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Police walk off job after Minnesota Lynx players wear Black Lives Matter shirts

Mennesota Lynx A police union official says four off-duty Minneapolis officers working a WNBA game walked off the job at the city’s Target Center arena Saturday after Minnesota Lynx players wore pregame warm-up jerseys supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

The shirts listed the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both fatally shot by police officers last week. Castile was killed by a police officer in suburban St Paul during a traffic stop. The shirt also showed the Dallas police shield above the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”


Hundreds protest police brutality, gnarling Chicago traffic

Chicago protestsFor the fifth consecutive day, crowds of demonstrators gathered downtown Monday to protest police violence against African-Americans.

A sit-in in Millennium Park organized by Chicago high school students was followed by a rally in Federal Plaza and a march that clogged traffic into the early evening as hundreds of protesters wound their way through sweltering downtown streets.


Death, Abuse and Sexual Assault: The Horrific and Unregulated Private Prison Extradition Industry

private prison industry horrorsAs protests against police brutality spread across the United States, a shocking new joint investigation by the New York Times and the Marshall Project looks at a little-examined part of the criminal justice system: the horrific, and sometimes fatal, private prison extradition industry.

Each year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects — many who have never been convicted of a crime — are entrusted to a handful of small private companies that specialize in transferring the men and women across the country.

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Sheriff: 3 people killed in shooting at Berrien County courthouse

Coutrhouse shooting in MichiganThree people are dead following a shooting at the Berrien County courthouse.

Two of the people dead are court bailiffs, said Sheriff Paul Bailey during a news conference Monday, July 11. The other person dead is the shooter.  "Brave officers" took down the shooter, Bailey said, adding the suspect was an in-custody inmate.


Radio Recording Suggests Disturbing Reason Philando Castile Was Pulled Over: Report

Castile pulled over for possible robbery suspectAn audio recording of police scanner traffic appears to capture the moments leading up the death of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man who was shot and killed last week by police in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

A viewer provided the audio to KARE 11, a local NBC affiliate, last week.

“I’m going to stop a car,” an officer can be heard saying in the recording before reading off a license plate number. KARE did not publicize the number for privacy reasons, but the station said it had verified that the car was Castile’s.


Texas governor severely burned last week

Gov. Abbott of Texas burned legsAs Thursday’s events unfolded in Dallas, the state’s governor was already in great personal pain.

It was revealed Sunday that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had sustained second- and third-degree burns hours before the attack on Dallas law enforcement. Abbott was on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, when he was burned by hot water on both legs below the knees and on both feet, according to the Austin American-Statesman.


Ex-altar boy who killed himself mourned in church where he was molested

Brian Gergely Brian Gergely’s body lay at his funeral mass just feet from where, in the same church, his revered priest had shattered his innocence and trust by molesting him when he was 10 years old.

“The root of all his problems was what happened to him as a kid,” said John Luther, a friend and former schoolmate of Gergely’s at a Catholic elementary school in the small Pennsylvania town of Ebensburg.


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