September 18, 2018

Air Force captain, wife among dozen suing St. Louis police over brutal 2017 protester beatings

St. Louis police now face more than a dozen separate lawsuits from civilians beaten, pepper-sprayed, and verbally abused by officers in 2017 after a fellow cop was controversially acquitted of murder. Twelve new suits were filed in the case Monday, one year on from the night that residents rallied in protest of a judge’s finding […]
September 15, 2018

Decade on from Wall Street crash, working stiffs are still getting screwed by the plutocrat’s casino

Ten years after Lehman Brothers collapsed and the absurd lies of the multi-trillion-dollar “derivatives” market in which it played began to corrode the entire global economy, the most famous name of the financial crisis is still a happy phrase for some people. It’s still making them billions of dollars. The vulture firms that zipped in […]
September 15, 2018

Dallas protesters express anger with investigation of officer who killed Botham Jean

Protesters marched through downtown Dallas and briefly closed an interstate bypass on Friday night while expressing anger over the killing of Botham Jean in his own home by an off-duty police officer, as details of the investigative methods employed by state police in the case prompt suspicion. Dozens carrying American flags and chanting Jean’s name […]
September 13, 2018

Racist, homophobic SF cops will likely be fired, after years-long court saga

A group of San Francisco police officers who’ve enjoyed roughly three years of paid leave while challenging their dismissals in court may finally be fired for sending reams of racist, homophobic texts to one another, judges decided Wednesday. The California Supreme Court declined to hear the officers’ case, opening the door for city police officials to […]
September 12, 2018

Trump team succeeds in freezing progress on health insurance enrollment, poverty

Years of progress on health insurance enrollment halted abruptly in 2017 as Trump administration officials intentionally unplugged the policy machines that pushed the uninsured rate below 10 percent over the previous half-decade. New Census Bureau figures on poverty released Wednesday show the uninsured rate held steady at 8.8 percent last year, marking the first failure to […]
September 10, 2018

Investigators charge Dallas cop with manslaughter, fight baseless web rumors in wrong-door slaying

Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger was arrested, charged with manslaughter, and released on bond over the weekend after killing a neighbor in his apartment on Thursday night. Guyger, 30, walked into Botham Jean’s flat believing it was her own after the end of her shift. The officer lives in a third-floor apartment at the Southside […]
September 8, 2018

Rahm Emanuel quits Chicago, but can the Democratic Party quit him?

On Tuesday, incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a surprise announcement: He would not, as many expected, seek a third term as mayor of Chicago. The shock announcement prompted radically different reactions. Working-class locals largely rejoiced at the news. The local business press, on the other hand, wore their frowns so tight that they risked […]
September 7, 2018

Dallas police seek homicide charge against one of their own after off-duty killing

Police in Dallas are seeking manslaughter charges against an unnamed colleague who walked into a neighbor’s apartment and killed him Thursday night. After initially treating the killing as an officer-involved shooting, investigators determined the woman was off duty when she walked into an apartment she thought was her own and shot 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean […]
September 7, 2018

Cities must stop arresting homeless people for sleeping outdoors, appeals court rules

A popular method for criminalizing homelessness is unconstitutional, the federal appeals court governing the western U.S. ruled this week. Cities cannot arrest or cite a person for sleeping outdoors unless it can prove it had a shelter bed or other indoor housing option available at the time, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found almost […]
September 6, 2018

New Catholic Church sex abuse inquiries come just three decades after first public accusations

Legal authorities in New York and New Jersey announced sweeping inquiries into sexual abuse committed or facilitated by employees of the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, just two-and-a-half years after Oscars voters lauded a film about journalists’ 2002 investigation into such abuses from the 1990s and earlier. Thursday’s investigations follow similar overtures from the attorneys […]