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Laquan McDonald and What My Dying Father Told Me About the Chicago Police

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 12.10.2016 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

My daddy died in January 2013, and one of the last things we talked about was the Chicago police. He was an optimistic man with a fierce passion for social justice, but after a protracted debate with an ultra-idealistic me, he shouted, "Marilyn, don't you know that the police is the biggest gang in the city?"

No Retrial For White Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Jonathan Ferrell

Associated Press | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.03.2017 | Crime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina state prosecutors announced Friday that they won't retry a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black...

Why No Justice for Jonathan Ferrell

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.22.2016 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Unless we require extensive and ongoing racial bias and sensitivity training in all police departments throughout the U.S., we will continue to see more unarmed Jonathan Ferrells shot and killed by police. And we will see jurors siding with the police to acquit them.

Mistrial Declared For Cop Charged With Killing Jonathan Ferrell

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 08.21.2015 | Crime

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge declared a mistrial Friday after a jury deadlocked in the case of a white police officer charged with ...

Mistrial For Charlotte Police Officer In Killing Of Unarmed Florida A&M Athlete

Associated Press | Andrew Hart | Posted 08.22.2015 | Crime

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge declared a mistrial Friday after a jury deadlocked in the case of a white police officer charged with ...

Dash Cam Video Shows Seconds Before Unarmed Man Killed By Cops

TOM FOREMAN Jr. | Simon McCormack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Crime

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte police officer was cross-examined Thursday about his written statement on the night that a white fellow officer s...

Heartbreaking Illustrations Document The Last Words Of Unarmed Black Men

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

The recent shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown has revived a national conversation about race and police brutality, about "walking while black...

I'm Dunn (But Not Really) With This: A Few Notes on Strategic Apathy and White Supremacy

Javon Johnson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Javon Johnson

Many people have asked me how I feel about the Michael Dunn case and the troubling verdict. I am quite vocal about race issues and general human equality so these inquiries come as no surprise.

Jonathan Ferrell's Family Attorney Says Dash Cam Video Will Be Key to Officer's Conviction

Mari Fagel | Posted 03.30.2014 | Crime
Mari Fagel

North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick was indicted Monday on charges of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell. Kerrick fired 12 shots at Ferrell, striking him 10 times.

Jury Decides Not To Indict Officer Who Fatally Shot Jonathan Ferrell

Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

A partial grand jury in North Carolina has decided not to indict Randall Kerrick, the officer who fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013. ...

Jonathan Ferrell's Fiancée Hopes His Death Will Trigger Much Needed Discussion

Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

Four months after her fiancé, Jonathan Ferrell, was fatally shot, Cache Heidel hopes his death won't be in vain. During a recent interview with C...

So Many Tears: The Year in Black Pain

Michael W. Waters | Posted 02.02.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

There are certain years, concretized within our collective memory, noted for the multiplicity of tragedies encountered over the duration of its days. For African Americans, 2013 possesses all the painful markings of such a year.

Walking Dead: Black & Unarmed

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 01.27.2014 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

The bloodshed that divides us is thicker than the water that unites us. Old Uncle Sam has instilled a bias belief that enables some to judge life under state law and jungle rules.

Are African-Americans An Endangered Species?

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 11.19.2013 | Black Voices

Is it time to for black leaders to declare black people an endangered species? Right now, homicide is the leading cause of death among black men, a...

A Good Samaritan

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

The experience deepened my faith in the human spirit and the potential goodness of people. Lincoln gave everything so this nation had an opportunity to survive as one nation, under god, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all.

Does Race-Related Fear Affect Your Life?

Posted 10.11.2013 | Black Voices

As more and more reports of fatal shootings keep happening, questions surrounding laws like Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground Law are being qu...

Police Fatally Shoot Man After Family Calls For Medical Assistance

Posted 10.08.2013 | Black Voices

The family of a Georgia man, who was fatally shot by police on Friday, are refuting the officers' account, saying the killing was unjust. Police s...

In Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar Is King

Timothy Cooper | Posted 12.01.2013 | Black Voices
Timothy Cooper

Right now, Kendrick is king. His innovation runs deep, and I hope it runs deep enough to avoid the shallowness of an industry that too often neglects freshness and comfortably embraces the modus operandi.

911 CALL: Woman In Panic Before Police Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 09.20.2013 | Crime

A 911 call shortly before Jonathan Ferrell's death could help prove that North Carolina police officers knew he was unarmed before opening fire, a law...

For Whites (Like Me): We Are Not Ignorant

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Harvey

Many of us white folks get pissed when we hear another of these preventable tragedies (the "preventable" moving it from tragedy to injustice) has happened again. But after Trayvon Martin was murdered and Zimmerman set free how many of us moved our bodies in response?

Will America's Fear of Black Men Ever Go Away? | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices

Ferrell, a 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player, crashed his car early Saturday morning. After climbing out, he ran to a nearby home for hel...