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Four St. Louis Cops Indicted for Beating an Undercover Officer Posing as a Protester

The indictment claims that several of the officers talked about their "disdain" for protesters.

Four St. Louis police officers were indicted on Thursday on federal charges. The indictment indicates that three of them beat an undercover colleague during protests last year and all four of the officers involved covered it up.

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#DanyeJones' Mother, a Ferguson Activist, Says He Was Lynched

Four dead activists in four years. Something isn't adding up, according to his mom.

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Danye Jones was found by his mother, Ferguson activist Melissa McKinnies, dead, hanging from a tree.

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Mother of Slain Youth, Michael Brown, Running for Ferguson City Council

Lezley McSpadden said her son's death left her devastated, but ultimately inspired her to run for office.

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(Reuters) — The mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, igniting months of protest and a national debate over race and law enforcement, said on Friday she is running for City Council.

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Are Your Employees Taking a Knee?

What corporate leaders can learn from NFL team owners' sudden support of their football players.

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NFL football team owners, many of whom gave $1 million plus to the Trump campaign, largely sided with their players this weekend in their continuing nonviolent protests of injustice in our criminal justice system. Despite their previous support for the man, none of the owners fired any "son of a bitch" off the field for nonviolent protest, as President Donald Trump suggested.

I don't think the owners' stripes have changed; they just have more clarity than most CEOs because the way they make money is off the brains of their players, who are 70 percent Black.

So what should corporate leaders do today? If you haven't already thought seriously about making a statement, now's the time. No statement equals tacit approval of Trump and his divide and conquer political strategy.

Trump has said several times that "this is not about race." He's absolutely wrong; it's all about race. Remember, these nonviolent protests started after Ferguson — and subsequently took place following event after event, documented on cell phone video, and trial after trial where police have been exonerated for what is clearly unjust killing.

Starting with enslaved Africans brought here in 1619, confirmed in Article One, Section Two, Paragraph Three of our Constitution, where enslaved Black people are counted as three-fifths of a human being to determine the number of Representatives for each state in Congress, it is about race. Right up to the birther racist nonsense that Trump was the chief advocate for, it is about race.

If you are a leader, it matters what you think in times like this. Even if you've previously been supportive, like the suddenly-in-lockstep-with-their-players NFL team owners, you must take stock of what is in your stakeholder's best interests. Employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers — they are all looking to you for leadership.

There are some words/phrases you should definitely think about before they come out of your mouth: words like "tolerance" or "on both sides," or expressing respect for "all points of view." If your speechwriter put those things in there, I suggest you wait a day and write your speech yourself — unless, of course, you want to send a message.

If you don't have a grounding in why these things are offensive — not "might be" offensive, but are offensive — I suggest you read a few books and (if you don't already have some) develop some close Black friends to speak forthrightly with. Read Frederick Douglass' "My Bondage and My Freedom," Douglas Blackmon's "Slavery by Another Name" and Ira Katznelson's "When Affirmative Action Was White." You may even want to come to our event this week just to hear professor Carol Anderson, author of "White Rage."

If you are uncertain about the urgency of NFL player protests, read "Chokehold: Policing Black Men" by professor and former prosecutor Paul Butler.

And if you still think it's not about race, think about what Trump is talking about and consider the dire plight of American citizens on American soil in Puerto Rico. There is literally a dam about to burst.

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No Middle Ground for Human Rights at DiversityInc

Trump's statements yesterday drew a line that divides good from evil. There is no moral equivalence. You have a right to know where leadership stands.

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I saw the president's press conference live yesterday because I had a premonition that he was going to snap back from what he was apparently forced to read from a teleprompter on Monday.

And he did, to a degree that I didn't anticipate. President Trump said it plain and clear: The neo-Nazis are ethically equal to the people protesting neo-Nazis.

My publication has a response: No. They are not equal.

On one side there is a group that espouses that white people are superior and all others are inferior. This side fetishizes Hitler and the Nazi regime killing millions of non-"Aryans," Jews, people with congenital disabilities and gay people. On the other side there are people opposed to killing people and who believe that people are equal.

On one side there is a group who honors the Confederacy, a rebellion that existed simply and solely to maintain slavery. On the other side are people who believe in human rights and that the enslavement of Black people was wrong.

On one side there is a group that cloaks its hate in words like "honoring our heritage." On the other side are people who know that 55 percent of Black Americans live in the South and that their heritage matters, that Black Lives Matter.

You are on one side or the other. Period. There is no middle ground.

People who draw an equivalence between the violence of Nazis and the violence of people protesting Nazis — or talk of "state rights" — are Nazis themselves. In poker, that's called a "tell." There's no such thing as being "sympathetic" to evil without being evil.

Now we know without a doubt that Trump's claiming that Barack Obama was not born in the United States — and all of the other vile things he's said about Mexicans, Muslims, women, Black Americans, people with disabilities, POWs and others — are a pattern that describes exactly how he feels. He is not qualified to be president, and the entire Republican Party needs to take responsibility for this disaster and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

You have the right to ask the people who sought and attained positions of power and authority where they stand, from your town council person to your CEO. Do it anonymously if you feel threatened, but make your voice heard. Let's make America great.

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Ex-Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Admits to Using N-Word

Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, said he only repeated racist remarks used by other people.

A court filing reveals that Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot Black teen Michael Brown, used the N-word in reference to Black people. In a sworn admission, Wilson said he and other city officers have all used the word.

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New Michael Brown Video Sparks Protests in Ferguson

Previously unseen footage questions whether Brown robbed a convenience store before his fatal shooting, resulting in protests and gunfire at the store over the weekend.

New Michael Brown Video Sparks Protests

A newly released video of Michael Brown on the day he was shot has called into question the facts surrounding his shooting, a revelation that sparked protests over the weekend.

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FBI, Homeland Security Sued Over BLM Surveillance Records

Government agencies used counterterrorism tactics to survey BLM protests, violating First and Fourth Amendment rights, according to the lawsuit.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters. Photo: Fibonacci Blue

A lawsuit has been filed against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for not releasing information regarding surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters and activists.

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Police Tracked BLM Protesters Through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: ACLU Report

Police received real time special access from Geofeedia, a social media surveillance vendor, to social media feeds during the periods of unrest.

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 following the shooting of Michael Brown. REUTERS

Law enforcement used social media to track activists and protesters during the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, according to a new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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Two Years After Ferguson: Has Reform Happened?

The city has seen a Justice Department lawsuit, two new police chiefs and a significant drop in revenue since Michael Brown's death. But are the changes lasting?

Security forces detain a demonstrator during a protest against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson. REUTERS

This week marks the two-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by former police officer Darren Wilson, who resigned from his position but was not charged. Twenty-four months, periods of unrest and a Justice Department investigation later, the city remains in the early stages of transition.

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Police Body Cam Policies Fail to Meet Standards, Study Finds

Ferguson's department failed every aspect the study analyzed.

A study updated this week concluded that of 50 United States police departments with body cam policies, none of them are effectively and appropriately implementing these policies. Notably, the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, failed to meet even the minimum qualifications in any of the areas the study took into account.

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New Black Ferguson Police Chief Vows to Clean House of Bad Cops

"It's our task to bring nobility back to this work and to make sure that we honor our badges, and we serve our communities with respect," said Delrish Moss upon being sworn in.

Police Chief Delrish Moss | Photo: Miami PD Twitter

Ferguson swore in its new police chief, Delrish Moss, this week.

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