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New Footage of Michael Brown on the Day He Was Killed Shows How Easy It Is for Cops to Paint Victims as 'Bad Guys'

Last weekend, a new development emerged in the story of the 2014 killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, whose death sparked unrest across the nation. Previously unreleased footage of Brown inside the convenience store that the police claimed he had robbed before he was confronted by Darren Wilson, the former officer, contradicts the story the police department pushed about Brown’s actions that day.

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There Are Over 1,000 Communities Across the U.S. With 4x the Lead Poisoning of Flint, Michigan

Flint, Michigan’s lead-poisoned water crisis, which erupted in 2014, shined a global spotlight on the dangerous confluence of austerity, poverty and environmental racism. A new in-depth investigation by Reuters finds that Flint is far from alone, with nearly 3,000 areas nationwide facing lead poisoning rates “at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city's contamination crisis.” In 1,100 of those communities, residents had lead levels in their blood that were four times higher than those found in Flint.

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Freddie Gray Was a Victim of Our Criminal Justice Slaughterhouse System

Last week, Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped charges against the final three officers awaiting trial for their role in the death of Freddie Gray, having determined there was no chance of successfully prosecuting them. “Gee, looks like NOBODY killed Freddie Gray,” writer Stephen King tweeted sarcastically in response to the first wave of acquittals. “Guess he just died of being black. Funny how that happens in this country.”

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Freddie Gray Denied Justice - and the Whole Damn System Is to Blame

“You’re more likely to be convicted of a crime you didn’t commit than a cop is for one they did,” Son of Nun, a Baltimore-based rapper, organizer and Firebrand Records artist, told AlterNet. “I have no faith in this nation’s legal system, how can I when it’s legal to deny people justice? If we can figure out how to put a robot on mars, then we can figure out how to hold police accountable. It’s only complicated if you’re complicit.”

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The Freddie Gray Case Concludes With No Convictions After the Remaining Charges Are Dropped

Six Baltimore police officers faced criminal charges of varying degrees for the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray last year, and the remaining charges were dropped by prosecutors Wednesday. This means not a single person was convicted for Gray’s death after he was loaded into a police van, shackled but not secured with a seatbelt, and died a week later from a severe spinal injury. The prosecutors dropped charges against Officer William Porter, who was awaiting a retrial after his first ended in a hung jury in December, and Officer Garrett Miller and Sergeant Alicia White, who never went to trial.

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BREAKING: Baltimore Drops All Remaining Charges Against Police Officers in Freddie Gray Case

Freddie Gray died in April 2015 of spinal injuries after he was arrested and transported in a police van. Gray’s family and attorney say his voice box was crushed and his spine was "80 percent severed at his neck." Three police officers have already been acquitted off all charges related to his arrest and death.

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Police Officer Who Drove Freddie Gray Van Acquitted, Baltimore Community Reacts Angrily

Officer Caesar Goodson, the van driver in the Freddie Gray case, was charged with seven different crimes—from second degree “depraved heart” murder to reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty on all charges today by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams.

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Pastor: Acquittal in Freddie Gray Case Highlights Deep Distrust in Legal System in Black Community

Officer Edward Nero faced misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. Nero was one of six officers charged in Gray’s death. Judge Barry Williams handed down the verdict in a bench trial on Monday, ruling that "the state has not met its burden" to prove Nero’s guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt." The ruling was met with little surprise from the community in a case that many said was the state’s weakest. We speak with Gray family attorney Billy Murphy, who recently won a $6.4 million settlement from the city of Baltimore for the family of Freddie Gray, and Rev. Heber Brown III, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and member of Baltimore United for Change.

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Baltimore Police Officer Found Not Guilty in the 'Rough Ride' Death of Freddie Gray

A second officer was tried in the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose death in police custody sparked riots last Spring.

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Bill Moyers: America's Unfinished Business - Confronting Our Vast Racial Inequality

I’m holding in my hand what has been called “one of the most daring books of the 21st century,” a “book for the ages,” “bracing,” “unrelenting.” The title is Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and it breathes with prophetic fire.

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The Numbers Are Shocking: Over a Third of Killings by Police Are of Disabled People

When Eric Garner was choked to death by police, his race, and the longstanding issue of police violence in African-American communities, was highlighted in news reports. His last words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. But other aspects of his death were largely ignored in the press. Garner had asthma and a heart condition. Like one third to one half of all those killed by police, he was disabled.

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