The issues addressed in Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of Oscar Grant in the critically acclaimed 2013 film “Fruitvale Station” have resurfaced in recent weeks due to the recent deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of the police, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
During an appearance on HuffPost Live Tuesday, the 27-year-old “Fruitvale Station” star shared his thoughts on the string of incidents where black men have been killed by police. Read more.
Tiffany Mitchell On Witnessing Michael Brown Shooting: Police ‘Showed No Kind Of Remorse’
Tiffany Mitchell, a woman who says she witnessed a police officer shoot and kill Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, shared her story during an appearance on CNN with her attorney Wednesday night. Mitchell said she was driving when she saw Brown trying to pull away from an officer as the two were “tussling through a window.” She said she had hoped to get a video because the incident “just didn’t look right,” but failed to get her camera out in time. Read more.
LAPD To Face Civil Rights Lawsuit Over Ezell Ford’s Death
The lawyer for the family of Ezell Ford, the unarmed black man shot and killed by Los Angeles police on Monday, said he plans to take immediate legal action against the city’s police department. Appearing on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” Wednesday evening, attorney Steven Lerman said he would be “immediately” filing a federal civil rights lawsuit agains the LAPD. “Justice will come to this family in federal court, not on TV,” he said. Read more.
It’s Perfectly Legal To Film The Cops
In recent years, there have been countless cases of police officers ordering people to turn off their cameras, confiscating phones, and, like Reilly, arresting those who attempt to capture footage of them. Despite a common misconception, it’s actually perfectly legal to film police officers on the job.
“There are First Amendment protections for people photographing and recording in public,” Mickey Osterreicher, an attorney with the National Press Photographers Association, told The Huffington Post. According to Osterreicher, as long as you don’t get in their way, it’s perfectly legal to take photos and videos of police officers everywhere in the United States. Read more.
Spirit Airlines Responds to a Passenger’s Claim of Racism
Bellach was traveling from Dallas to Phoenix when she says she came across a black male passenger who had purchased an upgraded ticket that would allow him to sit in the front of the plane. According to Bellach, when the passenger approached his assigned seat, there was already a white man sitting in the seat, next to another white traveling companion.
When the unnamed black passenger informed the white man that he was sitting in the wrong seat, the passenger scoffed at him, Bellach says. At that point, according to her account, the black man told the white passenger that he would be back and then walked toward the flight attendant, presumably to resolve the issue. The black man returned with a white female attendant, Bellach says. But, she told The Root, the attendant sided with the white passenger. Read more.
Teen guilty in Steubenville rape back on school’s football team
A former Ohio high school football player found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party two years ago returned to the field Tuesday with his old team. Ma’Lik Richmond played for Steubenville High School in a scrimmage against Cambridge, WTOV-TV reported. Read more.
Military Revises ‘Racially Biased’ Hairstyle Rules
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that the military will allow female service members to have a wider range of hairstyles after the services came under fire for using derogatory language and banning many styles that are popular with African-American women. Read more.