Society

Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and Michael Brown Prove There is No Greater Crime Than Being Black

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Kevin Dedner, MPH It’s different this time. That’s what we told ourselves after Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by a Hispanic man who considered him suspicious as the teen walked in a gated Florida community. We said it after Jordan Davis was fatally shot at a Florida gas station by a white man who complained about the teen’s loud music. ...

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Dr. Mary Canty Merrill: Today, Ferguson… Tomorrow, Who Knows?

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By Mary Canty Merrill, PhD Friends, someone asked me today when people (namely Blacks) are going to stop talking about Ferguson and move on.  I’ve already shared some of my feelings about this situation, but each day it seems that new and disturbing reactions, scenes and information surface, and I’m reminded that some people just don’t get it – or ...

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When is it ever OK for an officer to use deadly force?

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WASHINGTON — The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has reopened the debate over law enforcement protocol and the use of deadly force. Brown, 18, was shot multiple times on Saturday by a police officer while he and a friend were walking down the street in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. Accounts differ on what led to the ...

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Man shot, paralyzed over unpaid parking tickets

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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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Dying in a Police Chokehold, a Staten Island Man Pleaded ‘I Can’t Breathe’

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The 350-pound man, about to be arrested on charges of illegally selling cigarettes, was arguing with the police and suddenly pulled free when an officer tried to handcuff him. The officer immediately threw his arm around the suspect’s neck and struggled to pull him to the ground, holding him in what appears, in a video, to be a chokehold. The ...

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Ken Williams: Here’s how you solve the youth violence problem in America

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by Ken Williams People often see ‘profile’ and think about the negative connotation of racial profiling that plagues the country to this day. A more positive profile that should be used to solve the education gap, crime, poverty and high rates of incarceration requires an ‘academic profile.’ This type of profile would enhance partnerships between police, social services, and schools. ...

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Dr. Samori Swygert: Raising the minimum wage is only feel-good rhetoric

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By: Dr. Samori Swygert For many workers across America, their hourly wage has remained stagnant, fixed, and inflexible. The only financial increase many have experienced is the cost of living. This article will address the everyday cost of living and its’ incongruences with the hourly wage of the average American. The question to ask is, “Is an increase in hourly ...

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Family sues over police officer abusive arrest of unarmed woman

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Reported by Liku Zelleke The family of the woman that was knocked down and punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol trooper – and whose whole ordeal was caught on camera – is asking for justice. The woman, a great-grandmother, had been walking barefoot on eastbound Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles before the officer tackled and started to ...

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Temple professors were paid by private prisons to produce favorable study

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by Dr. Byron Price The latest effort by for-profit prison corporations to laud their superiority over publicly-run prisons is supported by two Temple University professors who failed to initially disclose that their research study was funded by the private corrections industry. This pertinent fact was not revealed until Alex Friedmann, Managing Editor of the Prison Legal News filed an ethics ...

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

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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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