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The cell phone video, which is of poor quality and shot at a distance, shows a man crawling forward on his hands and knees towards a couple of police officers. Suddenly, gunshots reverberate through the street, as eight bullets hit Paul Boyd, killing the 39-year-old instantly. Captured by a bystander, this 2007 incident was one […]

A member of the Ku Klux Klan adjusts his hood during a 1998 rally in Texas. (David J. Phillip/AP) Angelia Williams Graves says she didn’t have some grand plan to compare police to the Ku Klux Klan when she took the stage at an NAACP luncheon in Virginia on Oct. 1. But days after the Norfolk […]

The institutional racism that is hardwired into American law enforcement was put on full display today when it was revealed that an assistant police chief literally told a Louisville Metro police recruit to “shoot black people.” “F*ck the right thing. If black, shoot them!” reads a text message from Todd Shaw, a 20 year veteran […]

The city’s mayor described the assault as “deeply disturbing,” vowing not to tolerate violence against women. Pittsburgh Police Department arrested a male employee of Milano’s Pizza shop on Saturday night who was caught on video assaulting a woman on Friday night in the restaurant. Mahmut Yimaz, 41, turned himself in to police officers and was […]

‘This is frustrating, concerning and disappointing’: London mayor A photo of a London Police officer having her body painted in blackface has prompted an internal police investigation and harsh criticism from the city’s mayor. Several photographs of Const. Katrina Aarts having the makeup applied were posted on an Instagram account, police said Friday. The photos were […]

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Veteran Dancehall deejay Ninjaman was a short while ago given a life sentence in the Home Circuit Court for the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson. He is to serve 25 years before being eligible for parole. He was given 20 years for shooting with intent and life imprisonment for murder. The […]

Thirty-eight years ago this month, on November 3, 1979, a march in Greensboro, NC turned into a massacre when members of the Communist Workers’ Party (CWP) clashed with members from the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. In the aftermath 5 people would lay dead and many more injured. The terrible event happened in the middle of […]

Monday, November 20, 2017 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dancehall artiste Ninjaman was found guilty of murder a short while ago in the Supreme Court. Ninjaman, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, was charged along with his son Jahneil with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Trooper, on Marl Road in Kingston. The […]

With the evolution of hip-hop and urban culture over the past 30 years, there have been so many arguments about the origin of sagging pants. Of course, most people have probably heard that “the word “‘saggin’ spelled backward spells niggas” and all types of other things. But most people think of rap music when they see sagging […]

It’s an invitation, not an order. But the power dynamics are in full play after politicians backed one councillor’s push to move police board meetings from police headquarters to city hall. Coun. Mo Salih, appointed to the police services board at last week’s council meeting but not yet officially sworn in, tabled the idea at […]