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Ignorace of the Law No Excuse for Police?

Like most people, Sergeant Matt Darisse believed driving with a broken tail light is against the law. He was wrong. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard if ignorance of the law is no excuse for police officers as well as private citizens. This is the first case of the Supreme Court’s new term.


U.S. Supreme Court, 2014

Muslim inmates sued to grow beards in Arkansas. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if they have a religious right to do so. That Court will also rule on Facebook threats and police practices, pension plans and death row executioners, voting rights and a White supremacist’s conviction. The Court selects about 200 cases from the thousands of requests it receives.


Constitution Day

September 17th is Constitution Day. Since African-Americans have worked so hard to make the promises in the Constitution a reality, they should use Constitution Day to mark their contributions to justice under law. But, most Americans never heard of Constitution Day.

On September 17, 1787, the date the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, Black civil rights activist Prince Hall was protesting the exclusion of free Black children from public schools in Boston. African-Americans had been, and would continue, fighting for their Constitutional rights.


Protest

Ferguson shows there is still power in protest. In Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds marched after the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, Black, and unarmed, by a White officer. Standing face-to-face with police in full riot gear, the Ferguson protesters tapped into the power of protest similar to the days of the Civil Rights era.


The Civil Rights Act – 50 Years Later

Many died. Millions suffered. On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. America expected great change. Fifty years later, there is a difference. But, some things may never change.


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