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White Man Arrested in Potentially Race-Based Murders

Police say Kenneth Gleason killed 2 black men, fired into home of black family

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 23-year-old white man who allegedly killed two black men and fired shots into the home of a black family over the past two weeks in Louisiana, the AP reports. Kenneth Gleason, who was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge on suspicion of first-degree murder, was tied to... More »

Suspect Held After 'Racially Motivated' Louisiana Murders

2 black men were shot dead in separate incidents

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana suspect that a man taken into custody Saturday is the attacker who killed two black men in apparently random, possibly racially motivated murders. Police say Kenneth Gleason, 23, has been charged only with drug offenses for now because they don't have enough evidence for a murder... More »

Baton Rouge Cop Sues Black Lives Matter, Leaders

Complaint by officer injured in gunman's ambush says BLM incited violence

(Newser) - Last July, a police officer in Baton Rouge, La., was seriously injured after a gunman ambushed him and five other members of law enforcement, killing three—and now that officer is suing various arms of the Black Lives Matter movement and some of its leaders, CNN reports. The complaint filed... More »

Woman Sees Cop in Trouble, Jumps on Attacker's Back

Vickie Williams-Tillman is being hailed as a hero

(Newser) - When Vickie Williams-Tillman saw a police officer struggling with someone on the side of the road as she was headed out to shop Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, the 56-year-old says she didn't have time to think. "I could see in his eyes he needed help," she... More »

'No Lives Matter' Anymore: Slain Cop's Sister

Joycelyn Jackson never worried about her brother until recently

(Newser) - "It's coming to the point where no lives matter. Whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever." That's what Joycelyn Jackson has to say after her younger brother, Montrell Jackson, was killed along with two other police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Joycelyn... More »

Slain Officer Wrote of Struggles as Black Cop

Baton Rouge shooter was former Marine

(Newser) - "I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me," wrote Montrell Jackson a few days before he was gunned down along with two other Baton Rouge officers on Sunday morning. The 32-year-old, who joined the force 10 years ago, made emotional... More »

Police Sources Identify Baton Rouge Shooter

It was Gavin Long's birthday, according to reports

(Newser) - Louisiana's superintendent of state police says there is "no active shooter scenario going on in Baton Rouge," the New York Times reports. That announcement comes hours after three police officers were gunned down Sunday morning. Three other officers were wounded. The suspect was killed. According to earlier... More »

3 Cops Shot, Killed in Baton Rouge

At least 3 more shot, and 1 shooter is dead; 2 others believed at large

(Newser) - At least three police officers in Baton Rouge have died after being shot Sunday, reports the Advocate , in a chaotic scene that is reportedly still active. Three other cops were shot and one suspected gunman is dead, reports the AP ; another two suspects are believed to still be at large.... More »

Baton Rouge Police: Suspects Stole Guns to Murder Officers

They say the alleged plot has been foiled, though one suspect remains at large

(Newser) - "This was an actual, credible threat," says Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson of an alleged plot to kill police officers that officials say they foiled in Baton Rouge. NOLA.com and ABC News report three of four suspects who broke into the Cash America Pawn store on... More »

Woman in Iconic Baton Rouge Photo: 'I Am a Vessel'

Ieshia Evans is a nurse, mother from New York

(Newser) - One writer ranked it as iconic as the photograph of a man "staring down a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square": The photo shot Saturday by Jonathan Bachman of Reuters showing riot gear-clad police officers in Baton Rouge arresting a woman in a flowing dress has been shared across... More »

Image From Baton Rouge Is 'Impossible to Forget'

Police in riot gear arrest woman in flowing dress

(Newser) - One image from the Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend seems destined for icon status. It was taken by Jonathan Bachman of Reuters—see it here , via tweet—and it shows police officers in Baton Rouge clad in riot gear arresting a woman in a flowing dress on Saturday.... More »

His Father Gone, Alton Sterling's 15-Year-Old Son Weeps

Scholarship fund set up for Cameron and his siblings has raised $275K

(Newser) - Amid the outrage over Alton Sterling's Tuesday death at the hands of Baton Rouge police, an event that was captured in two released bystander videos , a sorrow-drenched third video : On Wednesday, Sterling's 15-year-old son Cameron covered his face with his collar and wept as mother Quinyetta McMillon addressed... More »

Feds Step in in 'Disturbing' Baton Rouge Police Shooting

Federal authorities investigating death of Alton Sterling

(Newser) - Federal authorities are investigating Tuesday's fatal police shooting in Louisiana after disturbing video of the incident made headlines and sparked protests. Alton Sterling, 37, who sold CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, was shot dead by police who were responding to a report of a man with... More »

'Troubling' Video of Baton Rouge Police Shooting Sparks Protests

CD seller was shot dead after officers tackled him

(Newser) - Protesters gathered outside a Baton Rouge, La., convenience store Tuesday night to express their outrage over yet another controversial police shooting. Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man who sold CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart, was shot dead after what cops describe as "some sort of altercation" at 12:... More »

Pregnant Teacher's Body Found After Alleged School Affair

Arrested assistant principal Robert Marks has yet to talk

(Newser) - A married middle school assistant principal has been arrested in the murder of a pregnant teacher with whom he was allegedly carrying on an affair in a case that's shaken Baton Rouge, La. Instructional specialist Lyntell Washington, 40, was seven months pregnant and the single mom to a 3-year-old... More »

Dad Accidentally Shoots, Kills Babysitter

Adonis Forbes charged with negligent homicide in 13-year-old boy's death

(Newser) - A Louisiana father who was trying to fix his handgun accidentally killed his kids' 13-year-old babysitter, the Advocate reports. Adonis Forbes, 25, and his wife were out for their anniversary on Saturday when they came home for a quick check on their kids. That's when Forbes, of Baton Rouge,... More »

TV Host's Killer Was His Son-in- Law, Lover: Cops

Scott Rogers killed in possible murder-suicide attempt

(Newser) - In a disturbing—not to mention extremely complicated—story, the host of a Baton Rouge, La., local TV program was allegedly shot and killed by his son-in-law, who was also thought to be his lover, according to police. The son-in-law, Matthew Hodgkinson, survived what Sheriff Brett Stassi says was likely... More »

Sick of Allergies? Avoid These 10 Cities

Louisville is worst offender, says allergy group

(Newser) - Allergy experts have unveiled the worst cities in the US for those with spring allergies, and Louisville, Ky., is the place you most want to avoid if you're an allergy sufferer. It moves up from No. 5 last year to the top spot this year. "The river provides... More »

Latest Secession Attempt: Baton Rouge's Richer Side

St. George wants to split off from Louisiana capital

(Newser) - A drive to create a new school district has snowballed into a push to split Louisiana's capital in two, with the largely wealthy and white southern part of Baton Rouge moving to secede and become the city of St. George, the Raw Story finds. The new city would have... More »

La. Cops Still Busting Men ... Using Invalid Sodomy Law

Baton Rouge sheriff claims he didn't know it was unconstitutional

(Newser) - News of the landmark 2003 Supreme Court case that struck down anti-sodomy laws has taken an exceptionally long time to reach law enforcement in Baton Rouge, La. In at least a dozen cases since 2011, including one this month, men have been arrested under a state law banning "unnatural... More »

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