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AFRICANGLOBE - A Louisiana woman is being hailed a hero after she helped fight off an attack on a police officer by jumping on the assailant’s back, authorities say. Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was in her car early Sunday morning when she saw a man violently beating an officer during a traffic stop, according to Baton Rouge police. Suspect Thomas Bennett, 28, allegedly managed to seize the officer’s baton and beat him over the head with it, police said.
AFRICANGLOBE - The commercial bail industry is a powerful institution in Louisiana, thanks to the state’s unique arrangement in which every part of the criminal justice system uses bail to fund itself. “Louisiana is an example of one of the crowning achievements of the bail industry and their control over local and state politics,” said Alec Karakatsanis, founder of the legal nonprofit Civil Rights Corps.
AFRICANGLOBE -A Louisiana man could spend up to six months in jail after he was charged with attacking a 12-year-old Black child over the weekend. The 12-year-old boy’s mother told WAFB that she sent her son into the Good To Go convenience store in Clinton on Saturday to pay for gas when 54-year-old Ronnie Barnes targeted him because of his dreadlocks.
AFRICANGLOBE - A federal judge in Baton Rouge has called for the unconditional release of Albert Woodfox, the only remaining imprisoned member of the Angola 3. Woodfox, 68, was placed solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and other state facilities for more than 40 years for reasons related to the 1972 murder of prison guard Brent Miller.
AFRICANGLOBE - Three decades after he was falsely imprisoned Glenn Ford was released following a 2003 DNA test confirming his innocence. But with only a few months to live because of lung cancer he developed in prison (which went undiagnosed until his release), Ford may as well have been sent to the gallows. Glenn Ford, who only wanted to leave his family with something after he's gone, will likely not get a cent from the state of Louisiana.
AFRICANGLOBE - For years, abortion and racism have gone hand-in-hand. Disgraced President Richard Nixon favored aborting mixed race children, stating that an abortion was needed “when you have a Black and a White.” Nixon also pointed to abortion as a means “to control the negro bastards.” That may have been why federal funding of Planned Parenthood began under his administration, a move that the group’s CEO praised Nixon for in 2012.
AFRICANGLOBE - On Tuesday night, an African-American teenager was shot and killed by a Louisiana police officer. Two officers were investigating an abandoned Houma, Louisiana, house after receiving a 911 emergency call of armed men breaking in and robbing the home. The town lies about 50 miles outside of New Orleans.
AFRICANGLONBE - Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man who spent nearly three decades on Louisiana’s death row has been finally freed after a court vacated his conviction in the 1983 murder case of Shreveport businessman Isadore Rozeman.
AFRICANGLOBE - Women did not exist at the dawn of colonial America. That is to say, from a legal perspective, they had no existence apart from their husband's. They mostly couldn’t own property. They couldn’t inherit. Their babies did not belong to them, and neither did their bodies. They were chattel, much like a cow or a utensil.
This week’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder overturned Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which mandated federal oversight of changes in voting procedure in jurisdictions that have a history of using a “test or device” to impede enfranchisement. Here is one example of such a test, used in Louisiana in 1964.
A 20-year-old Black woman said she was set on fire by three men who wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her...