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Associated Press

Feds reopen Emmett Till case

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/12/18, 11:06 am

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal murder in Mississippi became a catalyst for the civil rights movement. The Justice Department told Congress in a report it is reinvestigating Till’s killing after receiving new information. A 2017 book, The Blood of Emmett Till, revealed that a key witness admitted to lying about what happened before the slaying.

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White House changes affirmative action policies

by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/03/18, 02:40 pm

The Trump administration will encourage schools not to consider race in admissions, a move that reverses Obama-era guidelines on affirmative action. The Justice Department on Tuesday rescinded seven policy guidances from the Education Department’s civil rights division and restored Bush-era policies of race-neutral admissions, The New York Times reported

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East Pittsburgh officer charged in shooting of teen

by Daniel James Devine
Posted 6/27/18, 12:32 pm

Prosecutors in East Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday charged a white police officer with criminal homicide in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. On June 19, East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld pulled over a car that matched the description of a vehicle involved in a nearby drive-by shooting that had occurred 15 minutes earlier. While Rosfeld arrested the driver, 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. fled from the car along with a companion. Rosfeld fired several rounds, hitting Rose three times in the elbow, back, and face. The teen died from his injuries.

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