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Black Effigies Hung by Necks at UC Berkeley

This 'could have been racially motivated,' school rep says

(Newser) - Amid nationwide protests against police brutality, effigies of three black people hung by their necks turned up on UC Berkeley campus in northern California yesterday—but was it racism or politically inspired art? "We are unsure of the intent," a school spokeswoman tells the AP . The effigies, one... More »

Thousands Across US Protest Police Killings

25K reported at rally in Washington

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters marched across the country today—past the White House in the nation's capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York, and in the middle of Nashville's honky-tonk district—to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge... More »

'Sweet Home Alabama' Gets Cop in Trouble at Chicago Protest

Officer played song at demonstration against police tactics

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department says it will discipline an officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" over a police-cruiser loudspeaker during a march protesting police treatment of African Americans. The song is considered an anthem to Southern pride. Some interpreted his playing of the song during last week's march... More »

Cop Pulls Gun on Oakland Protesters

CHP officer to chief: 'I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive'

(Newser) - Apparently in fear for his life, a cop pulled a gun on a group of 30 to 50 people in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday night as crowds protested the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to a California Highway Patrol chief, Avery Browne, the plainclothes detective, caught on camera... More »

Berkeley Protesters Block Highway, Stop Train

More than 1K crowd I-80, Amtrak tracks in 3rd night

(Newser) - Protests against the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner continued for a third consecutive night in Berkeley, Calif., yesterday, with more than 1,000 people blocking traffic. Protesters thronged both sides of Interstate 80 as well as train tracks in... More »

Garner Protests Marred by Violence, Stolen Champagne

Business windows smashed as others call for peaceful protest

(Newser) - Protests over the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown continued last night in the Bay Area , beginning peacefully but eventually leading to looting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators climbed on police cars, kicking their sirens; others smashed the windows of a Radio Shack;... More »

Eric Garner's Mom: Protests Are 'Just So Awesome'

Garner family members moved by national protests

(Newser) - Eric Garner's family has a message for protesters: We're pretty impressed. Two family members of the man who died in a police chokehold say they're touched by public demonstrations that began after the white police officer involved was not indicted in Garner's death, reports the AP... More »

Michael Brown's Stepdad: Sorry for Post-Verdict Shouts

But Louis Head says he shouldn't be blamed for what happened next

(Newser) - Michael Brown's stepfather has apologized after he was caught on tape calling on crowds to 'burn this b——- down" amid Ferguson protests. Louis Head shouted the words after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, but he tells CNN that to blame him for... More »

Lawmakers Go 'Hands Up' on House Floor

Time for Congress to address the problem: Hakeem Jeffries

(Newser) - On the floor of the House of Representatives last night, lawmakers raised their arms in a gesture of support for Ferguson protesters, Politico reports. "Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence … in community,... More »

St. Louis Cops Fume Over Rams' Ferguson Protest

Some players walked onto field with their hands up

(Newser) - At yesterday's game, five players for the St. Louis Rams took to the field with their hands up, showing solidarity with protesters against the shooting of Michael Brown . "We wanted to come out and show our respect to the protests and the people who have been doing a... More »

NAACP Marching from Ferguson to Governor's Mansion

Plus: mayor announces efforts to broaden police demographics

(Newser) - The Journey for Justice has begun: The NAACP has launched a march from Ferguson, Mo., to the state capital of Jefferson City, KSDK reports. "This is a peaceful march and we're seeking systemic, fundamental reform of policing in this country," says the organization's president and CEO,... More »

Ferguson Protests Continue to Target Black Friday

Holiday shopping interrupted at major retailers near St. Louis, other areas

(Newser) - Protesters continue to interrupt holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area today to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson , the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. About two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police"... More »

Ferguson Protesters Halted at Macy's Parade

Several arrested upon trying to enter parade's path

(Newser) - As New York celebrated at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade today, protesters over events in Ferguson, Mo. , gathered at the scene—but it seems they didn't make much headway, nor did they make it into NBC's telecast, Mashable reports. Several chanting protesters were reportedly arrested when they tried... More »

Ferguson Cops Investigate Man's 'Suspicious' Death

More National Guard troops will arrive today following 61 arrests

(Newser) - St. Louis police are investigating a "suspicious" death in Ferguson, Mo., after police chief Jon Belmar described a riot-like scene overnight . The body of a young black male was discovered this morning in a burned-out white Pontiac parked in a driveway near the spot where Michael Brown was killed,... More »

Okla. Students Walk Out in Rape Protest

They support classmates who say they were bullied after being raped

(Newser) - High school students in Oklahoma walked out of classes yesterday in solidarity with three classmates who say they were raped by a fellow student and then bullied by the alleged attacker's friends. Hundreds of teens at Norman High School participated in the protests, which accused school officials of failing... More »

Naked 'Orcas' to Protest SeaWorld at Macy's Parade

Activists wearing only body paint will squeeze into bathtub

(Newser) - Next Thursday is a day to give thanks for family, life's blessings, and the fact that we're not shivering naked at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But PETA activists are doing just that in protest of the SeaWorld float by sporting only black-and-white body paint to resemble... More »

Hong Kong Protests Spin 'Out of Control' Over Beating

Worst violence yet as video shows cops beating protester

(Newser) - Hong Kong police battling activists for control of an underpass sparked public anger today after local TV showed officers kicking a handcuffed protester; it's unclear what provoked the attack, but other video showed the protester splashing water on officers beforehand. Officers armed with riot shields, batons, and pepper spray... More »

St. Louis Protesters Decry 'Epidemic of Police Violence'

Protest meant 'to destroy systematic racism and white supremacy,' organizer says

(Newser) - Demonstrators marched to St. Louis University early today, then hunkered down for a sit-in to cap three days of protest against what organizers are calling an "epidemic of police violence," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Although police and campus security hovered around both the march and sit-in, no... More »

Chinese Cops Bust Poet Over Umbrella

Item confiscated from Wang Zang's home amid Hong Kong protests

(Newser) - A Chinese poet could reportedly face three years in prison, and it's all because of an umbrella. Wang Zang posted a picture of himself online holding an umbrella—and, it should be noted, sporting a one-fingered salute—after said rain shields, also used to block tear gas, became a... More »

Hong Kong Leader's Kid Brags About Diamonds

22-year-old taunts taxpayers, says they're funding her beautiful wardrobe

(Newser) - Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung, facing heavy criticism from pro-democracy protestors who are threatening to storm government buildings, now has another fire to put out. His 22-year-old daughter appears to have posted some incendiary comments on Facebook in which she taunts "all you HK taxpayers" for funding her... More »

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