What happened to Symone Marshall, a 22 year old mother, who died in police custody on May 10? She was involved in a serious car accident on April 26 and instead of taking her to the hospital, the cops took her to jail for driving without a valid license. Questions are being asked, but the police are staying mum.
The officer who shot Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder on May 16. The judge, who denied bail, reiterated that it doesn't matter if you are a police officer: if you commit a crime, you must be held responsible.
The U.S. Justice Department announced that there will be an official review of the North Charleston PD in the matter of the 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott who was pulled over for a broken brake light and was gunned down when he fled. You may recall the video of ex-officer Michael Slager pursuing Scott, shooting him in the back, and placing his taser by Scott's corpse. North Charleston, SC will become the 11th US city to undergo a policing review by the feds. Michael Slager has also been indicted on federal charges for the murder of Walter Scott.
Last week the US Dept of Health and Human Services announced that healthcare providers must provide transgender people with transition-affirmative health care.
Remember the photo of the black West Point graduates with their fists in the air? The sight of black women raising their fists drew the ire of some white Americans who demanded an investigation into the possibly unethical "political" display. In no time flat, several photos of graduates of West Point, white men with their fists in the air were unearthed. Apparently, it is a solemn annual photographic tradition for the white graduates, but it raised a furor when black female graduates followed suit. Double standard much?
And an update on Ferguson, MO. Tuesday, May 17, 6pm Pacific.
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