Civil Rights

The Wilmington, N.C., police department fires three patrolmen for racist video comments

In 1898, armed white supremacists overthrew the city’s democratically elected government because black men had obtained positions power and their influence was increasing   Wilmington, North Carolina, Police Chief Donny Williams has fired three white uniformed officers for their video-recorded racist comments in which one officer, Michael K. Piner, said a “civil war is coming, and I can’t wait to[Read More…]

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Angela Y. Davis to be honored

Dr. Angela Davis will be honored during a virtual ceremony, Friday June 19 or Juneteenth, by the Birmingham, Alabama, Civil Rights Institute where the author and activist will receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award. “The Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award is the highest award given by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute that honors outstanding individuals for their significant contributions[Read More…]

Online petition to rename Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of John Lewis

More than 120,575 people so far have signed an online petition calling for the renaming of the Edmund Pettis Bridge, located in Selma, Alabama, where U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Georgia) was nearly beaten death as a student activist in 1965. Lewis, then a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) marched with others who attempted to walk across[Read More…]

Police killer of a black man went through de-escalation training

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Garrett Rolfe, a six-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, who shot a fleeing Rayshard Brooks twice in the back, killing him, had completed de-escalation and cultural-awareness training after which he received a department certificate. However, in 2017, the department reprimanded him with a use of force complaint. Employees of an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant called[Read More…]

San Francisco will take police out of the loop as first responders in non-criminal matters

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today San Francisco Mayor London Breed has laid out a four-point plan to eliminate the police as first responders in non-criminal situations, replacing them with homeless outreach workers or behavioral health professionals assigned to the streets. Mayor Breed’s vision also includes addressing police bias, strengthening police accountability, demilitarizing cops, and promoting economic justice. “We know that[Read More…]

Christina Swarns to head the Innocence Project

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Christina Swarns, president and attorney-in-charge of the Office of the Appellate Defender, a New York-based institutional provider of appellate defense representation for the indigent, has been named executive director of the Innocence Project. Swarns, who will assume her new position September 8, succeeds Maddy deLone, who served as the Innocence Project’s executive director for[Read More…]

Group calls for prison guards to wear protective gear

    By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice wants to require men and women who work in prisons and jails, immigration and juvenile detention centers to wear personal protective equipment to protect them and their families from the coronavirus. The recommended protective gear includes masks, gloves and head gear. There is also a[Read More…]

Court refuses to unseal Grand Jury testimony concerning 4 murders by white racists

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta has refused to unseal Grand Jury testimony concerning the 1946 murders of two black couples in rural Georgia believed to have been put in killers’ crosshairs by Governor Eugene Talmadge who needed to win the rural vote to secure his re-election in 1947 governor’s race. The Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit[Read More…]