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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

Ken Paxton

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Plutonians of Color

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Unarmed Black Man in Mississippi Was Killed by 20-Minute Police Chokehold, Lawyers Say

Attorneys for the family of Jonathan Sanders have told Mississippi state investigators that the unarmed black man died after being kept in a chokehold by a police officer for more than 20 minutes.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Judge Releases Footage of Police Killing Unarmed Man in L.A. Suburb

A legal order has led to the public release of dashcam footage showing a 34-year-old man being fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in 2013.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Truth Behind the Turkish Police Attack on Istanbul’s Gay Pride Parade

Did the heavy-handed police action signal a new culture war, or was it a form of revenge over the recent election results in which President Erdogan got less power than he’d expected?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Dave Phillips (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE

Black People in Minneapolis Are 9 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Minor Offenses

A damning ACLU report finds “severe,” “pervasive” and “systematic” racial disparities in arrests by Minneapolis police.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

The New York Times’ Skewed Reporting on Baltimore

A recent article on the situation in Baltimore went 11 paragraphs before quoting anyone other than a police officer or government official.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE

Body Cameras

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

Officers Yelled Obscenities as Unarmed Black Man Was Dying From Gunshot (Video)

A reserve sheriff’s deputy has been charged in the killing, and the case has raised issues about the program in which he was participating.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE

New Study Indicates Welfare Increases Employment, Contrary to Conservative Beliefs

Research shows that receiving government aid may actually motivate people to find work; civilian videos of cop brutality are playing an increasingly important role in the carrying out of justice, but the act is not necessarily considered a right by law; meanwhile, the oldest Neanderthal DNA yet has been found in a skeleton in Italy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Cop Cam

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

Stop and Search

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

South Carolina Cop Radioed Dubious Taser Claim Six Seconds After Shooting Victim (Audio and Video)

Six seconds after firing his final shot, the police officer who killed South Carolinian Walter Scott radioed colleagues and claimed Scott had “grabbed my Taser.” A video taken by a witness suggests the unarmed man did not possess the stun gun at any point.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Driving While Black: Chris Rock Takes a Selfie Each Time Cops Pull Him Over

For the last seven weeks, the comedian has been publicly documenting his police stops to highlight racial profiling.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE

Ferguson Police

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE

Ferguson Missouri

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE

After L.A. Homeless Man’s Killing, Russell Brand Asks, ‘Are Police Deadlier Than Terrorists?’

The video of the shooting in Los Angeles “shows you what the problem is, in essence: that the police force in certain sections are out of control, and there are ... members of the human community whose life doesn’t have value,” the comedian and commentator says.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE

Raising the Alarm Over Devices That Let Police Snoop Into Our Homes

With the proliferation of technology allowing law enforcement agencies to observe people through walls, we may be entering an era where the word “transparency” takes on a new meaning.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE

One-Third of Americans Believe Police Routinely Lie

While Americans generally approve of the work police do, nearly a third of the population feel that some officers “routinely lie to serve their own interests,” a survey by Reuters and the Ipsos polling organization showed.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

Danny Moloshok/AP Images for The Ray Charles Foundation

Blue Is the New White: Why Diversity Doesn’t Fix Policing

L.A.‘s multiethnic population is now policed by a multiethnic force, but cops still shoot people of color at a disproportionately high rate.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Rose-Colored Glasses

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE

The Best John Oliver Rants of 2014

John Oliver and his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” will be back Feb. 8 after a lengthy hiatus. In the meantime, check out our favorite clips of the British comedian’s program from the past year.

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