wedding for an […]

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‘Because of Our Christian Race…’ Mississippi Venue Won’t Do Gay or Mixed Race Weddings

A Mississippi event venue said it doesn’t do “mixed race” or “gay” weddings because of Christian faith.Photo: IStock A video allegedly showing an employee of an event venue saying they won’t host “gay weddings, or mixed race” because of their religion has gone viral, sparking an uproar on social media. And take one guess where […]

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Curtis Flowers’s Conviction Tossed by Mississippi Supreme Court

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the murder conviction of Curtis Flowers, a black man who has been tried six times for the same crimes, two months after the United States Supreme Court ruled that the prosecutor, who is white, unconstitutionally kept black people off the jury. Mr. Flowers, 49, has been accused […]

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DHS Canceled Congressional Tour of Immigrant Detention Facilities at Last Minute, Members Say

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Congress members who tried to tour 11 immigrant detention facilities this week were denied the visits, according to Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. In a letter to acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan, Cummings claims DHS blocked access to 11 Border […]

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Catholic Order Paid 2 Black Men a Measly $15,000 to Settle Sex Abuse Claims and Keep It on the Hush

Photo: iStock The Franciscan Friars, a Catholic religious order, not only paid a paltry sum to two black men who’d been abused as children, but made them promise to keep their mouths shut about it. That’s according to an investigative report by the Associated Press, in which La Jarvis Love said the Rev. James G. […]

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Mississippi Plants Knowingly Hired Undocumented Workers, ICE Says

Federal immigration officials believe that the companies targeted in raids at poultry plants across Mississippi last week knowingly hired undocumented immigrants, a violation of federal law, according to affidavits filed by federal agents supporting the raids. About 680 immigrants believed to be working without legal documentation were taken away on buses by Immigration and Customs […]

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Heat Wave Sweeps Through Southern United States

A heat wave in the South forced residents to contend with scorching temperatures and dangerously high humidity on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures were expected to climb above 100 degrees in some places, with heat indexes as high as 118 degrees, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. “For 2019, this is definitely the hottest we’ve […]

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After ICE Raids, the Parking Lot Was Crowded, but No One Was There to Work

MORTON, Miss. — From a distance on Friday morning, the parking lot of PH Food could have been hosting a flea market. Scores of vehicles were haphazardly parked, and a throng of people milled around. A woman sold tacos al pastor and tacos de asada from the back of a food truck. But something far […]

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After Record-Setting ICE Raid in Mississippi, Migrant Children Face the Horror of Living Without Their Parents

11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio speaks to reporters after learning that her father has been detained by ICE agents.Screenshot: Dallas Urban (YouTube) After nearly 700 immigrants were detained by ICE agents on Wednesday during a series of strategic raids, an ugly situation in Morton, Miss., became even more gruesome as children, some as young as toddlers, […]

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Mississippi ICE Raids Left Children Without Parents. Their Neighbors Rallied.

In tearful videos and images that ricocheted across social media, children whose migrant parents were rounded up by federal authorities in Mississippi pleaded with the United States government to release their mothers and fathers. “Government, please show some heart,” begged an 11-year-old girl whose father was apprehended Wednesday in targeted immigration raids that the authorities […]

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Invoking the Racist Dog Whistles of the Past, ICE Arrests Nearly 700 Undocumented Immigrants in Mississippi

Friends and family console each other while U.S. immigration officials raided Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Rogelio V. Solis (AP) In what Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are touting as “the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation’s history,” nearly 700 undocumented immigrants were detained in raids […]

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Hundreds Arrested in Mississippi Raids Targeting Immigrant Workers

Federal immigration agents raided several companies across Mississippi on Wednesday, rounding up hundreds of immigrant workers in what federal officials said might be the largest worksite enforcement action ever in a single state. In what appeared to be a coordinated sting, more than 600 agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement showed up at the sites […]

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