Ferguson, Mo., police now have their sights set on finding one suspect they believe shot and wounded an officer in a Saturday-night altercation that is now being described very differently from when police first reported the incident.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police initially reported that the officer saw two suspects breaking into a business. When the officer approached the alleged suspects, one pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting the officer in the arm. Now...Read more
The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.
Obama said these misgivings only serve to harm communities that are most in need of effective law...Read more
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her extreme regret over several of the current Court's rulings in a wide-ranging interview published in The New Republic Sunday evening, including their rejecting the commerce clause of President Barack Obama's health care law, and issuing a huge blow to the Voting Rights Act in their Shelby County v. Holder decision.
But the first Supreme Court ruling Ginsburg would send to the guillotine would be the Court's decision in...Read more
The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised important questions about the fate of young Black men and more broadly speaking, young men of color in this country. Earlier this year, President Obama launched My Brother's Keeper, an initiative which aims to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color across the nation and to ensure that all Black, Latino, Native American, and Asian American Pacific Islander males reach their full...Read more
In an exit interview today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder looked back at his tenure as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer and saw a lot of to be proud of. And if the reaction from community leaders around the country is any indicator, others are proud as well.
“Holder is up there with the greats—including Bobby Kennedy,” said Joseph Lowery, who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr. “I don’t know anyone...Read more
Rappers Young Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar recently dropped a remix called “Holy Ghost,” but one minister isn’t shouting praises to the duo, saying they used his sermon without authorization. Bishop T.D. Jakes says he never gave the rappers permission to use his sound bite, and he plans on taking legal action. Earlier this week, Jakes posted the following message to his Facebook page:
SPECIAL NOTICE: The “Holy Ghost” remix by Jeezy featuring Kendrick Lamar was produced...Read more
Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African-American to hold the nation’s top law enforcement position, announced on Thursday his plan to resign the post he’s held for nearly six years as soon as a successor can be confirmed. At the formal announcement at the White House, an emotional Holder thanked President Barack Obama for what he called the “greatest honor” of his professional life.
“I have loved the Department of Justice ever since as a young...Read more
Five years after his conciliatory address in Cairo, Obama is sterner and tougher, buttressed by his recent decision to use the kind of military force he once lambasted.
President Barack Obama spoke to representatives of 193 countries at the United Nations…
Officers' actions were justified in the fatal shooting of a man holding an air rifle inside an Ohio Wal-Mart store, a grand jury determined Wednesday — using surveillance video the slain man's family said shows the shooting was completely unjustified.
A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement reached Wednesday night, and the officer has agreed to resign.
Gun violence is disproportionately affecting the country's African-American population.
Across the nation, black Americans are more than twice as likely to die from gun violence than whites, according to a new study that surveyed more than a decade's worth of data…