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Alton Sterling’s death proves routine police killings of blacks won’t stop unless we make them

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It happened again. This time, outside a slummy Baton Rouge liquor store in the early morning hours on the day after America celebrated it’s freedom from oppression and tyranny. Police officers tasered, tackled, and fatally shot a black man – 37 year old Alton Sterling – several times in the chest and in the back. There have been calls, and rightly so, from Civil Rights advocates (including myself, for full…

Chicago man stabbed after defending mom and her kids on bus

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It’s Monday, Jose Santiago saw that a mother and her kids were being harassed on a CTA bus, so he decided to step in and ended up being stabbed by the harasser. Santiago noticed the small group of people giving the woman a hard time about where she had put her stroller, so he stepped in. “He noticed nobody was doing anything, driver didn’t call the cops, so he asked they lady…

Officer who drove van acquitted of all charges in Freddie Gray death

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge acquitted a police van driver of all charges including “depraved-heart” murder on Thursday in the death of 25-year-old arrestee Freddie Gray, whose broken neck on the way to the station set off Baltimore’s worst riots in decades. Six officers were charged in Gray’s death, but only Officer Caesar Goodson was accused of murder. Gray was fatally injured after officers bound his hands and feet and…

Karate instructor allegedly sent nude pics, videos to 11-year-old boy

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A karate teacher in Orlando reportedly sent nude and racy pictures to an 11-year-old boy in her class and told him that she wanted to have sex with him, police said on Monday. The 21-year-old teacher, Stephannie Figueroa, is now facing charges of attempted lewd or lascivious conduct, solicitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, showing a minor obscene material and child abuse. The boy’s mother discovered the messages on…

Justice Department will not file criminal charges in gym mat death of Kendrick Johnson

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MACON, Ga. (AP) — There’s not enough evidence to support federal criminal charges in the case of a teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at a Georgia high school, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday. The decision comes after a lengthy review of circumstances surrounding the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta. Local and state authorities had ruled the teenager’s death Jan. 10, 2013, was…

17-year-old girl killed attending memorial service for drowned boys in Oakland

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A 17-year-old girl lost her life in the crossfire of bullets, while mourning the death of two other teens. Reggina Jefferies was one of many young people who attended a memorial service in Oakland for two teenage boys who drowned over Memorial Day weekend. Thousands turned out to mourn the loss of two boys, Josiah Pratt Rose, 15, and Jamari Wilson,16, who drowned when they jumped off a boat in a reservoir to go swimming…

Man going to gay pride event had assault rifles, 15 pounds of chemical explosives

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police found a loaded assault rifle with magazines rigged to allow 60 shots to be fired in quick succession, along with 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode in the car of an Indiana man who said he was headed to a gay pride event, authorities revealed Tuesday. James Wesley Howell, 20, of Charlestown, also had two other loaded rifles, ammunition, a stun gun,…

Judge throws out murder convictions of man who’s been wrongfully imprisoned since he was 14

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DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday threw out the murder convictions of a young Detroit man who pleaded guilty to killing four people when he was 14, a remarkable turnaround in a case that has been in doubt for years after a professional hit man stepped forward and took responsibility for the slayings at a drug den. Judge Brian Sullivan acted at the request of the Wayne County prosecutor’s…

12-year-old calls 911 on his mother, says she’s really drunk

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A 12-year-old Ohio boy found himself in an awkward situation when he called 911 to report his own mother was driving drunk. “My mom’s really drunk,” said the 12-year-old son of Tanisha O. Robinson in a recording. The boy said they were in a white car, along with Robinson’s younger children, aged 2 and 8. He then tried to explain to dispatchers their exact location before the call was disconnected. According to Cleveland.com, police…

Ex-sheriff gets prison in meth-for-sex case

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A judge on Thursday sentenced a former Colorado sheriff to 15 months in prison for repeatedly violating his probation in a meth-for-sex case, saying the lawman, who was once regarded as a hero, had exhausted his opportunities to reform. Patrick Sullivan was sentenced two years after pleading guilty to plying young men with methamphetamine in exchange for sexual favors. The 71-year-old was once named the nation’s top sheriff and won…

Mine received perfect score, then 301 people died from safety violations

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The Soma coal mine, where 301 workers lost their lives in a May 13 disaster, received a “perfect” score in March by an official inspector, who is the brother-in-law of a senior executive of the company, daily Hürriyet has revealed. Labor chief inspector Emin Gümüş last inspected the mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa on March 13, 14, 17 and 18. Noting that 2,948 people were working in…

California Mass Killer Enraged at “Ugly Black Filth” Who Dated White Girls | breakingbrown.com

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Before mass shooter Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a killing spree, gunning down six people and wounding eight in a southern California college town, he detailed his reasoning in a 137 page manifesto. Judging from the manifesto left by the Santa Barbara shooter, he was a socially awkward,  mentally disturbed young man. He was also a racist who couldn’t understand why women didn’t like him. In his rant, he lamented…

7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC-Santa Barbara

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A Hollywood director and his family warned police about disturbing videos that discussed suicide and murder weeks before a shooting rampage they believe their son committed Friday near a Santa Barbara university that left seven people dead, including the attacker. Alan Shifman, an attorney for director Peter Rodger, assistant director of The Hunger Games series, says the family has been told their son is dead after killing six people. Shifman…

Student tried to poison his teacher with hand sanitizer

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LAKELAND, Fla. — A 14-year-old has been arrested, accused of trying to poison his teacher with hand sanitizer. The incident occurred Tuesday, after teacher Ana Morejon of Crystal Lake Middle School in this city of about 100,000 halfway between Tampa and Orlando had stepped outside her classroom to discuss something with her school’s dean of students. While she was in the hallway, her students left their seats to line up…

Cop gunned down teen, then named Officer of the Year

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“Cops give a d@mn about a Negro, pull a trigger, k¡ll a n¡gga he’s a hero..” -2Pac One of the officers who gunned down 16 year old Kimani Gray has declined to accept a “Cop of the Year” award due to community pressure, reports ThinkProgress. Gray was fatally wounded in 2013 when two plainclothes NYPD officers opened fire on him. Officers alleged that Gray pulled a revolver on undercover cops,…