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  In a monumental development that will have seismic consequences and is expected to send states into a tizzy, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce the reversal of the Obama administration policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws, Politico reports. What does that mean, essentially? Marijuana consumption, which is legal in many states has…

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For the first time in this prestigious institution’s history, the incoming class of students at Harvard University is majority minority. That has never happened in its 380 years of existence. The class of 2021 is 50.8 percent minority, and is comprised of Blacks, Hispanics or Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans or Pacific Islanders, the Boston Globe…

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The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) announced plans to cut between 50 and 55 jobs at its Nashville corporate headquarters as part of a restructuring and cost-reduction initiative. The announcement follows a plummeting of the company’s stock price last month after the Department of Justice announced its plan to stop using private prisons like those…

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Three news organizations filed a lawsuit Friday, Sept. 16 seeking to find out how the FBI was able to break into the iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The Justice Department spent more than a month unsuccessfully trying to force Apple to help agents bypass security on Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone.…

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The Justice Department’s Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced plans to end its use of private prisons in a memo instructing officials to either decline to renew or substantially reduce the scope of contracts with private prison operators, citing a critical report that private prisons are less safe and less effective at providing correctional services…

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A change has come to Ferguson, Missouri, that many hope will lead to the healing of the city. Delrish Moss, a former distinguished Miami police officer, has been named as the city’s first Black chief of police. The city, which is 67 percent Black with a predominantly White police force, has faced scrutiny by the…

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After five months of delay and vicious political sparring, the nation finally has its first Black female attorney general. Loretta Lynch was confirmed yesterday by a Senate vote of 56 to 43, which included 10 Republicans voting for her. The confirmation of Lynch to replace Eric Holder was met by stiff Republican resistance with some…

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Change is coming to Ferguson, Missouri, as yet another official has resigned. John Shaw, Ferguson city manager, announced his resignation on Tuesday during a meeting of the Ferguson city council. Shaw was specifically named in the recent U.S. Department of Justice report as being a major participant in the racist and discriminatory practices of the…

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  For the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, appearing in front of municipal court Judge Ronald Brockmeyer was often a life-changing event. A simple violation oftentimes resulted in unnecessary and excessive fines, a main generator of city revenue. According to a recent U.S. Department of Justice report on Ferguson, Brockmeyer was “successful in significantly increasing court…

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The parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., have suffered greatly with the loss of their son and ensuing turmoil. The U.S. Department of Justice concluded a months long federal investigation of the actions of former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.  The investigation has cleared Wilson of federal civil rights violations and…

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It has been seven months since unarmed teen Michael Brown was gunned down by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The shooting sparked a rebirth of social consciousness across the world with the slogan “Hands up! Don’t shoot” as well as “Black Lives Matter” and caused rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite a recent Justice Department…

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The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a scathing report on the Ferguson Police Department and the city government. Initiated in the wake of the riots over the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in 2013, the document revealed a racial bias so profound in Ferguson that it is reminiscent of the 1950s segregated South.…

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U.S. Department of Justice lawyers have determined that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Darren Wilson for civil rights violations. Wilson was under investigation for killing unarmed Black teen Michael Brown. Wilson escaped state charges when a St. Louis County grand jury also refused to indict the killer cop. Although the final word on whether…

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