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US Muslim leaders brace for protests with potentially armed demonstrators

Muslim leaders brace for armed protestsMuslim leaders of mosques in some 20 cities in the US, including Phoenix and Oklahoma City, are preparing for anti-Islam demonstrations scheduled for Friday and Saturday by a loose group of potentially armed rightwing protesters.

Various Facebook pages are promoting the protests and calling on followers to go to any mosque, Muslim establishment or Islamic organization and voice their opinion on Saturday, 10 October.


One dead in shooting on Texas college housing complex

Texas Southern UStudents at Texas Southern University say they don't feel safe on campus in the wake of recent shootings, including one that left a student dead and another person wounded.

Nineteen-year-old Brittney Solomon says she had planned to move onto campus, but now she's reluctant following a shooting late Friday morning at a university-owned student housing complex. Soloman says it's "really nerve-racking feeling that a person here could have a gun."


Here's What Happens When You Complain To Cops About Cops

blue lineWhen I set foot inside a McDonald's in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 13, 2014, I had never been arrested and I'd never had a real complaint about police behavior. So when a St. Louis County officer forcefully arrested me, slammed my head against a door as he escorted me out of the restaurant (and sarcastically apologized for it), and ignored my repeated requests for his name or badge number, I honestly expected that he'd be held accountable for his actions.

My arrest, and that of The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery at the same time, dramatically increased attention on the flawed and unconstitutional tactics used by police in Ferguson following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder said journalists shouldn't be "harassed" while covering a story, and President Barack Obama said police "should not be bullying or arresting journalists."


South Carolina City Will Pay Walter Scott’s Family $6.5 Million

SC family to get 6.5 m for Scott shootingIt started out as a routine, discretionary traffic stop.

A rear brake light was out on the old car and the driver, fearing arrest for unpaid child support, didn’t wait around as the officer went to run his name and plates. What happened next captured national headlines and stunned the nation.

Minutes later, 50-year-old Walter Scott was dead—shot five times in the back by a North Charleston, S.C., police officer. When initially questioned by department supervisors, patrolman Michael Slager claimed he feared for his life.


Arizona Freshman Shot 4 in Late-Night Brawl

Arizona Freshman shoots 4Steven Jones, 18, reportedly pulled out a handgun and started shooting in a parking lot fight between students. As one victim died in a friend's arms, he fired again.

One student was killed and three others were wounded during a shooting near the Delta Chi fraternity at Northern Arizona University early Friday morning. Early reports indicate that the incident was a fight between students on the Flagstaff campus. Police Chief G.T. Fowler said there was a confrontation between frat members.


Panel: Remove Confederate flag from Florida Senate seal

Florida State sealCiting historical inaccuracies and a need to reflect modern values, a Senate committee unanimously recommended Thursday that the Confederate flag be removed from the Florida Senate’s official seal.

The vote came after little discussion and no opposition from the bipartisan panel. A two-thirds majority vote of the full Senate, or support from 27 of 40 members, is needed to complete the change.


Oklahoma used wrong drug in Charles Warner's execution, autopsy report says

Charles WarnerOklahoma corrections officials used the wrong drug to execute Charles Warner in January, according to an autopsy report by the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The report revealed that officials injected Warner with potassium acetate, when state protocol calls for an injection of potassium chloride, which stops the heart. It is the third and final drug used for executions, following a sedative and paralytic.


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