Facing ‘Officer Friendly’ While Black

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By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Without the video, North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael T. Slager would likely have gotten away with murder. Without the video, we wouldn’t see Officer Michael T. Slager have the, shall we say, presence of mind, to quickly retrieve what appears to be his Taser and plant it […]

S.C. Cop Charged with Shooting Black Man in Back

75 Percent of ‘Furious 7′ Audience Was Non-Black
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By Barney Blakeney Special to the NNPA from The Charleston Chronicle   CHARLESTON, S.C. – Leaders of local civil rights organizations had been taking a wait-and- see approach to the April 4 North Charleston police shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, but voiced concern that Scott was unarmed when he was shot and that police said […]

Benjamin Crump joins family in pursuit of justice for paralyzed 21 year-old victim

Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump

By Ruth Ferguson, NDG Editor Monroe Bird III, 21-year-old shot by a security guard in Tulsa, is not expected to walk again as a result of a bullet striking his C3 vertebrae. Although Bird was unarmed, Tulsa’s District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler has not pursued charges, claiming the facts did not warrant prosecution. However, Bird’s family […]

Suspension leads to more marijuana use by students

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Suspending kids from school for using marijuana is likely to lead to more — not less — pot use among their classmates, a new study finds. Counseling was found to be a much more effective means of combating marijuana use. And while enforcement of anti-drug policies is a key factor in whether teens use marijuana, […]

Irving Police arrested 36 for DWI Spring Break

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The Irving Police Department conducted two DWI No-Refusal Operations during the two week Spring Break holiday enforcement period. The department partnered the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to provide additional manpower whose primary focus was to locate and arrest impaired drivers. The no-refusal operations were conducted on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 as […]

2 Arrested in New York City for plotting a terrorism attack

Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

Earlier today, a criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons or property in the United States. The charges were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; John P. […]

Beyond Survival: Life After Rape

Lori Robinson and her husband,

Ollie Johnson (Photo courtesy of Lori Robinson)

By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “On May 15, 1995, two men ran up behind me as I approached my apartment building, and one of them pointed a gun at my head. In the hour that followed, I was blindfolded, gagged, tied facedown to my bed, and raped by both.” Eight years […]

Bipartisan Support for Broader Hiring Practices for Ex-Offenders

Wade Henderson deplores “overcriminalization” of Blacks.

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the economy recovers and violent crime hits 30-year lows, lawmakers continue to trade in their tough on crime rhetoric for smarter measures, joining ex-offenders and workers rights advocates to advance fair hiring practices for the 70 million adults in the U.S. that have arrests […]

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