Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand found it appropriate to quote racist and homophobic slurs from an online commenter while rebuking criticism that he initially let Ronald Gasser free because he's White.
Scholar John Edgar Wideman's new book explores the story of Emmett Till's father, Louis. The U.S. Army convicted the elder Till of rape and murder during World War II and hanged him; leaks about his story derailed attempts to successfully convict his son's murderers. The book is available today via Scribner.
Four Communist Workers' Party members and another person were killed during a confrontation between anti-racist protesters and White supremacists. Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members, who were prosecuted for murder in state and federal trials, were acquitted by all-White juries.
The Movement for Black lives and Ferguson-area activist makes a pragmatic pitch for voting, particularly in local and state elections. "The majority of over-policing and incarceration originates there, with judges, prosecutors, sheriffs and city officials," she writes.
The federal civil rights investigation into Garner's killing by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was apparently slowed down by disputes between FBI investigators and Justice Department prosecutors over whether or not to bring charges against the involved officers.