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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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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.

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NYPD Officer Indicted for Allegedly Head-Stomping Suspect at Arrest Scene (Video)

The incident in Brooklyn, N.Y., last July was captured on video by a bystander.

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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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Florida Police Caught Using Photos of Black Men for Target Practice

You’ll never guess how the North Miami Beach Police got found out using mug shots of black citizens to practice their shooting.

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NYC Mayor de Blasio Doesn’t Want to Make Chokeholds Illegal

Mayor Bill de Blasio has hit some bumps in recent months in his relationship with the New York City Police Force.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE


Selma

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Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE


Rose-Colored Glasses

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Incitement to Violence

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Fox Affiliate Apologizes for Editing Innocent Protesters to Sound Like Bloodthirsty Cop Killers

A Baltimore Fox station has apologized for what it calls “an honest misunderstanding.”

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Activists Are Not to Blame for Murder of Police

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday.

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Driving While Brown ... And Furry

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Retired NYPD Detective Criticizes Police Union President’s Antagonistic Remarks

Inflammatory remarks made by Patrick Lynch over the past many weeks of sometimes fatal tension between police officers and private citizens are grounds for dismissal from the force, retired NYPD Detective Graham Weatherspoon says.

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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.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



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.

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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



Ferguson Is Baghdad Is New York Is Kabul

Whether on the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson, soldiers and militarized police forces have historically enforced control, not law.

Posted on Dec 11, 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.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE


‘Criminals in the Uniform’ and the ‘Disposability of Black Life’

After a second night of massive protests in New York City against a grand jury’s failure to indict NYPD officers in the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, “Democracy Now!” hosts an explosive roundtable discussion on police racism against black Americans.

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The Eric Garner Case’s Sickening Outcome

I can’t breathe. Those were Eric Garner’s last words, and today they apply to me.

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Denver Police Beat Unarmed Man, Topple His Pregnant Girlfriend and Delete the Evidence

By Donald Kaufman

Officers with the Denver Police Department deleted bystander footage that showed them beating David Flores and knocking his pregnant girlfriend to the ground. Fortunately, the segment was sent to a remote digital storage network known as a cloud, and the horrific event is preserved for all to see.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE



Seeing Ferguson Clearly: 12 Double Standards That Expose White Supremacy

The doublethink of domination and victimhood is central to the pathology of white supremacy in the U.S. It is used to dupe and confuse us into believing that there is nuance in brutality and justice in murder.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE



Report: Grand Jury Won’t Indict N.Y. Cop in Eric Garner Case

Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a policeman was preceded last summer by Eric Garner’s tragically similar case in Staten Island, N.Y.

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Ferguson Mayor Announces Changes in Police Monitoring, Recruiting Practices

The events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., in August have impacted the local community, not to mention the nation, in incalculable ways.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE


Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Does Post-Grand Jury Press

As for why Wilson pursued and fired at Michael Brown when the unarmed teenager was running away, he said, “My job isn’t to just sit and wait.”

 

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NY Man Free After Arrest for Busking

An NYPD officer forcefully arrested a man for playing music in a subway station after reading aloud the law that appears to allow the musician to perform.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Young Blacks Question Effectiveness of Peaceful Tactics

At an event of mass protest Sunday, young black Americans grew frustrated and angry at an older generation’s peaceful response to the killing of Missouri teenager Michael Brown by police, exposing a generational divide over how best to confront police racism, brutality and excessive force.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



Here’s Proof That Police Kill Black Males at a Far Higher Rate Than Their White Counterparts

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE


South Carolina Cop Shot Black Man for No Apparent Reason

In a Sept. 4 incident captured by a police cruiser’s dashboard camera, a South Carolina state trooper fired and apparently hit a black man who was complying with the officer’s request to retrieve and hand over his driver’s license.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson: He’s Sorry, but He’s Not Leaving (Video)

Although the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., happened less than two months ago, that event transformed the community and put the spotlight on issues of race relations and police brutality in the U.S. for all the world to see.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Black Men in America Are Traumatized by Racism—Are We Listening?

The topic of racism often generates discussions of justice, equality, freedom and human rights. But what about trauma?

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Domestic Violence Kills More People Than War and It’s Not Just the NFL at Fault; It’s Police Too

If we focus only on the abusive acts of athletes such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, we may miss the fact that in the U.S. the families at highest risk of domestic violence are actually relatives of law enforcement officials.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



Family Alleges Racism Compelled Utah Police to Shoot Darrien Hunt

“They killed my son because he’s black,” Susan Hunt told a local news outlet after the shooting of her son, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt, by police in Utah.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE


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