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Inmate beaten to death at Florida jail after reporting threats by guard

Latandra Ellington was just seven months shy of freedom when she wrote a chilling letter to her aunt from prison. She told her aunt she feared she wouldn’t make it out alive because one of the officers, identified as “Sgt. Q” had threatened to beat and kill her.  “He was gone [sic] beat me to […]

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2014 sees a record number of African Americans running for Congress

A record number of African Americans are running for federal office this year, and unfortunately their advances have been met with increased racial polarization in politics, especially in the Deep South. There are 82 black nominees in the two major political parties running in 2014, according to an analysis by David Bositis. The number surpasses […]

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Another 18-year-old fatally shot by police in Ferguson, protests ensue

Another 18-year-old black male was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in St. Louis’ Shaw neighborhood. Police Chief Sam Dotson said the man fired three shots at the officer, who returned fire in self defense. As a result of the shooting, protests in the areas have intensified. 

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Supreme Court approves some of the worst voting restrictions in the country

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court overruled a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that reinstated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in North Carolina for midterm elections. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissented. 

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Teen pepper-sprayed in own home after cops mistake him for intruder

A black teenager was pepper-sprayed in his own home after a neighbor mistook him for a burglar. North Carolina teen Deshawn Currie, who lives with his white foster family, was confronted by police in his own home after a neighbor called them, assuming Currie was a trying to burglarize the home.

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Video: Hammond family sues police for excessive force after being tased during routine traffic stop

A northwest Indiana man and woman have filed a federal lawsuit against the Hammond Police Department, alleging officers used excessive force during a routine traffic stop. The woman’s son recorded the incident on his cell phone. 

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Report: teachers expect less from students of color

According to a new report released by the Center for American Progress, teachers expect less from students of color when it comes to academic performance.

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Eric Garner’s family files $75 million civil suit against NYC, NYPD

The family of Eric Garner, a black New York resident who died as a result of a chokehold performed on him by a New York police officer, has filed a $75 million civil suit against the city and police department. The notice of claim was filed by lawyers at Rubenstein and Rynecki on Tuesday. It […]

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Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan succumbs to virus

Thomas Eric Duncan, the lone man diagnosed with Ebola who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia, died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He had been in critical condition after being diagnosed with Ebola in mid-September. 

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Involuntary manslaughter charge dropped against cop who killed 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones

  The involuntary manslaughter charge against a Detroit police officer who mistakenly killed a 7-year-old girl during a raid was dropped by a judge on Friday. 

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