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Former U.S. Attorney named special prosecutor to handle the Jussie Smollett investigation

A Cook County judge on Friday appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan K. Webb as special prosecutor overseeing the Jussie Smollett investigation, according to the Chicago-based publication Injustice Watch. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael P. Toomin appointed Webb, who co-executive chairman of Winston & Strawn. In June Judge Toomin ordered an independent investigation into the handling of the charges against[Read More…]

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross who suspended cops for posting racist posts on Facebook is forced to resign because of allegations of sexism throughout the department

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., who suspended cops who posted racist comments on Facebook, was brought down because of allegations of sexual harassment, gender and racial discrimination within the department. Ross, who was named superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest police department on January 5, 2016, resigned August 20, 2019. “New allegations of[Read More…]

In a nationwide speaking tour, Lonnie Bunch III will discuss the founding of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bunch,  Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution,  initially will speak in 8 cities. More locations will be added later   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Lonnie G. Bunch III, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the first African American to hold the post, will embark on a nationwide speaking tour to discuss his book concerning the founding of the[Read More…]

Mental health becomes part of New Jersey’s public school curriculum

  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation requiring the Garden State’s public schools to provide mental health instruction to students beginning in kindergarten through the 12th grade. “We are striving to do all that we can to improve health and wellness for our students,” Governor Murphy said. “By ensuring that children in grades K through 12 learn about[Read More…]

July’s unemployment rate for black men was 5.8 percent, the same as June

July’s unemployment rate for black men 20 and older was 5.8 percent, the same as June, but much lower than the 6.3 percent recorded for the same month a year ago. Nonfarm payrolls increased in July to 164,000. The employment-population ratio—the number of black men 16 to 64 who were employed– was 64.5 percent in July, higher when compared to[Read More…]

France gifted the Statue of Liberty to America in 1886 to celebrate the end of slavery

On August 20, 1619, the first black slaves were dragged in chains to America   Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, wants to change Emma Lazarus’s sonnet that begins with “Give Me Your Tired and Poor”… that is inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty to something less welcoming to the huddled masses yearning[Read More…]

Newark distributes bottled water to a specific neighborhood because of high lead content in tap water

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Newark, N. J. Mayor Ras Baraka announced the city had begun distribution of bottled water to a certain neighborhood because of elevated lead levels in the drinking water caused by corrosive lead pipes. The bottled water distribution is similar to what had occurred in Flint, Michigan, another American city with a large African-American population.[Read More…]

A police officer who shot death an unarmed black man has a KKK application on his wall and three Confederate flags in his home and garage

The victim’s sister said she heard her brother pleading for his life before he died, but a prosecutor charged she was lying and a judge jailed her   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   A Muskegon, Michigan, police officer who shot to death an unarmed black man on September 24, 2009, following a traffic stop, had a framed Klu Klux[Read More…]

Art is for our sake. Will a new exhibit help change our thinking about the criminal justice system?

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago opens its “Envisioning Justice” exhibit.   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Dorothy Burge makes quilts, but they are not the multi-colored square creations you spread on your bed that look pretty and keep you warm at night. Burge makes quilts in the shape of black men, particularly of those who have been[Read More…]

White gunman kills 9 in Dayton, including six blacks, just hours after a mass shooting in Texas

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   A white gunman, wearing body armor and carrying a rifle with a hundred rounds of ammunition, shot to death nine people, including six blacks, early Sunday morning in a Dayton, Ohio, entertainment district. The deadly shooting by Connor Betts, 24, who lived in the mostly white suburb of Bellbrook, occurred several hours after Patrick[Read More…]

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