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Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruling in the notorious case does nothing to satisfy the demands for justice being voiced by angry protesters at a commission hearing and in front of the mayor’s home.

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Black and Latino People Killed by Cops Are Far More Likely to Be Unarmed Than Whites

While one glance at the news about recent police killings would probably lead you to assume that more unarmed minorities are killed than are weaponless whites, the actual numbers might astound you.

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The Fire This Time: Black Youth and the Spectacle of Post-Racial Violence

The killing of young Black men such as 16-year-old Kimani Gray, 12-year-old Tamir Rice and 18-year-old Michael Brown are part of a historical pattern of racial terror in which Black populations have been contained and controlled by so-called legitimate mechanisms of state violence.

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Is Blue the New White?

When death occurs at police hands, the easiest story line is “white cops versus black kids,” but it’s much more complicated. “Manifest Justice,” a Los Angeles event that included Trayvon Martin’s mother, looked at the issue.

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Protests Begin Amid News of No Charges for Wisconsin Police Officer Who Killed Tony Robinson

The family of the biracial 19-year-old appeals for calm after it was announced that Matt Kenny, the officer involved in the March fatal shooting, will not face charges.

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Mumia’s Life Matters

Supporters of the ailing journalist charge that Pennsylvania, having failed to formally execute him, is now intent on letting him die through medical neglect in prison.

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The American Dream: Living to 18

“You want to get older. You want to experience life. You don’t want to die in a matter of seconds because of cops.” It’s that sentiment that has fueled the Black Lives Matter movement across the country.

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Fixing America’s Broken Approach to Young Black Men

The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses. Subsequent steps are harder.

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Molotov Cocktail

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Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore

Most coverage of the protests this week failed to provide context or give voice to those protesting, instead offering a simplistic narrative of “school-age youths” assaulting police at Mondawmin Mall.

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Rise of the New Black Radicals

A new generation of young black radicals is opting for revolution—a generation that sees through the facade of the corporate state and has rejected as sellouts Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, Dyson and others among the African-American political elite.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.

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University of Virginia Students Protest Violent Arrest

On Wednesday evening a crowd of students at the University of Virginia rallied to support college junior Martese Johnson, 20, whose bloody arrest early that morning by Alcoholic Beverage Control officers outside a bar near the school’s campus sparked outrage and accusations of excessive force and racism.

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In Selma, Memories of Bloody Sunday Spur Action Today

Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., demanding the right to vote.

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Report: Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson to Call It Quits

Thomas Jackson has held fast to his post as chief of the embattled Ferguson, Mo., Police Department despite a constant chorus of calls for his resignation following the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by Officer Darren Wilson. That’s apparently about to change.

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From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary.

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DOJ: No Charges for Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting

Just a day after the news broke that the Justice Department had found evidence of racist practices within the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, the DOJ released a report claiming that, by its own estimation, Officer Darren Wilson was motivated by personal safety concerns when he shot and killed the unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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Department of Justice Finds Signs of Racial Bias in Ferguson Police Force

The national discussion about race relations and police brutality that intensified last summer with the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others is continuing with the news that a Department of Justice investigation has found evidence of racial bias within the Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Harrowing Bystander Video of Police Killing a Homeless Man in L.A. Sparks Protests

A camera phone video showing Los Angeles police officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man Sunday morning had over 4 million views on Facebook as of Monday morning.

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DOJ: No Charges for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

Although Attorney General Eric Holder sounded a conciliatory note in making the announcement, it was his disheartening task on Tuesday to go public with the news that the Justice Department was closing the book on the highly charged Trayvon Martin case.

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‘Cycle’: A Poem to Remind Us of Lives Lost Before the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Before Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, before Eric Garner was choked to death in New York and before the #BlackLivesMatter movement had even begun, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and countless other unarmed black men had been slain by police.

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I Scream You Scream

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#ReclaimMLK: Bringing the Long View Into Contemporary Racial Politics

Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy isn’t like a stone statue with fixed significance and predictable contours—it takes on different meanings depending on the American cultural climate at a given moment.

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Selma

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Rose-Colored Glasses

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Macklemore on Rap, Cultural Appropriation and White Privilege

In an interview Monday with New York City hip hop radio station Hot 97 that begins with a discussion of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, rap artist Macklemore discusses changes in rap music and culture and the privileges he enjoys as a white musician.

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Policing

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Respect

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Backwards on Race

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Incitement to Violence

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NYPD and Protesters

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‘A Call For Justice Shouldn’t Offend or Disrespect Anybody; It Shouldn’t Warrant an Apology’

Some people are a bit peeved at the fact that protests against injustices such as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice are causing traffic or getting in the way of their holiday shopping. Or worse yet, seeping into professional sports.

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Stop and Frisk

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Thousands Fill Streets to Protest Police Racism and Brutality (Video)

Thousands of Americans took to the streets Saturday in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston and elsewhere to protest grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of young black men.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE



How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Black Bodies, Broken Worlds and a Post-Tax Society

Somewhere in America tonight, another poor person who the police deem a threat will be killed. Tomorrow another, and then another. These deaths are not an outrage against this system. They are normal for this system.

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Ferguson Protesters Named Runners-Up for Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Issue

While Time magazine chose Ebola fighters as the 2014 “Person of the Year,” the runners-up include the Ferguson protesters whose “refusal to let a life be forgotten turned a local shooting into a national movement.”

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Chokehold

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Justice Department-Sponsored Autopsy Calls Michael Brown’s Death a ‘Homicide’ (Video)

On Tuesday, four months after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., news broke that the Justice Department had released the results of its own autopsy.

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Police Get Out of Jail Free

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A Society of Captives

The murder of unarmed citizens by police is not only about racism. It is an example of the omnipotence of the corporate state and the evisceration of the rule of law.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Mychal Denzel Smith

When a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, The Nation Institute fellow drove past the reservations, equivocations and micro-concerns that typify polite journalism and seized the message of the day.

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Police Training

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Race Conversation

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Body Cams Needed

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Here Are Some of the Ways U.S. Treatment of African-Americans Resembles Apartheid South Africa

The social statistics produced by the Afrikaner Apartheid regime in South Africa are not so different from those produced by ordinary everyday legal and social practices in today’s United States.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 READ MORE


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