For a state with 24 death row exonerations under its belt (the highest in the country), you would think Florida might want to slow down its execution process to avoid putting innocent people to death. But Florida lawmakers are doing just the opposite
David Sal Silva, a 33-year-old father of four small children between the ages of 4 and 10, was beaten to death by as many as nine police officers in Bakersfield, California, early Wednesday morning. Police say Silva was intoxicated and fighting officers. But this was contradicted by several eyewitnesses. Read more
Wesley Teague, senior class president at Heights High School in Wichita, Kansas, has been suspended for the rest of the school year and banned from nearly all graduation activities. His crime? He dissed his school’s athletics, nicknamed “Heights U”, on twitter. Read more
The harrowing story of three Cleveland women—Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight—held captive by Ariel Castro for a decade seems to reach new levels of horror with each emerging detail. But one of the most disturbing developments of all—that Cleveland police potentially ignored repeated calls from Castro’s neighbors about violence against women at and around his home—was quickly buried and dismissed after police vehemently denied the allegations. Read more
Exactly two weeks have passed since the Dhaka garment factory complex collapsed in Bangladesh, yet bodies are still being pulled from underneath the rubble.
As of this morning, the Bangladesh army has confirmed 804 deaths. That’s over 800 human beings crushed to death under the pressure of a globalized economy that exploits the world’s most vulnerable to further enrich Fortune 500s like Walmart and Disney. Read more
Over the weekend, 79 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)—dressed in full riot police attire—broke up an off-campus University of Southern California (USC) party attended almost exclusively by students of color.