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Revealed: Chicago Police Struck and Tasered Prisoners at Off-the-Books Interrogation Site

Internal Chicago Police Department documents obtained by The Guardian show that officers used physical force on at least 14 men in custody. The violence occurred at a warehouse in Homan Square.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Dark Justice’: A Looney Tunes Take on Racism

Funny or Die’s show about the only black officer in a small-town police department dives into treacherous waters and brings humor to the surface.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE


Fight for Police Reform in Chicago Gets a Boost as Voters Oust State’s Attorney (Audio)

After demonstrations by Black Lives Matter over the 2014 police killing of Laquan McDonald, Chicago-area voters rejected longtime official Anita Alvarez in a primary this week. Sonali Kolhatkar speaks to journalist Sarah Macaraeg about political activism in the city.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Bernie Sanders’ Wife Wants to Help Native American Voices Be Heard if She’s First Lady (Video)

Jane Sanders has spent the week engaging with Native American communities. Watch her discuss how, as first lady, she would support indigenous voices.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Fighting Black Lives Matter Instead of Police Violence

Prosecutors in Los Angeles and environs are coming down harder on protesters than on the officers who abuse and even kill African-Americans. The plea deals being offered to activists are much harsher than those in some other areas of the U.S.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



In Search of the Movement

Honoring Black History Month, Truthdig takes a look at a book that asks: Now that today’s public schools are more racially segregated than in the ’60s, now that black men and women are being gunned down by police at alarming rates, and now that black men are six times more likely than white men to be behind bars, “What happened to the civil rights movement?”

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Lessons From the O.J. Simpson Case for the Presidential Race and the Nation’s Racial Divide

The country’s polarization between “black lives matter” and “all lives matter”—along with our divergent opinions on Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance—parallels the racial divide we saw 20 years ago in the aftermath of the former football player’s trial.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Touchdown for Black Lives Matter

Super Bowl 50 was perhaps the most political in pro football’s history. Not for the game itself, but for the remarkable halftime show with its powerful performance by musical superstar Beyoncé.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



An Assault on Justice

About a year ago, I finished a 23-month stay in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. I couldn’t believe some of the things I saw there.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Cleveland Officials Fire Six Police Officers Involved in Deadly Shooting

Cleveland officials announced Tuesday that they are terminating six police officers involved in a shooting attack on two unarmed suspects following a 2012 car chase in East Cleveland.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Choice for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s Evolution or Bernie Sanders’ Revolution

On issue after issue, Clinton proposes incremental solutions that take into account our political system as it is. Sanders proposes dramatic solutions that will only be possible when power is wrested from “big money” interests.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Rides a Big Wave of Disgust

For Democrats who might be rooting for the Republican presidential contender, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Why Black Lives Matter Is the Movement of the Year

The movement’s innovative and committed activism has renewed the struggle for racial justice. In 2015, no other progressive cause in the United States came close to its perseverance and creativity.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



2015: The Year Police Killings in America Were Counted

Heightened visibility alone, however, has not effectively ended such slayings or brought justice to victims.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Sandra Bland’s Family Slams ‘Secrecy of It All’ After Non-Indictment

“She should have never been incarcerated. Period,” said the mother of the 28-year-old black woman who died in a Texas county jail last July.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Welcome to Cop Land

If you’ve been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: Anarchy is coming—and it’s all the fault of activists.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 14, 2015 ENLARGE



Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Members Regroup, Respond After Police Break Up Encampment

The reasons Minneapolis police and city officials cited for breaking up the Black Lives Matter encampment that had formed outside the 4th Precinct station may have been predictable, but protesters were not: Their responses showed they were prepared to be flexible. 

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fires Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Emanuel has made an example of his city’s top cop one week after the release of video footage showing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

In the Republican presidential candidate’s world, African-Americans and Muslim Americans are perpetrators of violence and terrorism. In the reality-based world, they are the victims.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

Independent media took the official scenario of the Chicago police killing of a 17-year-old black male and turned it on its head.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chicago Braces for New Protests Following Video Showing Police Killing of Black Teen

More protests are expected Wednesday after the release of video footage showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Chicago Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder in Death of Black Teenager (Updated)

A judge in Cook County, Ill., charged Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year. Updated

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah Mocks Cops Afraid Of People Filming Police Activity

“The Daily Show” host explains how absurd it is, in the post-Ferguson era, that police are said to live in fear that “someone might whip out a phone and brutally film them.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism

America’s most important contemporary political theorist, who died Oct. 21, warned that militarists and corporate capitalists, obsessed with creating a global empire, would extinguish our democracy. We should have heeded his warning. 

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



Police Are the Greatest Threat Facing Black Kids in School

Schools have welcomed police on campuses as “resource officers.” But rather than protect students, they are brutalizing them.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Exploiting Prison Labor

Watch Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ rousing speech on the effects of police violence and mass incarceration on families. Hedges spoke at Saturday’s Rise Up October rally in New York.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Ben Fields, Cop in Video Seen Flipping a Black Teen at Her Desk, Has a History of Abuse Allegations

The South Carolina police officer who attacked a black student in a school has faced previous allegations of abuse, according to lawsuit records. A video of the classroom incident went viral Monday.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Head of NYPD Union Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s Films

The president of a union representing New York City police officers slammed the director for remarks he made Saturday at a rally against police brutality. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” said Tarantino. “And if you believe there’s murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



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 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Aug 1, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jul 30, 2015 ENLARGE



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 ENLARGE


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