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by Johnesha Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Newspaper It is important that youth know how to safely navigate life experiences and on Monday a group of youth at Douglas Community Center got some lessons on how to do just that. The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center (MSPJC) presented its “Know...
Laylah Washington would be turning three years old this month but instead of planning a birthday party, her mother, Leslie Washington, will be visiting her daughter’s grave. The toddler was shot in the head during an apparent road rage incident last June. More than seven months later, her killer...
Disclosure: I'm one of those people who believes CBS' 60 Minutes is a national treasure — and the above segment is one reason why. As heartbroken as we are whenever we hear of another tragic shooting in Memphis, we can all thank God that things aren't as bad in Memphis...
By Christen A. Smith, University of Texas at Austin Diamond Reynolds’ live stream of Philando Castile bleeding to death after being shot by Officer Jeronimo Yanez shocked and dismayed the nation in 2017. It is difficult to imagine the pain of witnessing and archiving the death of a loved one. It is...
There are roughly 300 volunteers serving within the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Bureau in one of three divisions – Emergency Services, Community Services and Reserve. Assistant Chief Ronnie Washington is part of the Reserve Division, where officers are required to work 24 hours a month. And while that...
“Good Blue & You” interviews began in June of 2014. I created the column because of a breakdown in community and police relations. Brought to a roundtable discussion by Melissa Monie, formerly of The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, I expressed to her that people simply do not know the...
By Jesse Washington, The Undefeated Editor’s Note: The following is the second of a special series by The Undefeated on African American police officers. Shared here with permission, this is an abbreviated version of this story, with links to the full version is at TheUndefeated.com. On her day of reckoning, Sgt....
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Two things inspired then-high school sophomore George Hofstetter to create an app that aims to prevent police brutality: the killing of Trayvon Martin and George’s worries for his younger brother’s future. “I want him to grow up in a world where he doesn’t have to worry about being on the...
ST. ANTHONY, Minn. — The Minnesota city that employed a police officer who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year has reached a settlement with Castile's girlfriend and her daughter, who were in the car with him when he was killed. The St. Anthony City...
A makeshift memorial of flowers and a photo of victim, Heather Heyer, sits in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) A Massachusetts Police Department has launched an investigation after an officer wrote “Hahahaha love this” in response to a story about a man plowing his car through...