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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...
The police shooting of her son has Janice Banks vowing to get justice. She made that declaration Thursday morning as 25-year-old Martavious Banks remained in critical condition. Noting that the police surveillance cameras of suspended officers had been shut off, Banks said, "It's as plain as day and I'm not...
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TSD freelance photojournalist Johnathan Martin was on the scene Wednesday night at Elvis Presley Boulevard and Gill Avenue as demonstrators blocked traffic to protest the officer-involved shooting of Martavious Banks on Monday evening. In this clip, Memphis Police Department officers are seen forcefully taking down protestors and making arrests. One...
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While the Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation try to sort through the events that led to a MPD officer shooting and seriously wounding 25-year-old Martavious Banks, they’re operating without key pieces of evidence. That evidence? Dashcam and body armor video. And the reason it’s missing is...
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Three Memphis Police Department officers have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into an encounter and series of events that ended with 25-year-old Martavious Banks in the hospital as the result of an officer-involved shooting. Banks still was listed in critical condition at Regional One Health Medical Center...
Colin Kaepernick formally of the 49ers knelt in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Nate Boyer, the former Green Beret whose conversation with Colin...
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Never shying away from topical social issues -- or a conversation about them -- the Hattiloo Theatre will host a panel discussion about the school-to-prison pipeline before the official premiere of its new play, "Pipeline." This Thursday, September 13, 2018, Hattiloo will host a free panel discussion about the school to prison...
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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 institutional. This is actually news to no one—or shouldn’t be—but a...
Well-known Memphis activist Keedran Franklin walked out of the jail complex at 201 Poplar with dozens waiting for him late Saturday night after his arrest on multiple drug and driving charges. The charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana (with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell), driving...