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Sacramento Police Department Moves to Fire Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting

Joseph Mann Shooting

Sacramento Bee video screenshot

On July 11, 2016, two police officers fired 18 shots at a mentally ill black man, who was armed with a knife with a 3.5-inch blade and “acting erratically,” within one minute of encountering him in a residential Sacramento, Calif., neighborhood.

Read “Report: Sacramento, Calif., Police Department Moves to Fire Officer Involved in Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Black Man

#Flint: Short-Term Extension on Water Service Approved by City Council

Flint Michigan Water Tower

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Monday, June 26, was the deadline set by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Flint, Mich., City Council to either approve a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority, provide an alternative long-term water solution or face legal action, and after a night of screaming matches between the public, council members and even Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, the council voted to extend the city’s contract with GLWA until September.

Read “#Flint: City Council Approves Short-Term Water Contract After Heated Arguments at Meeting

Emmett Till Memorial Vandalized in Money, Mississippi

Emmett Till Memorial

Emmett Till Memorial on the Mississippi Freedom Trail in Money, MIss. (AP Images)

A historical marker created in Mississippi to memorialize and educate the public about the 1955 kidnapping and lynching death of 14-year-old Emmett Till was destroyed by vandals who obliterated all visible information about the death that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

Read “Emmett Till Historical Marker in Mississippi Destroyed By Vandals

Black Lives Matter Protesters Interrupt Twin Cities Pride Festival

Black Lives Matter Die-In

Black Lives Matter Die-In at Twin Cities Pride Festival (Twitter/@susanelizabethl)

Black Lives Matter demonstrators briefly halted the 2017 Twin Cities Pride Festival this past weekend in downtown Minneapolis, upset over the inclusion of police officers in the parade in the wake of the acquittal of a Minnesota police officer in the shooting death of Philando Castile.

Read “Black Lives Matter Demonstrators Briefly Halt 2017 Twin Cities Pride Festival in Minnesota

Senate Judiciary Committee Investigating Former AG Loretta Lynch

Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating alleged political interference by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as part of its examination into the circumstances surrounding the removal of James Comey as FBI director.

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California Bans Travel to States That Discriminate Against LGBT Americans

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday that his state would prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas due to discriminatory legislation enacted in those states that targets LGBT Americans.

Read “California Bans Travel to 4 More States that Discriminate Against LGBT Americans

Movement for Black Lives Responds to the Question ‘What Happened to Black Lives Matter?’

Black Lives Matter

Demonstrators, marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, protest along West Florrisant Street on August 10, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

An article was published Wednesday that questioned the organization, the leadership, the purpose, the plans and the goals of Black Lives Matter. It was an article that organizers in the Movement for Black Lives say included multiple inaccuracies, and as the group seeks corrections or a retraction, they responded with an op-ed of their own to set the record straight.

Read “‘What Happened to Black Lives Matter?’ – Movement For Black Lives Responds

Stabbing at Flint Airport Being Investigated as an Act of Terrorism

Montreal Police guard the front of the four storey building in Montreal on June 21, 2017, where Amor Ftouhi, who is suspected of stabbing a Michigan airport police officer, lived before traveling to the US earlier this month.
 (Photo by Julien Besset/AFP/Getty Images)

A police officer was stabbed Wednesday at the Flint, Mich., international airport, and the FBI says it is investigating the incident as a possible act of terrorism because of statements the suspect reportedly made before attacking the officer.

Read “FBI Investigating Stabbing of Police Officer at Flint Airport as a Possible Act of Terrorism

Judges Rule Brendan Dassey’s Confession Was ‘Improperly Obtained’

Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey appears in court Monday, April 16, 2007 (AP Photo/Dan Powers, Pool)

If you watched the Netflix docuseries “Making a Murderer,” you probably agree that the confession a teenage Brendan Dassey gave was coerced by police officers who took advantage of a mentally challenged boy who did not have a parent or lawyer present to help him. On Thursday, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled that the confession was improperly obtained, and the state of Wisconsin must either retry Dassey or release him from prison.

Read “Judges Rule ‘Making a Murderer’ Confession Was Improperly Obtained

Is SPD Underground Sanctioned By the Sacramento Police Department?

SPD Underground

SPD Underground (Facebook)

Tanya Faizon, a self-described “Abolitionist” with Black Lives Matter Sacramento, has been the repeated target of attacks on a Facebook page purported to be the “unofficial voice to the hardworking men and women of the Sacramento Police Department” in the state capital of California.

Read “Is the Sacramento Police Department Secretly Airing Its Grievances Through an Underground Facebook Page?

Barack Obama Calls the New Senate Healthcare Bill Out For the Bullshit it Is

President Barack Obama

Former U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama took to his official Facebook page on Thursday to criticize the new Senate healthcare bill released today, calling it “a massive transfer of wealth” to “the richest people in America,” asking the Senate to “take a step back and measure what’s really at stake.”

Read “Barack Obama: Senate Health Care Bill Is a Massive Transfer of Wealth to the Richest People in America

Florida Education Official: Gender Wage Gap is Caused By Genetics

University of Florida

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A member of the Florida State University system Board of Governors said during a meeting Tuesday that the gender wage gap is caused by genetics, and not the systemic social and economic causes that continue to favor men over women in the workplace.

Read “Florida Education Official Believes the Gender Wage Gap Is ‘Genetic’

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