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(NEW YORK, NY) --The fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, Missouri, is the latest tragic incident in a summer marked by several police-involved homicides. In this case, the conflicting accounts about why Mr. Brown was killed demand a thorough and impartial investigation by federal authorities.
LDF Calls on Staten Island District Attorney to Immediately Seek Criminal Homicide Charges Against Officers Involved in Eric Garner’s Death8/04/14
New York Medical Examiner Rules Garner’s Death was
a Homicide Caused by an Illegal NYPD Chokehold
WASHINGTON (AP) — No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him.
Inmates in Florida and Missouri went to their deaths by lethal injection in the preceding weeks after the high court refused to block their executions. Again, no justice said the executions should be stopped.
On the opinion pages of The Hill, Leslie Proll , director of NAACP LDF's Washington, D.C. office, calls on incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to make passage of the Voting Rights Act Amendment of 2014 his first order of business. Noting that McCarthy co-chaired the 2012 Congressional pilgrimage to mark the 47th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama (the birthplace of voting rights), Proll powerfully states: "Now, McCarthy has a chance to show that his visit to Selma was more than just a photo op."
In an op-ed for Essence Magazine, Sherrilyn Ifill reflects on school integration, busing, and housing segregation during the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
Ifill reflects on her childhood in which she attended an integrated school in Queens, New York where she was the lone Black girl in her class.