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9-7-2018: Dallas officer faces manslaughter charge for shooting man in apartment she thought was hers, police chief says
Editorial note: The sister of the convicted murder stated: 'I hope he gets what he deserves:' Key moments from Roy Oliver's sentencing phase.
8-29-2018: First a Confederate statue in Forest Park came down. Is the Christopher Columbus monument next?
8-20-2018: St. Louis agrees to stop forcing building inspections on occupants of houses raided by police
8-20-2018: 'I made it to see 17,' St. Louis teen posted on his birthday. An hour later, he was dead.
8-11-2018: South Florida Police Asked Not to Buy Dolphins Tickets After Players Protest During Anthem
Editorial note: Colin Kaepernick and his 49ers teammate Eric Reid said they choose to kneel (symbolizing a flag at half mast) during the anthem to call attention to the issues of racial inequality and police brutality. Police brutality exist and police who boycott because NFL players speaking out against oppression side with the oppressors. To parephrase Dr. Martin Luther King's, 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' – "You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Miami. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations.'
8-9-2018: Back to protesting! Players from five teams including the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks raise fists, take a knee or leave the field during national anthem at NFL preseason games
8-8-2018: Butler beats 38-year incumbent Carpenter, becomes city’s first black recorder of deeds and first millennial elected citywide
8-8-2018: Karla May upsets incumbent Jake Hummel, St. Louis will now have two black women state senators
Editorial note: An example of white privilege in the criminal justice system. As I read this, I couldn't imagine a black criminal getting a similar break with this sort of violent history.
8-6-2018: St. Louis mugshot website breaking law by seeking money to remove pictures, lawsuits claim
Editorial note: Missouri Revised Statutes 407.1150(2) states: "It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in publishing or otherwise disseminating criminal record information through a print or electronic medium to solicit or accept from a subject individual the payment of a fee or other consideration to remove or correct criminal record information."
8-2-2018: In Violation of Texas Law, Most High Schools Aren’t Giving Students the Chance to Register to Vote
Editorial note: Now that the presidence of allowing police to kill black people without accountability, it was just a matter of time that other groups would endure the same injustice. See our related post, http://court.rchp.com/first-they-came/
7-31-2018: Trump administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, judge rules
7-29-2018: Missouri Sheriff is charged with multiple felonies after he promoted his lover to run the county jail
7-26-2018: Latest officer arrested for DWI is 5th St. Louis County cop facing drunken driving case this year
7-25-2018: Georgia lawmaker who came under fire after yelling 'n-word' on 'Who Is America?' says he'll quit
7-24-2018: ‘This place is locked down’: Protestors get police to arrest gas station managers videotaped kicking woman
Editorial note: This is a much better use of funds then endless campaign tv commercials.
7-23-2018: Man won’t face charges after shooting father in Florida parking lot because of 'stand your ground' law
7-22-2018: Black owner of SF lemonade stand has police called on him while trying to open his business
Editiorial note: See our related post, "What hundreds of American Public LIbraries Owe to Carnegie's Disdain for Inherited Wealth". Article from Forbes – Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money
7-20-2018: Home Depot Reverses Course and Offers Employee Fired for Responding to Customer's Racist Rant His Job Back
7-16-2018: City of Clayton apologizes to 10 black Wash U students accused of leaving restaurant without paying
7-5-2018: Your judicial system – by design
Editorial note: In 2015, Court.rchp.com predicted that federal prosecution of gun crimes would be the new mass incarceration tool. Since white communities are being impacted by opiods, drugs could no longer be used as the main mass incarceration tool.
3-12-2018: Ex-professor embezzled $375,000 from Webster University institute. She got probation and an order to write a journal
Editorial note: Ironically, another Webster employee was sentenced for more than two years for the same crime years ago: St. Peters man sentenced for defrauding university
2-22-2018: You Realize Arming Teachers Is Going To Lead To Black Students Getting Murdered By Their Teacher, Right?
