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Two NYPD officers are under criminal investigation after punching and bashing a 16-year-old suspect in the face with a gun despite the teen raising his hands to surrender, according to a video obtained by DNAinfo New York.

The surveillance footage obtained exclusively by “On The Inside” shows the two officers catch up to marijuana suspect Kahreem Tribble after a brief chase in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

As the teen stops running, one officer throws a punch at his face. Then, as the suspect raises his hands, the other officer clocks him with his gun.

Watch the video here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/07/nypd-brutality_n_5944736.html

Cenk Uygur (http://www.twitter.com/cenkuygur) and Ana Kasparian (http://www.twitter.com/anakasparian) of The Young Turks show the video and discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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Campus Racial Incidents : The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

College Campus Racial Incidents

Three White Students Charged With Hate Crimes at San Jose State University

Three White Students Charged With Hate Crimes at San Jose State University

The White students are accused of barricading the Black student in his room, displaying a Confederate flag, writing the word “nigger” on a white board in a common area, and attaching a metal bicycle lock around his neck.

Umoja House at Lehigh University Vandalized With Racial Slurs

Umoja House at Lehigh University Vandalized With Racial Slurs

The Umoja House residence hall on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is the home to 28 multicultural students. The house was egged and vandalized with racial slurs including the word “nigger.”

Official at Our Lady of the Lake University Refers to a Student as "the Angry Black Woman"

Official at Our Lady of the Lake University Refers to a Student as “the Angry Black Woman”

A White administrator at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, has resigned after several recordings in which he made inappropriate remarks were placed on YouTube.

Fraternity at the University of Michigan Planned a "Hood Rachet Thursday" Party

Fraternity at the University of Michigan Planned a “Hood Rachet Thursday” Party

The invitation was directed at “bad bitches, White girls, basketball players, thugs, and gangsters” and warned those invited that “hood IDs would be checked.” A headline read, “We goin back to da hood again!!”

Black Women Reportedly Taunted With Racial Slurs at the University of Florida

Black Women Reportedly Taunted With Racial Slurs at the University of Florida

A fraternity member was accused of yelling racial slurs and inappropriate sexual remarks to a Black women student who was walking on the street in front of the fraternity house.

Hampshire College Cancels Performance of an "Afrofunk Ensemble"

Hampshire College Cancels Performance of an “Afrofunk Ensemble”

One band member stated that their appearance was cancelled after they were criticized on social media as being “too White” to play Afrobeat music.

Task Force Finds Fault in UCLA's Racial Bias Complaint Policies

Task Force Finds Fault in UCLA’s Racial Bias Complaint Policies

An internal task force at the University of California at Los Angeles issued a report that concluded that policies and procedures currently in place to deal with complaints of racial bias and discrimination from faculty members are inadequate.

Controversy Over a Confederate Flag at the University of Rochester

Controversy Over a Confederate Flag at the University of Rochester

A house adviser demanded that the student take down the flag that was hanging in his dormitory window. The administration later stated that the student should have the right to display the flag.

Chief Diversity Officer Files Lawsuit Against Gallaudet University

Chief Diversity Officer Files Lawsuit Against Gallaudet University

Angela McCaskill, the chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the university of violating anti-discrimination provisions of the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.

Racial Hatred and Higher Education

Racial Hatred and Higher Education

Racially-biased incidents, like the highly publicized occurrences at Oberlin College, may not be aberrational in America’s academic environments.

Campus Racist Incidents Were a Hoax But Oberlin College Reiterates Its Outrage

Campus Racist Incidents Were a Hoax But Oberlin College Reiterates Its Outrage

After police said the series of racial incidents last spring were hoaxes, the college issued a statement that read in part, “These actions were real. The fear and disruption they caused in our community were real. We will not tolerate acts of hatred and threats of violence regardless of motivation.”

Alice Walker Gets the Boot and Then a Welcoming Hand From the University of Michigan

Alice Walker Gets the Boot and Then a Welcoming Hand From the University of Michigan

An invitation for Alice Walker to speak at the University of Michigan was rescinded. Walker, who is an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and an advocate for Palestinian rights, has now been re-invited to speak at a public forum on the University of Michigan campus.

White Student Union Established at Georgia State University

White Student Union Established at Georgia State University

According to the group’s website, The White Student Union will be “a place for like-minded White students to come together and not only celebrate their common European/Euro-American cultures, but to discuss issues that affect White people in the world today.”

