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Tamir Rice Activist Wants LeBron James to Sit Out Games in Protest

*As activists took to the streets in Cleveland today protesting the grand jury’s decision not to indict the cops involved in the Tamir Rice shooting, a call was put out for Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to join the protest by refusing to play. Under the hashtag #NoJusticeNoLeBron, the movement calls on James to sit out games until the officer who […]

No Charges for Cleveland Cops in Tamir Rice Case

*An Ohio Grand Jury has declined to indict Cleveland police officers in the death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old African American boy who was shot dead by an officer last year, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said today. The grand jury completed the investigation today and recommended that no charges be filed, McGinty said. Tamir […]

One Year Since His Death, Tamir Rice’s Mother Still Seeking Justice

*November 22 marked one year since twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down by a trigger happy rookie cop, whose actions were later deemed justifiable, or “reasonable” since modern day white cops in America have been given the green light to judge, punish and execute brown folks on site. Video surveillance shows that “Officer” Timothy Loehmann […]

You Literally Can’t Look Away from Usher’s Video for ‘Chains’

*Usher has released an interactive music video for his politically charged single “Chains,” which debuted exclusively on Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal and literally forces the viewer to remain focused on the song’s lyrics dealing with racial profiling and police brutality. By utilizing the webcam on the viewer’s computer as well as facial recognition technology, “Chains” […]

Expert Reports Conclude Tamir Rice Shooting was ‘Reasonable’

*Two reports from experts – prepared for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty regarding the death of Tamir Rice – state the fatal shooting was reasonable. According to CNN, the reports, in addition to a third one by the Highway Patrol, were posted on the prosecutor’s website Saturday night (Oct. 10). S. Lamar Sims, the senior […]

Cleveland Police Dispatcher in Tamir Rice Case Resigns

*Months after Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, the dispatcher in the case, who alerted authorities that a male outside a recreation center had a gun, has resigned. WKYC-TV reports that Cleveland Police Dispatcher Beth Mandl failed to tell police that the person who called 911 about Rice thought that the […]

Tamir Rice: Judge Finds Probable Cause Against Officer for Killing

*(Via Cleveland.com) – A Cleveland Municipal Court judge has found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann should face murder and other charges in the slaying of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Judge Ronald B. Adrine released the opinion Thursday afternoon, days after a group of local clergy and activists filed affidavits asking the court to find […]

Cleveland Community Leaders Bypass Prosecutors in Tamir Rice Case

*Waiting for prosecutors to file charges against the police officers responsible for the death of Tamir Rice is not enough for community leaders in Cleveland, who revealed Monday (June 8) that they would instead invoke a rarely used law as a means to take the case directly to a judge. The New York Times reports […]

Writer Dan Solomon Highlights Double Standard on Waco Bikers vs. #WacoThugs

*Notice anything different about media coverage on the situation in Waco, TX? If your answer is yes, then you’re on the same page as Dan Solomon. In an article written Monday (May 18) for Texas Monthly, Solomon highlighted the double standard he says exists with violent incidents involving white people versus violent incidents involving black […]

Tamir Rice’s Mom Out of Homeless Shelter, Thanks to Family

*Five months after her son was killed by the police in Cleveland, Samaria Rice moved herself into a homeless shelter, unable to stay near the spot where her son was playing with a toy gun one minute, and lay dead the next. But thanks to an assist from her family, Rice was recently able to […]

Mother of Tamir Rice in Homeless Shelter; Couldn’t Live Where Son was Killed

*The mother of Tamir Rice—the 12-year-old Cleveland boy shot and killed by police in November while he played with a toy gun—is reportedly living in a homeless shelter…because staying near the spot where her son died is too painful. Lawyers for Samaria Rice made the revelation in court documents surrounding a press conference Monday. The […]

Son of Baldwin Creator Pens Inspirational Open Letter to Ava DuVernay

*Ava DuVernay’s Oscar nomination snub for best director came as a surprise for many people, including writer/blogger Robert Jones, Jr., who penned an inspirational open letter to the filmmaker. In the missive, posted on IndieWire.com’s Shadow and Act, the Son of Baldwin social justice brand creator cited the strong characters of DuVernay’s past films as a […]

Cleveland wants Outside Agency to Handle Tamir Rice Investigation

*(Via MSN News) – The city of Cleveland is hoping to hand over the investigation of a 12-year-old (Tamir Rice‘s)  fatal shooting by police to an outside agency, as well as future investigations of all deadly use-of-force cases. Michael McGrath, the city’s safety director and its former police chief, has been in talks with Cuyahoga County […]