Justice, Upended

The Illinois Supreme Court upheld a 7-year sentence for the former police officer who shot African-American teen Laquan McDonald 16 times and killed him in 2014.

Back in January, the former Chicago police officer was given a sentence of six years and nine months despite testimony from multiple black men who had experienced their own violent encounters with Jason Van Dyke which all pointed to a long-standing record of abuse and racial bias.

The state Supreme Court denied a request by the attorney general, Kwame Raoul, to resentence Van Dyke, a decision which has sparked city-wide outrage.

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Six Years, Nine Months for Murder

Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer who shot 16-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, received a sentence of six years and nine months for the murder.

Despite outcry from the community and its leaders, Special Prosecutor Joe McMahon — who had recommended a minimum sentence of 18 years — insisted that justice had been served, calling the sentence “significant.”

The paltry sentence was given in light of testimony from multiple black men who experienced their own violent encounters with Van Dyke, indicating a long-standing record of abuse and racial bias.

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Officers Acquitted in Laquan McDonald Case

Tuesday, a Chicago judge acquitted three police officers accused of covering up the murder of then 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.

The judge’s ruling comes despite major discrepancies between the three officers’ reports as well as dash cam footage that contradicts police claims that McDonald was approaching them aggressively at the time he was shot.

White police officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald, who was black, 16 times and was convicted of second-degree murder in October last year.

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Faces of The 116th Congress

Yesterday, the most diverse Congress in United States history was sworn in, with more than 100 women serving in the House for the first time ever.

The swearing in of such an immensely diverse group of people marks a change in the culture and perspective of the United States.

No longer do we only have older, white, Christian men representing our country — instead, we will now be represented by an array of youthful, queer, Muslim, female lawmakers that will help to push this country forward.

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Autopsy Confirms EJ Bradford Shot From Behind

Emantic Bradford was shot dead by police in an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving in what police claim was a case of mistaken identity.

Initially police claimed that they’d killed an active shooter in the mall. Then they admitted that the man they had killed wasn’t the shooter.

This week an autopsy confirmed the worst fears of the Bradford family — that EJ died for absolutely no reason and was shot from behind.

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Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder

The white police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean in his own apartment in Texas has recently been indicted for murder.

Originally, Guyger was charged with manslaughter, but a grand jury has decided to pursue the murder charge against her following court testimony.

Guyger had entered the apartment of 26-year-old Botham Jean, who is African-American, on the evening of September 6 and shot and killed Jean, claiming she thought that she was in her own apartment and that he was an intruder.

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“Good Guy With a Gun” Still Gets Killed

A shooting on Thanksgiving night at a mall in Alabama left one teenager dead and two injured, and police can’t get their story straight.

The incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. at the Riverchase Galleria in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, leaving 21-year-old Emantic Bradford Jr. dead, and two injured, including a 12-year-old girl.

Initially, Hoover police said that Bradford had shot and wounded two people, then changed their story to say that he hand brandished a gun but had not fired.

Turns out, Bradford never did any of those things.

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Police Try to Blame Man for His Own Death

Jemel Roberson was subduing an active shooter at a bar in a neighborhood outside Chicago when he was shot by the police officers who are blaming him for his death.

It’s a painfully familiar story: a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to do the right thing.

Roberson was a security guard for Manny’s Blue Room bar in Robbins, Illinois, who was subduing an active shooter in the bar when police entered the building and shot him dead.

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Tennessee Police Conduct Illegal Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union has won a case against the Memphis Police Department over their illegal surveillance of activists.

Following the ACLU’s successful argument in court, a federal judge ruled yesterday that the Memphis Police Department was in violation of an agreement to stop conducting political surveillance.

The department had violated a 1978 consent decree by setting up a fake Facebook profile in order to conduct surveillance on Black Lives Matter activists and organizers from other civil rights groups.

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Kroger Shooter Attempted to Enter Black Church

It is being reported that the man who shot and killed two individuals at a Kroger supermarket in Kentucky first tried to enter an African-American church.

On Wednesday, a white man identified as 51-year-old Gregory Bush entered a Jeffersontown, Kentucky Kroger supermarket and opened fire, killing two black customers, Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones.

According to police, a surveillance camera caught Bush on video attempting to enter the First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown before giving up in frustration and proceeding on to the Kroger.

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