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October 9th, 2014
10:11 PM ET

Autopsy: Black teen fatally shot in the head by police

Crowds gathered in St. Louis Thursday night to hold a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Vonderrit Deondre Myers.

The black teen was shot by a white officer just 12 miles from the spot where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri.

Autopsy results show Myers was hit 7 to 8 times by bullets from the off-duty police officer. The fatal shot was to the head.

The officer fired at least 17 shots.

Protests over the shooting have turned violent with angry residents charging at police, kicking their cars, even smashing car windows.

This has once again led to increased tension between residents and local Missouri police officers.

CNN's Van Jones, a former member of the Obama administration, and Neil Bruntrager, the General Counsel for the St. Louis Police Officers Association are OutFront.


Filed under: Michael Brown • News • Racism
July 15th, 2014
10:01 PM ET

Is Eric Holder race-baiting?

Attorney General Eric Holder is still under fire for his comments on race. He spoke again on Tuesday about discrimination, saying "As it stands, our society is not yet colorblind; nor should it be, given the disparities that still afflict and divide us."

But it's his comments about racial animus being directed at him and President Obama that is stoking criticism from the right.

"This really is reprehensible conduct," said Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove on Fox News. "He's the attorney general. To suggest that if people criticize President Obama, he's planting the seed that the reason you're criticizing president Obama is not a legitimate disagreement over issues or conduct, it's because you're a racist."

OutFront, CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and CNN political analyst and Democratic Strategist, Paul Begala, as well as Conservative CNN Political Commentators, Greg Anthony and Ben Ferguson.


Filed under: News • Politics • Racism
July 14th, 2014
08:28 PM ET

Holder: "Racial animus" fuels opposition to Obama

President Barack Obama's top law enforcement official citing race as the reason behind opposition to the president.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday told ABC's "This Week" that "there's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me (and) directed at the President. ... There's a certain racial component to this for some people."

Some media conservatives say he's playing racial politics.

OutFront to debate Holder's remarks, CNN Political Commentators Greg Anthony and Ben Ferguson, and CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin.


Filed under: News • Politics • Racism
May 16th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Police commissioner defends calling Obama the 'N-word'

OutFront Update: The New Hampshire police commissioner who called President Obama the "n-word" has resigned, a local official confirms to CNN. Our David Mattingly is in New Hampshire with the latest at 7pm ET.

A racist remark, overheard in a restaurant has some residents of a small New England town calling for their police commissioner to resign.

According to complaint filed with the town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 82-year-old Commissioner Robert Copeland was heard calling President Obama the "N-word" during a private conversation.

Police commissioner refuses to apologize for Obama slur

Once word got out, many of the town's residents were outraged.

Copeland was silent until he was cornered by a group of residents out on the street.

He admitted what he said, saying "I made no bones about it."

Outfront is Jane O'Toole, the Wolfeboro resident who filed the complaint after hearing the commissioner's comments.


Filed under: News • Racism
February 21st, 2014
08:48 PM ET

Racial incidents sparks outrage at Ole Miss: Student assaulted, called N-Word

Police are pushing for criminal charges against three freshman males suspected of placing a noose on the campus statue of civil rights icon James Meredith.

They also allegedly draped a flag with a confederate battle emblem over the statue's head.

Officials haven't released any names but the students sought for questioning were expelled from the fraternity Sig Fi Epsilon.

Ole Miss racial incidents have many feeling uneasy

In a separate race-related incident Monday night, an African-American student who is a third-year senior at the school, reported to police that someone threw alcohol at her from a moving car while also hurling racial slurs.

Officials say it's unclear if the two incidents are related.

CNN's Nick Valencia is in Oxford Mississippi with the student's first national interview.


Filed under: Education • News • Racism • Social Issues