What’s the cost of more police crackdowns in Detroit for “quality of life” issues? For Xavier Johnson, a young black businessman in the city, it’s $1,500 in fines that he can’t afford.

“The crazy thing is I’m the kind of person you want in this city. I’m a mentor for school kids, I’m an entrepreneur. I kept on telling the cops: why are you doing this? I am the backbone of this economy.”

A safer Detroit means big fines and racial profiling for black residents

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CultureHISTORY: #MikeBrown Funeral - August 2014 

  1. Mike Brown casket w/ St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap
  2. Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden at her son’s service
  3. Attendees united in song
  4. Funeral attendees
  5. Memorial including long line of roses at Mike Brown’s murder site
  6. A painting & memorial from Atlanta, GA

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The rate of police killings of black Americans is nearly the same as the rate of lynchings in the early decades of the 20th century.

Photos: JB Forbes / St Louis Post-Dispatch via AP; Wikimedia Commons

Michael Brown funeral: Thousands of mourners are expected at the funeral of Michael Brown, the African American teenager whose death at the hands of a white police officer set off days of confrontation on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

White House officials and civil rights activist Al Sharpton are scheduled to attend. Follow live coverage of the funeral 

Photo: Reuters 

Ferguson, 11 days on: “We are sitting on a powder keg” 

"Just about the only thing clear through the fog of noxious gas clouding Ferguson’s streets is the burning, implacable rage of Brown’s peers against the police and their political masters"

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You can’t reverse the effects of years of military-style policing in a few hours of walking among protesters. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty

Ferguson: Police arrested 31 as they clashed with protesters in another night of gunfire, teargas and chaos in Ferguson 10 days after the shooting of an unarmed teenager ignited an uproar over race in America.

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Ferguson: A state of emergency has been declared by governor Jay Nixon, and a curfew from midnight until 5am has been issued.  

“We must have and maintain peace,” said Nixon. “The eyes of the world are watching.”

Confrontations between police and protesters flared up again on Friday night after police released surveillance footage that implicated Brown in the theft of a packet of cigars from a convenience store a few minutes before he was shot.

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Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, left, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in a photograph taken on Friday. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP

“We have fought too long and too hard to eliminate the wounds of racism and prejudice just to watch things regress. Until black people no longer have to fear both the cops and robbers, until we reform policing tactics everywhere, we cannot stay silent. For if we do, we will continue to read headlines like this: Black, unarmed and dead.”

FergusonProtesters and riot police have clashed again amid renewed tension over the shooting of an unarmed teenage boy by a police officer.

A 24-hour period of relative calm came to an end after local police released a video that appeared to show Michael Brown stealing cigars and intimidating the owner of the convenience store minutes before his death.

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