Crime & Safety

Migrant Children: Innocent victims of the U.S. war on drugs

Migrant Children: Innocent victims of the U.S. war on drugs

| August 19, 2014

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church, is acting with urgency. Along with more than 100 other religious leaders and activists, she was arrested for civil disobedience at the White House for protesting the deportation of the unaccompanied children crossing our border […]

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Society still struggling with justice for victims of domestic violence

Society still struggling with justice for victims of domestic violence

| August 13, 2014

By Brenda Robinson When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the penalty for Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s domestic violence infraction against his wife, men and women were outraged. Separate from the legal punishment, the NFL was expected to render a penalty. And, the NFL did. Rice was suspended for two games and fined $530,000. Was that […]

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West Florissant, Mo. explodes in protest of police shooting of unarmed teen

West Florissant, Mo. explodes in protest of police shooting of unarmed teen

| August 13, 2014

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American ST. LOUIS—What started as a peaceful prayer vigil for Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson police, ended in an explosion of looting and destruction in the North County area surrounding where the tragedy took place–and beyond. Hundreds gathered at 8 […]

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Crime and Safety Report: August 13-19 Edition

Crime and Safety Report: August 13-19 Edition

| August 13, 2014

Person dies in crash FORT WAYNE—At approximately 9:06 a.m., Aug. 4, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of  West Jefferson Boulevard and Olde Canal Place in reference to a personal injury accident. As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they observed three vehicles to be involved in the collision. Paramedics provided […]

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No mercy: Police put banned chokehold on pregnant woman

No mercy: Police put banned chokehold on pregnant woman

| August 8, 2014

Woman choked over barbecuing onsidewalk By Jeremy Pasker Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News NEW YORK—The black community is in an uproar after a video surfaced showing a seven-months pregnant woman being held in an apparent chokehold by an NYPD officer. The Police Department said her family was grilling on the […]

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Crime and Safety Report: August 6-12 Edition

| August 6, 2014

Motorcyclist critically injured in downtown accident FORT WAYNE—At approximately 3:05 p.m., July 28, Fort Wayne police responded to the intersection of Van Buren and Jefferson on the report of a passenger car and motorcycle accident. On arrival, officers observed a male adult down on the northeast corner of the intersection unconscious. The male, operator of […]

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Drug offenders receive retroactive sentence reductions

| August 3, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In a major move recently, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to moderate federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses, and apply the guidelines retroactively. Consequently,  more than 46,000 currently incarcerated drug offenders—73 percent of whom are black or Latino—will now be eligible for a reduction in their sentences. […]

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Black men show little signs of progress in 40 years

| August 2, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Black men are no better off than they were more than 40 years ago, due to mass incarceration and job losses suffered during the Great Recession, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago. Derek Neal and Armin Rick, the co-authors of the study, […]

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Crime and Safety Report: July 30-August 1 Edition

| July 30, 2014

Three Rivers Festival arrests, citations among lowest in 20 years FORT WAYNE—Despite recording some of the largest attendance in recent years, arrests and charges at this year’s Three Rivers Festival were among some of the lowest ever. According to the Fort Wayne Police Department, there were only four arrests or citations issued associated with the […]

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My Brother’s Keeper’s ‘Oppression Olympics’

My Brother’s Keeper’s ‘Oppression Olympics’

| July 28, 2014

PERSPECTIVE By Stephany Rose Special to the NNPA Generally, as one of the youngest persons in the room in a culture that respects the gravitas of age, I am honored when provided the floor to speak. So, for an African American woman who grew up in one of the most dangerous communities on the south […]

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