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By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press ODENTON, Md. (AP) — Gun-rights advocates like to say, "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun." Some black gun owners, though, are not so sure it's a wise idea for them to try...
By Soraya Nadia McDonald, The Undefeated Dancer Rachel Watson-Jih was drifting off to sleep in her Brooklyn, New York, brownstone earlier this year when her husband became alarmed and shook her awake. Watson-Jih had begun flinching as she recalled the death of a woman she’d never met. Kerrice Lewis, 23, was...
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Undated photo of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr.; Protestors carry a sign reading “Justice for E.J.” during a protest at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 (Emantic Bradford, Sr. via AP; AP Photo/Kim Chandler) Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was the son of a police officer and a...
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By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago alderman called Tuesday for Cook County prosecutors to investigate the fatal shooting of a black security guard by a white police officer outside the bar where the guard worked. Authorities have said little about the scene that ended early Sunday with...
By Liberty Vittert, Washington University in St Louis (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Donald Trump has waved the words “stop and frisk” around like a banner call to cure violent crime in American cities. That means it’s time to take...
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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A white retired firefighter who burst out of his suburban Detroit house and shot at a black teenager who was asking for help to find his way to school was sentenced Tuesday to at least four years in prison. Jeffrey Zeigler said he has "full remorse...
With the Shelby County Board of Commissioners positioned Monday for a vote on legislation that would mandate Tennessee Bureau of Investigation inquiries into all police shootings, word came that the Memphis Police Association had advised its members not to cooperate with the TBI out of concern about officers’ rights. That...
Renowned trial lawyer Benjamin Crump says almost every police-shooting case he’s ever tried involved Tennessee vs. Garner, a landmark case that originated with a police shooting in Memphis in 1974. The Tennessee vs. Garner decision prohibits police officers from shooting fleeing suspects unless they pose a significant threat to the...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager. It was the second such verdict nationally in two months. Jason Van Dyke's guilty...
Now it’s public. The names of the three police officers suspended in the aftermath of the shooting of Martavious Banks have been released by the Memphis Police Department. Officer Jamarcus Jeames, 26, “fired shots” at Banks after being involved  in the initial traffic stop. Christopher Nowell, 27, was involved in the...