Hillsdale College President Criticized for Using the Term "Dark Ones"

Hillsdale College President Criticized for Using the Term “Dark Ones”

Larry Arnn, the president of Hillsdale College in Michigan, came under fire for a remark he made at a legislative hearing in Lansing.

University of California Agrees to Settle a Race Discrimination Lawsuit

University of California Agrees to Settle a Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Christian Head, an African American professor of surgery claimed that he was intentionally degraded based on his race and that UCLA officials ignored blatant acts of racial discrimination directed against him.

Racist Prank at the University of Chicago

Racist Prank at the University of Chicago

An African American mail carrier was asked to bring 79 packaging boxes to “Reggin Toggaf” (spelled backwards it’s “Faggot Nigger”) at a fraternity at the University of Chicago. The carrier made six or seven trips up the stairs to the fraternity carrying the boxes.

African American Student at the UC-Irvine Finds Racist Note in Her Backpack

African American Student at the UC-Irvine Finds Racist Note in Her Backpack

An African American student at the University of California at Irvine found a racist note in her backpack while she was in the science library on campus. The note read, “Go back 2 Africa, slave.”

Protest Held at the University of Southern California Over Police Treatment of Black Students

Protest Held at the University of Southern California Over Police Treatment of Black Students

Black students at the University of Southern California claim that the Los Angeles Police Department exhibited racial bias when responding to noise complaints about end-of-the-semester parties held just off campus.

Penn States Creates a Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force

Penn States Creates a Joint Diversity Awareness Task Force

The goal of the task force will be to undertake a review of issues related to cultural awareness and to make suggestions and recommendations on curricular and out-of-class climate changes that could enhance the environment for all students at the university.

Racist Comments Painted on a Bridge at the University of Virginia

Racist Comments Painted on a Bridge at the University of Virginia

The bridge, which spans railroad tracks, is routinely used by students as a kind of message board to convey sentiments to their peers. But last week someone painted racist comments on the span.

Racial Incident on the Campus of Purdue University

Racial Incident on the Campus of Purdue University

A placard placed in front of a building on the campus of Purdue University was defaced with a racial slur.

Sonoma State University Students Address Bias Incidents on Campus

Sonoma State University Students Address Bias Incidents on Campus

The student government group developed a bias report protocol after several bias incidents occurred on campus. In one incident, racist graffiti was written on the poster of a Black student group.

University of California Irvine Student Appears in Blackface on YouTube Video

University of California Irvine Student Appears in Blackface on YouTube Video

Some members were shown lip syncing to a Justin Timberlake song. Then another member appears in blackface, supposedly playing hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.

19 Bias Incidents Reported at Elizabethtown College Since February 1

19 Bias Incidents Reported at Elizabethtown College Since February 1

College officials stated that most of the incidents involved the writing or hateful messages or threats on message boards on the dormitory room doors of students.

New Report Finds an Average of 250,000 Hate Crimes in the U.S. Each Year

New Report Finds an Average of 250,000 Hate Crimes in the U.S. Each Year

The number of hate crimes in the United States as reported in the new study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is 25 to 40 times higher than the number of hate crimes reported in an annual summary published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Towson University Refutes Allegations of an Unsafe Campus for White Students

Towson University Refutes Allegations of an Unsafe Campus for White Students

A group calling itself the White Student Union has vowed to start unarmed patrols on the campus of Towson University in Maryland to combat “black on white” crime.

Oberlin College Suspends Classes After Racial Incidents

Oberlin College Suspends Classes After Racial Incidents

In February, Black History Month posters in the college’s Science Center were defaced with the word “Nigger.” In a residence hall, the words “Whites Only” were written above a water fountain and “No Niggers” was written on a bathroom door.

Ole Miss Issues Report on Election Night Campus Protest of President Obama's Reelection

Ole Miss Issues Report on Election Night Campus Protest of President Obama’s Reelection

The co-chair of the committee formed to investigate the Election Night disturbance stated, “It wasn’t a riot, but it was a painful, ugly night for many Ole Miss students.”

Emory Students Apologize for Racially Insensitive Television Broadcast

Emory Students Apologize for Racially Insensitive Television Broadcast

In the satirical segment, viewers were asked to help identify students who “shouldn’t be here and are only at the school because of affirmative action.”

University of North Alabama Student Tweets Racial Slur Directed Against President Obama

University of North Alabama Student Tweets Racial Slur Directed Against President Obama

A member of the university’s football team used a racial slur on Twitter when the NBC Television network preempted a football game to cover President Obama’s speech at the memorial for victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting.

