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Judge Rules Edward Nero Not Guilty in Freddie Gray Case, but Social Media Disagrees

Twitter users from diverse backgrounds condemned the American justice system with the trending hashtag #NeroTrial.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE


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The Federal Government Is Helping Police Nationwide Secretly Exploit Intrusive Technologies

Unfortunately, power loves the dark.

Posted on May 20, 2016 READ MORE



CAIR-LA Files Federal Lawsuit Accusing Long Beach Police of Stripping Woman of Hijab

A male officer allegedly removed Kirsty Powell’s religious headscarf by force during an arrest, and now the United States’ largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization seeks justice.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE


Chicago Police









Posted on Apr 18, 2016 ENLARGE



FBI Won’t Tell Apple How It Hacked iPhone but Vows to Help Local Police

“Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



‘Homeboy Creative’ Series: How People Relate to Authority Is Never Simply Black or White

The topic of the day is authority figures: police, teachers, parents and correctional officers.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



City of Los Angeles Continues to Invade Homeless Camps, Despite Federal Lawsuit

Los Angeles has faced years of chronic homelessness, and over the past year police have regularly raided encampments. Now a civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city for exactly those actions—yet the razing of sites goes on.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Baltimore Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson

The Black Lives Matter activist (at right in photo)—whose political campaign is off to an attention-grabbing start—seeks to tackle the issues of police brutality and criminal justice through education and employment.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Officials Outraged After ‘Shocking’ Report on NYPD Kicking People Out of Homes

New York City officials said reforms were needed after a ProPublica investigation showed that the police have been locking out residents who haven’t been charged with a crime.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Newly Released Footage Shows Firefight in ‘El Chapo’s’ Recapture

The footage was recorded on Mexican marines’ helmets and documented an exchange of gunfire, falling debris and a team of troops moving around the safe house in the early morning raid.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jan 11, 2016 ENLARGE



2015: The Year Police Killings in America Were Counted

Heightened visibility alone, however, has not effectively ended such slayings or brought justice to victims.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Nearly 1,000 People Were Fatally Shot by Police in the U.S. in 2015

A Washington Post study reveals that approximately 40 percent of all unarmed men shot to death by police this year were black. Black males make up just 6 percent of the U.S. population.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



Now This Is Really Criminal

Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Chicago Police Department’s Long History of Abuse

Chicago’s police department is under fire, with recent revelations about misconduct and cover-ups. But scandals and brutality are nothing new there—as this video explains, abuse within the Chicago P.D. goes way, way back.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Members Regroup, Respond After Police Break Up Encampment

The reasons Minneapolis police and city officials cited for breaking up the Black Lives Matter encampment that had formed outside the 4th Precinct station may have been predictable, but protesters were not: Their responses showed they were prepared to be flexible. 

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Chicago Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder in Death of Black Teenager (Updated)

A judge in Cook County, Ill., charged Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year. Updated

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Actor Viggo Mortensen Defends Quentin Tarantino’s Criticism of Police Brutality

With police unions calling for a boycott of the films of Quentin Tarantino, the award-winning director is refusing to back down from his criticism of police brutality. Actor Viggo Mortensen, defending Tarantino in a “Democracy Now!” interview, says, “You have to speak up.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Cop Who Stole From Police Killed Himself and Made It Look Like Murder

The bizarre story of a local hero turned bad cop has captivated the media. Illinois police officer “GI Joe” Gliniewicz was secretly leading a life of crime, diverting thousands of dollars from a police department’s youth auxiliary program before staging his suicide to make it look like a murder.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah Mocks Cops Afraid Of People Filming Police Activity

“The Daily Show” host explains how absurd it is, in the post-Ferguson era, that police are said to live in fear that “someone might whip out a phone and brutally film them.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Activists Shout Down Hillary Clinton During Criminal Justice Rally

Friday’s protest stemmed from widespread feeling that Clinton is not doing enough to address police brutality and the systematic incarceration of African-Americans.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Brazil May Soon End Most Gun Ownership Restrictions, Risking a ‘Wild West’ Scenario

Despite having one of the highest murder tolls on the planet, Brazil is considering a law under which anyone over 21, including people accused of crimes or convicted of less serious crimes, would be allowed to purchase up to nine firearms a year and 50 rounds of ammunition a month.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



