Sunday, May 9, 2021

Criminal Justice

By Benjamin L. Crump, Esq. (via theGrio.com) It’s right out of a nightmare. You’re standing on a street corner when a police cruiser pulls up. Officers toss you in the back seat and you’re hauled to a crime scene, where a witness...
While you were worried about Russian collusion, Kardashian pardons, national anthem protests, trade tariffs, border walls and Melania Trump’s secret facelift kidney surgery, the Trump administration has been successfully implementing an insidious plan that threatens to reverberate in black...
After years of failed attempts, Alice Marie Johnson is finally free, thanks to Kim Kardashian West. Wednesday evening, Johnson was released from federal prison just hours after her life sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump. In footage obtained from Alabama...
“If you know something, say something,” said Memphis Police Department Homicide Bureau Major Lambert Ross as he pleaded for help in the unsolved homicide case of two-year-old Laylah Washington during a Wednesday morning press conference. Washington was shot and killed...
“I’m not trying to be famous. I’m trying to be free.” Alice Marie Johnson, 63, didn’t expect to have her life story catapulted into the global spotlight. A former felon enjoying newfound freedom after spending 22 years of what could...
We’ve all made mistakes and have been in need of second chances, right? Ex-offender Jerald Trotter feels the same way. He hasn’t been able to get a job after serving 13 years for a second-degree murder conviction in 2000. Officials...
As the annual vigils for Lorenzen Wright have gone, this one was short, largely because of tortuous heat, and yet decidedly different in a far more important way. Gathered on the FedExForum plaza Friday evening, Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, and...
By BILL BARROW and CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren delivered what she called "the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It's racist ... I mean front to back." While speaking at a...
Implicit bias toward black men by police is nothing new, and it is not limited to white officers. Black officers can also have implicit bias toward black men because in the case of police forces, that implicit bias is...
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — Eberlene King remembers her 15-year-old brother as he lay dying, after white teenagers cruised through their black neighborhood in a pickup on Halloween night 1959 and shot him in the...