In the most un-surprising, surprising news thus far, it seems like the Chicago police department has been monitoring the actions and online communication of protests groups and community organizations after a white cop named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri shot Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager.
Anthony C. Spence’s pay has been suspended by the Baltimore City Public Schools district ever since he and another officer were arrested and charged after he was caught on video hitting and kicking a student. According to the Root, a felony child-abuse charge against Spence was dropped.
In a thirty second video, an elementary student from Texas breaks down the classist structure of America’s criminal justice system. His take down of the system occurred during a school debate, and so far this viral video has received over 66,000 retweets.
A little over a year ago, Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha was charged with resisting arrest by NYPD officers during an incident outside of a nightclub. Officers claimed that Sefolosha charged at them, which required them to arrest him, breaking his ankle and forcing him to miss the NBA playoffs after his right fibula was broken and ankle ligaments were torn, according to the New York Times.
After denying a plea deal, Sefolosha went to trial and was acquitted by a jury of all charges after just 45 minutes of deliberating. Now, the NBA player is filing a $50 million civil suit against the five NYPD officers who arrested him last April.
Last week, Harvard University officials announced a plan to create a plaque commemorating slaves who were forced to work on the campus during the 1700s. The Boston-based institution follows in the footsteps of fellow Ivy League member Brown University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, albeit considerably later. Yet they are far outnumbered by the army of institutions who, Ivy League or not, remain steadfast in their decision to continue operating under the assumptions that their institutions came to be without complicity in American slavery.
Since Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority was founded, there have been 409 official complaints made against police. Only two of those claims of police wrongdoing have been upheld. Ald. Leslie Hairston of the 5th Ward feels that this is a problem and one that she plans to fix.
Bill Clinton turnt all the way up at a recent Philadelphia pep rally for his wife and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. He might have just lost the Black vote for her too.
The aspiring First Husband got so excited that, when he was interrupted by protesters, he responded by criticizing the very people Ms. Clinton needs votes from (not that she hasn’t done her fair share of alienating Black voters).
Rep. Alma S. Adams of the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina proposed a new piece of legislation that would help support historically black colleges and universities for the foreseeable future. Adams spoke to congress and introduced plans for a $250 Million HBCU Innovation Fund Act that will work to supply underfunded schools with financial support through grants, according to the Root.
Reportedly, the money the fund would collect and be responsible for distributing would spark the introduction of programs that would lead to higher recruitment, enrollment and graduation rates as well as bolster the schools’ STEM programs.
The power structure in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, was noticeably shaken after former Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teen, Mike Brown, in the street on August 9, 2014. As a result, people became outraged and protested, petitioning the local government for justice and reform.
The leadership of the mostly-white police force for the mostly-black community was dismantled, with then Chief Tom Jackson, the City Manager and Municipal Judge all resigning within days of each other. Now, Ferguson has named their next police chief who plans to help the town rebuild itself.
Cherelle Baldwin, 24, has been found innocent by a jury of 12 on charges of murdering her abusive ex-boyfriend. In May 2013, Baldwin crashed her car into Brown in self-defense and has been in jail on $1 million bond ever since, facing up to 60 years in prison, according to Huffington Post.
Baldwin reportedly fell to the floor in tears upon the reading of the verdict when she found out she’d get to finally go home to her family and five-year-old son.