Tag: law crime

Family Demands Answers in Death Mikayla Miller, the Black Teen Whose Body Was Found in the Woods in Massachusetts

Screenshot: WCVB 5 On the morning of April 18, a jogger found the body of 16-year-old Mikayla Miller up against a tree in the woods near a walking trail in Hopkinton, Mass. The day before her body was discovered, Mikayla’s mother complained to authorities that the teen had been jumped by other teens and punched […]

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Derek Chauvin and 3 Other Ex-Cops on Civil Rights Violations

Photo: Court-TV Pool (AP) Seeing actions actually have consequences for cops is a continually bizarre experience. A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the death of George Floyd on U.S. civil rights charges. Advertisement According to the Star Tribune, documents that were unsealed on Friday reveal that […]

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South Carolina House Votes to Add Firing Squad to Execution Methods. Why? Beats Me, Y’all

Photo: Trent Nelson (AP) Apparently, the lack of prisoners getting killed is a pressing problem in South Carolina—so much so that the state House voted on Wednesday to add the use of a firing squad to its list of execution methods. Advertisement According to the Associated Press, the state house voted 66-43 in favor of […]

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L.A. City Attorney’s Office Will Not File Charges Against Quavo or Saweetie in Connection With Elevator Incident: Report

Saweetie and Quavo attend the 2019 GQ Men of the Year celebration on December 05, 2019.Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for GQ Men of the Year 2019 (Getty Images) We have some updates regarding the elevator incident involving rappers Quavo and Saweetie, which immediately went viral after footage was leaked shortly after their breakup was announced. […]

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The City of Milwaukee Approves $750,000 Settlement for Former Bucks Player Sterling Brown in Police Misconduct Case

Photo: Mark Metcalfe (Getty Images) In 2018, NBA player Sterling Brown was tackled to the ground and tased by Milwaukee police officers. His crime? Double parking. Three years later, the city has approved a settlement worth $750,000 for the former Bucks athlete. Advertisement According to CBS News, the motion was unanimously passed in a 14-0 […]

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America’s Gonna America: Atlanta Cop Who Was Fired for Fatally Shooting Rayshard Brooks Has Been Reinstated

Photo: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office (AP) To me, the saddest part of the Derek Chauvin verdict was that it felt, and continues to feel, like such an anomaly. It is incredibly hard to hold cops accountable for their actions because America agreed a long time ago that brutality and murder are OK as long you […]

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Documents Show That Explosives and Weapons Were Found Near Right-Wing Protests and Events

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Photo: Samuel Corum (Getty Images) Of course, explosives and […]

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Derek Chauvin’s Lawyer Seeks New Trial

Photo: Court TV via AP, Pool (AP) Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder for killing George Floyd weeks ago, but his defense lawyers are already trying to get a new trial. Advertisement Eric Nelson said in a four-page document that a number of errors were made during the trial, including mistakes made by Hennepin County […]

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DNA Test in 1993 Arkansas Killing Reveals Genetic Material of Someone Other Than the Black Man Who Was Executed for the Crime

Photo: Arkansas Department of Correction (AP) So many horrific things happen in America’s courts that’s it’s amazing so many people believe we have a fair, just and totally not racist legal system. We’ve seen countless stories about Black men serving time for decades only to be found innocent years later. In Arkansas, DNA testing has […]

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Funeral Held for Andrew Brown Jr., Black Man Who Was Fatally Shot by Police in North Carolina

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) It feels like we’ve been trapped in a never-ending cycle of grief. Even as we felt palpable relief seeing Derek Chauvin be found guilty for the murder of George Floyd, we were immediately reminded that the cycle of police violence doesn’t take a break. Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and […]

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Columbus Police Can’t Use Force on Peaceful Protesters, Judge Rules

A protester holds a die-in in front of a row of police officers during a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd at the State Capital building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on June 1, 2020.Photo: SETH HERALD (Getty Images) Cops in Columbus, Ohio, have been ordered to use less threatening restraint against protesters who […]

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Black Man Who Was Forced to Work Without Pay by White Boss Should Get $546,000 in Compensation, Court Rules

Bobby Paul Edwards; John Christopher SmithPhoto: J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Screenshot: WPDE This may be one of the most horrific stories that The Root has ever reported. For 23 years, Bobby Paul Edwards, who owned the J&J Cafeteria in Conway, South Carolina, enslaved John Christopher Smith, an intellectually disabled Black man who Edwards beat […]

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Students at Arizona High School Disciplined After Reenacting George Floyd’s Murder

Shannon Haynes talks to her son Ronald Haynes, 9, about George Floyd in front of a memorial following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty today on all three charges he faced in the death of Floyd last May.Photo: Nathan […]

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California Woman Charged With Hate Crime, Accused of Racially Harassing Black Delivery Driver

Screenshot: KRON 4 In today’s episode of White People Are Addicted to Thinking They’re in Charge of Shit, a white woman in Berkeley, Calif., went after a Black Amazon driver for allegedly speeding and ended up charged with a hate crime. And of course, a story like this wouldn’t be complete without free use of […]

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‘We Only Have One Colored in Our Town’: Court Rules Michigan Bar Can be Sued by Beaten Black Man After No One Called Police

Photo: Kondor83 (Shutterstock) A lot of white people would have us believe we live in a post-racial America. They’ll tell you that it’s actually the narrative around systemic racism that is dividing this country because they’re too obtuse and cowardly to deal with the truth—that this nation has always been divided, and for good reason […]

