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Unarmed black man, Ezell Ford, shot by police in LA

Unarmed black man, Ezell Ford, shot by police in LA
While the country is still reeling from the news and aftermath of the fatal shooting by police of unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown, KTLA is reporting that a 25-year-old mentally challenged man, who his family says was complying with officers, was shot and killed while lying on the ground. He also was unarmed.
 
According to the news station, Ezell Ford, 25, was only blocks from his South Los Angeles home Monday when officers stopped him. Police claim that it was an "investigative stop" but have not stated why Ford was being investigated. According to police, a struggle ensued and police "opened fire," indicates a Los Angeles Police Department news release issued Tuesday and viewed by the news station.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr.-The Root
  • Category: National

Ferguson-area native tasked with keeping peace

Ferguson-area native tasked with keeping peace
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — In the days since Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson took charge of a volatile situation that threatened to turn ugly, tragic or both, his calm-yet-commanding presence has captured international attention. But when it comes to keeping the peace in the St. Louis suburb where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen, Johnson knows his neighbors' opinions are what matter most.
 
"The people of our community need to hear what I'm saying," Johnson, who is black, said at the start of one daily press briefing, urging local residents standing behind an enormous media contingent to come closer to the podium. "They've got questions, and I invited them here."

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  • Written by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER-Associated Press
  • Category: National

After Michael Brown’s killing, echoes of the ’65 Watts rebellion

After Michael Brown’s killing, echoes of the ’65 Watts rebellion
The killing of Missouri teenager Michael Brown by police, followed by two consecutive nights of racial upheaval in his hometown of Ferguson, coincides with the anniversary of one of the nation’s biggest civil disturbances.
 
Forty-nine years ago this week, Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood erupted into a weeklong urban rebellion in the aftermath of a confrontation between police and local black residents.

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  • Written by Peniel E. Joseph-The Root
  • Category: National

Without Obama, Clinton could end up like Gore

Without Obama, Clinton could end up like Gore
Although we’re all still sort of pretending that it remains to be seen whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, she recently gave the most definitive confirmation she has to date of her impending candidacy. No, she didn’t say the words “I’m running for president,” but she publicly criticized President Barack Obama, and it’s been seen by political observers as proof that she’s trying to preserve her own political legacy, potentially at the expense of his.
 
The move won her plaudits in some corners, but the media firestorm it created was a stark reminder that if Clinton runs in 2016 – and specifically runs away from Obama’s record – history could repeat itself. And that would be bad news for her and those hoping to see her make history.

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  • Written by Keli Goff-The Root
  • Category: National

Racial tensions are not new in St. Louis suburb

 Racial tensions are not new in St. Louis suburb
FERGUSON, Mo. — Racial tensions have run high for decades in this former railroad town that was once a mostly white St. Louis suburb until school busing and urban decay sent many families packing for more distant communities.
 
Today, Ferguson is nearly 70 percent black, but the law here is still enforced by a police department that is more than 90 percent white, a fact that helps engender widespread distrust of officers — never more so than last weekend, when a white officer shot and killed an unarmed young black man who was about to start college.

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  • Written by Jim Salter-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb
FERGUSON, Missouri — Protests in a St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
 
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who has been the public face of the city torn by Saturday's death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, told reporters earlier Wednesday that the St. Louis County investigation of the shooting could take weeks to complete. In the meantime, he said, his department welcomes Justice Department training on racial relations in the suburb, where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black while all but three of the police force's 53 officers are white.

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  • Written by Jim Suhr and Jim Salter-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Health care at college: Can your teen manage?

Health care at college: Can your teen manage?
NEW YORK – Lauren Davies had a desperate thought while stuck in traffic as she frantically drove upstate to reach her 19-year-old.
 
"If I drive on the shoulder and a cop stops me, will he believe me when I tell him I think my daughter's dying in a hospital?"

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  • Written by Leanne Italie-Associated Press
  • Category: National