Accused Charleston Shooter Requests Bench Trial

Dylann Roof, who is accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, has reportedly requested a bench trial.

Michael Dunn Appeals Conviction in Murder of Jordan Davis

Michael Dunn, the Florida man who was convicted of murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville gas station in November 2012, is seeking to have his convictions and life sentence overturned, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Murder Trial of Van Driver in Freddie Gray Case Set to Begin

Caesar Goodson Jr., the police van driver facing charges that include second-degree murder in the Freddie Gray case, will have his day in court Thursday.

Black Man Wrongfully Convicted of Rape Laments Disparity with Stanford Student's Sentence

A 20-year-old Stanford swimmer's six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman last year has much of the country up in arms — including a black former high school football player wrongly convicted of rape as a teen, ...

Racially Profiled Latinos to be Paid for Unlawful Detention

Hundreds of Latinos who were racially profiled and detained illegally in Arizona may soon be compensated for every minute they spent in custody.

Violence: Newest Threat in NYC Schools

Teachers do get hurt. But what about the violence that they commit?

Supreme Court Finds Prosecutors Selected All-White Jury to Convict Black Suspect

The U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled in favor of a Black Georgia death row inmate convicted in 1987 of murdering an elderly white woman, finding that prosecutors unlawfully excluded Black jurors in selecting an all-white jury.

Louisiana Extends Hate-Crime Protections to Police

Louisiana on Thursday became the first state in the nation to include law enforcement officers as a protected class under hate-crime law, treating attacks on public safety workers the same as attacks motivated by race, religion, gender identity or sexual ...

The Essence of the New Black History Museum Is the True American Story

When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in September, Lonnie Bunch, the museum's founding director, said that it will not only tell us a great deal of information about Black folks, but "it will tell us ...

Black Girls in School-To-Prison Pipeline Examined

Last month, dozens of Black women convened to have a conversation about the scary and often overlooked fact that Black girls are too a part of the school-to-prison pipeline.

For Pepco/Exelon Execs, Actions Speak Volumes

Executives from Pepco and Exelon met with the editorial board of The Washington Informer on May 19 to discuss their strategies and plans as they continue to roll out initiatives linked to the recent merger between the two companies that ...

Following Officer's Acquittal, Mosby Faces Uphill Climb

The acquittal of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray has sparked a new round of criticism of the city's top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, who detractors say rushed to judgment in the case.

GOP Senator: U.S. Has an 'Under-Incarceration Problem'

The war on drugs of the 1980s and mandatory minimum sentences have both contributed to the United States comprising approximately 25 percent of the world's prison population — despite representing about 5 percent of the world's total population.

Racial Resentment Clearly Motivates Trump Supporters: Study

Trump supporters are more likely to be motivated by racial resentment and hate — more so than whites who support other Republican candidates, according to political scientists who say voter data proves it.

Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero Acquitted of Freddie Gray Death

A Maryland judge acquitted Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray on Monday.