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How Long Should An Officer Have Before Making a Statement After a Fatal Shooting?

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Police officers in Portland, Ore., who were involved in a shooting that resulted in death or serious physical injury were previously given 48 hours during which they could consult with an attorney before having to make a statement about the shooting. It was a rule that was objected to by advocates for police accountability.

Read “Is 48 Hours Too Long To Wait For a Police Officer To Give a Statement After a Fatal Shooting? 

Prosecutor in Lequan McDonald Cover-Up Case Seeks to Remove Pro-Police Judge

Laquan McDonald Shooting

A chalk body outline re-creates the crime scene where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by then-Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. (Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes, who indicted three Chicago police officers on charges that they covered up the circumstances of the Laquan McDonald shooting, moved to remove the judge in the case on the grounds that she is “prejudiced” against the prosecution.

Read “Special Prosecutor in Case of Officers Charged With Cover-Up in Laquan McDonald Shooting Seeks to Remove ‘Pro-Police’ Judge

700 Airport Workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Walk Off the Job

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Passengers check in at the Jet Blue terminal at JFK airport in New York on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007. PrimeFlight Inc., subcontracts ground and terminal service employees to Jet Blue.  (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

Transportation problems in New York City and surrounding areas just got a bit more complicated. On the heels of subway woes and the official beginning of the “summer of hell,” hundreds of airport workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark walked off their jobs in a labor dispute at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Read “New York’s ‘Summer of Hell’ Just Got Worse: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airport Employees Walk Off Job in Labor Dispute

Philando Castile’s Killer Reaches Separation Agreement with City

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Philando Castile (Facebook)

Just three weeks after he was acquitted of all charges connected to the shooting death of Philando Castile, St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez signed a separation agreement with the city Monday to leave the department in exchange for $48,500.

Read “#PhilandoCastile: Killer Cop Receives $48,500 Buyout To Leave St. Anthony Police Department

Black Lives Matter LA Issues Demand to NRA

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Black Lives Matter LA (YouTube screenshot)

Last week the NRA reposted a controversial propaganda video disguised as a recruitment ad that takes aim at the Black Lives Matter movement and uses lies in order to whip its supporters into a frenzy and encourage them to take up arms to protect themselves from a supposed enemy. Friday, a Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles shot back with a video of its own.

Read “Black Lives Matter Demands NRA Remove ‘Dangerous Propaganda’ Videos

Minnesota’s Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

Philando Castile

Philando Castile (Facebook)

Does this seem like the right thing to do?

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Philando Castile’s shooting death at the hands of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton marked the occasion by recommending the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Board be named after Castile.

Read “Minn., Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

New Black Panther Party Clashes With Baton Rouge Police at Alton Sterling Demonstration

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New Black Panther clashes with Baton Rouge police Party (The Advocate video screenshot)

A New Black Panther Party demonstration Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the police shooting that left Alton Sterling dead turned into a confrontation with police and ended with seven people arrested after demonstrators attempted to march through a barricade line at Baton Rouge police headquarters.

Read “New Black Panther Party Protest on Anniversary of Alton Sterling Shooting Leads to Confrontation With Police

Undocumented Minors Must Be Given A Hearing Before Being Detained: Federal Court Ruling

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Wednesday that undocumented minors who enter the country without permission must be given a hearing to determine whether they can be released.

Read “Federal Court Rules Undocumented Minors Cannot Be ‘Contained’ Without A Hearing 

#Flint: State Files Lawsuit After City Council Refuses to Approve Long Term Water Contract With Detroit

Flint Michigan Water Tower

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The Flint City Council refused to approve a 30-year contract with Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) out of Detroit Monday, despite a mandatory deadline imposed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and on Wednesday the state responding by filing a lawsuit against the city, alleging the city is endangering public health as the ongoing saga of the lead-contaminated water continues.

Read “#Flint: State Files Lawsuit Against City After Council Refused to Approve Long Term Water Contract With Detroit

Criminal Charges Dropped Against Officer Who Arrested Sandra Bland

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Former Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, who arrested motorist Sandra Bland two years ago, was the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with her mysterious death in a Texas jail, but as of Wednesday, the criminal charges against him have been dropped.

Read “Charges Dropped Against Only Officer to Face Criminal Charges Related to Sandra Bland’s Death

Sacramento Police Department Moves to Fire Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting

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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

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

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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

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