2-19-2018: Some Missouri lawmakers want to privatize the public defender system. For one county, it starts March 1
Editorial note: See our relate, Missouri Gun Law page.
2-16-2018: St. Louis police won't release kettle arrest video, citing federal grand jury investigation
2-11-2018: In the US, white supremacists have infiltrated police and military to get weapons training
2-10-2018: Sheriff recorded boasting after giving orders to kill unarmed man during slow-speed chase
2-9-2018: 'Poor People's Campaign' calls for thousands of cooks, cashiers to walk off jobs on Monday
2-8-2018: St. Louis city alderman receives threatening letter from KKK over flag honoring Black History Month
2-8-2018: Fake homeowners association files real liens on Northland neighborhood after fake bills go unpaid
Editorial note: See our related post: "COOKIE THORNTON – UNJUST REACTION TO AN UNJUST SYSTEM"
2-3-2018: The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year
Editorial note: Maybe Missouri should follow this example!
2-3-2018: A college degree isn't all it's cracked up to be, and many US workers are 'over-educated' relative to their jobs: The Economist
2-2-2018: Ruling halts St. Louis judge's removal of Circuit Attorney's Office from police shooting case
12-27-2017: 3 St. Louis officers won't be prosecuted in March shooting of man who pointed gun at police
12-8-2017: After 40 years, priest who used to be in the KKK finally apologized to couple he targeted in cross burning
12-6-2017: My taxes probably are going up. Are yours?
12-6-2017: Most open board seats were filled this year by women and minorities. That's the first time that's happened.
11-29-2017: Philando Castile's girlfriend to receive $800,000 settlement for emotional distress, false arrest
11-23-2017: Thanksgiving help for the homeless: 'We haven't seen numbers like this since the Great Depression'
Editorial note: With a prepaid meter, electricity is paid upfront. Once the prepaid amount is used up, power is cut-off until the customer is able to load the meter with more credits.”
11-19-2017: No money, no trolley: Loop Trolley Co. says it won't begin operations without another $500,000–
11-20-2017: Despite guilty plea, Vinita Park man sues Missouri trooper who shot him at St. Louis casino
11-17-2017: City Orders Tests at Pruitt-Igoe Site
11-16-2017: ArchCity Defenders sues to close Workhouse, claims violations of the First, Eighth and Fourteenth amendments
11-16-2017: Mail carriers accuse USPS of faking Amazon delivery records so customers don't get free stuff
11-13-2017: Heat, mold, rats and spiders: Former workhouse inmates sue St. Louis over 'hellish' conditions
11-13-2017: Tyrese Gibson to be his own attorney
11-9-2017: Whose polls? Whose police? Whose mayor?
11-8-2017: Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Relief
Editorial note: A combination of Tylenol and Advil worked just as well as opioids for relief of pain in the emergency room, a randomized trial has found.
Editorial note: See our related, "War is a Racket" page
11-7-2017: Mass. Trooper Sues Police Leaders After He Was Told To Alter Arrest Report Of Judge's Daughter
Editorial note: I'm certain police departments in the St. Louis area municipalities are also under reporting crime. There is a heroin epidemic where 90% of the addicts are white and mass shootings have reacted record setting levels. Drug addicts committ crimes to support their habbit. Heroin deaths have surpassed gun homicides and Norcan is being used to revive addicts who overdose, so those with the worst addiction are living longer and most likely committing a greater number of crimes. However, there is almost no mention of a major increase in crime in white communities, but common sense dictates must exist.
11-4-2017: Woman went to St. Louis courthouse to stab judge who ordered her car repossessed, police say
Editorial note: See our related post, "Protest Minus Disruption or Violence Equals Failure".
10-31-2017: Utah nurse reaches $500,000 settlement in dispute over her arrest for blocking cop from drawing blood from patient
Editorial note: When the victim is White – WOW! This incident just happened three months ago on July 26, 2017. The cop was wrong, however, she was not tased, thrown to the ground, punched or shot as many black victims have been who were also captured on video. Video of the incident is below.
