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Florida Officer’s First Question to Immigrant in Accident: ‘You Illegal?’

Instead of helping a man who had been knocked off his bicycle by a pickup truck, a police officer quizzed him on his immigration status.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE


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Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

Demagogues rise up in failed states that destroy their own democratic institutions and the rule of law. What is done to the populations we allow to be demonized will be done to all of us. (Includes interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.)

Posted on May 14, 2017 READ MORE


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Displacing the Unprofitable and Undesirable in California’s San Jose

The policing of the Fountain Alley area—and, by extension, downtown San Jose—targets the very people who need the most help and protection.

Posted on Apr 22, 2017 READ MORE


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Trump’s Making Good on One of His Many Campaign Promises: Promoting Unfettered Police Power

As the world focuses on state violence from Syria to Iraq to Yemen to North Korea, the groundwork is being laid for unchecked state violence here at home.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Black Community Control of the Police

President Trump’s offensive against the undocumented is inseparable from his plans to forcefully pacify black America.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE


What Can Skid Row Teach Us About the Future of Policing?

Longtime Los Angeles Police Officer Deon Joseph sat down with Truthdig to discuss homelessness, mental health, crime and policing in L.A.’s most run-down district.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Proposed Laws Crack Down on Protest

Draconian bills are advancing at the state level under cover of Donald Trump’s “law and order” platform.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 READ MORE



Love Letters From Both Sides of Incarceration

Frankie, who is serving a life sentence without parole, and Yolanda, his wife, reflect on marriage with one spouse behind bars.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 READ MORE



Standing Rock: Last Stand at Oceti Sakowin Camp

The water protectors in North Dakota realize they may lose the #NoDAPL fight. But their resistance to an oil pipeline has sparked a movement that could lead to something invaluable.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE



Small Survey Finds Negative Feelings Among Police Toward Black Lives Matter

A law firm canvasses 200 police officers about race relations on the job.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE


What the Streets of Los Angeles Can Teach Us About Policing in America

The Truthdig team spoke with author Wellford (Buzz) Wilms about the complex relationship between urban neighborhoods and law enforcement.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Life in the Poorest Parts of America Is Not All ‘Urban Carnage’

A new book about the conflict between police and residents in South Los Angeles paints a much more humane, complex picture of poverty than President Trump does.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE



‘Felony Riot’ Charges Against Inauguration Protesters Signal a Dangerous Wave of Repression

More than 200 who were mass-arrested in Washington, D.C., on Friday are facing up to 10 years behind bars.

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Best of Truthdig’s Live Blogs 2016: First Drafts of History Bring Shock, Sadness and Hope

Republican and Democratic conventions. Primary and presidential nominee debates. The Pulse club mass shooting. The #NoDAPL fight. Some of the stories we covered in real time this year were long-scheduled. Other news was unforeseen, unfolding—some even ongoing.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 READ MORE



What Does It Take to Get a Police Officer Punished for Killing an Unarmed Black Man?

A jury in North Charleston, S.C., could not agree that Michael Slager committed a crime when he fired five shots into Walter Scott’s back, forcing the judge in the case to declare a mistrial.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



The Water Protector Movement

The Native Americans do not view the #NoDAPL fight as a protest but as an act of survival. It is the continuation of resistance to centuries of repression and oppression.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE


Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Maced, Hit with Rubber Bullets in Standoff Over Ancestral Land

By Emma Niles

Filmmaker Josh Fox and journalist Erin Schrode covered the conflict Wednesday between law enforcement and demonstrators on the shoreline of a creek near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Report: Justice Department Is Pushing to Charge Police Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

After more than two years, there may soon be significant movement on the case.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



White Blindness and Denial Characterize U.S. Racial Attitudes at the End of the Obama Era

America remains separate and divided. Despite having a black president for two terms, deep racism thrives in our country.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Gave Data to a Firm Helping Police Track African-American Protesters

The social media companies’ leaders had previously expressed support for Black Lives Matter.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver Tackles Police Killings and the System That Lets Some Cops Get Away With Murder (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host points out flaws in the handling of police brutality in the United States.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate but Didn’t

Too many issues that are far too important remain invisible during this presidential race. It is no wonder that elections seem less and less relevant.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE


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America the Great ... Police State

Let us accept that we are no longer a republic governed by laws—only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street, and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



America Has Two Types of Gun Laws—One for Blacks and One for Whites

Our gun laws should be changed. Until then, however, they must be enforced equally. Does the National Rifle Association disagree?

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 25, 2016 ENLARGE


Photo of the Week: The Police Killing of Keith Scott

“He better not be fucking dead!” shouts Rakeyia Scott, standing a short distance away from where police officers surround her dying husband.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



Why Are Police So Afraid of Bold, Black Women Like Korryn Gaines?

It is incredible that during this time of heightened public awareness of police brutality, officers continue to behave with impunity.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE



‘Defund Police Departments Across the Country Immediately’

And redirect the money “to black futures and the marginalized,” writes Guardian columnist Stephen Thrasher following the announcement that New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton intends to resign next month.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



How One Connecticut City’s Reform Plan Reduced Race-Based Police Stops

Hamden’s experience could be viewed as a test case for how to resolve some conflicts between police officers and minorities.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the Democratic Convention, Day 3: Neoliberals vs. Progressives (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

It’s a tug of war. Bernie Sanders let go of the rope. Elizabeth Warren, too.  And yet the “I’m With Her” crowd cannot believe that anyone on the left is not voting for Hillary Clinton. 

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Former Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis Speaks Out on Poverty in His City (Video)

Outside the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with the retired officer about social justice and his political activism.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Police Incitement Against Black Lives Matter Is Endangering Protesters’ Lives

From the floor of the Republican National Convention to the online pages of the Blue Lives Matter Facebook community, it is now commonplace for public officials, police and first responders to openly declare war on Black Lives Matter—the civil rights movement of our times.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE



Killer Robots Pose Potential Problems for Future Policing

Removing officers in the field could reduce the danger they face and the need to use force. Then again, adding a layer of distance between officers and citizens could increase the use of force.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE



Terror, Tennis Balls and Tamir Rice

At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a large contingent of Indiana State Police, riot cops and police on horseback was deployed to contain 15 women and one man from Code Pink and their 500 tennis balls.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the GOP Convention: Activists Arrested for Flag Burning on Day 3 (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

Protesters calling attention to Donald Trump’s proposed immigration plan attempted to “Wall Off Trump” by forming a long human barrier. It was one of many acts of civil disobedience in Cleveland.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Poll: Should Ohio’s Open Carry Gun Law Be Suspended During the GOP Convention?

Deadly incidents in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., have Cleveland police fearing for their lives.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 14, 2016 ENLARGE



Meet El Peso Hero, a Latino Superhero Fighting Injustice on the U.S.-Mexico Border

“El Peso Hero” is not your typical comic book series. The eponymous main character defends immigrants, stands up for the disenfranchised and speaks only Spanish.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



How the Latest Attempt at Police Transparency in California Failed Miserably

As police scandals swirl in Northern California, a legislative effort to make the disciplinary records of officers available to the public comes up short.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE


Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards Is Convicted of ‘Felony Lynching’

Commentator Sonali Kolhatkar discusses the case with professor and Black Lives Matter organizer Anthony Ratcliff. Richards was the first African-American to be tried on the controversial charge, after allegedly attempting to intervene when police were detaining a woman.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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



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


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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


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