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Jackie Robinson West clinches first game with 12-2 win

The Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West Little League was founded in 1971 by Joseph Haley. His son Bill says there were no grand plans of winning state championships or reaching the Little League World Series. But that’s exactly what happened as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West reached the series for just the second time since its existence this year. 

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The demonization of a black, unarmed teen is well underway

  The following post originally appeared on the Daily Kos under the title, “The demonization of a dead, unarmed teenager is well underway…” By: Barbara Morrill Well, that didn’t take long. Barely two hours after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jacksonnamed the police officer who gunned down 18-year old Michael Brown last Saturday, and the demonization of—you […]

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BYP Memo: The Policing of Black Communities and Young People of Color

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Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown’s murder by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has focused the nation’s attention on racial disparities in the law enforcement system. Brown’s case is not an isolated incident. Along with Brown, the cases of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida and, more recently, Eric Garner in New York and Ezell Ford […]

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Mentally ill man brutally beaten by police

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The Compton branch of the NAACP called for the Sheriff’s Department to prioritize an investigation into a violent arrest that left a 29-year-old mentally ill man with “massive permanent injuries.” Barry Montgomery, who suffers from paranoia schizophrenia, was handcuffed and brutally beaten by a group of 20 deputies as he played basketball at a park […]

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Netherlands to refashion racist ‘Black Pete’ figure

After a series of protests from it’s black citizens, The Netherlands will refashion its popular holiday character into a less offensive figure. The mayor of Amsterdam said that Black Pete, also known as Zwarte Piet would change in appearance over the next four years to make him less offensive. 

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Update: Name of Michael Brown shooter released, police suggest possible robbery connection to slain teen

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said six-year veteran Darren Wilson is the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Friday. Wilson, who is from the St. Louis area, has no history of disciplinary action. 

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Military to ease up on hairstyle policy after complaints of discrimination from black recruits

The United States military is easing up on its hairstyle requirements to allow more styles that are popular with black women. The changes come in response to criticism from black service members and lawmakers that black recruits had been treated unfairly by the new restrictions. 

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Teens create mobile app to help citizens monitor law enforcement conduct

14-year-old high school freshman Caleb Christian grew concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news. He knew that while there were bad cops out there, good police officers also existed in various parts of the country. The problem was that he had no way of figuring out which communities were highly […]

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At mayor’s request, state troopers deployed to Chicago

Illinois State Police are on their way to Chicago to work with the city’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit as of Thursday. Starting at District 11 on the West Side, a new crime-fighting effort will bring forty officers with the Illinois State Police in to help the unit track down wanted criminals. 

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Justice for Michael Brown: Ferguson Day of Rage protests planned throughout country today

In response to the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teen who was gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, citizens across the nation are staging a series of protests.

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