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Rebecca Lawrence is a freelancer in Brooklyn, NY. She is owned by two blind cats. Tweet at her @rebeccalawrence
Lizzi Duff (Q13 Fox News)

Transgender Woman Sues Seattle Bank Because Employees Would Not Confirm Her Identity By Phone Because Of Her Voice

A transgender woman in Seattle has filed a civil suit against People’s Bank after repeatedly being denied service because her voice did not register as feminine enough to confirm her identity over the phone.  According to Lizzi Duff, age 70, her masculine-sounding voice is the reason the bank’s employees would …

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Cleveland Officers Fire 137 Shots, Kill Two Unarmed People In 2012, Finally Get Fired In 2016

Six Cleveland police officers have lost their jobs while six others have short-term suspensions without pay, Cleveland Detective Steve Loomis announced Tuesday.  The officers were all linked to a car chase that ultimately involved 105 officers and 62 patrol cars.  An unarmed black man and woman, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams …

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(Steven Senne / AP)

Grand Jury Indicts Two For Illegal Recording Of Planned Parenthood Smear Video

Two anti-abortion activists for the group Center for Medical Progress were indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas for their activities in secretly recording a video which purported to show Planned Parenthood employees illegally selling fetal tissue for profit.  The same grand jury has stated that it has found no …

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(Chicago Tribune)

Quintonio LeGrier called 911 three times, ignored by dispatch before shot by Chicago Police

On Monday the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) in Chicago released audio recordings of the three 911 calls Quintonio LeGrier made to the authorities on the morning he was shot six times by a police officer whose gunfire also accidentally killed his neighbor.  LeGrier told the 911 dispatcher that his life …

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(Miami Herald File)

A bill is advancing in Florida which would make abortion a felony

Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights has been trying every year since 2010 to introduce anti-abortion legislation; however, his proposals have never advanced to consideration by a committee.  Monday Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has agreed to consider the bill. By an 8-3 vote Monday afternoon, a …

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Ex-cop Steven Zelich pleads guilty to killing teen, refrigerating body, dumping it in a suitcase along highway

Just before his trial was supposed to begin, former Wisconsin cop Steven Zelich, who had been accused to murdering two women and leaving their bodies along a stretch of rural highway in briefcases, pleaded guilty to the murder of 19-year-old Oregon woman Jenny Gamez.  Her body was found in June …

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Obama Takes On Solitary Confinement

Today’s edition of the Washington Post contains an op-ed by President Obama outlining a series of executive actions on the use of solitary confinement in American federal prisons.  Currently around 100,000 inmates are serving time in solitary confinement.  The Justice Department’s research has found a high incidence of depression, withdrawal,  exacerbated …

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A cab in Upper Manhattan. Many stranger rapes occur in what the police call “for-hire vehicles.”

(Karsten Moran for The New York Times)

In NYC, where ‘stranger rapes’ are on the rise, access to statistics locked down due to victim privacy concerns

Rapes by attackers previously unknown to their victims, known as ‘stranger rapes’ are occurring at an escalating rate in New York City.  While only 117 ‘stranger rapes’ were reported in 2014, the city reported 166 in 2015, and last year those numbers per month increased over the course of the …

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Loretta Lynch on police misconduct: “We’re at a point now similar to 50 years ago with the civil rights movement”

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the highest law enforcement official in the United States, spoke out on Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  She compared the public’s involvement in stories of police misconduct with the brutality of the Civil Right’s Movement. “The televising of the police dogs and …

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