California families help convene gathering for justice in Detroit

DETROIT— He’s been praying, organizing, protesting, and fighting for justice for almost a decade now; but each time Cephus “Uncle Bobby” X Johnson embraces a new family affected by police violence, he weeps as if his nephew, Oscar Grant III, was killed by Johannes Mehserle just yesterday. The tears of many mothers and fathers flowed—not […]

Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP) —The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last year, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement in his death, according to an announcement Monday by her attorneys and the Minneapolis suburb that employed the officer. The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile will avoid […]

Sacramento officer seen on video punching jaywalker in face

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer seen on video hurling a jaywalker to the ground and repeatedly punching him in the face will be the subject of a criminal investigation, authorities said Tuesday. The “disturbing” and unreasonable actions of the officer, a two-year veteran of the department, were not within policy, Sacramento police […]

Michael Brown Sr. To Speak at Sac State

SACRAMENTO – Michael Brown Sr., father of a Black teen shot by police in Ferguson, Mo., is set to lecture at Sacramento State at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20. Now an activist, Michael Brown Sr. will deliver a lecture titled “Chosen for Change – A Father’s Perspective.” Brown Sr. is the father of Michael […]

After Kaepernick’s protest, singers question anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has sung the national anthem in the past. Don’t ask him to sing it in the near future. Hamilton’s frustration with “The Star-Spangled Banner” is shared by some other Black Americans, who feel like the tune sung before major U.S. events is not the best representation […]

Lawyer says California police acted reasonably in killing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – An attorney representing two Sacramento, California, police officers said Tuesday that they faced a “terrifying situation” with a mentally disturbed man on drugs and acted reasonably when they made a split-second decision to shoot the knife-wielding man in July. Legal experts, meanwhile, said a dashboard camera recording of the two officers […]

Murder charges sought for officers who shot Sacramento man

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The family of a Black man killed by police in Sacramento in July is demanding that the officers be charged with murder and that the U.S. Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation. John Burris, an attorney for the family of 50-year-old Joseph Mann, said Monday that recently released police […]

Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality. The American sprinters who were sent home from the […]

Experts: 2 killings by police were tragic, likely justified

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two fatal police shootings in the Los Angeles area in the last two weeks began the same way: officers thinking a suspect had a gun. In one, police say a 14-year-old boy fired at them and they found a weapon. In the other, a 27-year-old man police believed was a carjacking […]

Poll: Police harassment familiar to young Blacks, Hispanics

DETROIT (AP) — Crystal Webb cringes whenever a patrol car appears in her rearview mirror. She also never wants to see the inside of a police station again. Her personal experience with police, plus recent fatal shootings of unarmed Black men by white officers, has led the Apple Valley, California, mother of two to ask: […]