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Report: Illinois tops list of worst 10 states in country to raise black children

For many black children, finding the support they need in order to become successful is more than challenging. According to a study conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Illinois is the worst state in the country to raise black children. 

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Man orphaned by Rwandan genocide awarded full ride to Harvard

At just 9-years-old, Justus Uwayesu became an orphan and street beggar in Rwanda. He had not bathed in more than a year when an American charity worker, Clare Effiong found him. Fast forward 13 years and Mr. Uwayesu isn’t just living in a different world, but rising through the academic ranks of not just his […]

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California prisons agree to end lockdowns based on race

The settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit has California prisons agreeing to no longer base lockdowns on inmates’ race or ethnicity. 

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Activists call for tracking of police misconduct by FBI

Activists in Ferguson have collected 200,000 signatures backing their demand that federal agencies address the national trend of police brutality with major reforms. The activists are calling for the collection and release of comprehensive data on how many Americans are killed by law enforcement officers annually. 

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Autopsy: Vonderrit Myers shot 6 times from behind

An independent autopsy has revealed that 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers was shot a total of eight times, with six of the bullets entering his body from behind. Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who investigated the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey, conducted the examination at the request of Myers’ family. Welcht […]

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Birmingham man receives just $1,000 from $460,000 police brutality settlement

The city of Birmingham settled a police beating lawsuit for $460,000, but only gave the plaintiff, who is still behind bars, $1,000. Under the settlement’s terms approved by the City Council and Mayor, Anthony Warren will receive such a small amount because his attorneys will get $359,000 in fees and $100,000 in expenses. 

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Marchers block Atlanta highway as they protest Mike Brown shooting death

Protesters stopped traffic on a busy Atlanta highway in response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Missouri teen Mike Brown Wednesday evening. Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said a number of protesters were present near Freedom Parkway’s Downtown Connector. 

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Report: Racial bias continues to taint the capital punishment system in the United States

According to a recent report released by the ACLU, racial bias continues to taint the capital punishment system in the United States. The discrepancies were prevalent in areas such as jury selection to through decisions about who faces execution. 

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Police actions spark protests in Hammond

The Purdue University Calumet Social Justice Club, along with concerned citizens and other civil rights activists, protested the Hammond Police Department’s actions during a Sept. 24 traffic stop that has led to a civil lawsuit against the city and officers involved.

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Cops in Seattle sue for right to use excessive force

Police departments in Seattle have revised their policies on when police can use force. The changes come as part of a settlement with the Justice Department over findings that officers used frequent excessive, unconstitutional force on suspects. But roughly 125 police officers have filed a lawsuit challenging the new rules. 

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