Police Brutality: A Public Health Crisis

Police Brutality

By Kevin Dedner, MPH The recent death of Michael Brown is a tipping point: police brutality is a public health crisis for boys and men of color.   Brown’s death comes just days after the death of Eric Garner being ruled a homicide.  The deaths of Garner and Brown at the hands of police are vivid examples of how some police ...

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Why the founder was wrong for not supporting Eric Garner


by Agyei Tyehimba Some of you read this title, saw my name and picture above, and thought, “Another Black man (a Nationalist at that) is bashing Kimberly Foster for her controversial article “Why I Will Not March for Eric Garner.” Foster’s July 22nd article on the website has sparked the righteous indignation of many in the progressive Black community, and in my ...

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Man shot, paralyzed over unpaid parking tickets


Every time you think that police beatings and shootings can’t get any worse, you hear another story like this one.   A man was shot in the back this week in Lehigh County in Pennsylvania and paralyzed over none other than a set of unpaid parking tickets.  When 38-year old Kevin McCullers was shot, the police officer said that he ...

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Dr. Sinclair Grey asks why isn’t anyone serious about ending gun violence?


By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Gun violence is no stranger to what’s happening in the inner cities. The number of killings in Chicago, Washington, DC, and other major metropolitan areas can’t help but raise eyebrows as to why this problem continues to occur, but little attention is brought to it. Permit me to say that the shooting at Sandy Hook ...

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You’ll never believe what Bishop Desmond Tutu said about Israel


South African Nobel Peace laureate and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has never been one to back out of a fight over human rights and justice. He has always been outspoken, even when it meant certain death for him, like during the time his country was under the rule of Apartheid. One topic he has always seen as ...

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Man says he was beaten senselessly by cops just for asking what he did wrong

Reported by Liku Zelleke About two years ago, Jermaine Robinson, 41, was out for a bike ride near his Hillsboro home and the last thing he could have expected was to be accosted by police officers, thrown to the ground, roughed up and hauled off to jail. But that’s exactly what happened to him. Now, he’s filed a federal lawsuit ...

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Charges: Neighbor pulls gun on dad teaching daughter to ride bike

A man is accused of pulling a gun on a neighbor who was teaching his 7-year-old daughter how to ride a bike in Rosemount. Gary Drake, 61, is facing second-degree assault and terroristic threat charges after he pointed a shotgun at his neighbor and threatened to kill him on May 25, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint says: While a father was ...

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Meet the African Leader Whose Assassination Was Sponsored By the US


Reported by April Taylor Some consider the US-sponsored killing of Patrice Lumumba to be the most important assassination of the 20th century. Many know him as the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who played a pivotal role in calling for countrywide unity and freedom from colonial atrocities through independence.  The Democratic Republic of Congo officially took their independence ...

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Prison Guards Who Scalded Inmate to Death Avoid Punishment |


A mentally ill inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution near Miami, Florida was tortured to death by prison guards, but investigators determined that there is not enough evidence to charge the guards. Darren Rainey was serving a two year sentence for cocaine possession when he was forced into a locked shower by prison guards as punishment for defecating in his ...

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Lawsuits settled over Oscar Grant Shooting, officer is also a free man


Reported by Liku Zelleke The five men who were friends with Oscar Grant, and were also present on the night he was shot to death by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, have reached a deal to settle a federal lawsuit they had filed against the agency. Jack Bryson Jr., Nigel Bryson, Michael Greer, Carlos Reyes and ...

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