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Linn Washington is a co-founder of This Can't Be Happening.net. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and problems in the news media. He teaches multi-media urban journalism at Temple University.

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Protest outside office of Philly DA Seth Williams, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 26, 2016
Philadelphia DA Hammered Over Unethical Antics Hardline Philadelphia DA Seth Williams is being hammered by local news media for his failure to report thousands of dollars in 'gifts' for five years. Critics contend this lapse by Williams is hypocritical.
Ray Lewis - Retired Philadelphia Police Department captain  LBW Photo, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 28, 2016
Donald, Hillary and Cannabis: Stoned Stupid On Legalization The American public supports the legalization of marijuana, however, the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates both oppose legalization. Repeated studies over the past decades disprove claims that marijuana is dangerous and document that pot law enforcement is discriminatory along racial lines.
Jill Stein (left) and Cheri Honkala (right) LBW Photo, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 25, 2016
Green Party's Stein Walks With Poor While Democrats Party Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein met with the homeless and others in one of Philadelphia's most impoverished communities on the day before the opening of the Democratic National Convention in the city that tags itself as the Birthplace of American Democracy. Stein and others condemned the obscenity of expending $60-million-plus on DNC functions including lavish parties.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Trump Onslaught On Hispanic Judge: Discriminatory Deja Vu The race-based verbal assaults by Donald Trump on a federal judge of Hispanic ancestry resemble racist onslaughts against the first federal judge of Hispanic ancestry 55-years ago.
Vakas Hussain (far left). Seated Suresh Grover of The Monitoring Group (center) and Rotherham 12 defendant Abrar Javid. LBW Photo, From ImagesAttr
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 12, 2016
Evil In England: The Rise Of Islamophobia Islamophobia ranges from disdainful stares and caustic comments to physical assaults. A few assaults have ended in fatalities. And then there are British government policies like 'Prevent' -- the professed counter-terrorism program that seemingly is targeted solely at Muslims. Prevent enlists citizens to report actions and attitudes deemed suspicious.
Hey Bill and Hillary: When You Point A Finger, Three Point At You, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Clintonian Political Calculus And The Culture Of Hooey Former President Bill Clinton is fudging facts regarding his actions and mainly inactions on the issue of addressing racism in law enforcement during his two terms in the Oval Office. Forgotten facts about Clinton's actions place contemporary claims by him and his presidential candidate wife in an unflattering light.
Hollywood-sign, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 26, 2016
Hollywood's Big Lie - Past Haunts Present Top Hollywood producers promised the NAACP 74-years ago that they would improve movie roles for blacks and reduce racist stereotypes in movies. That promise was never kept. The failure to keep the promise pollutes the movie industry today and is an element of the controversy surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards.
Rahm Emanuel, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 3, 2015
Cover-up of a Police Murder Requires Resignation of Chicago Mayor Emanuel Evidence surrounding the fatal October 2014 shooting of a black teen by a white policeman in Chicago indicates that authorities in Chicago from police officers to top city officials engaged in a cover-up. That cover-up -- rather bungling or calculated -- demands the resignations of Chicago's mayor and top prosecutor.
Police brutality, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 16, 2015
Police Brutality Binds Protests In DC And Paris Abuses by police from false arrests to fatal shootings is an issue of long-standing in both America and France. Those two allied nations that justify their foreign military incursions on the need to enforce the rule of law rarely enforce their own laws against brutal police.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Bold Step: Reparations Movements Make International Connections Activists seeking reparations for ravages of slavery, colonialism and institutional racism gathered in New York City recently to strengthen bonds and coordinate activities. Those activists included ambassadors from Caribbean nations to elderly supporters on canes. Activists know that they are in an 'uphill struggle' yet vow to press forward.
Dr. Maria Borego, one of the Cuban doctors working at the Saleh Hospital serving Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 29, 2014
Sea Change In US-Cuba Relations Makes Waves Deep In Desert The historic change in relations between the U.S. and Cuba created expectations among many in Algeria that the U.S. would adopt a tougher stance on its staunch ally Morocco, pressuring Morocco to comply with United Nations mandates to end its illegal occupation of the 'Last Colony' in Africa - the Western Sahara.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 22, 2014
Bashing Critics Of Brutality Betrays Efforts To Help Police The tragic murders of two NYC policeman by an unbalanced career criminal is being exploited by conservative defenders of law enforcement to beat back mounting demands for more law enforcement against lawless law enforcers.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 28, 2014
Robert P. McColloch Personifies Misconduct by Prosecutors St. Louis County top prosecutor Robert P. McColloch has a sordid history of abusing legal protections in his campaigns to convict innocent persons and absolve guilty police officers. McColloch's actions in the clearing of Officer Darren Wilson are all too typical of this prosecutor who bends rules to reach predetermined results arising from flawed, often biased opinions.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 3, 2014
Police Seek To Censor College Commencement Ceremony National police union bashes Goddard College for not blocking the selection of "cop killer" Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker.
US experiencing militarization of its police, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 15, 2014
Lawless Law Enforcers: America's Terrorists Abuses by police, that authors persistently dismiss as isolated incidents, have an ugly history in America inclusive of persistent denial by the very authorities charged with correcting lawlessness by law enforcers.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 29, 2014
Pa Prosecutors Parry on Prejudice Two top prosecutors in Pennsylvania are engaged in a war-of-words over allegations that race prejudice tainted a political corruption probe forcing cancellation of that probe. Yet both of these prosecutors have track records of failing to fulfill a fundamental duty of prosecutors: seek justice not just convictions.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 5, 2014
U.S. Senate Uses Abu-Jamal to 'Tar' Obama Nominee The U.S. Senate vote to reject President Obama's nominee to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department trashed the 'rule of law' and established a dangerous climate for lawyers contemplating handling contentious cases.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Obama Failed To Deliver Long-Overdue Apology To Mandela America played a despicable role in helping white racists perpetuate apartheid rule in South Africa. That assistance included helping apartheid authorities arrest Nelson Mandela in 1962. When President Obama spoke at Mandela's memorial he missed an opportunity to right historic wrongs of America in South Africa.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 28, 2013
'High' hypocrisy on Capitol Hill -Congressional leaders ignore calls for Radel's resignation Cocaine convicted Congressman Trey Radel is just the latest in a long list of hypocrites claiming the mantle of righteous anti-drug warriors that includes congressional colleagues and Oval Office occupants.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Does Shaq Support Censorship - He Slam Dunks Film on Famed Inmate The Newark movie complex co-owned by famed basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal cancelled the screening of a documentary film prompting cries of censorship. This film examines imprisoned author/activist/journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, uniquely focusing on the 'who' of Abu-Jamal unlike the 'whodunit' crime focus of prior films on this contentious case.

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