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BYP100 stages ‘die-in’ in response to Mike Brown grand jury decision

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Members of the Black Youth Project 100 gathered outside of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office Tuesday to protest the decision by a Missouri grand jury to not charge Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed an unarmed teen in August. 

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No indictment in Michael Brown shooting death

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A Ferguson, Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager will not be indicted for the teen’s murder. Michael Brown died on Aug. 9 after an encounter with Officer Darren Wilson. 

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‘Angola Three’ prisoner released from solitary confinement after more than 42 years

Albert Woodfox has spent more than 42 years not just locked up in prison, but in isolation. But thanks to a court ruling, America’s longest-standing solitary confinement prisoner’s conviction has been overturned. 

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St. Louis mayor: ‘National Guard will play limited role’

The mayor of St. Louis said that he supported Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to send the state’s National Guard to his city in preparation for the grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Mayor Francis G. Slay also stated that troops operating within the city would have a secondary role in […]

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Chicago police captain convicted of torturing blacks receives $4,000 monthly pension

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled (4-3) in favor that Jon Burge, a former Chicago police captain accused of overseeing the torture of hundreds of people of color, will get to keep his monthly pension of $4,000. 

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Man released after serving 15 years behind bars for crime he didn’t commit

In a stunning reversal, a Cook County judge ordered for a man who confessed to a 1982 double murder to be released on Thursday. Alstory Simon wept for joy when he walked out of a downstate Illinois prison after spending 15 years behind bars. 

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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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Events

National Day of Protest against police brutality scheduled for October 22

The 19th annual Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminilization of a Generation will take place on Wednesday Oct. 22. The event will be hosted by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, a building national movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality throughout the country. 

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After 17 years in prison, innocent man finally freed

Roger Logan is finally free after spending nearly 17 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit. Logan was convicted for killing Sherwin Gibbons in Bedford-Stuyvesant, but always maintained his innocence. 

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Obama Administration to expand clemency for drug offenders

As part of a new initiative, President Obama plans to dramatically increase the number of drug offenders he considers for clemency.  According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the president has requested that the Justice Department set up a process to ensure that anyone who has a good case for commutation has their application evaluated.

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