Shaun King

Bloody, Strapped to Chair, Video Shows Police Tasering Matthew Ajibade in the Testicles Before Death

It is now abundantly clear that Matthew Ajibade was murdered by police in Savannah, Georgia. For over 10 months, police and prosecutors have concealed the video evidence of his murder not only from the public, but from Ajibade's closest friends and family members. His death in police custody was ruled a homicide by coroners, but the whole of Savannah's government has colluded in covering up a sadistic and brutal murder of a beloved artist and photographer who was a student at Savannah College of Art and Design.

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The Police Killing of Pre-Teen Tamir Rice Wasn't Reasonable, It Was a Heartless Murder Backed By Lies

On November 22, 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland Police while he was playing in his local neighborhood park. Now, a full 11 months after his death, prosecutors who claim they're still investigating the case have started leaking random "expert" reports they commissioned, stating that the murder was reasonable.

Really? What the hell does reasonable mean? Because this shooting was anything but reasonable.

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Definition of White Privilege: Nine People Killed, 20 Shot, No Murder Charges, Everyone Released

If you are not yet familiar with the term white privilege, here's your introduction to it

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Texas 9th-Grader Makes Clock to Show Engineering Teacher, Gets Arrested for Making a 'Bomb'

Ahmed Mohamed, a ninth-grader in Irving, Texas is an engineering whiz. For fun, he makes workable gadgets and rudimentary electronics. Basically, he is what we dream an American ninth-grader will be in 2015, as our nation lags behind the world in math and science education.

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The Picture NYPD Used to Arrest James Blake Was of Respected Australian Designer Sean Satha

Let me try to unravel this incompetent mess.

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Vicious Conservative Bashing of Black Lives Matter Is a Dangerous Proposition

Over the past few weeks, conservative opinion toward the Black Lives Matter movement has taken a harsh and ugly turn. It has never been supportive, but now it has taken a decidedly strong bent toward dehumanization, dishonesty, and dangerous accusations that run the risk of getting one of us killed.

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Not Only Was Tennis Star James Blake Innocent, So Was the Other Black Man NYPD Said He Looked Like

Everything about this story is off.

On September 9, the New York Police Department assaulted and arrested James Blake—the former No. 4-ranked tennis player in the world—outside of his midtown Manhattan hotel as he was headed to the U.S. Open.

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Race, Love, Hate, and Me: A Distinctly American Story

Over the past 72 hours I have been attacked with lies by the conservative media, lies that have been picked up by the traditional media and spread further. I have kept silent at the advice of friends and mentors, but I will do so no longer.

The reports about my race, about my past, and about the pain I’ve endured are all lies. My mother is a senior citizen. I refuse to speak in detail about the nature of my mother’s past, or her sexual partners, and I am gravely embarrassed to even be saying this now, but I have been told for most of my life that the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned black man. My mother and I have discussed her affair. She was a young woman in a bad relationship and I have no judgment. This has been my lived reality for nearly 30 of my 35 years on earth. I am not ashamed of it, or of who I am—never that—but I was advised by my pastor nearly 20 years ago that this was not a mess of my doing and it was not my responsibility to fix it. All of my siblings and I have different parents. I'm actually not even sure how many siblings I have. It is horrifying to me that my most personal information, for the most nefarious reasons, has been forced out into the open and that my private past and pain have been used as jokes and fodder to discredit me and the greater movement for justice in America. I resent that lies have been reported as truth and that the obviously racist intentions of these attacks have been consistently downplayed at my expense and that of my family.

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Guess What Happened When Heavily Armed White Men Roamed the Streets of Ferguson

Late Monday night/early Tuesday morning, a group of heavily armed white men calling themselves "Oath Keepers" showed up soon after police left and began patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, guns and white privilege on full display. Mind you, peaceful protestors were arrested eight hours before this for simply filming the police and two reporters were just charged with multiple crimes for not leaving a McDonald's quickly enough.

