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No Moore

   By Frederick H. Lowe Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore Tuesday night in a surprising upset in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race. In his victory speech, Jones thanked Black voters for turning out. Jones won 49.9 percent of the vote to Moore’s 48.4 percent. Moore, however, did not concede the election. Jones is the first Democrat in 25 years[Read More…]

Marchers block traffic and store entrances to protest deadly police shooting

  by Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO — Chanting “16 shots and a cover up,” 1,000 men and women on Friday marched down North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s poshest shopping street, blocking entrances to stores to protest the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the alleged cover up of the deadly shooting by top[Read More…]

Obama’s War on Drug Sentencing

  He says the punishments didn’t fit the crimes By Frederick H. Lowe Saying he wanted to restore fairness at the heart of our justice system, President Barack Obama on Monday commuted prison sentences for 46 men and women who were serving decades, including life behind bars, after being convicted of nonviolent drug crimes. President Obama made the announcement in[Read More…]

Investigation of Tarmir Rice’s Shooting Death Goes to the Prosecutor

  The Cuyahoga County (Ohio), sheriff’s office finally has completed a report about the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was playing with a toy gun when he was killed by two Cleveland cops. Sheriff Clifford Pinkey said his office has turned the report over to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who will present the evidence to a grand[Read More…]

NAACP Applauds Baltimore Grand Jury Indictments in Freddie Gray Case

  By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) — Following major protests after grand juries refused to indict police officers who killed unarmed Eric Garner in New York and Ferguson’s Michael Brown, the NAACP is applauding the grand jury indictments of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old Gray died in police custody on April 25. “The[Read More…]

Chicago Approves $5.5 Million for Black-Male Victims of Police Torture

By Frederick H. Lowe Chicago has become the first city in the nation to approve $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit by disgraced former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his so-called “midnight crew.” Chicago City Council on Tuesday approved a sweeping reparations package that also includes an[Read More…]

Police Beat

Blown Cases, Deaths in Custody and Beatings CHICAGO — A Cook County, IL. judge on Monday dismissed manslaughter charges against an off-duty Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman before the cop’s defense had even put on its case. In a directed verdict, Judge Dennis J. Porter ruled that officer Dante Servin was not guilty of[Read More…]

Locked Behind Bars and Out of Reach of Social Security

  By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—In an unprecedented move, Chicago officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million in reparations to black men who spent decades in prison after police tortured them into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. Although each man could receive as much as $100,000 before taxes, the settlement points to another major financial roadblock a corrupt and[Read More…]

Texas Tech to Award a Honorary Degree to a Wrongfully Convicted Student

By Frederick H. Lowe Texas Tech University’s Board of Regents has voted to award an honorary degree to Timothy Cole, a former business student who died in a Texas prison for the crime he didn’t commit. School officials expelled Cole in 1985 after he was charged with raping Michele Mallin, another student. A jury in Lubbock, Texas, convicted Cole, 26,[Read More…]

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