Racist Graffiti Written on a Greenhouse at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Racist Graffiti Written on a Greenhouse at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

The incident prompted a Black student leader to write a letter to the editor of the student newspaper on campus saying that African American students on campus “experienced more pure, unadulterated racism in one semester” than in several previous years combined.

Photo of Student in Blackface Appeared on Duke's Athletics Department Official Website

Photo of Student in Blackface Appeared on Duke’s Athletics Department Official Website

A student at a lacrosse team party blackened her face as part of her Buckwheat costume. A photo of the student at the party was posted on the team’s official webpage.

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“I Didn’t Mean to Kill Renisha McBride.” But Does it Matter? | Bennett L. Gershman

RT_Renisha_McBride_funeral_nt_131113_16x9_992While accidents are commonplace, many can have legal consequences. Spilling hot coffee, slipping and falling, and the often-occurring automobile “fender bender” may cause injury to people and property and result in lawsuits seeking monetary damages. But some accidents are far more serious. Automobile fatalities and drug overdoses come to mind. And, of course, hundreds of accidental deaths are caused each year by guns. Accidents lie on a spectrum of increasing seriousness, generally depending on the degree of fault, and a serious accident may be punished as a crime, even as murder. So, was Theodore Wafer’s fatal shotgun blast to the face of 19-year-old Renisha McBride on the night of November 2 anunintentional accident, as he has claimed? And even if it was an accident, is it nevertheless a punishable homicide, either as murder or manslaughter?

The shotgun killing of McBride, a young black woman, who was standing on Wafer’s porch in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, apparently seeking help after her car crashed, has attracted considerable media attention, and is certainly a tragedy. It has been equated with the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Some of the commentary has addressed purported similarities between the two cases, particularly allegations that race was a factor in both killings, and that self-defense as justification may play some role. However, whereas the prosecution of George Zimmerman for killing Martin focused almost exclusively on the issue of self defense, and related critiques of Florida’s “stand-your-ground” self-defense law, it is far from clear at this point whether Wafer can or will invoke self-defense as a justification for his act.

Piecing together the reported facts and trying to make rational inferences form these facts offers some basis for conjecture on what may have happened on Wafer’s porch that night. It has been reported that McBride crashed her car into a parked car on a Detroit street on Nov. 2, around 1:30 a.m., was attended to by passersby who reported to the police that she was injured and bleeding from the face. Before the police arrived, McBride wandered away from the accident scene, returned briefly, and wandered away again. Several hours later, at 4:42 a.m., the police received a 911 call from Wafer stating: “I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun banging on my door.” It is not known when Wafer fired the fatal shot. According to the toxicology report, McBride was highly intoxicated when she was shot, with a blood-alcohol level of 2.18 percent, and marijuana in her system. There is no evidence that the shot was fired at close range, according to the Medical Examiner‘s Office. The District Attorney has charged Wafer with both Murder in the Second Degree and Involuntary Manslaughter. Wafer also was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. His next court appearance is December 18. 
There is some evidence that McBride may have been seeking help when she arrived at the killer’s residence and walked onto his porch. There is no evidence that McBride, 5 foot 4 inches tall, was armed, or threatened Wafer with harm. Wafer told the police that he “believed the girl was breaking into [my] home,” and that the “gun discharged accidentally.” There are several items of evidence that are not yet known: ballistic reports that may help to determine where Wafer was standing when he shot through the screen door, and how far away he was from McBride when he shot her; autopsy evidence that might show the trajectory of the shot; and cell phone records that might corroborate whether McBride’s cell phone had died, and that she was going door-to-door for help.

Even if the shooting was accidental, as Wafer has claimed, is he nevertheless potentially guilty of murder or manslaughter? Under Michigan’s penal law, charging Wafer with murder in the second degree is not unreasonable. The key element in the murder charge is proving that the defendant acted with “malice,” and without legal justification.

Under Michigan law, malice requires proof that the defendant had the intent to kill or do great bodily harm, or created and disregarded a very high risk of death, or as one courtobserved, had the “intent to do an act that is in obvious disregard of life-endangering consequences.” A lesser manslaughter charge requires proof that the defendant caused the death of the victim from the discharge of a firearm that the defendant intentionally pointed at the victim without lawful justification. Thus, what distinguishes manslaughter from murder is the absence of malice, namely, that the killing was committed with gross negligence, a less blameworthy state of mind.

