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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...
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will release its 2018 Policy Papers at its annual open house on Thursday (Nov. 15). Set for 6 p.m. in the University Center River Room (300), the focus will be on identifying and proposing solutions to contemporary...
Jason Reid, The Undefeated Sonia Y.W. Pruitt was tired and fighting a cold, but she wasn’t having it. After a colleague informed her that another police organization had blasted Nike for featuring Colin Kaepernick in its new national advertising campaign in early September, she perked up and pushed back. Pruitt, the...
Mindful that Early Voting is more than two-thirds complete and that Election Day is Nov. 6, Chancery Court Judge JoeDae Jenkins on Thursday ruled in favor of plaintiffs seeking judicial helping regarding 4,000 to 6,000 disputed voter registration forms. The ruling came with an order for the Shelby County Election...
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By Jesse Washington, The Undefeated Jim Brown is getting lambasted for the same thing the black community used to praise him for: defiant action to uplift African-Americans, by any means necessary. Last week, Brown met with President Donald Trump and Kanye West in the Oval Office for an orchestrated show of...
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...
The Fourteenth Amendment establishes citizenship and lays out what it means to be a U.S. citizen. But it doesn’t explain how citizens can use their voices to actively participate in government. That’s what CitizenFEST Memphis is for. The Fourth Bluff and Citizen University are partnering to host CitizenFEST Memphis, a learning...
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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...