Crime & Safety

Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy

Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy

| November 4, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., Darren Wilson, a white police officer, was as much as the product a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between blacks and police, according to […]

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Community demands an end to police harassment

Community demands an end to police harassment

| November 3, 2014

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News From a police officer caught on camera allegedly stealing money from a man, to a pregnant woman being slammed to the ground by officers and separate incidents of two young men being punched and kicked while on the ground by cops, the cameras continue to […]

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Looking at new options in social, criminal justice

Looking at new options in social, criminal justice

| November 3, 2014

By C. Denise Johnson Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier Award winning novelist and essayist John Edgar Wideman was at Duquesne University for a panel discussion on a think tank in which prisoners collaborate with those outside to study issues of common concern as a part of the national Gaultier Symposium, a two-day […]

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Justice?!? Metro Atlanta man gets 20 years for stealing iPod

Justice?!? Metro Atlanta man gets 20 years for stealing iPod

| November 2, 2014

By Terry Shropshire Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Defender This is a question of: does the punishment fit the crime? A suburban Atlanta man was convicted for stealing a boy’s iPod and was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Cobb County district attorney said. According to the AJC, Shareef Tawwab Hakim, […]

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THE RELIGION CORNER: Why residual effects of domestic violence cause some to snap

THE RELIGION CORNER: Why residual effects of domestic violence cause some to snap

| November 2, 2014

By Lyndia Grant Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer The late Farrah Fawcett earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of Francine Hughes in the 1984 television movie “The Burning Bed.” The TV adaptation shows flashbacks while Francine stands trial for murder after she snapped one day. She poured gasoline around […]

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Judge Stanley A. Levine—practice of law should serve the community

Judge Stanley A. Levine—practice of law should serve the community

| November 1, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Spend five minutes with Judge Stanley A. Levine and you’ll learn a lot about the man. For one, it immediately becomes apparent that he loves the law in every aspect—its history, its meaning, its importance to society and its implementation. Spend a little more time with him and you’ll realize that love of law […]

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FWPD seeks assistance identifying robbery suspect

FWPD seeks assistance identifying robbery suspect

| October 30, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne police officials say the need the public’s assistance in identifying the robbery suspect captured in this accompanying surveillance photograph, taken during an attempted armed robbery, that occurred at approximately 8:09, Oct. 28 at the Marathon gas station at 9501 Maysville Road. The suspect is described as male white, in his 20s, approximately 5’10”, […]

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South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)—South African prosecutors announced plans this week to appeal the conviction and sentence given to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in what was ruled “culpable homicide.” Judge Thokozile Masipa also disappointed close watchers of the trial when she gave the Olympian runner a three year suspended sentence for discharging a firearm […]

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Lennon Lacy’s death recalls Emmett Till’s

Lennon Lacy’s death recalls Emmett Till’s

| October 29, 2014

By Herb Boyd Special to the NNPA NEW YORK (NNPA)—Black Americans old enough to recall the shock of seeing and hearing what had happened to Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 are sure to get a fresh whiff of the atrocity in learning about the tragedy of Lennon Lacy in Bladenboro, N.C. Lacy, 17, was […]

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Crime and Safety Report: October 29-November 4 Edition

| October 29, 2014

Man charged with murder in cemetery death of woman FORT WAYNE—At approximately 3:20 p.m., Oct. 20, Fort Wayne police responded to the Catholic Cemetery located at 3500 Lake Avenue when ground crews discovered a woman down on the undeveloped portion of the cemetery property which is immediately south of the cemetery itself. Officers, medics and […]

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