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Black Man's Death in Police Custody Ruled a Homicide

Keeven Robinson's death has been ruled a homicide

(Newser) - A black Louisiana man's death while in the custody of multiple white police officers has been ruled a homicide. The Times-Picayune reports that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office had Keeven Robinson in custody after he allegedly led them on a car chase last week. The parish coroner announced... More »

A 'Black Lives Matter' Facebook Page Had Iffy Origins

Site suspends page after CNN reports on links to a white man in Australia

(Newser) - This is the official Facebook page for the Black Lives Matter movement, one with more than 300,000 followers. Anyone searching for it over the past year would have been forgiven if they'd instead stumbled onto a different BLM Facebook page with more than double the number of followers.... More »

Stephon Clark Shot Multiple Times in Back

Private autopsy says he was shot 8 times in all, took up to 10 minutes to die

(Newser) - The family of Stephon Clark released the results of a private autopsy on Friday that shows police shot him eight times, mostly in the back, reports the Sacramento Bee . Bullets hit the 22-year-old in the back, neck, and thigh, per the Washington Post , and the AP says seven of the... More »

Protests Over Police Shooting Result in Sparse NBA Crowd

Game in Sacramento was delayed as protesters converged on arena in name of Stephon Clark

(Newser) - Body camera and helicopter footage of Sacramento police officers firing some 20 rounds at a 22-year-old father of two holding only a cellphone is out—and the reaction is intense. A day after the videos and 911 call audio were released, protesters blocked the entrance to Sacramento's Golden 1... More »

Ex-Cop in Walter Scott Shooting Gets 20 Years

Judge ruled Michael Slager committed second-degree murder

(Newser) - A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. Before US District Judge David Norton announced the... More »

Cop Cleared After Appearing to Shoot, Kill Man as He Ran Away

Activists and family members outraged in Patrick Harmon case

(Newser) - Two months after police in Salt Lake City, Utah, shot and killed 50-year-old black man Patrick Harmon, the Salt Lake County district attorney determined Wednesday their use of deadly force was justified. Soon after, the police department released body cam footage of the shooting, sparking outrage among many in the... More »

In a Twist, Cops Were the Ones Chanting in St. Louis

'Whose streets? Our streets' went the refrain after arrests

(Newser) - A common chant could be heard on the streets of St. Louis Sunday night as protesters demonstrated over a police shooting. "Whose streets? Our streets" went the refrain, a common one used by Black Lives Matter protesters. This time, however, it was police officers who were doing the chanting,... More »

Protesters Face Off With Police After Cop Acquittal in St. Louis

Protesters say police have used pepper spray

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters are marching through St. Louis streets after a judge announced Friday that white former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith, a black suspect, the AP reports. Protesters said law enforcement officials have... More »

Racism Banner Causes Scene at Fenway

'White people need to wake up,' say anti-racism protesters

(Newser) - A banner draped from the stands of Boston's Fenway Park was meant to spark a conversation, says one of the individuals involved in Wednesday night's stunt. In that sense, it was a success. During the fourth inning of the Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics, three protesters... More »

NFL Player Goes Public About Police Encounter

Michael Bennett says he was handcuffed, threatened for 'being a black man'

(Newser) - An NFL player is considering a civil rights lawsuit after he says Las Vegas police officers handcuffed him at gunpoint, threatened him, and used excessive force "for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time." ESPN reports Michael Bennett... More »

Robert E. Lee Descendant Resigns as Pastor Over Comments on MTV

He voiced support for Black Lives Matter

(Newser) - A descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has stepped down as pastor of a North Carolina church after negative reactions to his comments supporting racial justice during an MTV awards show, the AP reports. The general's distant nephew, the Rev. Robert W. Lee IV, issued a statement this... More »

What It's Like to Be Mistaken for a Cop Killer

Fusion offers an extensive look at Mark Hughes of Dallas

(Newser) - A year ago, Mark Hughes' life was permanently changed when he attended a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas. He was legally carrying his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which he decided to do to protest the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, who was also legally carrying a firearm when he... 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 »

College Hits Back at 'Lynched' Professor

Essex County College: Lisa Durden's remarks on Fox News made students fearful

(Newser) - A professor in New Jersey is repeating claims that she was "publicly lynched" by Essex County College after defending a Black Lives Matter event in a Fox News interview, reports the Washington Post . The school, meanwhile, is speaking out. In a statement , President Anthony Munroe says Essex County College... More »

Another Mistrial in Case of White Cop Who Fatally Shot Black Driver

Second jury deadlocks in Ray Tensing case

(Newser) - A second mistrial was declared Friday in the case of a white University of Cincinnati officer who killed an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop, the AP reports. It's the latest racially charged police shooting case to show the reluctance of US jurors to convict officers. Hamilton County... More »

Thousands Protest Acquittal in Death of Philando Castile

'My son loved this city and this city killed my son'

(Newser) - "They got free rein to keep killing us anyway they want," Valerie Castile said Friday night as protesters took to the streets of St. Paul, shutting down a freeway, after a Minnesota officer was acquitted in the killing of her son, Philando Castile, the Star Tribune reports. According... More »

LeBron Responds to Racist Vandalism

'Being black in America is tough'

(Newser) - "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are ... being black in America is tough," LeBron James said Wednesday in his first public comments since his Los Angeles home was vandalized with a racial slur . The Cleveland Cavaliers star told reporters his family was... More »

Stanford Accepts Teen With Unusual Application Answer

Ziad Ahmed simply wrote '#BlackLivesMatter' 100 times in answer to one question

(Newser) - Repeating the same phrase 100 times on your college application wouldn't seem, at first glance, to be a winning strategy for gaining acceptance to a highly competitive school. But for Ziad Ahmed, it was part of what got him into Stanford, CBS News reports, with the university calling the... More »

Manslaughter Charge for Cop in Shooting of Black Driver

Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile over the summer in Minnesota

(Newser) - A Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul this summer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, the AP reports. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was not justified... More »

Mistrial in Case of White Cop Who Fatally Shot Black Driver

Ray Tensing was facing murder, manslaughter charges

(Newser) - A mistrial has been declared in the case of a white Ohio cop who shot and killed an unarmed black driver during a traffic stop, sparking outrage and protests last year, NBC News reports. According to the AP , jurors deliberated for 25 hours but couldn't come to a decision... More »

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