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A memorial for Louisville’s first female African American police officer

The oath, pictures and a summary of Whedbee were found in the collection of police artifacts put together by Mort Childress, a retired Louisville Police Department captain who was featured on WAVE 3 News in 2015. He passed away in 2017. His late wife, was proud to let WAVE 3 News borrow a book written by Childress describing some of the hardships Whedbee had faced. For example, she not allowed to arrest white people.

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First African-American female officer joins Bedford Police Dept.

BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) — The Bedford Police Department said they started November with a new, friendly face you might even recognize.

Officer Urshulla Meade has joined the Town of Bedford’s police department.

She graduated from Amherst County High School in 2014 and joined the military soon after graduation.

Another fact about Officer Meade is that she’s the first African-American female police officer to ever be hired within the department in the Town of Bedford.


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Video Shows White Cobb Officer Arresting African-American Boy

SMYRNA, GA — A progressive filmmaker and entrepreneur has posted a video, which has since gone viral, showing a Cobb County police officer …
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Chicago: Officer Jason Van Dyke Guilty of Murdering Laquan McDonald

In Chicago, a jury on Friday found white police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder for killing African-American teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. Van Dyke was also found guilty on 16 counts of aggravated battery—one count for each of the 16 bullets he fired at McDonald. A key piece of evidence for prosecutors was a police dash cam video showing McDonald posed no threat and walked away from officers before Van Dyke fired at him, emptying an entire magazine from his handgun. Jason Van Dyke was the first Chicago cop to stand trial for an on-duty murder in 50 years.

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Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke’s Racist Defense Fails

The police officer who killed Laquan McDonald was convicted on Friday, despite a “Black Boogeyman” stereotype he cited to justify his fear of the unarmed teenager.

When Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke testified in his own defense about why he shot Laquan McDonald, killing him with 16 shots, Van Dyke said he felt that his life was threatened, based off a look on the African-American teenager’s face.

“His eyes were just bugging out of his head,” said Van Dyke. “He had just these huge white eyes just staring right through me.”

This is the Black Boogeyman defense that has been given in testimony after testimony from police officers in court when testifying about why they shot or killed an African American they suspected was up to no good. And usually it works, but in this…

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African-American teen murder: Chicago police officer testifies

A white Chicago police officer has testified at his high-profile murder trial that he shot dead an African-American teen because he came too close and would not drop his knife.

In the politically-charged case that has set America’s third-largest city on edge, officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014.

A police dash-cam video captured the incident.

The 17-year-old’s killing has become emblematic of decades of police abuse in Chicago and is one in a series of fatal encounters in recent years between US police and African Americans, who formed the Black Lives Matter Movement in response.

Van Dyke faces 23 charges including first-degree murder. On the video, McDonald appears to be walking away from officers when Van Dyke begins…

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