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ACLU, NAACP To Sue BCA Over Jamar Clark Shooting | CBS Minnesota

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The NAACP and the ACLU say the release of the tapes is required under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, adding that the state of Minnesota opened the door to releasing the tapes when they showed at least one to Gov. Mark Dayton.

The NAACP says a lack of trust in the system is why they are taking the fight to court.

“We have a high level of distrust for how the system functions, and part of that has to do with the fact the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has a very poor track record – abysmal, in fact — of holding officers accountable for shooting civilians,” said Nekima Levy- Pounds, the president of the Minneapolis NAACP.

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ACLU and NAACP sue for video of Minneapolis police shooting Jamar Clark | The Washington Post

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“Our community is in a great deal of pain as a result of the shooting of Jamar Clark at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department,” Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the NAACP Minneapolis, said in a statement. “It’s imperative that we demand accountability and transparency, which includes being able to gain access to the video footage of this tragic incident.”

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Prof. Levy-Pounds Speaks at Luther Seminary for MLK Jr. Day

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We are living in an incredibly volatile time. Hostility and violence are becoming the norm. Racial tension and systemic injustice surround us How do we lift every voice in a time of such tension? As Christian public leaders, we are called to be a light in the darkness, hope in the fear and witnesses to the gospel in all that we do.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016, Prof. Levy-Pounds speaks to the community to wrestle with these questions and find ways to act.

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People to Watch 2016 — Nekima Levy-Pounds | Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

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There’s no doubt Nekima Levy-Pounds was a leader to watch in 2015, and there’s every reason to believe she’ll continue being a newsmaker on multiple fronts in 2016.

Levy-Pounds, a civil rights lawyer, law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and new president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, faced charges (later dismissed) related to her leadership of the December 2014 Mall of America protest by Black Lives Matter.

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After protests, Minneapolis NAACP calls for more North Side investment | Star Tribune

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Leaders of the weekslong protest outside Minneapolis’ Fourth Precinct police station returned there Tuesday afternoon to call on officials to remove the barricades they had put up around the station — and to do more to help the city’s North Side.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, said the barricades put up after the city ended protesters’ occupation had turned the precinct on Plymouth Avenue N. into “what essentially looks like a penitentiary.” She said it was a symbol of how north Minneapolis is treated differently from other parts of the city, and she called on Mayor Betsy Hodges and other officials to follow through with promises of training opportunities, jobs and development for North Side residents.

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As Twin Cities suburbs become more diverse, police departments remain overwhelmingly white | Prof. Levy-Pounds speaks with Star Tribune

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Police departments in the metro suburbs remain mostly white even as people of color have come to represent nearly half — or more — of some communities’ populations.

State estimates project that nonwhites will represent a quarter of Minnesota’s population by 2035. Yet in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, where whites are already less than half the population, the police departments have stayed nearly 90 percent white. The cities are far from outliers among their suburban peers.

Attention to how police reflect their communities has taken on a renewed urgency both in the Twin Cities and nationally, most recently after the Nov. 15 police shooting of Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis.

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Waiting for charges, protesters hold worship service | MPR News

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Hennepin County prosecutors have until noon today to charge four men connected with last week's shootings near a protest camp outside the 4th Precinct police station in north Minneapolis.

The gunfire injured five black men who were protesting the police shooting death of Jamar Clark. Activists allege the four men in police custody are "white supremacists" who came to cause touble.

At a faith service Sunday at the camp, people of all races stood together against racial hatred.

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‘Kicking the poor while they’re down’ NAACP-Mpls president Levy-Pounds on the casualties of a failed war on drugs | MSR News

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Nekima Levy-Pounds, activist and civil rights attorney, is potentially a dangerous individual. Not only is she committed to real social progress but, reminiscent of legendary icon Dick Gregory, she also is showing herself capable of making it happen.

Chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, much of her legal work consists of battling against the odds on behalf of African Americans, particularly young Black men, as co-founder and board chair of Brotherhood, Inc.

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Prof. Mark Osler on "48 Hours" on CBS in "Road to Redemption."

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Prof. Mark Osler on "48 Hours" (@48hours) on CBS in "Road to Redemption" by @Maher48Hours

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Minneapolis NAACP, Changemakers: Women take a fresh approach to leadership of this venerable organization | Minnesota Women's Press

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Revitalizing a venerable organization takes bulldog determination, says Nekima Levy-Pounds, the new president of the Minneapolis NAACP. That's exactly the quality the organization's first all- female elected board of directors has in abundance. 

In a special election in May - held because the Minneapolis branch had gone virtually dormant - NAACP members elected Levy-Pounds, first vice president Natonia Johnson, second vice president Cathy Jones, treasurer Helen Bassett, secretary Kerry Jo Felder, assistant treasurer Ashley Oliver and assistant secretary Bertha Daniels. 

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Support Brotherhood Inc. on 2012 Give To The Max Day

Show your support for the Community Justice Project's cherished organization. Brotherhood, Inc's mission is to enable African-American youths and young adults to envision and achieve successful futures. 

Check out a promotional video for Brotherhood Inc. for 2012 Give To The Max Day:

Brotherhood Inc. Performs The Forgotten as the plenary performance for the 28th Annual Midwest Clinical Conference on Nov. 1, 2013