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Psychologist Openly Admits He Trains Police Officers to Shoot First and Ask Questions Later

For years, to any observer of police brutality, the idea that officers were shooting people first and asking questions later was a foregone conclusion. Such a practice, while blatantly obvious, seemed too unethical, too harsh for police to ever admit.

Well, here it is. All of the proof we ever needed. Not only are American police, from coast to coast, shooting first and asking questions later, they are being trained to do so in seminars by a psychologist who openly promises them that he'll testify on their behalf if anything ever goes wrong. He's already done it nearly 200 times.

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How To Be Filmed Murdering a Man, Cover It Up, Be Free On Bail, And Ask For Your Job Back

How to achieve what's posed in the headline? Be a police officer.

Only in America could a man do what Officer Ray Tensing did—be filmed blowing a man's head off, be filmed telling at least 21 lies about what led to him blowing said man's head off, be charged with murder, strongly condemned by the prosecutor, and then be free in a few hoursto ask for his job back. Yes, he asked for his job back.

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The Video of Police Killing of Sam Dubose Is Apparently so Bad Cincinnati Is Preparing for Riots

After a routine traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati Police Officer, Sam Dubose ended up dead with his face blown off. The officer was wearing a body camera, but the city refuses to release in the video. In the meantime, everybody who sees it is deeply disturbed, including the citywide police chief.

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Armed Confederate Supporters Interrupt Black Child's Birthday Party With Racial Slurs, Death Threats

I kid you not, it feels like we are going back in time in America.

In an Atlanta suburb this past weekend, Melissa Alford (a black woman) and her family were hosting an outdoor birthday party in Douglasville, Georgia, when a convoy of seven large pickup trucks donning Confederate flags interrupted the party and pulled into the grass. The occupants then called them niggers and threatened them with violence, according to multiple eyewitnesses, who also stated that the men actually flashed guns at them:

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14: The Number of Times Sandra Bland Asked Why She Was Being Arrested Without an Answer

On July 10, Sandra Bland was confronted, assaulted, and arrested by police in Waller County, Texas, near the campus of Prairie View A&M University. On Tuesday evening, footage (seen below) of this encounter with Officer Brian Encinia was released. In it, many conclusions can be drawn and determinations can be made, but none are clearer than the indisputable fact that Sandra Bland asked the officer FOURTEEN times why she was being arrested without once receiving a respectable answer of any kind.

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One Month Later, Exposing Baltimore Police Lies In the Death of Freddie Gray

Last month we exposed many of the ugly lies about Freddie Gray being spread by conservatives—ranging from the lie that he broke his neck jumping from a window while evading police to the lie that he had a spinal surgery in the weeks before he was killed stemming from a car accident.

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3 Disturbing Questions Concerning This Video of an Officer Drop-Kicking a Black Man In the Face

Everything about this video is wrong, awful, illegal, and disgusting. That's Lateef Dickerson on his hands and knees in front of Dover, Delaware, police officers.

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How the NYPD Is More Humane to Coyotes Than African-Americans

This morning I saw a weird headline in the New York Times that really piqued my interest: "Coyote Roams Upper West Side, With Officers in Pursuit." Of course, I had to click it and see if it was a joke. It wasn't. A wild coyote had somehow found its way into Manhattan and was roaming the streets.

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White Students at Texas High School Blame Society for Inspiring Their Racist Rap Promoting Lynching

Two white female students at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas recorded and released a song with dangerous and offensive lyrics about black, Latino and Asian-American students. As the anger boils out of control in the school, the staff was forced to send the email below to parents.

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The Police Killing Video Chicago Has Paid $5 Million for Us Not to See

On October 20, 2014, something so egregious, so awful, so unjust took place on the streets of Chicago that the city, already in a deep deficit, is paying a family $5 million for us to never see evidence of. On that night, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, surrounded by officers who were waiting for a Taser, was shot 16 times.

