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Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a Black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. Three other officers were […]

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte will launch a racial and social justice festival in October with the inaugural event featuring appearances and performances from actors Chris Rock and Jesse Williams and musicians John Legend and Common. Belafonte announced Thursday that Sankofa.org, his social justice organization, will put on the “Many Rivers to Cross” music and arts […]

Obama: Trust Still Needed Between People of Color and Police

WASHINGTON (AP) — America is “not even close” to where it needs to be in terms of resolving issues between police and the communities they serve, President Barack Obama said after concluding a more than three-hour meeting Wednesday with community activists, politicians and law enforcement officials. Obama expressed optimism, however, and said the participants — […]

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police officers disproportionately stop and search African-Americans and Latinos and the department lacks robust oversight and transparency, according to report by a panel of retired judges released Monday.  The three-judge panel was put together by District Attorney George Gascon after a series of racists and homophobic text messages exchanged […]

Obama on Shootings: Wants ‘All Sides to Listen to Each Other’

Obama on Shootings: Wants ‘All Sides to Listen to Each Other’

MADRID (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday urged respect and restraint from Americans angered by the killing of Black men by police, saying anything less does a “disservice to the cause” of ridding the criminal justice system of racial bias. He also urged law enforcement to treat seriously complaints that they are heavy-handed and […]

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