FROM Melina Abdullah
Do Black Lives Matter? Two Police Shootings of Black Men Go Viral It seems like there has been a never ending stream of reports of black people killed by police over the last few years. In just 48 hours, videos of two more black men fatally shot by cops have gone viral. First, Alton Sterling was shot multiple times by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday night. Two videos of that shooting were posted online. Then, Philando Castile was shot by police Wednesday during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed on Facebook the moments after he was shot. Where do we go from here? How does the Black Lives Matter movement move forward?
Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down Mayor’s Community Meeting Black Lives Matter protesters shouted and turned their backs on Mayor Garcetti at a community meeting held last night at the Holman United Methodist Church in South LA. The meeting was meant to help improve the mayor’s relationship with the community there. The meeting was shut down early.
A Decision — but No Final Verdict — in the Killing of Ezell Ford It's been ten months since Ezell Ford was shot and killed by two officers of the LAPD. He was an unarmed, mentally ill black man. But much about the incident has still not been made public. Yesterday, the civilian Police Commission over-ruled both Chief Charlie Beck and its own Inspector General by voting unanimously that both officers were wrong to draw their weapons and that one was wrong to pull the trigger. Police President Steve Soboroff explained that's as far as the Commission can go.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.