Racist Letter on Official Police Letterhead Threatens Black Officers

A threatening letter that disparages black police officers has been found stuffed in mailboxes at a police department.

State police are investigating the unsigned letter, which is on Bridgeport Police Department letterhead and begins and ends with the term “white power,” city officials said Wednesday. Black officers said it was at least the third hate-filled message to circulate within the police department over the past year. Continue reading

Erica Garner Sets up Foundation to Honor Her Father Eric Garner

By Ben Fractenberg

Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, 24, created a foundation, the Garner Way Foundation in honor of her father.

STATEN ISLAND — Erica Garner set up a foundation in honor of her father, Eric Garner, according to a statement released Tuesday.

The Garner Way Foundation is one of a handful of fundraising sites Garner family members have set up. There were more than a dozen other sites set up on various crowdfunding sites that family members said they were not aware of. Continue reading

Feds Close Investigation Of George Zimmerman Without Pressing Charges

George Zimmerman answers questions from a Seminole circuit judge in Sanford, Fla., last November. Joe Burbank/AP

Federal authorities have decided to close an investigation of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin back in 2012.

The killing sparked protests and a national conversation on race. Zimmerman, who is white, was acquitted of murder of the unarmed black teenager by a Florida jury, but federal prosecutors were weighing whether to bring hate crime charges against Zimmerman. Continue reading

#BlackLivesMatter: We Still Have to Fight for the Right to Exist!

Natalie Byfield

In 2014, the Central Park Five officially stopped being infamous: New York City settled the group’s wrongful conviction lawsuit for $40 million. In some ways, the Central Park Five reached the status of folk legend: their story of wrongful conviction and imprisonment for the 1989 rape of an Upper East Side white woman known as the Central Park jogger stands now as a cautionary tale about what can happen to kids from Black and Latino communities at the hands of the police and other elements of the criminal justice system. Continue reading