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A Broken Justice System Is Only Deepening the Grief of Sinzae Reed’s Family

Megan Reed was in the middle of cooking dinner when she was startled by someone repeatedly banging on the front door of her Columbus, Ohio, apartment. A neighbor alerted her that her youngest son, Sinzae Reed, was shot.  Reed rushed out of their second-floor apartment in the Wedgewood Village Apartments complex with food still cooking […]

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Sinzae Reed Was Killed Six Months Ago. His Admitted Killer Remains Free.

It has been six months since a Black teenager was shot to death within feet of his home in Columbus, Ohio, and prosecutors are still investigating whether his admitted killer should be charged.  Sinzae Reed’s family and the community remain frustrated months after the 13-year-old was gunned down in October at the Wedgewood Village Apartments. […]

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Here’s Everything We Know About the Investigation into Sinzae Reed’s Death

It has been nearly four months since 13-year-old Sinzae Reed was fatally shot in an Ohio apartment complex by his neighbor Krieg Butler, a 36-year-old white man. The boy’s death was declared a homicide after a county coroner’s autopsy found he had been shot twice, including a fatal wound to the chest. But Butler remains […]

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In an Effort to Diversify, Cleveland Police Look to HBCUs

This article was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletters, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Yarnell Rickett wants to see more Black and brown police officers at his police department. He believes Historically Black Colleges and Universities […]

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A 13-Year-Old Black Boy Was Killed. Will Stand-Your-Ground Protect the Shooter?

A white man accused of killing a 13-year-old Black boy in Columbus, Ohio, has roamed free for nearly 90 days after prosecutors dismissed murder charges against him, prompting the boy’s family to demand officials provide an explanation and put the man back behind bars.  Police say Krieg Allen Butler claimed he fired a gun in […]