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: […]

Elections 2016: Can the Power of the Black Vote Make Black Lives Matter?

Activists Debate Boycotting Clinton, Police Violence and the Possibility of a Trump Presidency (CBM) – Democrats attending their party’s convention last week in Philadelphia were moved to tears, rounds of applause and a standing ovation when nine mothers of Black men slain by police brutality and racially motivated attacks took the stage. “The majority of police […]

Officer says prosecutors silenced him in Sandra Bland case

DALLAS (AP) — A police officer in the small Texas town where Sandra Bland was pulled over and jailed says the county’s top prosecutors threatened to end his career if he came forward with what he says is evidence of wrongdoing, an accusation the prosecutors deny. Among the things Prairie View officer Michael Kelley said […]

Individuals, agencies dodge blame as Freddie Gray case ends

BALTIMORE (AP) — Fourteen months after the death of a black man whose neck was broken in a police van prompted massive protests, spawned rioting and toppled the careers of Baltimore’s police commissioner and a Democratic mayor poised for re-election, authorities abandoned efforts to punish the officers involved. The city’s top prosecutor was righteous in […]

Black Men Stand United at Sacramento City Council Meeting

SACRAMENTO – As he stood before the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday, calling for an end to racial profiling and shootings of unarmed Black men by law enforcement officers, Mark T. Harris was likely having flashbacks of being pulled over himself, just last week. Moved to action by his own negative interactions with local law […]

Local Black Men Seek Transparency From City Hall

SACRAMENTO – Whether its Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Minnesota or here in the capital city, every day seems to bring news of another Black man being shot and killed by law enforcement officers. Filled with grief and anger over what’s going on in the world and closer to home, a group of concerned local Black […]

Another Officer acquitted in Freddie Gray death case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges Monday in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van. It was the fourth straight trial prosecutors failed to win in the case. Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking of six officers […]

Californians Protest After Shootings of Blacks Shock Nation

(CBM) – Americans, from sea to shining sea, are debating, protesting, marching and lighting candles in response to the spat of deadly shootings that gripped the nation late last week. The conversation about law enforcement’s frictional interactions with the Black community is just as heated in the Golden State. In Inglewood, Los Angeles, Oakland and […]