Screaming Without Vocal Cords: Many Black Men Are Falsely Accused and Silenced

The revelation last week by the Innocence Project and American Civil Liberties Union that DNA and fingerprint evidence did not match Ledell Lee, a Black man executed in 2017 for the murder of a white woman, is part of a larger issue that we rarely discuss.  Too many Black men face false accusations without true redemption or justice. With all the protests for police and judicial reform, the rising issue of false accusations is buried in our conversations and focus on addressing blue bravado and the immunities afforded to prosecutors,…

Department Of Justice to Investigate the Louisville Police Department After The Killing Of Breonna Taylor

Today the DOJ announced that it is opening a civil investigation into the shooting and killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that the federal “pattern or practice” probe will begin exploring whether a culture of prejudicial practices and abusive and unlawful tactics have been pervasive in the Louisville Police Department. Taylor’s death sparked an uprising in Louisville and throughout the country in 2020 and she has yet to have justice for her death after Attorney General Daniel Cameron failed to charge or present evidence…

The Criminalization of the Invisible Black Woman

By: Zakiya Sankara-Jabar On Feb. 11, Shaina Bell, 24, went to her job at Little Caesars, down the street from the motel she and her three children stayed at in Ohio. Bell left her children, the oldest 9 years old, in the room, and later that night, she was arrested. The charge against Bell was two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. If you ask me, the real crime Bell was arrested for was being a Black, working-poor woman in America. Americans like Bell are being forced to work in a…