#FBI And The U.S. Attorney’s Office Have Opened A Civil Rights Investigation Into The #AssaultAtSpringValleyHighFallout from the assault at Spring Valley High School continues to mount. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have opened a Civil Rights investigation into the brutal slamming of the teenaged African American girl. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott claims that is a third video which shows the teen taking a swing at Ben Fields.Pres. Obama Addresses Fairness In Policing And The “Ferguson Effect” At The Police Chiefs ConferenceWhile addressing the International Association of Chiefs of Police during an appearance in Chicago Tuesday, President Barack Obama declared that law enforcement often gets “scapegoated” for failures in society and the criminal justice system.On Wednesday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discussed Mr. Obama’s remarks about police fairness and the “Ferguson Effect.”New Studies Detail The Dangers Of #WalkingWhileBlack & #DrivingWhileBlack In America
On Wednesday, Roland Martin, Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson, and the NewsOne Now panel discussed the findings of the two studies, which highlight the risks of living while Black in the United States.
NEWSONE NOW EXCLUSIVE: Is Big Brother After #BlackLivesMatter?
The United States government has a long history of spying on and targeting groups they feel are potentially dangerous. Proof of this can be found in records documenting the FBI’s COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) efforts.
Now the question is, are government officials targeting and spying on the Black Lives Matter movement?
Evidence of the Department of Homeland Security spying on Black Lives Matter activists was recently discovered. Activist group Color of Change has filed an official Freedom of Information Act request to obtain documentation of the government’s surveillance activity.
On Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin asked Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change, what led the organization to ascertain documentation about Black activists was being surveilled by government officials.
Robinson told Martin, “it was a mix of the history” of the American government’s activities and “some things that have started to happen.”
“We’ve seen how certain cell phones have not worked or been tapped. And so we really brought together a number of Black Lives Matter Activists — A number of folks who agreed to allow themselves to be put forward and to get the Freedom of Information Act documentation,” said Robinson.
He added, “Part of this is not just getting who’s monitored, but how they’re being monitored. How local law enforcement is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense to watch folks in the movement — what are they getting and how are they using that information.”
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.