74-Year-Old Fake Cop Found Guilty Of Killing Eric Harris

An Oklahoma jury took less than three hours to find a volunteer reserve sheriff deputy for fatally shooting an unarmed man named Eric Harris in April 2015. He was convicted on a charge of second-degree manslaughter and it was recommended he serve the maximum penalty, which is four years.

Robert Bates, 74, had a long history with Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and reportedly had aspirations to be a cop himself. After donating money for both new squad cars and the sheriff’s re-election campaign, Bates became a volunteer reserve deputy in 2008 and was working alongside deputies on April 2, 2015, the day of the fatal incident, according to CNN.

DeRay McKesson Wins 2 Percent Vote In Baltimore Mayoral Primary Race

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist, DeRay McKesson, was the last candidate to join Baltimore’s mayoral race this past February. Some viewed it as an example of someone trying to be the change they want to see. Others were more suspicious of both his qualifications and the campaign’s intentions.

McKesson was attempting to translate a large social media presence and experience with public activism into a run in local politics. But after all of the votes were counted in Baltimore’s mayoral primary election, McKesson walked away with just over 3,000 votes, which only adds up to about 2 percent and landed him in sixth place.

U.S. Suicide Rates Are On The Rise Across the Board

A report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has found that, between 1999 and 2014, suicide rates for pretty much every demographic in the United States have been on the rise, with black men being the exception. The study looked at statistics for deaths considered to be suicides for people from the ages of 10 to 74, according to CNN.

Overall, suicide rates in the U.S. are their highest in 30 years. 

Chicago Should Not Have Needed The Police Accountability Report

Earlier this month, the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force released a damning report regarding misconduct within the Chicago Police Department. Between 2008 and 2015, seventy-four percent of the victims in the 404 police-involved shootings were Black, in comparison to fourteen percent of Hispanics and eight percent of Whites.

President Obama Calls Prince “Electrifying Performer” In Written Statement

One could claim it’s hyperbole to say that everyone is a Prince fan, but it’s getting harder to deny. With his passing on Thursday, millions of people grieved both privately and publicly, including many celebrities. But, to top the list, President Obama released a written statement to mark Prince’s passing and called him an “electrifying performer” among many other compliments.

Charges Brought Up After Flint Water Crisis

Responsibility for the Flint water crisis that sent poisoned water through the pipelines of tens of thousands of residents has been passed back and forth between local and state governments for months now. But, after investigation, criminal charges have been brought up against three men tied to the decisions that led to the tragedy.

Mike Glasgow, Stephen Busch and Mike Prysby could all face time in prison, if convicted of their charged crimes, according to CNN. Busch and Prysby have already pleaded not guilty, while Glasgow hasn’t set foot in court yet. 

Ben Carson Would Rather Put Harriet Tubman on the $2 Bill

For some reason, the media is still looking to the former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for his opinions on social matters. This week, he expressed that he is not pleased with the Treasury Department’s decision to replace president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with the iconic freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman (insert the world’s tiniest violin).

U.S. Treasury Announces Harriet Tubman To Be Placed On $20 Bill

The faces of most U.S. currency belongs to the country’s white forefathers and president – some of whom owned slaves. To completely turn that pattern on its head with the biggest change to the country’s denominations, the U.S. Treasury has announced that Harriet Tubman will take Andrew Jackson’s place on the $20 bill, according to Politico.

Former NYPD Cop Gets Community Service After Killing Akai Gurley

Peter Liang was a rookie NYPD officer walking the stairs of the Pink Houses in New York City. After hearing a noise, he drew his gun, pulled his trigger after being startled and the bullet ricocheted and hit Akai Gurley, 28, in the chest. Liang and his partner then debated over who should report the shot before discovering Gurley’s body.

In February, Liang was convicted on a charge of manslaughter. Yesterday, April 19, he evaded jail time completely and was sentenced to 800 hours of community service by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun.