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9 Arrested Blocking San Francisco Airport Roadway in Black Xmas Demonstrations

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Protesting the death of Mario Woods, 9 Black Lives Matter activsts were arrested yesterday in San Francisco.  See the protests through their own eyes: Protests on the 405 South have the freeway stopped for miles #405south pic.twitter.com/j8hJ9ISrJf — Tory Barneson Benoit (@ToryWithaWhy) December 23, 2015 We shutdown the highway for …

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Rigged System: Report Finds Baltimore is a National Leader in Evictions, as 7,000 Households, Overwhelmingly Black, Are Thrown out on the Street Each Year

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“Baltimore is in the news again, not just for the killing of Black men by the police, but also for emerging as a center of the national eviction crisis.  A report by the Public Justice Center, a civil legal aid organization, sounds the alarm on the problem of evictions, which …

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There’s One Big Reason Why Prisoners Are Dying at Alarming Rates in American Jails

Sandra Bland.

“There will be no criminal indictment in the death of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman who was found hanged in her Texas cell in July. But that death is still at the center of a long-brewing crisis in America’s jails: that recently arrested inmates are at higher-than-average risk for …

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US Army: Those leading the fight against sexual harassment and assault in the military are frequently among the perpetrators of sexual violence

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The Washington Post investigates the Army’s approach to combating sexual assault and reveals the hypocrisy of its leaders, several of whom have been recently charged with sexual harassment or sexual assault. The photo shows three officers with key roles in sexual assault prevention who have themselves been accused of crimes …

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Cleveland’s rape kit testing payout: Serial home invasion rapist identified from DNA and sentenced to life

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Cleveland’s initiative to start testing its high backlog of old rape kits has so far led to 120 convictions in previously unsolved cases. Among them, a man who raped three teenagers over ten years ago was just sentenced to life in prison when the evidence was belatedly tested. More at Cleveland.com

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Tallahassee: Waiting for autopsy results in possible police misconduct and hospital misconduct death

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A 57 year-old woman Barbara Dawson who refused to leave the hospital after release, claiming she still was having difficulty breathing was cuffed and forcibly removed by police. The officer arrested her and brought her outside while she continued to demand being returned to her oxygen tank. The woman collapsed …

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No indictments to be brought in the police-related death of Sandra Bland

A Texas grand jury has decided against indicting officers and Waller County Jail employees reported to be involved in the controversial murder of Sandra Bland after a routine traffic stop. Further charges related around the crime will continue to be considered by the grand jury in January. Full Story – …

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For 55 officers involved in fatal shootings this year, it wasn’t their first time

Jorge Ramirez Sr., 58, speaks as Xavier Gonzalez, 13, and Nicole Ramirez, 30, look on in Los Angeles. The three are family members of Jorge Ramirez, an unarmed police informant who was killed by police in Bakersfield, Calif., when a wanted man he was with opened fire on officers. (Patrick T. Fallon/For The Washington Post)

“More than 50 police officers involved in fatal shootings this year had previously fired their guns in deadly on-duty shootings, according to a Washington Post investigation. For a handful of officers, it was their third fatal shooting. For one officer, it was his fourth.” Full Story – Washington Post 

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Judge says no penalty for SFPD officers who exchanged racist and homophobic texts

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Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled that the seven officers investigated for the messages they exchanged with their former sergeant (fired and convicted of corruption last year) could not face punishment because the strict one-year statute of limitations had expired. All of the officers will be keeping their jobs. The officers had …

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