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Family files $12.5M excessive force lawsuit over teen’s seatbelt arrest

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The family of college freshman Montre’ Merritt is suing the Waycross Police Department for $12.5 million following an incident they describe as an example of “excessive force.” Earlier this year, when Merritt was still a high school senior, he was stopped by a police officer as he was pulling into the driveway of his home. Officer Cory Gay had allegedly been ...

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Ron Wyden Blasts CIA For Censoring Torture Report

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden says the CIA is trying to blunt the impact of an upcoming Senate report examining the harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees by insisting on censoring the pseudonyms used for agency officers mentioned in the document. “The intelligence leadership doing everything they can to bury the facts,” said Wyden, D-Ore., a Senate Intelligence Committee member ...

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Shocking Study: A Majority of Middle-Class Black Children Will Grow Up to Be Poorer Than Their Parents

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An unsettling majority of Black children born into middle-class families will drop down into a poorer income bracket as adults, according to a devastating new study by researchers for the Brookings Institution. In a study conducted for the Boston Federal Reserve, researchers Richard V. Reeves and Isabel V. Sawhill confirmed what many African-Americans have long known: In America, your chances of escaping ...

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City Won’t Give Another Penny to Officer Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Jonathan Ferrell

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The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, is pulling back its financial support of the officer who fatally shot unarmed Jonathan Ferrell back in 2013. WSOC-TV recently reported that the city has stopped paying the civil defense legal fees for officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick, who has been charged with voluntary manslaughter following the fatal shooting of the 24-year-old former Florida A&M football ...

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Is St. Louis Prosecutor Making Sure He Won’t Be Blamed if Wilson Walks Free?

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While the St. Louis County grand jury empaneled to consider the Michael Brown killing is hearing evidence that corroborates the account of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, according to a story in The Washington Post, the entire proceeding continues to raise the question of why St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch is using such an unusual process for the Brown ...

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Excludes Transgender Military Personnel

Transgender military is still banned even under Dont Ask Dont Tell www.techyville.com

Reported by Nigel Boys Although a former U.S. surgeon general and retired admiral estimated that there are over 14,000 transgender personnel that are actively serving in the U.S. military, they still do not enjoy the freedom that gays, lesbians and bisëxuals enjoy, according to Kristin Beck. The retired senior chief, who spent 20 years in military special operations, said at ...

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6 Ways Gun Control Was Connected to Racism

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There have always been debates in the United States over Second Amendment rights and the ownership of weapons. In most cases in American history, only select groups enjoyed that right, while others could not. Many rules affecting Black people were influenced by laws made after Nat Turner’s Rebellion in 1831. Here are a few instances throughout U.S. history where African-Americans were denied the right ...

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