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Authorities Shift Blame for Certain Fatal Police Shootings Onto the Dead

Several fatal shootings by police around the U.S. are being ruled as “suicides by cop.” Are officials too eager to explain away the use of deadly force?

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

State Terror Against People of Color

Mothers of young men murdered by police in Orange County, Calif., testify to the systematic destruction of families and society that such shootings cause. And by extension they indict the capitalist evil that consciously holds the poor like animals in squalid pens.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Unarmed Black Teenager Manhandled, Arrested for ‘Jaywalking’

Nine California cops gave Americans another reason to despise police officers on Wednesday when they wrestled a sobbing, passive black teenager to the ground after he allegedly jaywalked and refused to follow an officer’s orders.

Posted on Sep 18, 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

No, Protests Against Police Brutality Are Not Increasing Crime

In a recent piece for The Nation, Alex S. Vitale—a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College—disproves claims that the Black Lives Matter movement has caused an uptick in crime.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Yes, People Hate Cops—but Aren’t Stooping to Their Level

Even though there is growing public anger at police for the savage encounters they provoke, there is no evidence that people are targeting police violently as a result. Law enforcement needs to stop waging war on Americans before there are concerted reprisals.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter Organizer Shaun King Embroiled in Racial Controversy (Updated)

The issue of whether Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King ever explicitly misrepresented himself about his racial background appears to hinge primarily upon one sentence in a 2012 Rebel Magazine article and CNN host Don Lemon’s account of an exchange he had with King.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Larry Hamm Talk Police Violence and America’s Deep-Rooted Racism

In this latest episode of his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist, author and activist Chris Hedges takes on the considerable and timely topics of police brutality and entrenched racism in America.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

Justice Is Blind

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Plutonians of Color

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WATCH: White Officer Pepper-Sprays Crowd at Black Lives Matter Summit in Cleveland

A transit police officer pepper-sprayed a crowd in Cleveland protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy outside a Black Lives Matter conference held against police brutality in the U.S.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Native Americans Killed by Cops at Highest Rate of Any Ethnic Group in the U.S.

“The police serve as a colonial occupying force in these [Native American] communities,” according to the family lawyer of Paul Castaway, a mentally ill citizen of the Rosebud Sioux tribe who was recently shot to death by Denver police.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Anna Deavere Smith Gives a Crash Course in the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Her solo show examines how favoring incarceration over education puts marginalized minors at risk. 

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 READ MORE

Key and Peele Are on Their Game in Season 5 Premiere

By Clara Romeo

On Wednesday, comedy tag team Key and Peele entered the fifth season of their eponymous Comedy Central show with a bang.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State

Only when corporate capitalism is demolished will the indiscriminate use of lethal police force and mass incarceration be reformed. And only then will we finally address white supremacy and racism. 

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

All 50 U.S. States Fail to Meet Global Standards on Police Use of Lethal Force

A report by Amnesty International USA found that each and every U.S. state ran afoul of international standards on the use of lethal force by police officers—and that in Pennsylvania, cops can kill if it is “necessary to suppress a riot or mutiny” after the assembeld crowd has “been ordered to disperse.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

Number of People Killed by Police in U.S. Set to Exceed 1,000 in 2015

The number of people killed by law enforcement in the U.S. during 2015 reached 500 on Wednesday after two young black men were shot and killed in New York City and Cincinnati.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

Witness Statements Contradict Account of Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice

A prosecutor’s comprehensive account of the investigation into the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November included witness reports that contradict a Cleveland officer’s claim that he shouted a warning before shooting the boy.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

McKinney While Black

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE

Police Commission Rules Ezell Ford Shooting Not Within LAPD Policy (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners ruled Tuesday that the actions of one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Ezell Ford were not within department policy.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘The Daily Show’ Slams Texas Cops’ Racist Attack on McKinney Pool Party Teens

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart teams up with correspondent Jessica Williams to discuss recent events at a pool party in McKinney, Texas.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Cop Pulls Gun On, Wrestles and Detains Socializing Teenagers

A Texas police officer has been suspended after pulling his gun on teenagers and manhandling a 14-year-old girl after breaking up a pool party.

Posted on Jun 8, 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

AUDIO: Chris Hedges on the Implosion of Global Capitalism

In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by “global capitalism based on speculation,” author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that’s sure to come if the current system isn’t confronted and forced to change.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Victim Mentality

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Baltimore Terror

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

Conversation on Race

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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.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

Broken Justice

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE

Kings and Pawns

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE

Arash Azizzada (CC BY-NC 2.0)

You’ll Never Guess Who the Outside Agitators in Baltimore Really Are

Over 70 percent of Baltimore Police Department officers live outside city limits, with at least 10 percent living over state lines. By contrast, almost all of those arrested in ongoing protests sparked by the police killing of the unarmed Freddie Gray reside firmly within the city.

Posted on Apr 30, 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


Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Highlights Media Hypocrisy in Coverage of White Riots Vs. Baltimore Protests

With a video montage of Americans rioting over incredibly important things such as sports and pumpkins, “The Daily Show” host exposes the double standard on reporting when it comes to the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

No Fingerprints

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE    

Body Cameras

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

Posted on Apr 17, 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.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

Target Practice

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: 2016, Barack and Raul, Murder in South Carolina

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 presidential hopefuls coming into view: Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. Also, President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro talk on the phone, and why isn’t police brutality being discussed on the campaign trail?

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Faces Hard Time Under a Law Meant for Racist Killers

As Americans forget more and more of our nation’s troubling past, a misguided California prosecutor’s case against a young protester is turning the meaning of “lynching” inside out.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE

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