Over the past few years the United States of America has become embroiled in controversy over the issue of racially-charged police brutality.
A series of well publicized shootings of unarmed African-Americans by law enforcement, done with apparent legal impunity, have prompted protests across the nation.
Entities like the Black Lives Matter movement have argued that race-based police brutality is a pervasive problem throughout American law enforcement. more >>
BATON ROUGE, La. — The black U.S. Marine Corps veteran who shot dead three police officers in Louisiana's capital planned his attack for days and then assassinated the men, police said on Monday, as the United States reeled from the latest deadly shooting involving police and African-Americans.
One of three officers wounded in Sunday's shootings was hit in the head and stomach and was fighting for his life, police said at a news conference in Baton Rouge, which has been the scene of repeated protests against police violence after the July 5 fatal shooting by officers of Alton Sterling, a black man, outside a convenience store.
"There is no doubt whatsoever that these officers were intentionally targeted and assassinated," Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson said at the news conference. "It was a calculated act against those who work to protect this community every single day." more >>
UPDATE: 5:15 PM ET, JULY 17: President Barack Obama on Sunday strongly condemned the shootings in Baton Rouge that killed three police officers and wounded three others, saying there was "no justification" for the violence.
"We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: There is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one," Obama said in a statement.
Obama added that he has offered the "full support of the federal government" to Louisiana's governor, Baton Rouge's mayor and local law enforcement. "Justice will be done," he said. more >>
That week represented one of the darkest series of events I remember in my lifetime. First on Tuesday, police in Baton Rouge, La., shot Alton Sterling to death. Two days later, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer after being pulled over for a busted headlight in Minnesota. His death was streamed live on Facebook by his fiancé.
The next day, a peaceful protest was organized in concert with the local police, where heartbroken Americans gathered in downtown Dallas to mourn and voice their objection to the horrific violence. As the rally reached its ending point, a sniper opened fire at the crowd, specifically targeting white cops. By the end of the night five police officers were dead and seven others wounded, making Thursday night the deadliest event for law enforcement since 9/11.
The violence in our nation is spiraling out of control, and we need answers; because it's in these times of extreme tragedy the worst and best in people comes out. more >>
Outspoken Christian rapper Lecrae is making waves once again by voicing his thoughts on race relations in America. This time the music artist is taking on other Christians who believe he shouldn't use his platform to talk about race, and instead focus solely on spreading the Gospel.
In an Instagram message posted last Thursday, Lecrae included a photo that read: "I Won't Keep Calm I Have a Black Son," and spoke directly to Christians who try to steer clear of addressing the nation's growing racial tensions.
"Christians saying that 'preaching the gospel is all we need' ignore how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems," Lecrae wrote. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has said it was "just a matter of time" after news broke that a man who identifies as a woman was caught videotaping an 18-year-old girl undressing in a Target stall in Idaho.
"I told you so, it was just a matter of time. Target is putting their customers at risk — and their shareholders. I wouldn't be surprised if people started dumping their stock, and they should," Graham said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
He linked to a story reported by East Idaho News in which the transgendered woman, Sean Smith, was charged with with one felony count of video voyeurism. Smith reportedly held an iPhone over the top of the barrier of an adjacent fitting room at a Target stall, while the teenager was trying out a bathing suit. more >>