An Unarmed Black Man Was Shot And Killed In Phoenix Because Cops Somehow Thought A Pill Bottle Was A Gun

  • An unarmed 34-year-old Black man in Phoenix, Rumain Brisbon, was shot and killed by police officers who confused a bottle of prescription pills for the handle of a gun. [Death and Taxes]
  • A Justice Department inquiry has found systemic police abuse in Cleveland, where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police officers for playing with a toy gun. Ohio, BTW, is an open-carry state. [New York Times]
  • A St. Louis Police Department precinct posted tips on how to prevent your child from getting shot by the police, responding to the murder of Tamir Rice. [Daily Kos]
  • An appeals court overturned a Florida law that would require drug testing for TANF welfare recipients. The Circuit Judge said: “If we are to give meaning to the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on blanket government searches, we must – and we do – hold that (the law) crosses the constitutional line.” [RawStory]
  • Ferguson matters to the LGBT community because the LGBT community has been facing police violence for decades — especially queer and trans* people of color. [Daily Dot]
  • Girls are developing into puberty much, much earlier than they used to — at as young an age as seven years old. [YouBeauty]
  • TIME has compiled the top 10 moments for women in 2014, with Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize win taking first place. [TIME]

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