Posts tagged "Rekia Boyd"

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago
One week to the day that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, I was watching a film with clear parallels to Martin’s story. “Fruitvale Station” is a dramatized version of the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit cop on New Year’s... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: George Zimmerman charged; subprime lending is back; Derrick Smith indicted

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly.  The announcement that George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder was welcomed by advocates who felt that letting Zimmerman go free, despite there being little question that he had shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was a travesty of justice. Rep. Derrick... Read more »

Barber Shop Show review: "Horrible" reporting on police violence hurts communities

Barber Shop Show review: "Horrible" reporting on police violence hurts communities
How is a lack of critical reporting, dwindling resources and little transparency into internal police reviews leading news organizations to give victims of violence in police shootings short shrift? Tracy Siska, executive director at the Chicago Justice Project, sounds off on the issue below after appearing on last week’s Barber Shop Show. The program focused... Read more »
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Barber Shop preview: the case of Howard Morgan, gun violence and police accountability

Seven years ago, an off-duty black police officer was shot 28 times by fellow officers. According to news reports, Howard Morgan, the officer in question, was stopped when he was driving the wrong way down a one-way street without headlights near his home in North Lawndale. When four officers tried to arrest him, Morgan allegedly... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: Trayvon Martin, 'Hoodies and Hijabs' rallies, IL Senate blocks Crete detention center, and more...,

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. The killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has set off a debate on race, hoodies, lobbyists, guns, and “Stand Your Ground” legislation around the country, one that has culminated in four seperate rallies in Trayvon’s honor in the past week in... Read more »