Tag Archives: civil rights

‘Flipping the bird’ at police: Crime or free speech?

Mark May, a self-employed carpet cleaner from rural western Indiana, was driving his car through the town of Terre Haute on Aug. 17 when he spotted an Indiana State Police patrol car zooming up from behind. As May slowed at ...

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Litigation ban leaves civil rights center future in question

Protesters gather outside during the University of North Carolina Board of Governors meeting in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The policymaking board of the UNC system voted overwhelmingly Friday to ban litigation by the UNC Center for Civil Rights, which handles issues such as school desegregation and environmental justice. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The civil rights center at the University of North Carolina that helps the poor and disenfranchised can no longer litigate cases — a move that supporters say jeopardizes the center’s future. The policy-making board of the ...

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Civil rights violations alleged in pro se complaint

A Chili man has filed a lawsuit pro se against Monroe County, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and six deputies and officers for an arrest that was subsequently dismissed in town court, where the man also represented himself. Michael Rech ...

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Court: Discrimination against gay workers not prohibited

ATLANTA — In a setback for gay rights advocates who had hoped for an expansion of workplace discrimination protections, a federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled that employers aren’t prohibited from discriminating against employees because of sexual orientation. A ...

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Trump could reshape Justice Department’s civil rights focus

Donald Trump.

  WASHINGTON — A Donald Trump administration could radically reshape the Justice Department, particularly civil rights efforts that became one of its most pressing and high-profile priorities over the past eight years. The department, under the Obama administration and the ...

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Famed civil rights protesters have convictions erased

The Rev. W. T. "Dub" Massey, right, and Willie McLeod, left, pose at the counter where they were among the Friendship Nine, who were jailed during 1960s civil rights sit-ins at what is now called the Old Town Bistro in Rock Hill, S.C., in this 2009 file photo. Today, a prosecutor is expected to ask a judge to vacate the arrests and convictions of the eight Friendship Junior College students and a civil rights organizer. AP Images

UPDATE:   ROCK HILL, S.C. — The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom. ...

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Convict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won’t confess

Frank Morris

PARCHMAN, Miss. — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in ...

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