Young Black Men Again Faced Highest Rate Of US Police Killings In 2016

Demonstrators protest police violence in September 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police last year. Photograph: Brian Blanco/Getty Images

By Jon Swaine and Ciara McCarthy for The Guardian – The Counted project points to continuing racial disparities, with black males aged 15-34 nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed. Young black men were again killed by police at a sharply higher rate than other Americans in 2016, intensifying concerns over the expected abandonment of criminal justice reform by Donald Trump’s incoming administration. Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year, according to data collected for The Counted, an effort by the Guardian to record every such death. They were also killed at four times the rate of young white men.

13 Ways To ACT In Solidarity For Justice For Walter Scott

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By Staff of Black Lives Matter – Join us this Thursday, December 8th at North Charleston City Hall for a People’s Assembly to End Police Brutality, speak out at the North Charleston City Council Meeting and help us continue the fight to reform the Citizen’s Advisory Commission into a body with Power. This board in its current form is a weak body that can only make recommendations and give advice. It does not represent a mechanism that can ensure accountability, legitimacy, and trust. It does nothing to address the abuse of authority in which some officers engage. Furthermore, there is no budget and no oversight power. We want to change that. If interested in participating in this effort email BlackLivesMatterChs@gmail.com for more details and SHARE THE FLYER ATTACHED!

Civil Rights Group Sues Federal Gov Over Surveillance Of Black Activists

A woman holds up a sign reading Black Lives Matter in the street in Ferguson, Missouri, on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Photograph: Jim Vondruska/Xinhua Press/Corbis

By Aaron Morrison for Identities Mic – It’s no longer a secret that police have conducted surveillance on activists involved in the Movement for Black Lives. Increasingly, these activists say they want to know exactly what’s in the files the government may be keeping on them. Color of Change, a national racial justice group, filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York on Thursday, over the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s rejection of its request for surveillance information on Black Lives Matter activists.

Black Children Punished for Anthem Protests

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By Staff of Color of Change – After young 11 and 12-year-boys of the Beaumont Bulls football knelt during the anthem to protest police violence against Black youth, their local executive board canceled their entire football season, suspended the coaching staff, and threatened to arrest their parents if they attended any future games, practices or events. For these young Black kids, the plight of injustice in America is their own.

Seattle Teachers Wore Black Lives Matter Shirts To School

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By Sarah Harvard for Identities Mic – On Wednesday, 2,000 teachers in Seattle — alongside parents and students — wore Black Lives Matter shirts to protest against police brutality and promote racial equity, the Associated Press and KING 5 News report. Teachers organizing the #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool event told AP they held discussions about institutional racism and black history and used the event to rally people together. A Seattle Public Schools spokesman said in a statement that the district supported the teachers’ efforts and said it supports their First Amendment rights.

Video Shows Father Of 4 Begging Guards For Help Before Dying In Jail

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Michael Sabbie, 35, died in Bi State Jail, on the border between Texas and Arkansas, last year.

By Ryan J. Reilly for The Huffington Post – “I can’t breathe.” Michael Sabbie ― a 35-year-old stay-at-home father of four ― said it after five guards piled on top of him inside the Bi State Jail, a facility that sits directly on the border between Texas and Arkansas and is run by a for-profit company. “I can’t breathe.” Sabbie ― who packed his kids’ lunches, drove them to and from school, and carted them around to their after-school activities ― said it again after a sixth officer pepper-sprayed him as he lay on the concrete floor.

Police Shootings Show Black People Still Aren't Granted Full Citizenship Rights

The police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparked several days of protests and calls for fundamental reforms of the police department and criminal justice system. (Photo by Facing South.)

By Rebekah Barber for Facing South – Last week, in a powerful moment during the nonviolent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the Sept. 20 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer, protesters marched to the county jail and chanted to the inmates inside, “We see you! We love you!” The inmates responded by flickering their lights from inside the jailhouse walls as the crowd cheered outside.

