President Obama called for an overhaul of the criminal justice system Tuesday, saying that the United States needed to reevaluate an “aspect of American life that remains particularly skewed by race and by wealth.”
The shooting massacre of a black pastor and his parishioners at a South Carolina church on Wednesday night once again confronted President Obama with a moment of racial turmoil in a country that for all its progress has yet to completely shed the burden of hatred and division.
What are we to make of the horror in Charleston? Wednesday night’s shooting at historic Emanuel AME Church conjures the type of terror suffered by a previous generation. And it adds yet another page to the nation’s long and halting racial narrative, which as often as not seems to leaven progress with pain.
NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams discusses the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, including how police are working to enhance surveillance footage of the suspect.
The Justice Department unveils criminal charges against 14 people in connection with rampant racketeering and a bribery scheme at FIFA, the world's premiere soccer organization. The FBI secretly secured guilty pleas from four officials and two companies.
After recurring instances of excessive force by Cleveland’s police force, the Department of Justice and city officials announced a sweeping legal agreement that rewrites the rules for the police department. Gwen Ifill learns more about the efforts to rebuild relations between police and the city from Ronnie Dunn of Cleveland State University.
"There is nothing like a genuine crisis to put a political election in context. I do not have the answers, but the shocking Paris attacks have certainly given voters a reasonable list of questions to ask the 17 presidential candidates still eligible to return to debate stages in December."
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.