ORLANDO: Gutwrenching Video Surfaces of School Police Arresting 6-Year-Old Black Girl

By Ben Robinson and Joseph Belko Last week body camera footage surfaced documenting the arrest of 6-year-old Kaia Rolle by Orlando police officers Dennis Turner and Sergio Ramos on September 19, 2019. Kaia had been arrested on charges of “misdemeanor battery” at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy when she had a tantrum after being grabbed by her wrists by school staff. Florida has no … Continue reading ORLANDO: Gutwrenching Video Surfaces of School Police Arresting 6-Year-Old Black Girl

CHARLOTTE: Community Commemorates Black Rebellion at Unmarked Slave Graves

Activists and Community Members gather to commemorate the gravesites of Black slaves and celebrate Black rebellion By Destinee Fuerte On February 1, members of revolutionary organization Serve the People (STP) and the community came together to honor the slaves buried in unmarked graves in front of the gentrified Silos apartments in the South End neighborhood of Charlotte. Attendees gathered around a community-made sign marking the … Continue reading CHARLOTTE: Community Commemorates Black Rebellion at Unmarked Slave Graves

IOWA: Woman Intentionally Runs Over Black and “Mexican” Adolescents

Photo: 14-year-old Natalia Miranda after being run over and hospitalized in a racist attack outside of Des Moines, Iowa By Nélida Tello Over the past week, Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, has been charged with attempted murder in two separate incidents after she intentionally drove her SUV into a 12-year-old Black boy, and 30 minutes later, ran over a 14-year-old Latina girl in Clive, Iowa … Continue reading IOWA: Woman Intentionally Runs Over Black and “Mexican” Adolescents

FLORIDA: George Zimmerman Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Family of Trayvon Martin

Photo: George Zimmerman, acquitted in the 2012 murder of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin By Ben Robinson On Wednesday George Zimmerman, known for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, filed a $100 million lawsuit against Martin’s family, attorney, and Florida state authorities. He claims that there was witness fraud at his trial and that the civil defense attorney assigned to it, Ben … Continue reading FLORIDA: George Zimmerman Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Family of Trayvon Martin

AUSTIN: Police Union Uses Identity Politics to Pressure Chief, Rehabilitate APD Image

Photo: Michael Crumrine of the Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association speaks at an Austin Police Association press conference. By Sandra Harris On November 25, the Austin Police Association (APA) held a press conference condemning Austin Police Department (APD) Chief Brian Manley’s handling of allegations that former Assistant Chief Justin Newsom had been using racist language for decades. Newsom was relieved on October 30 shortly … Continue reading AUSTIN: Police Union Uses Identity Politics to Pressure Chief, Rehabilitate APD Image

AUSTIN: Assistant Police Chief Resigns Amid Racism Revelations

Photo: Former Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Justin Newsom announces in retirement in the wake of allegations of racism By Sandra Harris At a November 16 Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Commission meeting, commissioners and attendees asked Austin Police Department (APD) Chief Brian Manley about the recent allegations of racism against now-retired APD Assistant Chief Justin Newsom. An official complaint against Newsom was filed on October … Continue reading AUSTIN: Assistant Police Chief Resigns Amid Racism Revelations

TEXAS: Rodney Reed Execution Stayed

Photo: Protesters rally against Rodney Reed’s execution in Bastrop, Texas By Dmitri Sans For the second time, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered a stay for the scheduled execution of Rodney Reed, convicted in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. Sentenced to death in 1998, Reed was previously set to be killed by the state on March 5, 2015, but the court had also … Continue reading TEXAS: Rodney Reed Execution Stayed