Activists Project Black Bodies On The Facades Of ‘Racist’ Institutions

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By Zeba Blay for The Huffington Post – On the evening of Sept. 1, something unusual took place in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, Massachusetts. Huge projections appeared on the sides of the abandoned homes in the area, homes which had once housed a longtime community of African-American tenants but now stood empty, the property of real estate company City Realty. Large and looming, the projections were somber video portraits of some of the hundreds of tenants who were displaced from the community this year in order to make room for 70 luxury apartments

Alton Sterling’s Family Demands Action From Baton Rouge Officials

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By David Lohr for The Huffington Post – Alton Sterling’s frustrated family members and their supporters confronted Baton Rouge officials this week, demanding an update in the nearly 3-month-old investigation into the 37-year-old black man’s death. A police officer fatally shot Sterling near a convenience store where he sold CDs in July. The shooting sparked protests across the country against police misconduct.

Uprising Activists: Charlotte Mayor, Police Chief Should Resign

Tamika Lewis, a member of the Uprising coalition, read a list of demands in the aftermath of Keith Lamont Scott. Davie Hinshaw dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
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By Ann Doss Helms for The Charlotte Observer – Local and state activists called Monday for Police Chief Kerr Putney and Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts to resign, as the city’s latest round of tension between police and the black community moves into its second week. At a Monday news conference held by Charlotte Uprising, a coalition that emerged during last week’s protests, speakers said both officials have failed to protect the city’s African American and working class citizens and withheld information about two fatal shootings last week.

Unarmed Black Man Killed By Police In San Diego Suburb

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By Staff of Reuters – (Reuters) – An unarmed black man has died after being shot by a police officer in El Cajon in southern California on Tuesday, the local police department said, appealing for calm as local media reported crowds had gathered at the scene of the shooting. The death comes less than two weeks after black men in Charlotte, North Carolina and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were shot dead by police, sparking protests. In Charlotte, rioting prompted the authorities to impose a state of emergency.

Cities Begin Marching In Solidarity With Charlotte

Others parts of the U.S. are joining forces with North Carolina, expressing their outrage over the killing of Keith Scott.

By Jack Jenkins for Nation of Change – Charlotte, North Carolina entered a fourth day of peaceful protests Friday night, sparking solidarity demonstrations in other parts of the country as people continue to express outrage over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, who was shot dead by police earlier this week. More than 100 demonstrators chanted and waved signs reading “Just Release the Tapes” as they marched through Charlotte’s business district, demanding that local police release videos of the shooting recorded on dashboard and body cameras.

Black Man Calls Baltimore Police For Help, Gets Punched In The Face

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By Daniel Politi for Slate – Family members gathered on Friday for a vigil to remember Tawon Boyd, 21, who died in the hospital mere days after an altercation with police. It all began early Sunday morning of last week, when Boyd apparently called 911 requesting an ambulance because he was feeling disoriented, reports the Guardian. The operator even heard Boyd’s girlfriend say in the background that he needed medical attention,notes the Associated Press.

The Riots Will Continue

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By Vincent Emanuele for Counter Punch – In 1917, white supremacists, the National Guard and the St. Louis Police killed an estimated 150-200 blacks in what is commonly referred to as the “East St. Louis Massacre.” Much like St. Louis, Chicago was an up-and-coming industrial city that was experiencing massive demographic shifts as a result of the “Great Migration” north at the beginning of the 20th century. Similarly, Chicago experienced its own race riots in 1919, where 38 people were killed and 500 injured.

Charlotte Shooting Video: Footage Shows Fatal Encounter Between Police, Keith Lamont Scott

A police officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, 43, near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. via Facebook

By Staff of NBC NEWS – It’s at that moment that four gunshots can be heard, as Scott’s wife screams: “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?” Wife’s Video Shows Deadly Encounter Between Keith Scott and Police 4:41 Unsettling footage obtained by NBC News shows the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.