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Police Shootings and ISIS

America is fighting in two wars against ISIS. One war involves guns, bombs, and drones. The other is an information war. It is a war to persuade those regular people on the other side to reject pressure to fight against America. This war to win the hearts-and-minds of those on the other side relies on showing which side is better. America is losing that war due, in part, to police-involved civilian shootings.

Loretta Lynch: U.S. Attorney General

Loretta E. Lynch, 55, has made history. She is the 83rd U.S. Attorney General, confirmed 56-43.

Lynch knew she was placing herself in the cross-hairs of a political battle. With little time and a long docket, she must prove herself in the midst of a storm.

Selma's Forgotten Soldiers (of Lowndes County)

By: Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
AANIC Correspondent

Driving the dark highway to Selma, Ala., I met forgotten heroes of the voting rights movement. It was the night before President Barack Obama’s arrival. I was driving toward that infamous bridge when a small church, on the side of Highway 80, pulled me from the road. This part of Lowndes County, Ala., is known for farming, poverty, religion, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It should be remembered for playing a crucial role in civil rights history.

NAACP Office Bombed, Anti-Black Hate Crimes on Rise

By Gloria Browne-Marshall
AANIC Correspondent

The NAACP office was bombed in Colorado Springs, Colo. On Jan. 6 a device was placed near the NAACP office. Attacks on African-Americans have increased during Barack Obama’s presidency.

No one was hurt in the Colorado attack. But, FBI Special Agent Thomas Ravenelle said, “I’m not going to be naïve, I know what the NAACP means to some extremists in this country.” The device, considered unsophisticated by police, did not fully ignite. But, there was an explosion and minor damage.

Supreme Court Excuses Cop’s Ignorance of the Law, Sotomayor Finds Fault in Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court may have added fuel to the existing fire involving police. At a time when public trust in policing is falling to its nadir, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may have added fuel to the fire. During the week of Dec. 14, the Court ruled in Heien v. North Carolina that ignorance of the law is excusable – but only for police. Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagreed.

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