Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

The police shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri underscored the need for the long-planned initiative, Holder said in an interview with The Associated Press.

He said the three-year project could be a “silver lining” if it helps ease racial tensions and “pockets of distrust that show up between law enforcement and the communities that they serve.”

"What I saw in Ferguson confirmed for me that the need for such an effort was pretty clear," Holder said.

The five cities have not yet been selected, but the researchers involved in the project say they’re bringing a holistic approach that involves training police officers on issues of racial bias, data analysis and interviews with community members. They expect to review police behavior in the cities with the hope of building community trust and creating an evidence-based model that could be applied more broadly.

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The pita bread pencil holder looks, smells, feels and tastes like a real piece of pita bread, and is great for when you get hungry while drawing or painting. Although the pita bread pencil holder is inedible, the taste of cloth, fabric, and pencil shavings in your mouth should suppress your hunger for a little while.  Via

The Justice Department has launched criminal investigations of individuals at Wall Street firms for financial fraud, with the hopes of filing formal charges in the coming months.

I will believe it when I see it.

And a fine is not an acceptable outcome, jail time is. If you or I committed fraud to the tune of billions we would be locked up , its the least we should do to the fraudulent bankers.

-The Liberal Tony

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The Washington Post is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to launch a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department. 

Chris Hayes, of MSNBC, indicated the probe will officially be announced Thursday. The investigation will be conducted by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and follow the protocol the department has used to investigate other police departments across the country.

The U.S. Justice Department is already investigating the shooting death of 18-year-old African-American, Michael Brown, by white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. Officer Wilson claims he acted in self-defense. This Ferguson Police probe will be a separate and more wide-ranging investigation. 

Looking forward to the further dragging of these racist, tyrannical police departments. Now if only we could get some charges brought against Darren Wilson…

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I wanted to take some photos of the dice holders I made recently, since I always forget to take proper pictures of them. They’re all made from polymer clay, minus the dice which are store bought. Anything that glows in the dark I’ve added to the picture.

These will be available this weekend (9/5-9/7) at UmiCon in Daytona, FL. I will be in the artist alley from Friday until the show ends on Sunday. Anything that’s left will be listed in my online shop. :)

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