Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

South Carolina police officer Michael Thomas Slager was indicted for murder after shooting unarmed black man Walter Scott in the back, prosecutor Scarlet Wilson announced on Monday.

Slager, a white North Charleston patrolman, was charged with murder in April after video showed him firing eight shots at Scott while chasing him following a traffic stop. Slager alleged that he felt threatened by Scott and that Scott tried to grab his stun gun.

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The National Bar Association, the nation's largest organization of black attorneys and judges, has called for the firing of a white Texas police officer who drew his gun and slammed a black teenaged girl to the ground while responding to a complaint at a pool party.

A seven-minute video shows the officer, who has been identified as McKinney police corporal Eric Casebolt, grab a teenage girl by the arm and slam her to the ground. When two people approached Casebolt, he drew his gun to chase them away. He then forced the girl face down onto the grass, placed his knees on her back and handcuffed her, the video shows. She was detained temporarily before being released, according to police.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is exploring a presidential run in 2016, on Sunday said that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage would not end the debate.

"If the court decides that, the only next approach is for those who are supporters of marriage being defined as between one man and one woman is ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment," Walker said on ABC's "This Week" when asked if the ruling would cease debate on the issue.

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A white Texas police officer was shown on video drawing his gun and slamming a black, teenage girl in a bikini to the ground while responding to a call on Friday near a community pool in McKinney, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

A seven-minute video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday shows a McKinney police officer throwing a girl to the ground while holding her arm. When additional individuals approached the officer, he drew his gun and chased the individuals away, the video shows. He then forced the girl face down onto the ground and said, "On your face," placed his knees on her back and handcuffed her.

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The unexpected news of a confrontation between law enforcement officers and a potential terror suspect in Boston Tuesday left many unanswered questions in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, in which Usaama Rahim was shot dead.

Why were police already surveilling Rahim? What was he plotting? What were the circumstances of the shooting? Were police justified in using deadly force? And then later in the week, news emerged that Rahim had allegedly entertained the idea of beheading anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller and may have been influenced by Islamic terrorists.

Here's what is now known and where things stand:

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday defended the bill he signed in 2011 requiring voters to present a photo ID after Hillary Clinton jabbed numerous Republican presidential candidates, including Perry, for working "against voting rights."

"Here in Texas, former governor Rick Perry signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with a purpose of discriminating against minority voters," Clinton said during a speech on Thursday. "He applauded when the Voting Rights Act was gutted. And said the lost protections were outdated and unnecessary."

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Late Update: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans confirmed Geller was the unnamed initial target, the AP reported. "There was some mention of that name," Evans said, but he dismissed it as "wishful thinking."

Original story:

The man shot and killed by law enforcement in Boston on Tuesday had allegedly planned to behead anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, according to news reports.

Usaama Rahim had been under surveillance by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and authorities approached him on Tuesday because they believed that he was planning a separate attack on law enforcement officers, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent filed in federal court. Rahim, who authorities said was wielding a knife at the time, was killed in the confrontation with officers.

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