U.K. Police ‘to Be Given Powers to View Everyone’s Entire Internet History’

The power will reportedly be included in the British government’s new surveillance bill, to be published next week.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Exploiting Prison Labor

Watch Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ rousing speech on the effects of police violence and mass incarceration on families. Hedges spoke at Saturday’s Rise Up October rally in New York.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Head of NYPD Union Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s Films

The president of a union representing New York City police officers slammed the director for remarks he made Saturday at a rally against police brutality. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” said Tarantino. “And if you believe there’s murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: #RiseUpOctober: 3-Day New York Event Focuses on Police Brutality

Thousands marched through the streets of Manhattan on Saturday to protest police brutality. A diverse, grass-roots coalition of activists and concerned citizens staged the three-day action, dubbed #RiseUpOctober.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Chicago Police Have ‘Disappeared’ 7,000 People Into Homan Square

Since 2004, police have allowed lawyers to see just 0.94 percent of people “disappeared” into Chicago’s “off-the-books interrogation warehouse,” reports Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



A Solution We Didn’t Know We Needed: Now You Can Bequeath Your Tattoos

If you have a tattoo, you no longer have to worry about it dying out with your body, thanks to a new service; a piece explains why we’re unable to keep pharmaceutical companies from charging absurd amounts for drugs; meanwhile, a year after the Ayotzinapa disappearances in Mexico, relatives of the missing students are still seeking justice. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Just Fire Officer James Frascatore—Arrest Him

New York City Police Officer James Frascatore has given new meaning to the Grand Slam of tennis.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Baltimore Announces $6.4 Million Settlement With Freddie Gray’s Family

The payment is larger than the total of more than 120 other lawsuits brought against the police department for alleged brutality and misconduct since 2011, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE



One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You

In a troubling and unprecedented action, North Dakota has legalized police use of drones carrying “less than lethal” weapons. Warrants? None needed. Other states could follow unless laws are written to stop this chilling threat. 

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



Protecting and Serving With Taser-Armed Drones

North Dakota recently passed a bill that will allow cops to use armed drones to police the state; a writer makes the argument for showing on-air killings on the media; meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s popularity has plummeted only a few years into his presidency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Are Police Constitutional?

A new book argues that American cops are actually “at war with people” instead of protecting citizens; a Nation piece questions whether Hillary Clinton will ever be able to win over progressives; meanwhile, there’s a reason why it’s become increasingly difficult to figure out what food is healthful. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE



Police in Training (and the Rest of Us) Could Benefit Greatly From This One Thing Cops Are Blocking

Police reform cannot be accomplished effectively without research into policing, but cops won’t cooperate; 1 in 2 British youths identifies as something other than heterosexual; meanwhile, an accord between Hamas and Israel may be taking shape. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

We need to stop putting our favorite candidates on a pedestal. Instead, as Black Lives Matter has shown recently, progressives need to set the agenda and force candidates to follow.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 10, 2015 ENLARGE



One Year On, What We’ve Learned From #BlackLivesMatter

The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a year ago launched the Black Lives Matter movement. But officer-involved shootings seem only to have accelerated.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Black Lives Matter: One Year After Ferguson

Marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hand of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, professor John A. Powell discusses how we can create a society in which black lives really do matter.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



What Would Justice for Sandra Bland Actually Look Like?

A year after Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, the deaths of Sandra Bland and others continue to haunt the public consciousness. But outrage is no substitute for justice.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



Government Surveillance of the Black Lives Matter Movement Shamelessly Violates the First Amendment

ACLU staff attorney Nusrat Choudhury explains why government tracking of activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement is simply “not okay.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE


Justice Is Blind









Posted on Aug 1, 2015 ENLARGE


Plutonians of Color









Posted on Jul 30, 2015 ENLARGE



Federal Judge Reveals the Shocking Truth About Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Alex Kozinski, a Reagan-appointed California judge, explains why Americans need to open their eyes and realize that the U.S. justice system is far from just.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: It’s Been a Year Since Eric Garner’s Death, and His Family Demands Justice

A year after Eric Garner died at the hands of the NYPD, his grieving family says, “Justice to us is we get answers, we get our reforms.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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