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Family Says North Carolina Teen’s Hanging Death Was A Lynching

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The family of North Carolina high school student Lennon Lacy, whose death this summer was ruled a suicide by a state medical examiner, is now saying they believe the 17-year-old was murdered.

Lennon Lacy’s body was found hanging from a wooden swing set in a mobile home park near his home in August. The state’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Deborah Radisch, conducted an autopsy and declared his death a suicide based on information she was given by law enforcement and a local medical examiner. However, Lacy’s family is now expressing concerns that the teenager did not take his own life.

He may have either been strangled somewhere else or been placed there, or he was hung there while people were around watching him die,” Lennon’s older brother, Pierre Lacy, told CNN this week.

Lacy’s mother, Claudia, believes her son was the victim of foul play and that he “didn’t do this to himself.” She wants evidence of the events that led up to and caused his death. When asked by CNN if she believed his death was a lynching, she said yes.

“That’s all I’ve ever asked for: what is due, owed rightfully to me and my family — justice. Prove to me what happened to my child,” Lacy said.

The FBI announced Friday that it is opening an investigation into Lacy’s death.

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Michael Brown’s Father Expresses Solidarity With Bay Area Protesters


Michael Brown’s father spoke in San Francisco on Monday evening, where he urged students to get an education and told of his own recently learned lessons on police violence.

“It really didn’t hit hard until it hit my own backyard,” Michael Brown Sr. said about the killing of his unarmed son in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Weeks of protest in the Bay Area since a Missouri grand jury decided on Nov. 24 not to indict former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting the 18-year-old lured Brown Sr. to San Francisco to express gratitude for the support and to show solidarity with demonstrators and students.

“I’m real tired of our kids getting misused and abused,” Brown told several hundred people at Mission High School. “I’m here to stand, stand strong, with you all to make a change.”

On Sunday, Brown sent a similar message at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Brown’s trip to the West Coast shows his growing role as a public voice of opposition to police violence against minorities.

“Somebody’s got to stand up and take a stand,” Brown said in brief remarks, wearing a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap and a T-shirt with photos of his son. “It’s my job and my duty to stand for all of us.”

In response to questions from the audience later, Brown called for outfitting all police with cameras.

Monday’s event was organized by Mission High School’s Black Student Union with assistance from the local NAACP chapter, according to a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Unified School District.

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This Is What It Looks Like When New York City Erupts With Cries For Justice

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Demonstrators flooded New York City’s streets Saturday afternoon and into the evening, swarming the NYPD headquarters and demanding an end to racial injustices across America. More than 50,000 individuals joined the protests, according to some estimates.

“For over three hours we marched throughout Manhattan with the survivors of police brutality and homicide,” said Synead Nichols, who founded the event, Millions March NYC, in a statement. Tens of thousands of others joined similar demonstrations throughout the nation Saturday, including in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver and an equally-massive rally in Washington, D.C.

“They marched because their sons and daughters will never be able to march again,” Nichols added. “Together we peacefully demonstrated that NYC, and people in cities across the country, will not stand for a police system that shoots to kill with no accountability. This is only the beginning.”

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Tamir Rice’s Death Declared A Homicide


The death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police in November has been formally ruled a homicide, according to a Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report released on Friday that found he was struck once in the abdomen.

Tamir Rice, who was black, was shot on Nov. 22 by police responding to a call of a suspect waving a handgun around in a Cleveland park. The weapon turned out to be a replica that typically fires plastic pellets. He died the next day.

The autopsy report said that Rice sustained a single wound to the left side of his abdomen that traveled from front to back and lodged in his pelvis.

The shooting came at a time of heightened national scrutiny of police use of force and two days before a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.

Rice was shot less than two seconds after the police car pulled up beside him in the park, police have said. They also released a security video of Rice in the park before and during the shooting.

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Medical students from more than 70 schools on Wednesday protested racial profiling and police brutality through the social media initiative #WhiteCoats4BlackLives.

Hundreds of medical students wore white coats at “die-ins” and other protests on campuses to spotlight racial bias as a public health issue.

The medical students joined others who have demonstrated since grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City declined to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men. Some of the protests have involved students, including those in high schools, colleges and Ivy league schools.

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Teen Nobel Prize winner Malala’s bloodied school uniform on display


For the first time since she was attacked two years ago, the world can now see the uniform that teenager Malala Yousafzai wore when she was shot in the head by the Taliban.

Malala, 17, has authorized the public display of the bloodied uniform, which includes a blouse, trousers and head scarf. It’s part of an exhibit at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, where she will be receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday.

The Pakistani teen is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. She shares this year’s award with Kailash Satyarthi of India, who was also honored for fighting against the oppression of children and working for children’s right to education.

By the time she was 15 years old, Malala had already become an outspoken activist for girls’ right to education.

But the Taliban, who were trying to push girls out of classrooms, had a formidable grip on northwestern Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

On October 9, 2012, Taliban gunmen tracked down her school bus. They asked where Malala was. Her classmates, under threat, pointed her out.

Malala was shot in the head.

She was hospitalized in critical condition, unresponsive for three days.

Eventually, doctors put Malala in a medically induced coma so an air ambulance could fly her from Pakistan to Britain for treatment. She recovered and continued her activism for girls’ right to education — despite more death threats from the Taliban.

“They can only shoot my body,” Malala told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “They cannot shoot my dreams.”

While she hasn’t returned to Pakistan since her shooting, Malala has doubled down on her efforts to improve education for girls around the world, including writing a memoir and making highly publicized trips to Syria and Nigeria.

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7-year-old Violin Prodigy Leah Flynn Hopes To Bring Peace To Ferguson Through Music


Meet Leah Flynn, a pint-sized violin prodigy with a heart of gold.

At just 7-years-old, Leah has become an extraordinary violinist whose recorded performances have already amassed more than 43,000 views on You Tube.

However, Leah recently made it her mission to reach beyond her online audience and hoped to play for residents she felt could truly benefit from her inspiring performance.

After watching the news a few weeks ago, Leah — who currently lives in Sanford, Florida with her family — wanted to travel to Ferguson, Missouri with hopes that her music would help bring peace to a city that has faced much controversy as of late.

“She asked me what was going on and I explained it to her she was very unhappy and concerned and she said those people are so sad,” Leah’s mother, Paula Flynn, told The Huffington Post referring to the ongoing protests in Ferguson following 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death.

Leah and her mother sent a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Police Chief Thomas Jackson expressing her interest to perform for the city of Ferguson. While their offer was declined, St. Louis’ Fox 2 News welcomed the ladies to their show on Thursday and invited Leah to play for Missouri residents during a televised segment. The local CBS radio affiliate also extended an invitation.

During her performance, Leah played three songs: “The Prayer,” “Amazing Grace” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

Leah has been playing the violin for two years and practices daily for one to two hours. Her father is also an experienced musician, who taught Leah many of the songs she has mastered.

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