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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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‘I Beat That N***r Like He Owed Me Money’: New Jersey Cop Faces Up to 40 Years for Federal Charges Including Using Excessive Force | Atlanta Black Star

Kiersten Willis, Atlanta Black Star © Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com Former Paterson Police Officer, Frank Toledo, leaves the Federal Courthouse in Newark on July 16, 2019 after being charged in court. Featured Image FBI investigation into several police officers in Paterson, New Jersey, has led to a seventh one being charged. On Tuesday, Frank Toledo pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark to conspiracy to violate people’s civil rights, using excessive force, and filing a false police report, the Paterson Times reported. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners remain committed to identifying and prosecuting corrupt police officers who […]

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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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How to Fight Police Violence, Pollution, and Poverty, at the Same Time | City Lab Summer Lee is the first black woman elected to represent the Pittsburgh region in the state legislature. And she wants to set the record straight on the confluence of factors eating her constituents alive.

Summer Lee is the first black woman elected to represent the Pittsburgh region in the state legislature. And she wants to set the record straight on the confluence of factors eating her constituents alive.

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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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