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Autopsy: death of handcuffed man shot in chest ruled suicide

A Louisiana man shot and killed himself in March while in custody in the backseat of a squad car, according to the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office.

Victor White III, who was handcuffed at his time of death, sustained a bullet wound to the chest. 

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Guest Post

Ferguson schools prep for emotional first day back

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The following post originally appeared in the New York Times. It was written by Motoko Rich and Mosi Secret.

By: Motoko Rich and Mosi Secret

As schools in and around Ferguson, Mo., prepared to open, Tom Lawson, chairman of the social studies department of McCluer High School, planned to ask his students some very basic questions.

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BYP100 steps up in Ferguson

As tensions remain high in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of an unarmed black teenager, BYP100 is stepping up in the city. 

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12-year Navy veteran discharged for refusing to cut hair

A 12-year Navy veteran has been discharged for refusing to cut her hair or wear a wig as demanded by officials.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jessica Sims is described as an exemplary sailor. For most of her time in the Navy, she had kept her hair in natural locks with a bun for most of the time, as did other black female sailors at her duty stations.

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Michael Brown funeral scheduled for today, family requests no protests

The parents of a slain Missouri teenager whose death has sparked international protests is calling for community members to not hold protests on the day of his funeral.

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teen, was killed during a confrontation with Darren Wilson, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

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Parade details released for amazing all-black Little League baseball champions

Jackie Robinson West might have lost the World Championship against South Korea on Sunday, but they are winners in many of our hearts.

The all-black Little League baseball team became the USA champions in the World Series on Saturday. For their amazing accomplishments, Chicago will throw a parade in honor of the team. 

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Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson raises more money than Michael Brown fund

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The tension over Michael Brown’s death has hardly dissipated. Public opinion remains divided between those who think Officer Darren Wilson, the man responsible for taking the teen’s life, should be charged with murder and those who say he shot the teen in self defense.

What is pretty cut and dry is the amount of support Officer Wilson has received, and the crowd seems to be supporting the latter theory.

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Michael Brown incident report made public, police took 10 days to review it

Nearly two weeks after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, officials have now made the police report on the incident public.

They took ten days to review and approve the document, which doesn’t contain many details.

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Featured Post

BYP100 on how you can end police brutality in your community

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The following post originally appears on The Grio. It was written by BYP100′s  National Coordinator Charlene Carruthers and BYP100 member Terrance Laney.

By: Charlene Carruthers & Terrance Laney

President Barack Obama’s statements on the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, left many young black folks feeling that  the administration was either unwilling or inept at addressing racial injustice in the United States.

While the focus on America’s first black president is understandable, it has unfortunately provided every mayor, city council and police department with the cover they need to continue to refuse to implement common sense reforms that would keep everyone safe from police misconduct and abuse of power.

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American doctor cured of Ebola thanks to experimental drug, may be hope for black Africans who suffer from illness

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As far as we know it, there is no known cure for the deadly West African Ebola virus. But one American doctor appears to be cured thanks to an experimental drug created by Emory University researchers.

Kent Brantly contracted the virus while treating infected patients in Liberia late July.

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