Ramsey Orta

Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Death Sues New York For $10 Million

Ramsey Orta filmed Eric Garner being choked to death by New York police officers. Orta is now facing four years in prison after taking a plea deal on gun and drug charges that he feels were brought against him in retaliation and plans to take the city of New York to prove it. There’s also $10 million on the line, according to the New York Post.

Iowa Football Player

Body Cam Footage Released Of Police Detaining Iowa Football Player

By now, stories of Pokemon Go players ending up in all kinds of awkward situations have surfaced, including strolls through mine fields and discovering dead bodies. But a University of Iowa football player recently found himself “”with four gun barrels staring me in the face,” according to his Facebook account of the experience. Body cam footage has now been released to verify his experience, according to ABC. 

Dr Dre

Dr. Dre Detained By Police At His Own Home After Caller Claims He Was Armed

Dr. Dre was briefly detained in a patrol car in front of his home this Monday morning after a caller claimed he was carrying a gun, according to CNN.

Dre told authorities that he asked the driver of a vehicle that was blocking his driveway to move. The driver reportedly did so, but then returned, prompting the hip-hop mogul to approach them a second time.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01:  Protesters march through the streets in support of Maryland state attorney Marilyn Mosby's announcement that charges would be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015.

Charges Dropped Against Baltimore Officers Connected To Freddie Gray’s Death

Six officers were brought up on charges related to the April 2015 murder of Freddie Gray. Following a mistrial in December and multiple acquittals in May, June and July, prosecutors have decided to drop all charges for the remaining officers, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The announcement was made this Wednesday during a pretrial hearing for Officer Garrett Miller.

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Attorney Sentenced To Jail Time For Wearing Black Lives Matter Pin In Court

Judges basically have ultimate control in their courtrooms. They have the power to determine a dress code and rule on violations of it. But when those rulings find an attorney in contempt and sentenced to jail time, things start to get a bit complicated.

Andrea Burton walked into a courtroom prepared to represent a client. But she was later the one being charged with contempt after Judge Milich asked her to take off a Black Lives Matter pin she was wearing five times and she refused to do so. Now, according to the Daily Beast, civil rights groups claim that Milich violated Burton’s first amendment rights and the attorney is appealing her five-day jail sentence. 

Chicago Police

Rahm Emanuel Calls For Community Meetings Over Police Reform

Tensions between police officers and citizens may be at an all-time high. That fact is even more true in cities where long-standing histories of police violence are becoming public knowledge and being pushed to the forefront with multiple investigations.

In response, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to hold several meetings throughout the city in August that will bring police officers, local politicians and community members together to come up with police reform strategies, according to the Chicago Tribune

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34 HBCU Presidents Call For National Gun Violence Symposium

Presidents and representatives from 34 HBCUs met earlier this month to create a plan to held end gun violence. In a press release, the collective called upon their foundational belief that black lives matter and that the senseless killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and multiple police officers across the country contradict that message.