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Bridging gaps

Voices | Jewish-black twists and turns
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/03/17, 09:47 pm

“Fetus” and “unborn child” still lead my list of non-neutral terms: Which you choose defines you as a supporter or opponent of abortion. Is any term for that creature in the womb immune from a worldview connection?

Here’s a new question: “Riot” or “uprising” to describe the July 23-27 eruption in Detroit 50 years ago that concluded with 43 dead, 1,189 injured, and 7,200 arrested? (And: 2,000 buildings destroyed, white flight, Detroit population decline to 690,000 from a total twice as large, city bankruptcy, and crumbling buildings with moldy interiors and broken windows.)

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Milwaukee jury acquits cop in shooting that sparked riots

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/21/17, 05:17 pm

A Milwaukee jury on Wednesday acquitted a former police officer in the shooting death of an African-American man last year that sparked two days of riots. Sylville Smith, who had a gun, ran from officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown after a traffic stop. The officer shot as Smith threw the gun over a fence, and prosecutors argued Smith was defenseless. But bodycam footage showed only 1.69 seconds elapsed between the first shot, which hit Smith in the arm as he threw the gun, and the second, which hit him in the chest.

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Minnesota jury clears officer in traffic-stop shooting

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/16/17, 04:47 pm

A jury in St. Paul, Minn., cleared a police officer of manslaughter charges in the shooting death of an African-American man in 2016. After deliberating for 29 hours over five days, jurors also acquitted Jeronimo Yanez of two lesser charges resulting from the traffic stop. Yanez claimed he feared for his life when he shot Philando Castile as he sat in his car. Castile’s girlfriend, sitting in the passenger seat, live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook. Castile had a permit to carry a weapon, and told Yanez during the stop that he had the gun on him.

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