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Body-cam footage confirms police killed Willie McCoy while he was sleeping

THE GUARDIAN — Vallejo police released body-camera footage of 20-year-old Willie McCoy’s killing, which happened at a Bay-area Taco Bell in February. The footage confirms that Vallejo police did not try to wake McCoy nor talk to him before opening fire … Continue reading

Famous rappers urge Supreme Court to take First Amendment case

Chance the Rapper

CNN — Killer Mike, Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Fat Joe and 21 Savage were among the group of artists and scholars named in a legal brief filed on March 6. The briefing urges the Supreme Court to … Continue reading

Black senator refuses to back down to proposed ‘stand your ground’ bill

USA TODAY — Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers refused to be silenced during a recent debate surrounding the state’s proposed “stand your ground” bill. Sen. Flowers’ outrage was sparked when one of her white counterparts requested to impose a ten-minute time … Continue reading

Sacramento police reveal officers’ account of Stephon Clark’s death

Stephon Clark and family

CNN — Officers’ accounts of what happened on the night that Stephon Clark was shot down in his grandmother’s backyard have been released to the public in a nearly 800-page report by the Sacramento Police Department. In the report, officers … Continue reading

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Busy lawyers looking for legal news have a new, free place to turn to get the latest updates, developments and analysis: News.Law.Created and curated by experienced attorney-journalist Larry Bodine, News.Law is a quick, easy way to get the legal news lawyers … Continue reading

Alabama newspaper editor calls for KKK “to night ride again”

Photo of a portion of Sutton's editorial published on Feb. 14.

NBC News — Goodloe Sutton, publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama, confirmed on Monday that he was the author of an editorial calling for the Klu Klux Klan to night ride against “Democrats in the Republican party and Democrats … Continue reading

Three NY teachers on leave after displaying noose images in the classroom

The classroom display created by three Long Island middle school teacher.

NBC News — Three teachers at a Long Island middle school are on paid administrative leave for displaying a collage in the classroom that included an image of two nooses labeled “back to school necklaces.” According to data from New York … Continue reading

California police shower bullets on rapper sleeping in car

Willie McCoy, 20

NBC News — Witnesses say police fired at least 20 rounds at 20-year-old Willie McCoy in a Taco Bell parking lot Saturday night. Though it is unclear how many bullets struck him, McCoy (whose stage name is Willie Bo) was pronounced dead … Continue reading

Gucci sweater resembling racist blackface, $890

Gucci's $890 Sweater

NBC News — In recent years, clothing brands around the globe have been caught in the public’s moral crosshairs following accusations of using racist imagery in marketing. Fashion powerhouse Gucci is in the hot seat this week after they released an … Continue reading

⚖️ #ThrowbackThursday ⚖️

Cathay Williams (1842-c.1893)     Cathay Williams was the first African-American woman to enlist in the United States Army. Williams was born into slavery and was an army cook before enlisting in 1866. Williams was sworn in under the pseudonym … Continue reading