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68-Year-Old Black Woman Sues NC Police After They Pulled her by her Hair and Allegedly Dislocated her Shoulder During Traffic Stop

Screenshot: The Washington Post At this point, I’m convinced that cops can’t wait for an excuse to go berserk on Black people. And we’ve seen report after report after report that indicates that among cops’ favorite excuses to go way overboard in their uses of force is anything they perceive as a car chase. Advertisement […]

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Tennessee Police Officers Won’t be Charged in Shooting Death of Black Teen After Release of Body-Cam Footage

Screenshot: ABC 9 The Knox County District Attorney’s Office has released police body camera footage and other details regarding the shooting death of 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr. at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn., and it has been determined that the officers involved in the shooting will not face criminal charges. It’s an […]

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DOJ Considers Charging Derek Chauvin in 2017 Incident Where he Allegedly Beat Black 14-Year-Old and Knelt on Him for 17 Minutes

Derek ChauvinPhoto: Minnesota Department of Corrections (Getty Images) The hits just don’t stop coming for ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Now that he’s been convicted of murdering George Floyd, the Department of Justice is considering the possibility of charging him in connection to a 2017 incident where the man who knelt on Floyd’s neck for […]

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Video Of Ex-Army Ranger Training Cops How To Kill Resurfaces

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) We already know that cops are state-sanctioned killers who get away with murdering people all of the time. They are basically gangs, but with the legal power to prey on whomever they choose, and when they face public scrutiny their police unions provide legal cover to beat the charges. Advertisement Accountability was […]

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D.C. Firefighter’s Conviction Overturned After Arresting Cop Is Accused of Lying

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) America’s jails and prisons are full of men and women who have been imprisoned because of a cop’s lies. Advertisement The story of a Washington, D.C. firefighter who was jailed in Virginia after an illegal traffic stop is no exception. Elon Wilson was driving with a family member in Fairfax County, Va. […]

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North Carolina Deputy Fatally Shoots Black Man While Serving Warrant

Photo: Gerry Broome (AP) A Black man in North Carolina was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy who was delivering a warrant. In other words, it’s a Thursday in America. Advertisement According to ABC News, a man identified as Andrew Brown Jr., was fatally shot by a deputy from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office on […]

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Officer Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant Identified as Nicholas Reardon

Vigil attendee holds a sign advocating to protect Black girls in Columbus, Ohio on April 21, 2021. The vigil was for Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was shot and killed by Columbus Police on April 20, 2021.The vigil was attended by activists and friends and family of Ma’Khia. Photo: Stephen Zenner (Getty Images) The Columbus, Ohio […]

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The Day Before Derek Chauvin’s Conviction Was Announced, a Judge Denied Walter Scott’s Killer’s Request to Be Set Free

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies during his murder trial at the Charleston County court November 29, 2016 in Charleston, S.C. A judge is considering whether jurors will visit the spot where Slager is accused of shooting and killing Walter Scott, an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in North Charleston. Photo: […]

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DOJ to Investigate Police Practices in Minneapolis

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about a jury’s verdict in the case against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, at the Department of Justice on April 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: ANDREW HARNIK (Getty Images) Less than a day after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, […]

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Yes, Derek Chauvin Was Found Guilty in the Death of George Floyd, But What’s…Next?

Photo: Minnesota Department of Corrections (AP) Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota cop who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes until he became unresponsive and later died, was found guilty of murder Tuesday. Chauvin’s bail was revoked, and he was immediately taken into custody. Advertisement Here is everything we know about what happens […]

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For Once, a Cop Did Not Get Away With Murder. Activists Want to Ensure It Is No Longer a Rarity

Porsche Queen Miller (center) and others march through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021 in Atlanta.Photo: Megan Varner (Getty Images) Tuesday, Black people celebrated the conviction of Derek Chauvin as jubilantly as they’d rejoice in their favorite sports team winning a championship. They know they are the […]

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Neo-Nazi Leader Accused of Pointing Gun at Black People, Shouting Racial Slurs and Threatening to Kill Them

Photo: Oleksandr Yuchynskyi (Shutterstock) Another day, another white supremacist putting Black lives in danger only to be treated as less than a terrorist. Advertisement On Monday, a white man who happens to be a leader of one of America’s oldest white supremacist groups was arrested in Phoenix, Ariz., after he allegedly pointed a gun at […]

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What Looks Like Justice Is Just Accountability on an Ordinary Day

Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges for the murder of George Floyd. Black people rejoiced in the moments after the verdicts were announced because we had been holding our collective breath all morning, afraid to hope for a guilty verdict and expecting Chauvin to walk. Advertisement Chauvin didn’t […]

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Police Officer Shoots and Kills 16-Year-Old Ma’Khia Bryant, Body Camera Footage Released

Police body camera footage shows the moments before an officer shot and killed Ma’Khia BryantScreenshot: NBC4 Columbus (YouTube) A police officer in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant late Tuesday afternoon, around the same time the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd was being read. Advertisement Because if […]

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Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty Of All 3 Counts in the Murder of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin’s trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd.Image: Court TV-Pool (AP) After over 10 hours of deliberation across 2 days, a jury has unanimously found former Minneapolis police officer […]

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Anti-Protest Bill Into Law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami on April 08, 2021 in Miami, Florida. The Governor announced that the state is suing the federal government to allow cruises to resume in Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a very […]

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