August 24, 2016 |
The U.S. Attorney's Office on Monday declined to file criminal charges against a former Bridgeton, Cumberland County, police officer who fatally shot the unarmed passenger in a vehicle during a car stop in December 2014. After a review of the case by the FBI and federal prosecutors, the office determined that former Officer Braheme Days - who told investigators he feared for his life before he shot Jerame Reid, 36 - used justified force. "Allowance must be made for the fact that law enforcement officials are often forced to make split-second judgments in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement released Monday afternoon.
August 13, 2016 |
It's all about respect, according to Amir Miller, who pulled his business out of Cherry Hill Mall last month after he was told to stop selling T-shirts calling for an end to police brutality. Since then, Miller has received a corporate apology. He was invited to bring his business, Teary Eyez, back to the mall to sell a variety of T-shirts again, including the ones that raised the controversy. He also is planning to open a shop in Newport News, Va., where the same corporation owns another mall, Miller said.
August 2, 2016
Mayor Kenney and Police Commissioner Richard Ross made it clear before the Democratic National Convention began that Philadelphia wouldn't be a "lock-'em-up" city. The resulting restraint paid off big in presenting to the world what one would expect of the City of Brotherly Love. Kenney and Ross were determined to break from the harsher approach that the Police Department took during the 2000 Republican National Convention, which resulted in more than 400 arrests. The majority of those cases were dismissed.
July 30, 2016
Barbara Snyder, 62, a homemaker from North Plainfield N.J., was so excited to receive last-minute word that she had a ticket for Thursday's acceptance speech by Hillary Clinton, it took her just three hours - door to door - to get from her house to the Wells Fargo Center. "To be here tonight to see Hillary accept the nomination is the culmination of a lot of hope," she said. Snyder said she was still hearing echoes of Clinton's 1969 Wellesley College commencement speech - five years after Clinton had left Wellesley, and Snyder started there as a freshman.
July 30, 2016 |
When Depelsha McGruder, 43, of Brooklyn, started a Facebook group called "M.O.B.B. - Mothers of Black Boys" earlier this month, she didn't expect that by the end of July it would grow to include almost 117,000 moms from all over the country, all concerned for their black sons in their interactions with police. She also didn't expect that she'd get to meet some of these women for the first time at the Democratic National Convention here. On Thursday afternoon, McGruder, who has two sons, ages 7 and 4, gathered with about a dozen women outside City Hall . She carried a bag of T-shirts that read: "I Can't Keep Calm, I Have a Black Son. " McGruder said her goal for the group, which changed its name to Moms of Black Boys United, is to create a sustained effort to end police brutality and change society's perceptions of black men and boys . "We don't want our sons to be a hashtag," she said.
July 28, 2016 |
When the lights came up, revealing nine African American women standing in a circle, as if in prayer, delegates and guests at the Democratic National Convention broke into a chant: "Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!" Then the crowd quieted to listen to the Mothers of the Movement, women whose children died at the hands of police or in bursts of gun violence. They were there to testify for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. "She knows that when a young black life is cut short, it's not just a personal loss, it's . . . a loss that diminishes all of us," said Geneva Reed-Veal, whose daughter, Sandra Bland, was found hanged by a twisted plastic garbage back in a Texas jail in 2015.
July 22, 2016
It was the start of the 2016 ESPY Awards and there were four superstars onstage - LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul - standing extra tall as they spoke out against police brutality and called on their fellow athletes to do the same. It was a powerful moment. All those multi-millionaire athletes. Each his own mega-brand. Standing up for something besides just getting richer and winning NBA championships. My favorite part was when James, dressed in a classic black tuxedo, gazed into a camera and said, "It's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'what are we doing to bring about change?
July 21, 2016
ISSUE | VIOLENCE End police bias, economic injustice The Opportunities Industrialization Center of America (OICA) mourns the senseless deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the officers killed in Dallas ("Obama: Don't despair," July 13). The issues of police brutality, most notably against African Americans, and attacks on police are serious issues that our country must address while also working to put an end to racial discrimination. OICA stands with those who are working to root out injustices.
July 20, 2016
Four violent July days have pushed the country deeper into a state of what the French sociologist Émile Durkheim called anomie - turmoil born of a breakdown of societal standards. On July 5, Baton Rouge, La., police fatally shot Alton Sterling after tackling him in a convenience store parking lot where he was selling CDs. On July 6, a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer stopped Philando Castile for a busted taillight and ended up killing him in front of his girlfriend and her daughter.
July 19, 2016 |
Several dozen demonstrators walked six miles on North Broad Street on Sunday night, marching to keep their message that Black Lives Matter in the public eye. "Black Lives Matter just wants justice," said A.J. Jenkins, 21. "We just want equality. We don't hate cops; we hate police brutality. " Jenkins was among about 50 people who walked from Broad Street and Olney Avenue to City Hall, escorted by police, who directed traffic. The protest was part of a national movement seeking to draw attention to police brutality directed toward African Americans, including instances when officers have shot unarmed black men. The march was subdued compared with the heated confrontations between protesters and police in Philadelphia a week ago. When Sunday's demonstrators arrived at City Hall, they sat on the building's steps or talked in small groups.