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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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Jury begins review of fatal John Crawford III shooting

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday in the racially charged case of a fatal shooting inside an Ohio Wal-Mart store.

A timetable has not been made public on how long it will take to present evidence to Greene County jurors or how long it may take them to make a decision on whether the police officer should face charges in the shooting death of 22-year-old John Crawford III.

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Deputies who killed homeless preacher on trial for murder

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Five Denver sheriff’s deputies are on trial for the murder of a homeless street preacher who died during an altercation with the officers in 2010.

The trial comes amid calls for a federal investigation of the department over other high-profile abuse cases. 

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Video: anchor who quit live on-air explains reason behind ‘F*** It’ exit

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A local news anchor whose unconventional way of leaving her job went viral has come forward, explaining why she quit.

Charlo Greene, a reporter for Anchorage, Alaska’s KTVA, announced on air that she would be leaving her job to focus on marijuana legalization in the state.

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