District Attorneys

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…]

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Marchers block traffic and store entrances to protest deadly police shooting

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   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[Read More…]

Obama’s War on Drug Sentencing

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   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[Read More…]

Study: Prosecutors Are a White Boys Club

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   Only 4% of elected prosecutors are black men; 1% are black women By Frederick H. Lowe     When Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby stepped before the microphones last May and announced the indictment of six[Read More…]

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

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   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[Read More…]

NAACP Applauds Baltimore Grand Jury Indictments in Freddie Gray Case

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   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[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

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   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.[Read More…]

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

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink] 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[Read More…]