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NAACP calls for probe of police shooting

The Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP is calling for the Allegheny County executive and City of Pittsburgh mayor to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting death of an East Liberty teen by an Allegheny County Sheriff’s Deputy June 13.

“We would have liked to see a different outcome, that this young fellow would still be a

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

‘Men of Impact’ examines role of fathers

According to a report released by the White House on June 15, low-income men from communities of color are significantly more likely to be nonresident fathers. The report on “Promoting Responsible Fatherhood,” also indicated that more than half of African-American children grow up in homes without their fathers present.

Mirroring the

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

Ex-offenders bill struggles in council

On April 12, 2011, District 9 Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess proposed legislation calling for the elimination of inquires about criminal history from job applications in city government hiring. In the months since, the “Ban the Box” initiative, being led at the community level by Dean Williams, founder of the Formerly Convicted Citizens Pro

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

New police face at-risk Black youth at symposium

On June 7, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police graduated its most recent recruiting class. Among the class of 25, there was not one African-American graduate.

With a police force that is becoming increasingly less diverse, due to the lack of African-Americans in recent recruiting classes, many worry today’s officers are not equipped to e

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh