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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Funny or Die’s Satirical ‘Cops: Ferguson’ Episode Shows Just How Far Police Militarization Has Gone

“A lot of cities like to use violence as a last resort,” a Ferguson policeman played by David Koechner says in a recent Funny or Die video clip, “but we’ve found it’s pretty fun to use it as a first resort.”

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Jon Stewart on Fox Ferguson Coverage: ‘White Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Teen’ Does Sound Terrible

“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people?” the “Daily Show” host asks of Fox News’ pundits on the show’s first day back from a summer break. 

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Michael Brown’s Funeral

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New Details About Louisiana Resident Victor White III’s Shooting Challenge Police Account

How did 22-year-old African-African man Victor White III manage to shoot himself in March while handcuffed and in the back of a deputy’s car parked at the New Iberia, La., sheriff’s station? Turns out an official report released that month by Louisiana State Police may not have told the whole story about his death.

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Ferguson’s Next Rally: Justice for Michael Brown

The real pressure point now moves to the grand jury of St. Louis County. The focus should now be justice for Michael Brown.

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MLK Meets Ferguson Cops

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‘Less Lethal’ Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about how to use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Exposes America’s Enduring Legacy of White Bigotry

At the heart of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is an unbridgeable racial divide that has prevented too many whites from looking at African-Americans as human beings.

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Putting the Police Under Surveillance

In some places in America, a black man holding a toy gun or a banana is more likely to be shot by the police than a white man with an actual gun. We live in a country of lethal fruit.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson

Police brutality against black men has become a shockingly common phenomenon in the U.S. The names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement or their unofficial vigilante deputies over the past few years are too numerous to count.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE


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What Makes Michael Brown’s Killing Different From the Rest?

Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributing writer at The Nation, argues that the impetus behind the Ferguson protests isn’t the slaying of one unarmed black man since the incident is not uncommon in present-day America.

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Post-Racial America Alert

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Ferguson Situation Highlights U.S. Duplicity for America’s Critics Abroad

What does Ferguson, Mo., look like from afar right now? For some overseas critics of American foreign policy, it looks like a teachable moment to point out how the U.S. would do better to confront its own issues at home instead of policing the rest of the world.

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Let’s Talk About Race

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Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson

Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Premiering in Ferguson

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The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

A few facts you might have missed about the flow of military equipment and tactics to local law enforcement.

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