Black Lives Matter: A Movement Keeping the Dream Articulated by Martin Luther King Jr. Alive

By: Monday January 19, 2015 1:53 pm

A new grassroots movement against institutional racism sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, has rekindled discussion about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Co-founders of Black Lives Matter describe the effort to “Reclaim MLK.” Individuals around the world over the last few days have been “engaging in radical acts of civil disobedience, by [...]

St. Louis Activists Ask Court to Remove Prosecutor for ‘Bad Faith’ in Darren Wilson Grand Jury

By: Sunday January 18, 2015 8:45 pm

Activists in St. Louis have requested that a circuit court investigate and remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch for conducting the grand jury into Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown in an “arbitrary manner and in bad faith.” When a person has evidence that an elected official “knowingly or willfully” refused [...]

Former Chicago Cop, Shot 28 Times by Police & Found Guilty of Attempted Murder, Has 40-Year Sentence Commuted

By: Tuesday January 13, 2015 4:01 pm

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, in his final day as governor, commuted the forty-year sentence of Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was shot 28 times by four white police officers. Morgan was accused of shooting the police officers. A jury acquitted him of two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated [...]

Environmental Activist Who FBI Entrapped & Charged with ‘Eco-Terrorism’ is Released Over Withheld Evidence

By: Friday January 9, 2015 12:19 pm

A 37-year-old environmental activist, who was convicted of “eco-terrorism” in 2007 and sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2008, has been released from jail after he uncovered evidence that the federal government withheld documents that would have been useful to his defense at trial. The release was a result of Eric McDavid pleading guilty [...]

Grand Juror Sues St. Louis County Prosecutor Over Lifetime Gag Order in Officer Darren Wilson’s Case

By: Monday January 5, 2015 4:25 pm

A person who served on the grand jury that did not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown has sued St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch and argues a lifetime gag order violates his or her First Amendment rights. The lawsuit being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Missouri [...]

St. Louis Man Faces Charges for Allegedly ‘Making Terrorist Threats’ on Twitter Against Police

By: Thursday January 1, 2015 8:39 pm

A thirty-five year-old black man from the St. Louis area has been charged with ten felony counts of making “terrorist threats” on Twitter against police. Prosecutors filed the charges against Jason Valentine on New Year’s Day. They stem from messages he tweeted between December 3 and December 14, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. [...]

Prosecutors Say LAPD Officers Were Not Targeted & Ambushed

By: Thursday January 1, 2015 1:25 pm

Los Angeles Police Department officers were not ambushed last weekend and were, instead, fired upon when they approached a “gang attack on rivals,” city prosecutors said. The Guardian reported that an incident that occurred during the previous weekend was “not a targeted ambush on police.” The prosecutors have stated two individuals “opened fire on rival [...]

In Aftermath of Executions of NYPD Officers, Police Crack Down on Extreme Anti-Cop Speech on Social Media

By: Wednesday December 24, 2014 2:23 pm

Police departments throughout the United States have escalated the vigilance in which they monitor speech on social media. Multiple people have been arrested and accused of threatening officers, as part of a law enforcement response to the execution of two New York Police Department officers. Ismaiiyl Brinsley shot NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu [...]

Some Perspective as Officials Exploit Execution of NYPD Officers to Discredit Movement for Police Reform

By: Monday December 22, 2014 11:54 am

Two New York police officers were killed by a mentally ill African-American man on December 20. The man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had chosen the officers as targets as a kind of revenge for police, who had killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Although there is little evidence that these [...]

Cleveland Police Who Commit Brutality Benefit from Investigators Who Cast Conduct in ‘Most Positive Light Possible’

By: Friday December 5, 2014 5:58 pm

The civil rights division of the Justice Department released its findings from an investigation into the Cleveland Police Department’s pattern of use of deadly and “less lethal force” by officers. It uncovered incidents of officers striking suspects in the head with “impact weapons,” using tasers, chemical spray and fists in acts of retaliation, “excessive force” [...]

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