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California prisons agree to end lockdowns based on race

The settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit has California prisons agreeing to no longer base lockdowns on inmates’ race or ethnicity. 

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Activists call for tracking of police misconduct by FBI

Activists in Ferguson have collected 200,000 signatures backing their demand that federal agencies address the national trend of police brutality with major reforms. The activists are calling for the collection and release of comprehensive data on how many Americans are killed by law enforcement officers annually. 

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Autopsy: Vonderrit Myers shot 6 times from behind

An independent autopsy has revealed that 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers was shot a total of eight times, with six of the bullets entering his body from behind. Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who investigated the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey, conducted the examination at the request of Myers’ family. Welcht […]

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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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Report: Racial bias continues to taint the capital punishment system in the United States

According to a recent report released by the ACLU, racial bias continues to taint the capital punishment system in the United States. The discrepancies were prevalent in areas such as jury selection to through decisions about who faces execution. 

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Police actions spark protests in Hammond

The Purdue University Calumet Social Justice Club, along with concerned citizens and other civil rights activists, protested the Hammond Police Department’s actions during a Sept. 24 traffic stop that has led to a civil lawsuit against the city and officers involved.

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Cops in Seattle sue for right to use excessive force

Police departments in Seattle have revised their policies on when police can use force. The changes come as part of a settlement with the Justice Department over findings that officers used frequent excessive, unconstitutional force on suspects. But roughly 125 police officers have filed a lawsuit challenging the new rules. 

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‘Django’ actress Daniele Watts, boyfriend charged with lewd conduct

A “Django, Unchained” actress who claimed she was racially profiled by police in Hollywood last month has been charged with one count of lewd conduct. Daniele Watts, and her white boyfriend Brian James Lucas, could face a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

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Official autopsy reveals Michael Brown was shot in hand at close range

The official autopsy on Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager whose death sparked national protests in Ferguson, Missouri and beyond, shows he was shot in the hand at close range. The accompanying toxicology report reveals that Brown had a trace of marijuana in his system.

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Georgia man sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing iPod

A Georgia man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing a teenager’s iPod. Shareef Tawwab Hakim, 20, of Marietta, was convicted of robbery and aggravated assault. 

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