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Police Body Cameras Can Build Trust, White House Says

Police Body Cameras Can Build Trust, White House Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man, on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days and [...]
‘Nothing Poor About Her. Maria was Rich in Love.’NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — In news reports, Maria Fernandes was the hardworking New Jersey woman who died in her car when she pulled over for a nap between shifts, likely overwhelmed by fumes. But family and friends who laid her to rest recalled the 32-year-old Fernandes as so much more. Fernandes earned a living working [...]
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Enough Already: Let’s End Violence, Inequality and PovertyWhen I began working with youth and families involved in the court system 10 years ago as director of The Choice Program at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University President Freeman Hrabowski gave me a careful look and said, “Frankly, you will face credibility challenges as a White guy working with all these [...]
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A Black Man, Aug. 9, 2014 and Ferguson, Mo.In the 30 days since Michael Brown passed away on Aug. 9, 2014, what has changed in the United States? City leaders in Ferguson – the epicenter of some of the worst demonstrations involving race in the country in years – have vowed to pursue policy changes governing its police force and to improve relations with [...]
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City of Ferguson Vows Change Following Brown’s DeathFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — City leaders in Ferguson, where the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black 18-year-old by a White police officer sparked days of sometimes violent protests, say they will establish a review board to help guide the police department and make other changes to fix the city’s relationship with its residents. The Ferguson [...]
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No Person Should be ‘Left by the Wayside’Earlier this month, we celebrated Labor Day, which was established to celebrate workers and their contributions to the strength and prosperity of the country. We celebrate teachers, nurses, restaurant workers, firefighters, and domestic workers, among innumerable other roles that exist to serve and protect all of us. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when [...]
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Justice Dept. Opens Investigation of Ferguson PoliceWASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department launched a broad investigation Thursday into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting last month of an unarmed Black 18-year-old by a White police officer. The investigation, which goes beyond an existing federal probe into the Aug. 9 shooting, will look for patterns of discrimination within the [...]
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An ‘Un-Organization’ Thrives to ‘De-Bug’ the SystemI was in San Antonio the week the Spurs won the 2014 NBA championship. The fans’ rallying cry, “Built Not Bought,” was a comment on their competitors, the Miami Heat, which had famously acquired some of the NBA’s best players with the goal of winning multiple championships. Yet, despite what some saw as a talent discrepancy [...]
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Police in Ferguson Sued for $40M Over Brutality ClaimsST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The five plaintiffs in the suit in St. Louis include a clinical social worker who [...]
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Remember Michael Brown by Voting, Mourners SayST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. But the funeral that unfolded Monday was about much more than the Black 18-year-old who lay in the closed casket after being shot [...]
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