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another and another and …: Isaiah Brown (VA) is in intensive care with 10 bullets in him after a deputy shot him when a cordless house phone was reportedly mistaken for a gun ; Andrew Brown (N.C) was shot five times, including the back of his head, while deputies served a warrant. AP (April 24 & 27, 2021)
buckle up: The Department of Justice is investigating Minneapolis police for patterns of use of force after the murder of Floyd, and the Louisville police will be investigated as well after the killing of Breonna Taylor. NPR (April 21, 2021) New York Times (April 26, 2021)
Floyd: The conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd does not stop the flood of anti-black violence by law enforcement - what vital role did bystanders play in the conviction. Prism (April 21, 2021)
shaky ground: CoreCivic is slated to build three new private prisons for AL, but funds are on shaky ground after shareholders sued and settled for $56 million. Firms are pulling out of backing the new prisons. AL Reporter(April 20, 2021)
carrying the burden: Police brutality is a reproductive issue with long lasting impacts on the community. 19th News (April 21, 2021 )
who’s keeping track: Oklahoma could have tracked jail data, but it didn’t so there is no total number of incarcerated people who died or caught covid. KYCIR (April 19, 2021)
price tag: Arizona’s failure to provide health care to people in its prisons could cost the state, most recently, up to $23 million. AP (April 16, 2021)
setup to fail: “Abuse and Lack of Transparency Fuel Vaccine Mistrust in ICE Jails.” Truthout (April 25, 2021)
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