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Video: South Carolina patrolman shoots man as he reaches for license

A South Carolina trooper who shot an unarmed man for what appears to be no apparent reason was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery.

Sean Groubert was fired from the Highway Patrol after the shooting incident. He now faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted for wrongfully shooting driver Levar Jones.

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America’s first black attorney general Eric Holder to announce resignation

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general is set to announce his resignation Thursday.

Two sources familiar with the decision say Holder intends the leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed.

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Ferguson police don ‘I am Darren Wilson’ bracelets?

 

On Wednesday, a video of an alleged Ferguson, Missouri officer wearing an “I am Darren Wilson” bracelet in support of the officer who fatally wounded an 18-year-old unarmed black teen surfaced online.

The picture was posted to the MediaBlackOutUsa Instagram account. 

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Video: 5-month pregnant woman thrown belly-first by NYPD

Sandra Amezquita, 44, says she was violently pushed to the ground by police in Sunset Park while trying to intervene during his son's arrest and alleged beating by 72nd Precinct cops.

The New York Police Department’s Internal Affairs unit is investigating claims that an officer tackled and slammed a five-month pregnant woman in Brooklyn.

A video recording shows Sandra Amezquita, who is 5-foot-4, being grabbed by the arm and thrown to the ground with a cop on her back in the early morning hours in Sunset Park. 

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Feature: In Ohio, Black Youth Won’t Let Another Police Shooting Fade Into the Background

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The following post is from ThinkProgress. It was written by Nicole Flatow.

By: Nicole Flatow

It’s been more than a month since 22-year-old John Crawford III was shot dead in an Ohio Wal-Mart for carrying a BB gun that he picked up on the store shelves — just days before the death of Michael Brown. Store surveillance tape captured the incident that the Crawford family lawyer says implicates the police. But the public hasn’t seen it.

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Justice for John Crawford: jury determines officers were ‘justified’ in Walmart killing

A special grand jury has decided not to indict the officers involved in the fatal shooting of John Crawford III in a southwest Ohio Walmart.

The Greene County grand jury determined the Beavercreek police officers were justified in shooting Crawford on Aug. 5. 

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Magic Johnson: ‘Give Danny Ferry another chance’

 

In a series of tweets, NBA legend Ervin “Magic” Johnson said that he believes that Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry deserves a second chance.

Ferry, who is on a leave of absence for racist comments he read aloud from a 2012 email about Miami Heat small forward Luol Deng.

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14-year-old Louisiana teen killed by police

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A 14-year-old boy is dead after an encounter with Louisiana police. 

The incident happened in Terrebonne Parish after deputies were called to the scene just before 6 p.m. pm on Tuesday. 

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NBA star Derrick Rose donates $1 million to After School Matters program

Teens in Chicago’s After School Matters program will get a boost from the NBA’s Derrick Rose.

The MVP and three-time Chicago Bulls All-Star is donating $1 million to the Chicago-based non-profit organization which is devoted to providing “innovative out-of-school programs for teenagers.”

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Spotting Bigotry On Spotify: How One Playlist Description Promotes And Perpetuates Racism

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Recently I received a Snapchat from my friend Taylor of a Spotify playlist. Normally I wouldn’t have given it much thought, but the description of the playlist made me furious. Both Taylor and I were equally annoyed at the way a Hip-Hop playlist was being marketed to solicit listeners. The racist undertones behind the playlist description caused me to think about the appropriation of Hip-Hop culture by outsiders who mock, morph, and monetize it without compunction. Racism nowadays is stealthy in its attempts to thrive and spread through covert means. Something as trivial as a playlist can become the subtle breeding ground to reinforce racist ideology.

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