By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
An African-American man, who went to prison for six years was awarded $13 million dollars in a settlement , which was agreed upon by the San Francisco board of supervisors .
According to NPR, Jamal Trulove, who is also an actor, was reportedly set up and served prison time for a 2007 murder he did not commit. His 2015 retrial proved his innocence, and he was acquitted for the crime.
In 2007, Trulove sued the SFPD, after he was arrested and sent to prison for the murder of his friend Seu Kuka.
A jury would later determine that San Francisco police officers Maureen D’Amico and Michael Johnson lied and falsified evidence in the case, and even coerced a witness to lie and claim that Trulove was the shooter.
If the case was not overturned, Trulove could of spent the rest of his life behind bar.
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Tens of thousands of citizen activists came together in San Francisco, California, standing united against President Donald Trump’s racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.
BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
In a horrendous miscarriage of justice, the Supreme Court of the United States studied a criminal case from Utah, in which evidence was collected illegally by police officers to determine whether it was constitutional for police evidence collected unlawfully to be used in a court of law.
In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that ” Evidence does not violate the Fourth Amendment because the evidence seized weakened the unlawful stop”
According to news one:
“Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagreed, and says stops like this are all too familiar for people of color. In her dissent, she uses James Baldwin‘s The Fire Next Time, W.E.B. Du Bois‘s The Souls of Black Folk, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me to support her argument.”
This decision will undoubtedly disproportionately affect the daily lives of ethnic minorities and their treatment by cops.
DISCUSSION ON THE GUTTING OF THE FOURTH AMENDMENT.
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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
The voice we the American people is being silenced before we even hand in our voting ballot, so make sure you check you voter status and make sure you are registered to vote and if not please register before the May 23 deadline to be eligible to vote in the
June 7th California Democratic Primary.
I recently found out I was the victim of voter suppression, when on the advice of one of my friends I checked my voter status and to my suprise , I realized after 13 years of being a registered voter I was purged from the voting rolls in California, with no explanation , like the over 126,000 registered voters purged from the voting rolls in New York .
New York Primary: Chaos at Polling Sites, Broken Scanners & Whole Blocks Purged from Voter Rolls
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