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Police Who Resigned After Election of Black Mayor Explain Their Decision

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Reported by Victor Ochieng Several police officers and town employees resigned after Tyrus Byrd was elected the first Black woman mayor of Parma, Missouri. While there were speculations that the resignations may have been triggered by Byrd’s triumph over immediate former mayor Randall Ramsey, who is White and has held the position for the past 37 years, two former police ...

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Columbia University Allegedly Forced Workers To Eat In Closet, Forbid Them From Speaking Spanish

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April V. Taylor Brooklyn College political science professor Cory Robin recently pointed out that Columbia University has a distinguished and celebrated Latin American and Iberian Cultures department with a faculty of 36 professors and lecturers that have produced some 52 publications between them in the last five years and offered 119 classes to thousands of students, many who have learned ...

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Ice Cube Reflects On ‘Friday’ 20 Years Later, Reveals Details About Final ‘Friday’ Sequel

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Twenty years ago this weekend,“Friday” was released in theaters. Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, John Witherspoon, the film follows Craig and Smokey (played by Cube and Tucker, respectively) as the pair encounter various obstacles while attempting to pay off a $200 marijuana debt to their South Central drug dealer within ...

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Police: We failed to get Freddie Gray timely medical care after arrest

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Freddie Gray did not get timely medical care after he was arrested and was not buckled into a seat belt while being transported in a police van, Baltimore police said Friday. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters there are no excuses for the fact that Gray was not buckled in as he was transported to a police station. Five days ...

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Fashion designer who punched cop files $4M suit against Las Vegas police claiming her face was smashed into table

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21-year-old Los Angeles fashion designer said Thursday she’s suing Las Vegas police and a uniformed officer she says smashed her face into a marble and glass table during her arrest in the lobby of a Strip casino resort. Ariana Mason told reporters she suffered broken teeth and facial gashes that required 26 stitches after her arrest a little before 3 ...

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Attorney General Eric Holder reflects on his evolving opinion of marriage equality

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Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder says his own views about banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity have evolved along with those of the nation. Holder, who is wrapping up a tenure of nearly 61/2 years as the country’s top law enforcement official, said the country stands at the doorstep of change, an opportunity that comes ...

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Yes, He Said It: ‘Mayweather Is Better Than Ali.’

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The conversation started with an email from Associate Editor Stephen Crockett to his colleagues and the responses that ensued led to an exchange about race and class in America: From: Stephen Crockett To: Lyne Pitts, Danielle Belton, Genetta Adams Is the hate for Floyd so strong that white folks are embracing a Filipino fighter over an American fighter? is this ...

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Damion (World) Hardy, accused of six Brooklyn drug gang murders, regularly ordered killings

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Damion (World) Hardy was so obsessed with becoming a powerful drug lord in Brooklyn he routinely issued “kill orders” to achieve that goal, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Hardy, the former fiancé of rapper Lil’ Kim, is charged with six murders, and reputed hit man Aaron (E-Bay) Granton with carrying out four killings in which he was the shooter, during ...

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That Time Someone Pulled The Heart Out Of A Roasted Lamb And Gave It To Eric Holder

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He had to wait nearly 170 days for the occasion. But on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder will officially be replaced by Loretta Lynch, whose nomination finally made its way through the Senate this week. To mark the occasion, Holder’s first press secretary in the AG’s office, Matthew Miller,took to Twitter to recount some of the most memorable times during ...

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Va. Jail Bans Use of Tasers After Female Inmate Dies

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Fairfax County Sheriff’s office suspended the use of stun guns at the county jail following the death of a mentally ill inmate in February. Thirty-seven-year-old Natasha McKenna was shocked several times with a stun gun while she was restrained. Then she stopped breathing. “We were trying to get her help,” said Sheriff Stacey Kincaid. The reports describe McKenna as cooperative ...

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