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Harvard study: black men sentenced to longer prison terms after being convicted of the same crimes as whites

By Frederick H. Lowe Republican-appointed judges on the federal bench sentence black men to longer prison terms compared with white men convicted of the same crime, according to a study by the Harvard Law School. The report also found that black judges impose shorter sentences on average than non-black judges. However, in Chicago, where the first African-American judge was appointed […]

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Seattle seeks to vacate marijuana convictions

Seattle’s mayor and the city’s district attorney have filed a motion in Seattle Municipal Court asking a judge to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for marijuana possession for men and women prosecuted by law enforcement from 1997 to 2010. If the motion is approved, the records of 542 people convicted of marijuana possession will be affected. City Attorney Peter Holmes […]

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No Moore

   By Frederick H. Lowe Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore Tuesday night in a surprising upset in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race. In his victory speech, Jones thanked Black voters for turning out. Jones won 49.9 percent of the vote to Moore’s 48.4 percent. Moore, however, did not concede the election. Jones is the first Democrat in 25 years […]

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Marchers block traffic and store entrances to protest deadly police shooting

  by Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO — Chanting “16 shots and a cover up,” 1,000 men and women on Friday marched down North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s poshest shopping street, blocking entrances to stores to protest the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the alleged cover up of the deadly shooting by top […]

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Study: Prosecutors Are a White Boys Club

  Only 4% of elected prosecutors are black men; 1% are black women By Frederick H. Lowe     When Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby stepped before the microphones last May and announced the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Jr.,25, it was a rare event for two different reasons. Prosecutors almost never indict […]

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Investigation of Tarmir Rice’s Shooting Death Goes to the Prosecutor

  The Cuyahoga County (Ohio), sheriff’s office finally has completed a report about the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was playing with a toy gun when he was killed by two Cleveland cops. Sheriff Clifford Pinkey said his office has turned the report over to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who will present the evidence to a grand […]

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NAACP Applauds Baltimore Grand Jury Indictments in Freddie Gray Case

  By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) — Following major protests after grand juries refused to indict police officers who killed unarmed Eric Garner in New York and Ferguson’s Michael Brown, the NAACP is applauding the grand jury indictments of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old Gray died in police custody on April 25. “The […]

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Chicago Approves $5.5 Million for Black-Male Victims of Police Torture

By Frederick H. Lowe Chicago has become the first city in the nation to approve $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit by disgraced former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his so-called “midnight crew.” Chicago City Council on Tuesday approved a sweeping reparations package that also includes an […]

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Police Beat

Blown Cases, Deaths in Custody and Beatings CHICAGO — A Cook County, IL. judge on Monday dismissed manslaughter charges against an off-duty Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman before the cop’s defense had even put on its case. In a directed verdict, Judge Dennis J. Porter ruled that officer Dante Servin was not guilty of […]