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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.”

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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.

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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.

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McKinney While Black

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Victim Mentality

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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.

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Baltimore Terror

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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.

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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.

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Conversation on Race

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Trust

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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.

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Broken Justice

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Looters

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Kings and Pawns

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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.

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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.

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Red-Handed

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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.

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No Fingerprints

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Body Cameras

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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.

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Indictable

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Target Practice

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‘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


Ferguson

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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.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



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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Ferguson Police

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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.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE



#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.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



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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Rose-Colored Glasses

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Policing

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