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Video Shows NYPD Shot At Teen 16 Times As He Runs Away, Surrenders

In 2013, NYPD officers were in pursuit of Keston Charles, 15, after he reportedly aimed a BB gun at a rival teenager in Brooklyn. During the chase, which ended in front of Charles’ apartment, Officer Jonathan Rivera fired 16 shots from his weapon, three of which his Charles in the buttocks, side and chest.

Newly released video obtained by the New York Daily News shows that Charles was actually running away from Rivera when the shots were fired and had his hands up in the air, with no BB gun in sight. 

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Man Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison For Throwing Boiling Water On Gay Couple

Anthony Gooden had only come out and told his family that he was gay a few weeks before he and his boyfriend, Marquez Tolbert, were attacked in their sleep. Martin Blackwell, a truck driver who stayed at Gooden’s mother’s home whenever he was in town, walked in to see the two together in the living room. That’s when he went to the kitchen, boiled a pot of water and threw it on the  couple.

A Georgia jury spent only 90 minutes deliberating as they found Blackwell guilty and convicted him on eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault, according to the Washington Post. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. 

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The 2016 Olympics Were A Showcase For Young Black Women’s Excellence

Simone Biles. Simone Manuel. Michelle Carter. Claressa Shields. Allyson Felix. Ibtihaj Muhammad. These are just some of the names of Black women who excelled on the world’s biggest stage in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

It feels as if this round of games came as fast as they went. And while there were plenty of wonderful and inspiring moments to last us until we do it all over again in a few years, the brightest ones often came from the accomplishments of talented Black women who repeatedly stole the show.

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Nate Parker and the Rape Stories We Don’t Tell

I told myself I would not write about Nate Parker being a rapist.

I’d known about his sexually violent history for years, and the vileness of his queerantagonism, too. The depth of his awfulness had already been addressed, and so it was odd to me—but certainly predictable—to witness the conversation rehashed at such a moment, in such a way.

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New Jersey Police Chase 10-Year-Old Boy With Guns Drawn Due To Mistaken Identity

Police departments and their supporters can defend their actions all they want. They can even try and lean on the old and tired excuse that police shootings of unarmed people of color are a rarity. They’d be wrong, but they can still try. But one thing they can’t do, is tell people that they shouldn’t be afraid of police. Not after incidents like the one a young black boy in New Jersey experienced which could’ve easily escalated and resulted in his arrest or worse, death.

According to WABC-TV, Legend Preston, 10, was playing with a basketball by his house in Newark, New Jersey when the ball rolled out into the street. He went after it, only to see police officers running towards him with their guns drawn. Out of fear, he ran. 

US President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.
President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. / AFP PHOTO

President Obama Will Visit Baton Rouge

President Barack Obama has fallen under criticism for not rushing to Baton Rouge, La. after the devastating floods that have caused a state of emergency. Some have even gone as far as to draw similarities between Obama being on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and President Bush not acting fast enough during Hurricane Katrina.

It has been announced that President Obama will be visiting Baton Rouge this Tuesday to witness the damage for himself and offer any assistance. While speaking with local officials, he’ll also aim to make sure that locals are aware that “American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”

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Couple Leaves Racist Message For A Latina Server Instead Of A Tip

Servers have some of the hardest jobs there are and they often don’t come with good pay. So, skipping out on a tip is one of the worst things you could do after a meal. Unfortunately, a couple at a restaurant in Harrisonburg, Va. did something even worse.

After serving a couple at Jess’ Lunch, Sadie Karina Elledge, 18, looked at her receipt looked down and saw that they had written, “We only tip citizens,” according to the Washington Post. Elledge is of Honduran and Mexican descent.