In contrast, the City of St. Louis settled a wrongful death civil rights suit for $900,000 with the family of Anthony Lamar Smith, killed by St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, but was found not guilty by a retiring judge. This is why protesters are still active in the City of St. Louis. Until justice is served on a regular basis regarding police brutality, these sort of protest should happen all over the country. How can you be outraged about what happened to this nurse, but not when a similar action results in deaths, especially kids.
10-28-2017: St. Louis municipal court limits cash bail
Editorial note: Check out, "The Importance of Jury Duty" and "Jury Nullification: The Top Secret Constitutional Right".
10-26-2017: Black protesting not open for white approval
10-25-2017: Trump Administration Labels Blacks Concerned About Police Brutality as Potential Terrorists
Editorial note: See related "FBI War on Black America" on our US Government Discrimination page.
10-23-2017: ‘Pepper spray is the new firehose’: ACLU, city debate the legality of police actions at injunction hearing
10-23-2017: ‘My heart cries on the inside’: Families of those killed by police get emotional during protester in die-in
10-20-2017: 86-year-old in intensive care after Kingstree police used Taser against unarmed black motorist
10-20-2017: Wannabe Tulsa, Okla., Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Released From Prison After Serving Less Than Half His 4-Year Sentence
Editorial note: Black protester hugs white nationalist and asks "why do you hate me"? After a pause the response was, "I don't know". "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." – Martin Luther King, Jr.
10-19-2017: Judge: Testimony about St. Louis police conduct during recent protests 'very, very concerning'
10-19-2017: Missouri v. Celia, a Slave: She killed the white master raping her, then claimed self-defense
10-17-2017: Missouri appeals court tosses out $72 million dollar Johnson & Johnson talcum powder verdict
10-18-2017: Remembering Dick Gregory
10-17-2017: LAPD becomes nation's largest police department to test drones after oversight panel signs off on controversial program
10-17-2017: St. Louis and St. Louis County libraries partner to offer online high school degree program
10-17-2017: No Aaron Rodgers? Packers fans start a petition for the perfect replacement — Colin Kaepernick
Editorial note: Missouri is one of the nine states.
10-16-2017: Georgia Supreme Court rules police cannot compel drivers suspected of DUI to take a breathalyzer
10-13-2017: Louisiana sheriff argues against releasing 'good' prisoners needed for money-saving menial labour
10-12-2017: White manager accused of enslaving black worker at Conway restaurant is charged in civil rights case
10-10-2017: NFL owners to consider rule change that would require players to stand for national anthem: Report
10-10-2017: New video released by Detroit police shows off-duty officer using baton during arrest at Meijer
Editorial note: Even when the police officer is black, excessive force should never be excused. However, black cops seem to always be held accountable when the victim is white, but black victims rarely receive justice. This needs to end and the peaceful St. Louis protest in response to Officer Stockley's acquittal is a step in the right direction. Only disruption will cause any meaningful change. If people with the power to change things aren't negatively affected, why would they bother to change things?
Editorial note: See our related post, "Columbus Day: Celebrating Slavery & Genocide."
Editorial note: See related "FBI War on Black America" on our US Government Discrimination page.
10-5-2017: On the streets: Medical discharge from hospital is no ticket into St. Louis' new Biddle House shelter
Editorial note: See our related post, "St. Louis – A Heartless City"
10-4-2017: ‘Eminent Domain/Displaced’ opens at The Griot, sheds light on black neighborhoods lost to redevelopment
10-3-2017: Prosecutor wants independent team to lead investigations into all St. Louis police shootings
10-3-2017: Protesters canvass North side to lend support through voter registration, community resources
10-1-2017: CONVICTED, BUT STILL POLICING
Editorial note: Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state.
10-1-2017: On-duty NYPD officers 'handcuffed 17-year-old girl, took her to deserted spot and raped her'
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