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Her Son Was Careful to Avoid Police Officers. Then He Was Killed by One. | The New York Times (2008)

He drove the speed limit. He kept his car in good repair. Instead of shorts or T-shirts, he wore Ralph Lauren dress shirts. For years before he was fatally shot by a Dallas police officer who says she mistook him for a burglar in his own home, Botham Shem Jean had gone out of his way to avoid even routine encounters with the police, his mother, Allison Jean, said during a visit to New York City on Thursday with her lawyer, Lee Merritt. Ms. Jean said her son had to explain life in America — where for black men in […]

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Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson indicted on murder charge | NBC News

The case against Aaron Dean, 35, led to a rare murder charge against a police officer when he was initially arrested just days after the October shooting. A Texas grand jury on Friday indicted a former Fort Worth police officer for murder after he fatally shot a woman who had been babysitting her nephew at home in a case that drew public outcry for police accountability. The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office confirmed the indictment against the former officer, Aaron Dean, 35, in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old pre-med graduate student. Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jefferson’s […]

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25 Maryland corrections officers indicted on 236 counts | WBALTV 11

BALTIMORE — Twenty-five corrections officers have been indicted on 236 counts that includes use of excessive force, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday. “All 25 of these correctional officers have allegedly abused their power and abused our trust,” Mosby said. Prosecutes said the investigation started as a tip in 2018 about a single incident involving unnecessary force at a Baltimore Correctional Facility. Mosby said the officers, who are part of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ Baltimore Central Regional Tactical Unit, are accused of acts of violence, intimidation and use of excessive force. Kai Reed, […]

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It’s a Celebration As Voters Oust Prosecutor Who Freed Michael Brown’s Killer | Colorlines Ferguson City Council member Wesley Bell successfully challenged St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch, as organizers and voters shout #ByeBob.

Ferguson City Council member Wesley Bell successfully challenged St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch, as organizers and voters shout #ByeBob.

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Read James Blake’s Response to Punishment of NYPD Cop Who Assaulted Him | Colorlines “It is this continued failure of the NYPD’s disciplinary system that perpetuates police abuses, brutality and misconduct, and leads to the unjust killings of civilians.”

“It is this continued failure of the NYPD’s disciplinary system that perpetuates police abuses, brutality and misconduct, and leads to the unjust killings of civilians.”

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Baltimore Rising: HBO Documentary Chronicles A City Trying To Heal After Freddie Gray’s Death | Essence When Freddie Gray died in police custody in April 2015, Baltimore was thrust into the glare of a harsh spotlight.

When Freddie Gray died in police custody in April 2015, Baltimore was thrust into the glare of a harsh spotlight.

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Family of Michael Brown Settles Lawsuit Against City of Ferguson – The New York Times A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement in the lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Brown against the police officer who fatally shot him in Ferguson, Mo., ending the legal chapter of a case that sparked national outrage over the police’s treatment of black people.

A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement in the lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Brown against the police officer who fatally shot him in Ferguson, Mo., ending the legal chapter of a case that sparked national outrage over the police’s treatment of black people.

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