So, if Wafer claims that he was awakened in the middle of the night by loud banging at his front door, that he grabbed his shotgun, rushed to the door, and that as he held the gun, and under the stress of the moment the gun discharged accidentally, he might be able to convince a jury that he should not be blamed for McBride’s death. A jury under these circumstances might have a reasonable doubt about whether Wafer acted in utter disregard of human life, or even with gross negligence. By contrast, if he perceived that the person on his porch posed no threat, and pointed his gun at the person, and the gun discharged, even accidentally, a jury might conclude that he created an unacceptably high risk of danger by arming himself and under the circumstances behaved so recklessly as to be guilty of murder or manslaughter.

There are a host of obviously relevant questions that need to be addressed. Whether Wafer will claim that his killing was justified as self-defense is hard to predict, but under the circumstances, if he does that will be an extremely difficult argument. Wafer would have to claim that he killed McBride intentionally and allege that he did it because he feared for his life from the unarmed, diminutive young woman who was banging on his door but posed no life-threatening harm. Such a claim might strike most jurors as unconvincing and unreasonable, and so far there are no facts that would make such a claim plausible.

However, claiming that his shotgun discharged accidentally may be a more persuasive defense, but its success would hinge on several facts, which are not yet known: What was Wafer’s experience with guns? Did he take any gun safety course? How often did he fire the weapon previously? Where was his shotgun stored? Was it stored loaded? Was there a safety mechanism on the weapon? At what point did he load the weapon and take the safety off? At what point did he put his finger inside the trigger guard? If he was standing at the front door pointing the weapon at McBride, why was his finger inside the trigger guard? If he was not standing at the door, where was he standing? Did he place his finger on the wrong place on the weapon in a moment of stress?

Did race play a role in the killing of Renisha McBride? The claim has been made. One recalls the case of Yoshihiro Hattori, a teenager in Louisiana out trick-or-treating on Halloween who was killed by a homeowner who claimed the boy was trespassing, or the arrest in Boston of Henry Louis Gates, a Harvard professor who was detained by police as he was trying to enter his residence. These kinds of incidents may happen more often than we know. To be sure, perceptions of danger may be very real, but they are also highly subjective. The extent to which race plays a role in these perceptions is difficult to measure, as in the Trayvon Martin case. Whether race influenced Wafer’s actions, even if his shooting was an accident, is unclear. But even if the shooting was an accident, if it was influenced by the race of the victim it would seem to be more blameworthy. We don’t yet know where this killing will fall on the spectrum of culpable accidents.

“I Didn’t Mean to Kill Renisha McBride.” But Does it Matter? | Bennett L. Gershman.

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Strange Fruit (Class of 2013): dedicated to the memories of Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell and Kendrick Johnson – Jasiri X – YouTube

Dedicated to the memories of Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell and Kendrick Johnson, Strange Fruit (Class of 2013) was produced by Religion and directed by Haute Muslim

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LYRICS
They say Jasiri X you preach too much
I’m like Black people we asleep too much
A Black President but he doesn’t speak for us
Another Black body lynched is not unique to us
Meanwhile Kanye‘s rocking confederate flags
Jay Z and Barneys going half on sweaters and bags
It’s not their fault it’s ours all we measure is swag
They getting money get money what’s better than cash
Forever in last riding in Berratas and Jags but don’t crash
If you do and need help don’t ask
Cause all Renisha got was a shotgun blast
Just for knocking on the door left rotting on the floor
Half her face gone but no one was locked up like Akon
Black life comes with no insurance like State Farm
Race wrong black people better put ya brakes on
End up on a strange porch ended up as stained corpse
Different city same sport
It’s not a accident if you hit the witness you aimed for
Bullets left her face torn
Victim in a race war make a nigga hate more
Show up at that same door let that 38 roar
What will be my fate Lord death by an officer?
Who I ran to thinking help he would offer up
10 shot to the chest stretched now they chalking
Another black man looking fresh in that coffin or
Beaten to my ribs cracked rolled up in a gym mat
Blood on my kicks match police say I did that
No crime the kids black cased closed casket shut
But take his organs fill em with newspaper and patch em up
Now tell me if that bullshit is matching up
I know you just wanna see her twerking then back it up
But that’s what happens when we make our rappers leaders
And our most intelligent just wanna be on TV speaking
And they give reality TV shows to preachers
and we think activism is Facebooking and Tweeting
12 years a slave we still fighting for freedom
Just look at the headlines seeing is believing

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