Black Lives Matter

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Singer: Anthem Performance Axed Because of My Shirt

Sevyn Streeter wore 'We Matter' shirt to 76ers game

(Newser) - Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey. She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, but she tells the AP that just minutes before... More »

Now Even the Singers Are Kneeling for National Anthem

Denasia Lawrence joins protest during performance at Miami Heat game

(Newser) - A woman performing the national anthem prior to an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt, the AP reports. Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the... More »

NYPD Fatally Shoots Schizophrenic Woman With Bat

Police say Black Lives Matter supporter was screaming at neighbors, lunged at officer

(Newser) - A supporter of Black Lives Matter with schizophrenia was shot dead by police in the Bronx on Tuesday after authorities say she swung a baseball bat at an officer. In the NYPD's telling, officers were responding to a complaint about a woman acting irrationally when they entered 66-year-old Deborah... More »

Mom: Teen Brutally Attacked for Supporting Police

Police say black assailants targeted white victim

(Newser) - An Alabama mother says her son is fighting for his life because he expressed pro-police comments online. Sylacauga High School student Brian Ogle, 17, suffered a fractured skull and brain trauma after he was beaten by multiple people Friday night after a football game. Brandi Allen calls what happens to... More »

Charlotte Girl on Police Brutality: 'I Can't Stand How We're Treated'

Charlotte's 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant wept as she delivered her speech

(Newser) - The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott last week hit hard in Charlotte, NC. But someone who's feeling particular distress over it is young Zianna Oliphant, who spoke at a Charlotte City Council meeting Monday evening, addressing a hushed room with tears streaming down her cheeks as she spoke... More »

Actor Calls for Black Americans to Boycott Work for a Day

Isaiah Washington demands action on police brutality

(Newser) - It's time for black Americans to send the rest of the country a message by boycotting "the very system that was built on the backs of black people here in America," says actor Isaiah Washington. The former Grey's Anatomy star has joined the #Missing24 movement to... More »

Charlotte Police Say Man Killed Had a Gun, Not Book

Family of Keith Scott says the father of 7 was shot by officers while holding a book

(Newser) - Police say they found a handgun—but no book—at the scene where Keith Scott was shot and killed by an officer Tuesday afternoon in Charlotte, CNN reports. Family says the 43-year-old father of seven was reading a book in his car while waiting for his son to get out... More »

Obama, Black Lives Matter Sued for 'Igniting a Race War'

Dallas police sergeant wants more than $500M in damages

(Newser) - A Texas police sergeant has filed a federal lawsuit against the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and President Obama, among others, for "igniting a race war." The Dallas Morning News reports Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, a 17-year veteran of law enforcement and president of the Dallas Fallen... More »

People Are Furious Over Guy's 'Black Rifles Matter' Sign

Creator says Black Lives Matter should be 'flattered'

(Newser) - A Maine town's chamber of commerce has been receiving complaints from tourists regarding a large, hand-painted sign on a private lawn that reads "Black Rifles Matter," reports the AP . Linc Sample, the sign's creator, tells NECN that his work in Boothbay Harbor is about gun rights,... More »

Police Union's 'Black Labs Matter' Photo Is 'Inflammatory'

San Francisco police are already being reviewed for racism

(Newser) - In an effort to "tone down the rhetoric" surrounding fatal police shootings, the San Francisco police union published a photo that, in the eyes of mayor Ed Lee, does the exact opposite, KRON reports. The photo published in the August edition of the San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal... More »

Black Lives Matter Activist Sues Baton Rouge Over Arrest

DeRay Mckesson says the police were 'militarized and aggressive'

(Newser) - Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson sued the city of Baton Rouge and police officials on Thursday, saying officers responded in a "militarized and aggressive manner" in arresting him and other people protesting the police shooting death of Alton Sterling , the AP reports. The federal class-action lawsuit, which names... More »

Black Lives Matter Demands Slavery Reparations

'We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform'

(Newser) - A coalition of more than 60 groups, including Black Lives Matter, is demanding slavery reparations—encompassing free tuition to public universities, among other things—in its first policy platform released Monday, reports the Los Angeles Times . The platform is the result of a year’s work and touches on everything... More »

Michael Jordan 'Deeply Troubled' at Racial Tension, Police Shootings

NBA star speaks out

(Newser) - Michael Jordan is speaking out—and taking action—with regard to the social unrest in America right now. "As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans... More »

Attorney Held in Contempt for 'Black Lives Matter' Button

An 'act of civil disobedience'

(Newser) - An "act of civil disobedience" resulted in a Youngstown, Ohio, attorney being handcuffed and sentenced to five days in jail for contempt of court. Andrea Burton on Friday morning refused to comply with a judge's order that she remove a "Black Lives Matter" button that she was... More »

Online Threats Against Cops Lead to Numerous Arrests

And that's bringing up free-speech concerns

(Newser) - People around the country are being arrested for anti-cop social media posts in the wake of last week's violence, and that's raising questions about the limits of free speech. A Connecticut man was charged with inciting injury when he called for the killing of police in a Facebook... More »

All-Star Game Singer Alters Anthem Lyrics, Causes Stir

Group kicks out 'lone wolf' for singing 'all lives matter'

(Newser) - A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country's national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming "All Lives Matter" during a pregame performance at the 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday. In a statement issued during the game, the Tenors blamed the changes that... 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 »

Cop Fired for Facebook Threat to 5-Year-Old Black Girl

'We'll see how much her life matters soon,' Kansas cop posted

(Newser) - On Thursday night, someone posted a chilling comment on LaNaydra Williams' Facebook page under images of her young daughter. "We'll see how much her life matters soon," the post on the Dallas woman's page read. "Better be careful leaving your info open where she can... More »

Giuliani: I Saved More Lives Than Black Lives Matter Has

Term is 'anti-American,' he said Sunday

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani is being criticized after calling the term "black lives matter" ''inherently racist"—and he's not backing down. During a Sunday appearance on CBS' Face the Nation, Giuliani said "when you say black lives matter, that's inherently racist." He went on... 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 »

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