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All Charges Dismissed Against 15 Black Men Who Were Framed By Chicago Police

Chicago, IL — The Cook County State’s Attorney in Illinois has dropped all charges against 15 men who combined had 18 convictions. All of them were convicted in 2003 to 2008 for drug crimes that they say that local police framed them for.

The men, all African-American, allege that former police Sgt. Ronald Watts and his team of officers planted the drugs on them, and then falsified police reports.

Leonard Gibson, one of the men exonerated, told reporters that Watts threatened them if they didn’t pay him a so-called “protection tax”. Gibson comments, “If you’re not gonna pay Watts, you were going to jail.” And Gibson did serve 2 years in jail. He says when he was released from prison, Watts tried to put another case on him.

Joshua Tepfer of the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago says that the officers targeted low income Black men who lived in South Side housing projects. He even said that others in command at the Chicago Police Department knew what was going on, but did nothing to stop it.

“This corruption was covered up by the highest levels of the Chicago Police Department,” Tepfer said. “It was swept under the rug.”

Meanwhile, the 15 men and Tepfer all feel that justice has not been fully served. Sgt. Watts and another officer were convicted, served less than 3 years, and are now free. Even worse, as many as seven others officers were never been charged and are still working on the force.

Watch the CNN coverage below:

21Nov
Techno

Technology: BLACK-OWNED IT FIRM EXPANDS THEIR SERVICES TO THE BALTIMORE AREA

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — DC Area Tech Solutions, a Black-owned tech firm in the immediate Washington DC area has announced that they are expanding their services to the Baltimore, MD area....

18Nov
Black & Missing

Black & Missing: Maurisha Brenae Davis

Maurisha Brenae Davis Case Type: Endangered DOB: Jan 01, 2001 Missing Date: Mar 01, 2014 Age Now: 16 Missing City: Temple Hills Missing State: MD Case Number: x Gender: Female Race: Black...

17Nov
Indie SoulVideos

Indie Soul Magazine Video Spotlight: K’Valentine “Family” (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

“Family” by K’Valentine Track Produced by Dave West Video Directed by Cam Be http://kvalentine.com/ https://soundcloud.com/kvalentine1 https://twitter.com/itskvalentine...

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Events

Black PR Wire) SAVE THE DATE: Join us at the Power Rising Summit in Atlanta, GA: February 22-25, 2018

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17Nov
Health

Health: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE REDEFINED FOR FIRST TIME IN 14 YEARS: 130 IS THE NEW HIGH

  Highlights: * High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for the diastolic measurement. That is...

17Nov
Indie SoulVideos

Indie Soul Magazine Video Spotlight: Brave Williams – U Tried It

Brave will release her debut album “Brave Williams” (BraveNewWorld/Empire) in the spring of 2018. The first release from the upcoming album is a Hip-Hop/R&B piano driven record called “U Tried...

16Nov
HBCU SPORTS

HBCU Sports: 2017 SWAC Volleyball Tournament Central

About the Tournament  The 2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s volleyball tournament will take place Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19 on the campus of Jackson State...

16Nov
HBCU News

(BPRW) Twenty-Two HBCU Dance Teams Go Head to Head for the Chance to Win $25,000 in the #RadiantDanceOff Contest

Online Dance Competition Proves Women Can Dance and Feel Radiant, Any Day of the Month (Black PR Wire) Every weekend hundreds of college women participate as dancers in high energy marching bands across...

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Entertainment

(BPRW) Cedric the Entertainer: Using Laughter to Build Character

Tomorrow, Cedric the Entertainer offers fans a rare glimpse into his private life, detailing his passion for helping kids, how his faith impacts his comedy, and revealing how close friends like Steve...

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