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They Had Been Getting Away With Killing Teenage Boys For Years. Then August 9 Happened.

Sad but true: It took the deaths of several young men for people to finally start "getting" why not everyone feels safe around the police — and with good reason.

They Had Been Getting Away With Killing Teenage Boys For Years. Then August 9 Happened.

On Aug. 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The response was overwhelming. Advocates and locals mobilized to protest what they called an unnecessary use of police force on an unarmed teenage boy.


But Aug. 9 wasn't an isolated incident. Far from it.

In fact, the statistics are kind of alarming.

1,450 deaths. That's a lot. Here's how many deaths per day that is:

Three human beings every day dying at the hands of cops.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. Molly Crabapple made a four-minute video commentary and used her artistic talents to *literally* illustrate exactly what we need to know about the police:

Powerful video, right?

Just in case it didn't catch your attention, I want to emphasize this statistic:

A black male teenager is 21 times more likely to be shot dead by a police officer than a white male teenager.

We have to ask ourselves: How are we letting this happen in our country?

FACT-CHECK TIME!

So much of this might sound way too bad to be true. The bad news, as Upworthy's fact-checkers determined: It's all true.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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The "Stop the Steal" movement has been going on for nearly a year and has yet to find any substantial evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

The movement was dealt an embarrassing blow on Friday when a Republican recount of Maricopa County in Arizona not only confirmed Trump's loss but found that it was by a wider margin than the official tally.

Back in March, Arizona State Senate Republicans hired Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas to audit the election results in Maricopa County. The company has no prior experience in auditing election results and is headed by Doug Logan, a man who has promoted baseless election conspiracy theories.

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