It was filmed on a dash cam, but for the past six months, Chicago has done everything in its power to keep that video private. Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, the family attorney, Michael Robbins, said:

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Newly Revealed Records Show Just How Disturbingly Racist Many Ferguson Officials Truly Were

While it was already known that at least three Ferguson, Missouri, employees in the court system and police department regularly exchanged racist emails with one another, Friday, after a records request from the Washington Post, the actual emails were finally revealed.

What they show is a deeply disturbing strain of racism that was socially acceptable among essential government employees who not only interacted with African Americans consistently in the majority black town of Ferguson, but were in positions of power in which they could make life miserable for the people they clearly disdained.

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3 Members of Florida Department of Corrections Found to Be in KKK; Arrested For Murder Plot

No need to pinch yourself, it really is 2015. According to the Orlando Sentinel:

Two current and one former prison employee who all belonged to the KKK planned to kill a black inmate as he was released in retaliation for a fight, officials said Thursday.

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Shocking Dash Cam Video Shows Detroit Police Brutally Beating Innocent Man

Floyd Dent is an amazing man. He has worked his entire adult life, from age 20-57, for Ford Motor Company in suburban Detroit. Never a day in his life has he been in trouble with the law. Loved by his family and community, he's about as upstanding of a citizen as a man could be.

So, when the Michigan State Police in Wayne County, outside of Detroit, trailed Floyd's car, suspecting him of purchasing drugs, what happened next may be the most preposterous case of police brutality in modern American history.

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LAPD Kill Unarmed Mentally Ill Veteran on TV -- And Their Defense Won't Shock You

He went for his waistband. Yeah, it's so strange how much unarmed men, confronted by police with guns drawn, seem to LOVE digging in their waistband. Police claimed that they thought they saw Brian Beaird do this over and over again, but as you watch the video below, you won't see anything like this—which is probably why the City of Los Angeles just agreed to pay his family $5 million. In essence, Los Angeles, which refused to prosecute the three officers who fired 21 shots at Beaird, are forcing the taxpayers to cover it.

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VIDEO Released Showing Alabama Police Paralyzing Innocent Grandfather from India

The video was just released of an elderly grandfather being slammed to the ground so hard by an Alabama police officer that it severed his vertebra and paralyzed the man. As you will see in the video, the police then attempt to force the man to walk and believe he's resisting arrest when his legs won't work - not knowing that they broke his neck.

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State's Police Department Killed More People Than Germany and Britain Combined

With just 59,000 residents, the city of Pasco police department in Washington state has shot and killed four people in the past six months—more than police in the entire United Kingdom, which has over 64 million citizens, in the past three years combined. In fact, Pasco police are on pace to have more police shootings than Germany, with 80 million citizens, over the current 12 month period.

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17-Year-Old Kristiana Coignard Shot and Killed by Three Police Officers after Brandishing Knife

American police will kill youRun from them, they'll kill you. Act nervous when they scream at you and they'll kill you. Do nothing at all and they'll kill you. Walk down the stairs and they'll kill you. Put your hands up and they'll kill you.

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Teenage Girl Shot & Killed by Police; Eyewitness Exposes a Key Police Lie

Joyriding in what may have been a stolen car, a group of teenage girls were fired upon by Denver police, killing 17 year old Jessica (Jessie) Hernandez. Her autopsy report shows that she died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The problem, is, though, that the in initial police statements after the Jessie's death, police made it out like they shot and killed Jessie after she deliberately hit an officer with the car, breaking his leg. Here's the account from the police chief the night of the shooting,

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The 13-Year-Old Boy Who Grew Up In a Georgia Prison

This is the first part of a six-week series on Michael "Little B" Lewis. 

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Savannah Man Dies In Restraining Chair While In Police Custody

This past New Year's Day, Matthew Ojibade, 22, of Savannah, Georgia,s uffered a manic episode resulting from his ongoing struggles with bipolar disorder. His girlfriend called police to help intervene and take him to the hospital. When they arrived, she gave the police his prescription medication, which was noted in the police report, and requested again that he be taken to the hospital.  

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