Muammar Reed / February 1, 2016 / Blog

Laquan McDonald Autopsy Report

Laquan McDonald Police Shooting

Video of Laquan McDonald shooting in Chicago, Illinois. Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, was shot by a Chicago police officer 16 times.  It took the District Attorney’s office over a year to charge the officer with Murder.  Below is a full copy of the Laquan McDonald Autopsy report.

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Muammar Reed / November 25, 2015 / Blog

Holiday Shopping: Black Barbie, Latino Barbie, or White Barbie?

Greenwood is a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the early 20th century it became known as America’s “Black Wall Street” because it was one of the most wealthy and successful black communities in the United States before the 1921 Tulsa Massacre. One night, I was searching the internet and somehow I began researching The Tulsa Star, Greenwood’s version of the Wall Street Journal.  As I stumbled upon old copies of the The Tulsa Star, I found an interesting article entitled: COLORED DOLLS, WHY NOT?  Considering the holiday season is upon us, many people of color are currently buying or looking for dolls/barbies for their children.

This article from January 29, 1921 (almost 95 years ago) touches on the touchy holiday subject of whether to buy a Black barbie, Latino barbie, or a White Barbie?

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COLORED DOLLS, WHY NOT?

“WE HAVE READ quite a little of the man who declared that his child should learn to play with Colored dolls. It was an idea pressed in upon the same father would never think of deciding to purchase nothing but the same father would never think of deciding to purchase nothing but colored clothing, colored animals, or even colored furnishings. The color prejudice gave rise in his mind to the propriety of worshiping some color other than white, exclusively. Hence, the colored doll for his child. (more…)

Muammar Reed / November 23, 2015 / Blog

Videos Of Black Lives Matter Political Disruptions

The Black Lives Matter activist movement arose in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial. The movement began through the copious use and spread of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.  Recently, the Black Lives Matter movement has been engaging in political disruptions, seeking to draw national attention.

Here are seven (7) instances of #blacklivesmatter interrupting political campaigns:

#1 | Phoenix, Bernie Sanders & Martin O’Malley (July 18, 2015)
 

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Daniel Lewis / November 9, 2015 / Blog

The Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB-953)

On October 3 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed The Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB-953) into California law, which is a a data collection law to combat concerns about racial profiling and police misconduct. According to the ACLU, “California holds the ominous record for the highest number of deaths in the country, with 149 people killed by law enforcement in the state this year. However, the state still does not collect, analyze, or make available basic information about who the police, stop, search or even shoot.” Here are nine (9) key changes as a result of the new law:

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Daniel Lewis / November 2, 2015 / Blog

Top 10 Controversial Police Videos

In today’s technologically advanced world, videos of police arrests and police shootings are becoming more numerous. The average U.S. citizen has access to a smart phone that has recording capabilities. Additionally, many more buildings, businesses, traffic intersections, police vehicles and ATMs are recording their surrounding neighborhoods with high quality video. Below are the 10 most controversial police videos of shootings and arrests that have been released within the last few years. The videos show that cities, states, & municipalities should invest more in body camera technology because it eliminates the need to trust the testimony of police officers and suspects alike when real lives are on the line.

#10 | James Blake (September 9, 2015) – Blake was taken down to the ground, handcuffed and arrested by a plainclothes New York City Police Department officer in front of the Grand Hyatt New York after being mistaken for a suspect of interest.

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Daniel Lewis / October 19, 2015 / Blog

Top 8 Police Officer Homicide Statistics | Los Angeles County

Given the 24 hour news cycle world within which we live thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (and on and on and on!), police shootings and deaths in police custody are gaining national attention.  Over the last few years, the use video technology has exploded and police officer conduct has become a hot topic of discussion across the country, even in presidential campaigns.

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Los Angeles Police Commissioner – Steve Soboroff Venice Town Hall – Brendon Glenn Police Shooting

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Muammar Reed / October 6, 2015 / Blog

Grand Jury Testimony Released In $150 Million Insurance Fraud, Patient Scam Conspiracy Case

Grand jury testimony was released to the public in a case prosecutors are calling, “one of the largest insurance fraud schemes in California history.”  The testimony alleges a harrowing portrait of conspiracy, fraud, and flagrant and dangerous professional negligence, including, unnecessary surgery, surgery by non-surgeons, and insurance manipulation and fraud. 15 individuals are named in this insurance and medical malpractice fiasco.

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Daniel Lewis / October 6, 2015 / Blog

Uber Lawsuits: A Surge in Controversy Despite Growth & Popularity

Uber Lawsuits & Controversy

Uber is an extremely successful user-based “ride sharing” mobile application. The startup has risen meteorically over the past couple of years; the company could be worth as much as $50 billion.  The growth of the “sharing economy” however, has not been drama-free. Uber faces a slew of controversies and lawsuits that place it in an interesting position in the American political landscape.  The main thrust of the controversies associated with the company revolve around labor and regulatory concerns.  It has become a hot-button topic that politicians are beginning to comment on, and the outcomes of these conflicts will likely have far-reaching consequences.  Here is a brief rundown of some of the recent conflicts and controversies the company faces:

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Muammar Reed / August 18, 2015 / Blog

Muammar Reed / August 18, 2015 / Blog

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