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Benjamin Crump endorses Hillary Clinton

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A high-profile Tallahassee attorney has endorsed Hillary Clinton. According to BuzzFeed News, Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, is backing Clinton in the presidential race. Crump is expected to talk to South Carolina voters about Clinton’s record, according to Politico. Crump, according to BuzzFeed News, introduced Clinton at the National Bar Association’s event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He is also among civil rights leaders set to…

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Today on Context Florida: A memorable year for black America, KISS and combating fraud

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Today on Context Florida: With the passage of 2015, Chris Timmons notes that it was a memorable year in black America. From Michael Brown to Eric Garner to Sandra Bland to Tamir Race, the story of police brutality remained a constant in the news, a story more complex than either Fox News or the Black Lives Matter movement would have us believe. There was also Bill Cosby’s fall from grace, the thwarted redemption of NFL player Ray Rice and the rise…

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Missouri football players pressure school leaders over race

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Student protests over the way leaders of the University of Missouri have responded to racial incidents on campus escalated dramatically over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they will not participate in team activities until the school’s president is removed. Head coach Gary Pinkel promptly expressed solidarity with the players Sunday on Twitter by posting a picture of the team and coaches locking arms. The tweet read: “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.31.15 — Whose lives matter?

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Greetings from the Extended Stay America motel in Fort Lauderdale, just a few blocks from the Fort Lauderdale/Broward CountyConvention Center. That’s where three of the Democrats running for president: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley — will be addressing the thousands gathered at the National Urban League’s annual meeting. The event comes a couple of weeks after Sanders and O’Malley were bum-rushed by some #BlackLivesMatter activists at the NetRoots Nation conference in Phoenix, causing some tension between the establishment…

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Benjamin Crump sworn in as National Bar Association president

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National civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump was sworn in as the 73rd president of the National Bar Association on Thursday. The 45-year-old FSU law school graduate is known for representing relatives of individuals whose rights were allegedly violated by police. The NBA, founded in 1925, calls itself the biggest and oldest voluntary professional membership organization for African-American attorneys and judges, with over 20,000 members. “My vision for the NBA this year is simple,” said Crump, as was first reported by…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.3.15 — Could rising crime become a political issue in 2015?

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At Rick Scott’s cattle call in Orlando yesterday (I refuse to call it the Happiest Place on the Earth), the six (potential) presidential candidates were told by the governor to stick to the economy, so the only time they could speak about other issues was generally if they came before reporters after their session on stage. But as news from the Tampa Police Department continued to trickle in on 14-year-old Edward Harris’ death on Sunday, I began to contemplate the…

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ACLU & other groups now oppose police body camera bill in Tallahassee

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After the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of law enforcement agencies last year, there was a nationwide clamor for police officers to begin wearing body cameras as a way to provide transparency and accountability for both the police and the citizenry. President Obama announced $263 million in funding for law enforcement agencies to buy body-worn cameras and improve training, and police departments throughout the Tampa Bay area said they would begin implementing their usage as well.…

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