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September 2016 Archives

Protests against police brutality in Charlotte, NC & Tulsa, OK

Protests against police brutality intensified in Charlotte, North Carolina and continued in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week following the deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher. Scott, an African-American father of seven, was killed by police while they searched his North Carolina apartment complex for a different man named in a warrant they were attempting to serve. 40-year-old Crutcher, also black, was shot and killed by police while waiting on the side of the road next to his broken-down car in Oklahoma.

Refusal to stand for the national anthem & the 1st Amendment

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem has garnered widespread media attention over the past month. Fellow athletes have followed suit in solidarity, and the movement has even spread to high school football players. In a few states such as New Jersey, Alabama, and Massachusetts, students' refusal to stand during the national anthem has been met with harassment, threats, and in some cases disciplinary measures from school administrators. Can a school legally punish a student for exercising his or her First Amendment right to protest?

Wells Fargo bank employees created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts

Wells Fargo has come under fire after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported last week that since 2011, bank employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts. Wells Fargo confirmed to CNN that 5,300 employees had been fired over several years related to the fraudulent accounts.

15-month-old son of MMA fighters killed by drunk driver

Liam Kowal, the 15-month-old son of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and Mishel Eder, died last week after an alleged drunk driver hit the toddler in a Hawthorne crosswalk. One day after the accident, doctors declared Liam brain dead, at which point Kowal and Eder decided to take the boy off life support so that his organs could be donated.