Tuesday night, we brought you the story of the viral video showing the violent arrest of 18-year-old Genele Laird outside of East Towne Mall.
We also reported on her family’s trek to gather in Madison while she awaited a hearing, and on her release and the DA’s decision to opt for community restorative justice rather than filing felony charges.
And here’s what you didn’t see in any other mainstream media outlets:
- Leaders in the African American community met to seek answers and demand action
- Former Madison Police Chief David Couper called the actions of the officers “not appropriate,” and said the officers were “trained wrong”
- Prominent organizations made powerful statements, including AKA, Deltas and Centro Hispano
- Columnist Matt Braunginn called on the community to “say her name”
We will continue to work on this story, and to keep you informed on the relationship between the community and the police.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reported on the ongoing hunger strike against solitary confinement at state prisons, as prison officials have begun force-feeding inmates.
Amber Walker spoke with KéNisha Ruff about her various fashion and style enterprises.
Columnist Sabrina Madison wrote about the experience of Black mothers and their pursuit of happiness.
Rev. David Hart examined the problems with praying for failure.
In other news…
The former suburban Dallas police officer who wrestled a 15-year-old African American girl to the ground at a pool party will not face charges.
The Root analyst Jason Johnson explained how the “Brexit” was all about race.
At the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, there was buzz about the possibility of the first Latino Vice President.
Black Lives Matter dropped out of the San Francisco Pride Parade, citing increased police presence.
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