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Indictment: After Teen's Arrest, Sheriff Texted 'Chair'

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is accused of illegally using a restraint chair

(Newser) - Under US law, restraint chairs can't be used on inmates as a kind of punishment. But that's what a Georgia sheriff is accused of doing over the course of several months last year in the case of four people who allegedly suffered pain and injury as a result,...

Racist's Bullet Didn't Scare This Civil Rights Icon

Vernon Jordan, former adviser to Bill Clinton, dies at 85

(Newser) - Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, has died at 85. In a Tuesday statement to CBS News, Jordan's daughter, Vickee Jordan Adams, said he died Monday night...

House Backs Civil Rights Protection for LGBTQ People
House Approves
LGBTQ Protections

House Approves LGBTQ Protections

Republicans call the bill, which has opposition in the Senate, an attack on religious freedom

(Newser) - The Democratic-led US House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Biden's, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The bill passed 224-206 with three Republicans joining Democrats in voting...

Biden Blames Party Losses on 'Defund the Police'

President-elect tells civil rights leaders that cost Democrats elections

(Newser) - In suggesting civil rights leaders choose their words carefully when debating criminal justice changes with Republicans, President-elect Joe Biden had an example of the risk. "That's how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we're talking about defunding the police,"...

Civil Rights Icon 'On a Par With Rosa Parks' Dead at 83

Bruce Carver Boynton inspired 1961 Freedom Rides

(Newser) - Bruce Carver Boynton, a civil rights pioneer from Alabama who inspired the landmark “Freedom Rides" of 1961, died Monday, the AP reports. He was 83. Former Alabama state Sen. Hank Sanders, a friend of Boynton’s, on Tuesday confirmed his passing. Boynton was arrested 60 years ago for entering...

Barr Likens COVID Shutdowns to Slavery
Barr Floats Idea of Sedition
Charges Against Protesters
the rundown

Barr Floats Idea of Sedition Charges Against Protesters

Attorney general also says shutdowns are biggest intrusion on civil liberties since slavery

(Newser) - The attorney general is making all kinds of headlines this week as he slams COVID-19 shutdowns, considers a big charge against protesters, and faults prosecutors in his own Justice Department. Coverage about William Barr:
  • Volatile words: During a Q&A at Hillsdale College in Michigan on Wednesday, Barr was asked

Lewis the First Black Lawmaker to Lie in State at Capitol

Civil rights leader honored by former colleagues

(Newser) - The body of the late Rep. John Lewis has arrived in the Rotunda of the US Capitol, where he will lie in state as lawmakers pay tribute to the long-time Georgia lawmaker and icon of the civil rights movement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation Monday to Joint Base...

Remembering John Lewis: 'We Have Lost a Giant'

Tributes pour in from Obama, MLK Jr.'s family, and more

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Tributes and statements are now pouring in for the civil rights legend and longtime...

'Titan of Civil Rights Movement' John Lewis Dead at 80
The 'Conscience of
Congress' Has Died 

The 'Conscience of Congress' Has Died

Congressman John Lewis, a giant in the civil rights movement, is gone at age 80 after cancer battle

(Newser) - John Lewis, the son of Alabama sharecroppers who became a giant in the civil rights movement, was arrested dozens of times in his fight for racial and social justice, and served 33 years in Congress, has died at the age of 80. The AP reports that Lewis' death was confirmed...

Minneapolis Instituting a Big Ban After George Floyd Death

No more chokeholds to be allowed by police

(Newser) - Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer. The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and...

A Civil Rights Icon, Dead at 98
A Civil Rights
Icon, Dead
at 98

A Civil Rights Icon, Dead at 98

Joseph Lowery was an aide to MLK Jr. and considered the 'dean' of civil rights movement

(Newser) - A civil rights icon who was an aide to Martin Luther King Jr., conducted the benediction prayer at Barack Obama's 2009 presidential inauguration, and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades has died. Relatives of the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery say the 98-year-old died at home in...

Feds Investigate Troubled Mississippi Prison System

Move follows string of inmate deaths

(Newser) - The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Mississippi prison system after a string of inmate deaths in the past few months, officials said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors are looking into conditions at four state prisons after the deaths of at least 15 inmates since late December. The...

In This School District, a Controversial Way to Flush Out Threats

Civil rights advocates say western NY system compromises student privacy

(Newser) - An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. The Lockport City School District said it activated the system Thursday after meeting conditions set by state education officials, including that...

The Longest- Serving Black Congressman Has Died

John Conyers was known as the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus

(Newser) - Former US Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died, the AP reports. He was 90. Conyers, among the high-profile politicians topped by sex...

Tree Honoring Black Victims of US Massacre Is Cut Down

Officials investigating who chopped down Elaine Massacre memorial tree in Arkansas

(Newser) - Hundreds of African-Americans were killed in Elaine, Arkansas, in 1919 during the United States' horrifying "Red Summer." In April, a tree was planted to honor the Elaine Massacre victims—of which there could have been as many as 800, according to some estimates—but last week the willow...

Emmett Till Sign Will No Longer Be the Same

It's being replaced with a 500-lb. bulletproof version

(Newser) - A civil rights landmark that got some disturbing press this week is being replaced—with a bulletproof version, NBC News reports. The memorial to Emmett Till, the Mississippi teen tortured and murdered in 1955, recently appeared in an Instagram photo with three white University of Mississippi students holding guns. Now...

'Offensive' Photo Taken at Emmett Till Site Surfaces

3 Ole Miss students held guns in front of bullet-riddled sign honoring slain civil-rights icon

(Newser) - Three University of Mississippi students have been suspended from their frat over a photo that shows them posing, two with guns, in front of a civil rights landmark honoring slain black teen Emmett Till . ProPublica and the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting report the suspension of Ben LeClere, John Lowe,...

Hundreds of Blacks Died During 'Red Summer.' A Century Later, the US May Finally Remember

What happened in 1919 is finally being commemorated

(Newser) - America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like...

Feds Admit: We Share Terror List More Than We've Indicated

After years of insisting the list isn't generally shared with private sector

(Newser) - The federal government has conceded it shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities, prompting concerns from civil libertarians that those mistakenly placed on the list could face a variety of hassles. The government's admission that it shares the list so broadly...

The 'King of Soul'—Killed in an FBI Cover-Up?
The 'King of Soul'—Killed
in an FBI Cover-Up?
in case you missed it

The 'King of Soul'—Killed in an FBI Cover-Up?

Netflix will air new episode of 'ReMastered' on Feb. 8

(Newser) - Sam Cooke was shot dead in 1964—but was it a "justifiable homicide," as the courts ruled, or a conspiracy against a prominent Civil Rights activist? That's what the Netflix docu-series ReMastered purports to reveal in its next episode, per Rolling Stone . A Los Angeles hotel manager...

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