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Second trial set for Detroit cop who killed 7-year-old during raid

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A Detroit police detective is set to stand trial for a second time for killing a 7-year-old girl during a 2010 raid on her house.

The raid was captured on video by a reality TV crew. 

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Friends help ‘Interrupters’ star Ameena Matthews battling cancer

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A Chicago-based activist whose violence-prevention work was featured in a critically acclaimed documentary has been diagnosed with cancer.

Friends have started a fundraiser campaign in hopes of raising money for Ameena Matthews’ treatment. 

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Death of man who ‘baked to death’ in hot jail ruled accident

Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a Rikers Island cell due to the extreme heat, the city examiner officially announced.

The death of a man who officials say “baked to death” while being held in a Rikers Island jail cell has been ruled accidental.

The mentally ill former Marine died in a jail cell that had a 101-degree temperature. 

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Chris Brown offers advice to Ray Rice

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Singer Chris Brown has some words of advice for former NFL player Ray Rice regarding his domestic violence incident.

During an interview with MTV’s Sway Calloway Thursday, Brown talked about his own history with violence in response to Rice being cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended from the league after TMZ Sports leaked a video showing the player punching his then-fiance Janay Rice. 

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Brown family lawyer blast St. Louis Post-Dispatch for ‘racist speculation’

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The attorney representing the family of slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown is coming down on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for reporting “gossip and racist speculation” instead of news surrounding Brown’s death.

Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is upset about the local paper’s pursuit of Brown’s juvenile records. Crump accuses the reporters of failing to apply the same interest to obtaining background information on the police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown. 

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Mother says son was killed by police because he was black

A Florida man is dead, and his mother says it’s due to the color of his skin.

22-year-old Darrien Hunt was killed by police on Wednesday. 

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In memory of four little girls

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On this day fifty-one years ago, the world lost four promising little girls due to pure, unadulterated hatred. A bomb exploded some time before Sunday morning services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Unfortunately such acts were commonplace given the blatant racism faced by African-Americans throughout the country, but especially in the deep south. 

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‘Django’ actress handcuffed, accused of prostitution after kissing white husband

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A black actress says she was handcuffed and detained by police after being mistaken for a prostitute while out with her white husband.

Daniele Watts, who played slave CoCo in the award-winning film Django: Unchained, posted the news on her Facebook page. She said her arm was cut during the encounter with police in Hollywood. 

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The Path and Means to Police Accountability

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A lot of my pieces often deal with creating more understanding for the ‘other side’ of things. In previous pieces I have called for more empathy and understanding concerning young black males, police officers, and even murderers like Theodore Wafer. I do these pieces because empathy is my own personal ethic, I believe it has the power to change the world. When we can see, even glimpse a certain ‘knowing’ of others as full human beings with imperfections and talents and skills just like yourself, I think it becomes harder to simply label, stereotype, and treat others with disrespect. And to be clear, we all do it unfortunately.

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Ray Rice blames alcohol for elevator altercation, swears off drinking

Ray Rice says hard liquor acted as the fuel that triggered his elevator rage against his then-fiance Janay Palmer.

The former Ravens running back also says he hasn’t touched the stuff in months. 

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