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Rap on Trial: How an Art Form Became a Courtroom Weapon

Since at least the early 1990s, rap music lyrics have been used in criminal court as evidence in cases of violence, usually involving young people of color. The authors of a new book discuss with TCR why this has become a distortion of a musical genre that emerged as a source of creative expression and upward mobility for many at-risk youth.

Police Unions Call For St. Louis Prosecutor’s Resignation

National, state and city police union officials called Monday for St. Louis’ chief prosecutor, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, to resign over a comment she made on Twitter criticizing officers’ actions before a fatal police shooting in St. Louis. Prosecutor Kimberly Gardner said she agreed with an alderman who said officers should not have tried to arrest a man for marijuana possession.