Monday, January 21, 2019
Criminal Justice Reform
REDEMPTION SONG: Man Exonerated after 45 Years Sells his Prison Art to Get By
January 18, 2019
Richard Phillips Wire Photo FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Richard Phillips said he didn’t mope much during the 45 years he wrongfully spent in prison. He painted watercolors in his cell: warm landscapes, ... read more »
Report: Black Motorists Stopped, Searched More than Others
January 15, 2019
CHICAGO (AP) — A report by the American Civil Liberties Union says African-American motorists in Illinois are more likely than others to be stopped and searched for routine traffic violations. ... read more »
BREAKING NEWS: Florida Pardons 4 Black Men Accused of 1949 Rape
January 11, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a dramatic, hour-long meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a racial injustice. ... read more »
BREAKING NEWS: Governor Grants Cyntoia Brown Clemency
January 7, 2019
Cyntoia Brown NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has granted clemency to a woman serving a life sentence for murder who says she was a victim of sex trafficking.    ... read more »
Rep. Waters Statement on the Passage of the First Step Act
December 26, 2018
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued a statement on the First Step Act of 2018, which passed both the House and the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support and is now the law of the land.  ... read more »
Sen. Cory Booker “Cautiously” Praises Passing of Criminal Justice Reform Bill
December 19, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. ... read more »
WATCH: Van Jones Praises Bi-Partisan Support of Criminal Justice Reform Bill
December 18, 2018
The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. ... read more »
Attorney Ben Crump and Family of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. “Suspicious” of Republican AG Takeover of Investigation into Bradford’s Murder
December 18, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a black man killed by police in Alabama’s largest shopping mall claimed Monday that a state takeover of the investigation is a bid by authorities to protect the officer. ... read more »
WATCH: Court Rules, Cyntoia Brown Must Serve Five Decades Before She’s Eligible For Release
December 10, 2018
NBC News- Tried as an adult, Cyntoia Brown was convicted of murder at age 16 for the death of 43-year-old Johnny Allen. She said he offered to pay her for sex and she feared he would kill her. ... read more »
Rev. Jesse Jackson Delivers the Eulogy for Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr, Young Black Man Shot in Birmingham Mall
December 3, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson delivered the eulogy Saturday for an African-American man shot to death by a police officer following a shooting at a crowded Alabama shopping mall. ... read more »
Riverside County Jury Awards $2.5 Million for Wrongful Death in Fatal Shooting of Mentally-ill Anthonie Smith by Sheriffs Deputies
December 3, 2018
Attorney Herbert Hayden, Sybil Davis (Mother), Attorney John Harris Photo credit: Chaz Hall Photography A Riverside County jury awarded a $2.5 million wrongful death verdict on Wednesday to the family of a mentally-ill African-American man fatally shot nine times by Riverside Sheriffs on July 16, ... read more »
Los Angeles Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Spearheaded by Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Cleared for March 2020 Ballot
October 11, 2018
Patrisse Cullors, Campaign Chair Reform L.A. Jails ballot measure led by Black women in Los Angeles will get full vote of electorate Los Angeles, CA – ... read more »
Cop who Killed Tamir Rice Returns to the Police Force in Ohio
October 8, 2018
BELLAIRE, Ohio (AP) — The former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been hired by a police department in a small Ohio village. ... read more »
WATCH CHICAGO BREAKING NEWS: Officer Convicted of Killing Black Teenager Laquan McDonald
October 5, 2018
  CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the 2014 shooting of a black teenager that was captured on shocking dashcam video that showed him crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he was walking away from officers. ... read more »
Dallas PD Fires White Female Cop that Fatally Shot Black Man in his Home
September 24, 2018
white police officer accused of fatally shooting her black neighbor inside his own apartment has been dismissed, the police department announced Monday. ... read more »

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