City of Ferguson Settles Michael Brown Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $1.5 Million

By MCNS Staff

UntitledLocal reports state that a federal judge approved the settlement in the suit filed by Brown’s parents against Ferguson and two of its former city employees.

The civil lawsuit levied by Brown’s family states that Wilson “unjustifiably shot and killed (Brown), using an unnecessary and unreasonable amount (of) force in violation of (Brown’s) constitutionally guaranteed right to life.”

The original lawsuit shows the Brown family was seeking punitive and compensatory damages amounting to over $75,000, in addition to attorney’s fees.

The fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, Jr. by then Ferguson police officer Darren

Study: Women’s Athletics Lack Diversity

By Free Radical

Dawn Staley coached the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to a national championship in 2017.

Dawn Staley coached the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to a national championship in 2017.

Though African-American athletes dominate several collegiate sports, their numbers among coaches is disproportionately small, according to a new report.

This is definitely the case in women’s sports. It was revealed that nearly 88% of coaches of women’s college teams are White and 57% of them are men. Only 7% of women’s college sports coaches are Black, 2.8% are Latino, 2.2% are Asian, and less than 1% are Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

Conferences such as the Ivy League, Big Ten, Big East, and the SEC were given Fs for diversity. The SEC is home to the current women’s basketball champions, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, coached by Dawn Staley, a Black woman.

Clemson University, located in South Carolina, had the highest percentage of coaches of color for women’s

University of Cincinnati Police Trial Ends in Second Mistrial

By Free Radical

Samuel Dubose

Samuel Dubose

For the second time in less than a year, an Ohio jury deadlocked in the trial of Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot Samuel Dubose to death in July 2015.

Last week, Judge Leslie E. Ghiz concluded the mistrial by reading a note from jury members stating that they were “almost evenly split regarding our votes toward a final verdict.”

Ryan Tensing was charged for murder after he fatally shot and wounded Samuel Dubose on what seemed to be a routine traffic stop on July 19 2015. After the incident, Tensing said that he was compelled to shoot after being dragged by Dubose’s vehicle. Dash cam footage, however, showed Tensing firing at Dubose’s as the motorist drove off. Tensing was summarily fired from his job.

The first murder trial of Tensing also ended in a mistrial in November. Local Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters has not announced if he will seek a third trial.

In a statement, Samuel Dubose’s mother, Audrey, has called for a third trial and expressed that she was “outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose.”

Tensing’s mistrial came a week after a Minnesota jury acquitted Jeronimo Yanez for killing Philando Castile, a motorist who was

Black Unemployment Shows Modest Improvement in May

By Free Radical

Black unemployment dropped to 7.5% during the month of May.

Black unemployment dropped to 7.5% during the month of May.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black unemployment dropped 0.4% in May to 7.5%. This is one of the largest drops in the last year. It had only dipped 0.1% for the months of March and April.

These figures reflect larger employment trends as the total number of jobs added in May was 138,000. The national and White unemployment rates were both reduced last month by 0.1% in May to 4.3% and 3.7% respectively.

Along with unemployment, underemployment, also dropped. In May, it dipped from 8.6% to 8.4%. Underemployed tracks individuals who would like to work full-time but are