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Did Counter-Protesters in Durham, NC Scare Off the Ku Klux Klan?

We Will Not Be Intimidated

Photo by Joshua Cox

As rumors circulated Friday morning that the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists planned to rally in downtown Durham, N.C., in response to the toppling of a Confederate statue on Monday by racial justice advocates, counter-protesters showed up in number, crowding the streets and forcing local and government businesses and buildings to shut down for the day.

Read “Did a Crowd of Counter-Protesters in Durham, NC Scare Off The Ku Klux Klan?

Activists in Durham, N.C. Unite, Turn Themselves In Over Statue Toppling

Durham Solidarity

Photo Credit: Katrina Parker

On Monday evening during an anti-white supremacy rally, demonstrators in Durham, N.C., toppled a Confederate statue that had been standing in front of the old courthouse in the city’s downtown area. On Tuesday morning, Takiyah Thompson, the black woman who tied the noose around the statue’s neck so it could be pulled down was one of the first to be arrested for her part in the demonstration.

Three more demonstrators were arrested on Wednesday morning, and on Thursday morning, activists who believe law enforcement officials are targeting racial justice organizers gathered en masse to turn themselves in as well.

Read “Durham Activists Stand In Solidarity, Crowds Gather To Turn Themselves In For Toppling Confederate Statue

Homicide of Black Men More Likely To Be Deemed ‘Justifiable’

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A recent analysis conducted by The Marshall Project confirms what most of us have known, or at least suspected, all along: when a black man is killed by a white person in America, their killer is less likely to face legal consequences, and the killing is more likely to be deemed justifiable.

Read “Killings of Black Men More Likely To Be Deemed Justifiable: Report

On Police Departments and Drone Usage

LAPD Drones

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNA – AUGUST 21, 2014: Mario Bautista (middle ) along with other members of “Stop LAPD Spying Coalition), holds a press conference outside Los Angeles City Hall on August 21 in downtown Los Angeles. The group is saying the use of drones would violate the privacy rights of Angelenos and further “militarize” local law enforcement. Later, the group tried to present a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti for a timeline regarding setting a policy for the LAPD to make a decision regarding drones. The group is demanding a prohibition onthe use of drone technology by the Los Angeles Police Departement. (Photo by Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission, the Los Angeles Police Department said it wanted to test the use of drones in a one-year pilot program. The announcement was met with immediate resistance from a group of activists who gathered to denounce the use of any drones by the department.

Read “Should Police Departments Be Able To Use Drones? 

#WalterScott Prosecutor Believed the Choice Between Murder and Manslaughter Was a ‘Close Call’

Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

The South Carolina prosecutor who tried the now former North Charleston police officer responsible for shooting and killing the 50-year-old black unarmed motorist Walter Scott said in a pretrial hearing last year that Michael Slager’s shooting of Scott was a “close call” between manslaughter and murder, but that a case could be made for either criminal charge.

Read “#WalterScott: Prosecutor Believed It Was a ‘Close Call’ Between Manslaughter and Murder

Betsy DeVos is Dumb and Still Doesn’t Understand the History of HBCU’s

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, Education Secretary and super-rich white woman Betsy DeVos put her foot in her mouth when she said HBCUs were “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” Because she has never had to worry about not having access to education, it was clear she didn’t understand that those early schools were, in fact, the only choices black people had.

Read “Betsy DeVos Tries to Backpedal on Her HBCU Comments, but She’s Still a Dummy Who Doesn’t Care About Black People

LeVar Burton Is Being Sued Over ‘Reading Rainbow’

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burtond (Photo by Andrea Bracaglia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In today’s episode of Black People Can’t Have a Damn Thing, Not Even if We Played a Major Role in Building It From the Ground Up, actor LeVar Burton is being personally sued by a Buffalo, N.Y., public broadcasting station that wants to stop him from using a Reading Rainbow catchphrase on his new podcast.

Read “LeVar Burton Is Being Sued by a Public Broadcasting Station Over Reading Rainbow

#Flint: It’s Been Over 1,200 Days Since the City Had Clean Water

Flint Michigan Water Tower

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The people of Flint, Mich., still do not have clean water in their taps, but what they do have is a three-and-a-half-year legacy of bureaucratic bullshit and red tape, lead poisoning, outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, sick babies and children, and a whole lot of back-and-forth between the city and the state over who is going to fix the various problems related to the crisis and how.

Read “#Flint: An Update and a Reminder That It Has Been 1,196 Days Since the Mich. City Had Clean Drinking Water

Grand Jury Impaneled in Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to oversee the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., a clear indication that the investigation may in fact be yielding actual fruit and moving full-speed ahead.

Read “DUN DUN DUN – Grand Jury Impaneled By Special Counsel in Russia Investigation

Louisiana Cop Will Resign After Sharing Racist Facebook Post

Wayne Welsh Facebook Post

Wayne Welsh Facebook Post (Twitter/@freeyourmindkid)

An officer with the Estherwood Police Department in Estherwood, La., came under fire Monday after he shared a racist post on Facebook. After deflecting and attempting to defend the post several times, the officer decided to tender his resignation to the department Tuesday night.

Read “Cop Shares Racist Facebook Post, Will Resign After Public Outcry

New FBI Director Confirmed By U.S. Senate

Christopher Wray

Christopher A. Wray testifies on his nomination to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Photo by: Ron Sachs/AP Images

Christopher Wray, a former high-ranking official in former president George W. Bush’s Justice Department, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday and will step into a new role as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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D.C. Cop Seen Wearing Racist Shirt

Racist Shirt Worn By DC Cop Vincent Altiere

Racist Shirt Worn By DC Cop Vincent Altiere (Law4BlackLives)

An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., has been accused of wearing a shirt with a racist symbol on it while he was on duty, and has now been placed on “non-contact status” pending the department’s investigation into the incident.

Read “D.C. Cop Under Investigation For Wearing a Shirt With a KKK Symbol While On Duty

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