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New York police release video of man pointing object before fatal shooting

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If patrolling US soldiers can avoid shooting civilians, why can’t US cops stop murdering unarmed black men?

David French served as squadron judge advocate for the Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, stationed at Forward Operating Base Caldwell in Diyala Province, Iraq; he walked patrol with other soldiers, during which he and his colleagues confronted routine armed aggression from insurgents out of uniform, who used IEDs as well as firearms in their fights with US soldiers.
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Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/05/americas-violent-occupiers.html

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3 arrested for selling synthetic cannabinoids linked to Illinois deaths

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The Illinois Department of Public Health revealed Monday 56 people in Illinois have experienced severe bleeding after using the substance. Two have died.

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Source: https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/04/03/synthetic-cannabinoids-illinois-arrests/102955/

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‘I went to death row for 28 years through no fault of my own’

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Anthony Ray Hinton endured almost three decades behind bars, wrongly convicted by Alabama’s racist judiciary system. Here, he tells his incredible story

Anthony Ray Hinton was going out of his mind on Alabama’s death row as he repeatedly churned over the iniquities of the shambolic trial that put him there. So he started a book club.

The prison warden wasn’t keen but after Hinton told him that it was better to have inmates applying their minds to reading than to ways of causing disruption, he reluctantly agreed. The book club began with a handful of death row prisoners meeting in the jail’s law library, and for a few years the numbers grew as word spread that reading was as good an escape as any of them could expect. But then the numbers shrank again as each of the members was executed until only Hinton remained of the original group. His cell was so close to the electric chair he could smell the burning flesh of the men he’d been debating the writings of James Baldwin and Harper Lee with.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/i-went-to-death-row-for-28-years-through-no-fault-of-my-own-

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Houston police officer shoots dead unarmed black man walking along road with trousers down

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‘It feels like premeditated murder. He was clearly walking, not running, towards the deputy, not trying to hurt or harm him’

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/houston-police-shooting-unarmed-black-man-trousers-down-texas-harris-county-danny-ray-thomas-a8279896.html

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Austin police chief calls bomber ‘domestic terrorist’