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George Zimmerman supporter changes story, says Trayvon Martin was racially profiled

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More than a year after Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, one of his biggest supporters is changing his story. Zimmerman’s former neighbor Frank Taaffe testified before a grand jury earlier this week, and revealed details about the racially-charged conversation he had with a man he believes was […]

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Activists in Chicago call for investigation into fatal police shootings

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A group of local activists in Chicago called for an investigation into a series of fatal police shootings that took place in the city. Relatives of those killed staged a demonstration in front of the department’s headquarters.

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Charges brought against NYPD officers who assaulted teen

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Two NYPD officers who chased down a teen and hit him in the face with a gun and assaulted him have been indicted by a grand jury and will be arraigned Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The officers continued to chase 16-year-old Kareem Tribble, even after he’d stopped running and had raised his hands. 

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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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Study: stop-and-frisk linked to trauma in black men

According to a study released by the American Journal of Public Health, aggressive policing likely has an adverse effect on the mental health of young men, particularly young black men in New York City. The study appears to reveal higher rates of feelings of stress, anxiety and trauma in young men who experienced multiple stop-and-frisk […]

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Report: black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than whites

According to an analysis by Pro Publica, black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than their white male counterparts. The analysis was based on 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012. 

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Officials: civil rights charges against George Zimmerman unlikely

It is unlikely that the Justice Department will bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The news comes in response to allegations that the killing was racially motivated. 

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More cops required to wear body cameras across nation

More police departments across the country are requiring members of their force to wear body cameras. In the last few weeks, agencies in at least a dozen cities, including Ferguson, where 18-year-old Mike Brown was fatally wounded by a police officer on Aug. 9, have said they are equipping officers with video cameras. 

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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 […]

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