Criminal Justice

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Sheriff Defends Delayed Arrest of Joe McKnight's Confessed Killer, Quotes Epithet-Laden Online Comments

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. 

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Jay Z's Docuseries on Kalief Browder to Premiere at Sundance

Stanley Nelson's new documentary on HBCUs will also show at the festival in January.

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READ: The Undefeated on White Fear of the Black Man

Ronald Gasser was just charged with manslaughter for killing ex-NFL running back Joe McKnight. But writer Martenzie Johnson has a pretty good idea how the case will play out.

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How Today's SCOTUS Hearing Will Impact Detained Undocumented Immigrants

Supreme Court justices' decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez will determine if the government must provide immigrants facing deportation with bond hearings after six months of detention. 

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Dylann Roof Allowed to Defend Himself in Federal Trial for Charleston Massacre

Despite reservations, the presiding judge permitted Roof to be his own attorney three days after he was ruled mentally competent to stand trial for the killing of nine Black civilians in 2015.

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Why It Matters That Trump Tapped Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

The GOP previously rejected Sessions for a federal judgeship because it felt he was too racist to take the bench.

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Trump Reminds Us the Racial Justice Movement Is Growing

Backlash only exists when we are making progress, so let’s keep going.

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QUOTABLE: Read This Sobering Passage From 'Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File'

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.

#FacingRace Livestream: Multiracial Movements for Black Lives

Michelle Alexander moderates a discussion with leading racial justice activists and thinkers about how #BlackLivesMatter connects with, rather than divides, the movement for racial justice. 

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But Weed Legalization Won Big Though...

Voters in nine states including California, Massachusetts and Nevada passed ballot measures legalizing the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana. 

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#TBT: Today Marks 37 Years Since the Greensboro Massacre

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. 

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Millennial Activist Ashley Yates: 'Voting Can Help End Police Brutality. No, I'm Not Joking'

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.

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New BET Doc Highlights Role of District Attorneys in Mass Incarceration

Watch the new trailer for "Charged: The DA vs. Black America," which premieres on BET on November 7.

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For the Sake of Our Children, Families and Communities, We Must Legalize Marijuana

On November 8, Californians will vote on Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Here's why this groundbreaking law should matter to everyone.

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LISTEN: The Black Opera's 'Black Frankenstein' is Scary on Halloween—and Every Day

“Black Frankenstein of horror, like Black man with all-White jurors. They tried to take my power, instead they made a monster.”

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DOJ Replaces Team Investigating Eric Garner's Killing

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. 

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Kalief Browder's Mother 'Literally Died of a Broken Heart,' Says Lawyer

Venida Browder fought for justice after her teenage son was forced to stay at Rikers Island jail for three years without a trial, and later killed himself.

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#WokeMovies is Entertaining, and Educating, the Twitter Masses

These reworked film titles are so woke, they don't even take naps.

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Police Commission Orders More Transparency for LAPD

The civilian board voted to revise the Los Angeles Police Department’s de-escalation, use of force and officer-involved shooting video release policies.

READ: Afrika Bambaataa's Accusers Detail Alleged Sexual Assaults and Cover-up

VICE's new music issue features in-depth accounts from three of the men who accused the hip-hop pioneer of sexual assault.