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White Liberal Tears and Racism in Seattle After Teachers Wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-Shirts

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CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 25: A young boy eats a donut as he walks with demonstrators down a street outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Last October, teachers in the Seattle Public Schools district planned a Black Lives Matter in the Seattle Public Schools event that consisted of wearing t-shirts with the slogan printed on them, despite the fact that a similar effort at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary in September was met with criticism, hate mail and threats of violence.

Warner Bros Developing a Film Based on Mike Brown’s Shooting

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Mike Brown via Twitter

Michael Brown was just 18 years old when he was gunned down in Ferguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. His death became a focal point in the Movement for Black lives, and now Hollywood studio Warner Bros. has a project in development to tell his story on the big screen.

Read “Mike Brown Movie Based On His Mother’s Memoir in the Works At Warner Bros

‘Father’s Day Bail Out’ Will Reunite Incarcerated Black Fathers With Their Families

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Typical Prison Cell Bars (iStock)

Color of Change and the Movement for Black Lives are joining local grassroots organizers to reunite incarcerated Black fathers with their families and highlight the inhumanity inherent in the cash bail system by bailing out Black fathers who would otherwise spend their Father’s Day in jail because they cannot afford bail.

Read “Color of Change, Movement for Black Lives Join National Father’s Bail Out Day

Law Enforcement Agencies in Texas Must Report Shootings or Face Fines

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Starting in September, any Texas law enforcement agency that does not report a police shooting to the state attorney general within the allowed 30-day period could be fined $1,000 per day, and if they commit that same infraction twice within a five year period, that penalty goes up to $10,000 followed by $1,000 per day until the report is filed.

Read “Texas Governor Signs Bill Enforcing the Reporting of Police Shootings Into Law

Black Lives Matter Chicago Files Lawsuit Seeking Federal Oversight of Police Department

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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 25: Demonstrators confront police during a protest over the death of Laquan McDonald on November 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Lawyers for Black Lives Matter Chicago and other community groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday, accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of trying to cut “a back-room deal” with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and demanding federal oversight of the city’s police department.

Read “Black Lives Matter Chicago Files Lawsuit Demanding Federal Oversight of City’s Police Department

ACLU Sues Georgia School Board

Teacher reading a book with a class of preschool children (iStock)

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Georgia alleges that the Crisp County Board of Education and the county election supervisor violated section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act by denying Black voters an equal opportunity to participate in the political process through its at-large method of electing Board of Education members.

Read “ACLU Lawsuit Alleges Board of Education in Georgia Disenfranchised Black Voters in School Board Selection Process

Accomplices in Shooting at #JamarClark Protest Plead Guilty

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Nathan Wayne Gustavvson (L) and Joseph Martin Backman (R) (Minneapolis Police Department)

Two of the men who were with convicted shooter Allen “Lance” Scarsella on Nov. 23, 2015 when he shot five Black Lives Matter activists at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct during a protest decrying the death of Jamar Clark pleaded guilty Monday, and prosecutors say they will seek jail time for both.

Read “2 Accomplices Plead Guilty in Shooting of BLM Activists at Jamar Clark Protest

Jury Deliberations Begin in Trial of Officer Charged With the Shooting Death of Philando Castile

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St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez (Ramsey County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office)

Closing arguments for both sides concluded Monday in the trial of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is charged in the shooting death of Philando Castile last year. Now a jury must decide if Yanez panicked and shot Castile, or if Castile caused his own death by ignoring Yanez’s commands.

Read “#PhilandoCastile: Closing Arguments Complete, Jury Begins Deliberations in Trial of Jeronimo Yanez

Florida Police Officers Face Federal Charges For Beating a Man and Lying About it

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Byron Harris’s mugshot shows that he was beaten (Boynton Beach Police)

On Friday, Officer Mike Brown, Sgt. Philip Antico, and former officers Ron Ryan and Justin Harris all pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman. The four of them are charged with falsification of records, while Brown, Harris, and Ryan face the additional charge of deprivation of rights under color of law. Antico, who was the supervising officer that night, is also charged with obstruction of justice.

Read “Police Officers Who Beat Man, Then Lied About It, Face Federal Civil Rights Indictment

ACLU Makes the Case For Giving Second Chances to People With Prior Convictions

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An Employment Application (iStock)

One in three American adults—70 million in total—have a criminal record, making it difficult for them to reenter their communities, find gainful and employment, build stability and find success after incarceration. A report from the American Civil Liberties Union highlights the benefit to all that comes when companies give these individuals a second chance.

Read “ACLU Makes the Case For Giving Formerly Incarcerated A Fair Chance At Employment

White People Who Couldn’t Mind Their Own Business Indicted For Murder

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Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband shown holding a man down in this video screenshot

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband Terry Thompson have both been indicted for murder in the death of John Hernandez. They both face five years to life in prison if convicted.

Read Deputy, Husband Indicted For Murder in Off-Duty Killing of Man in Houston 

New No-Cash Bail System in Harris County, Texas, Means Low-Level Offenders Go Free

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Handcuffed prisoner in jail (iStock)

On April 28, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal  issued a 193-page ruling ordering Harris County to begin releasing indigent inmates as early as May 15 without requiring the posting of cash bail as they awaited trial on misdemeanor offenses.

“Liberty is precious to Americans and any deprivation must be scrutinized,” the order states, citing a comment from Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht.

Read “New No-Cash Bail System Allows Dozens of Low-Level Offenders to Be Released From Jail in Houston, Texas

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