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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

**FILE** John Jackson, co-owner of Capitol City Arms Supply, shows an AR-15 assault rifle for sale at his business in Springfield, Ill., on  Jan. 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

School police cleared to carry AR-15s in Compton, California

As critics question the militarization of police in light of ongoing unrest in St. Louis, some California residents are expressing similar concerns over a new measure that allows Compton school officers to carry AR-15 rifles. Published August 20, 2014

From left, participants including Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, and Phyllis Giles, mother of Michael Giles, march to the Florida Capitol Monday, March 10, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Participants were rallying against the state's "Stand Your Ground" laws. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Trayvon Martin's mom: 'We will no longer be ignored'

Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin, has penned an open letter to the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot to death by a police officer during an altercation more than a week ago. Published August 19, 2014