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Displacing the Unprofitable and Undesirable in California’s San Jose

The policing of the Fountain Alley area—and, by extension, downtown San Jose—targets the very people who need the most help and protection.

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Posted on Apr 18, 2017 ENLARGE



Trump’s Making Good on One of His Many Campaign Promises: Promoting Unfettered Police Power

As the world focuses on state violence from Syria to Iraq to Yemen to North Korea, the groundwork is being laid for unchecked state violence here at home.

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Footage in Documentary Prompts New Questions About Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson (Video)

Details in the film are bringing fresh scrutiny to the circumstances of the teenager’s 2014 death at the hands of a police officer in the Missouri town.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE


Dave Chappelle Addresses Rural Ohio City Council About Policing Concerns (Video)

Following an incident of police brutality in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where Chappelle lives, the comedian highlights the need for local political participation.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Life in the Poorest Parts of America Is Not All ‘Urban Carnage’

A new book about the conflict between police and residents in South Los Angeles paints a much more humane, complex picture of poverty than President Trump does.

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DOJ Report About Chicago Police Department Echoes What Residents Have Long Known

Communities of color in Chicago meticulously documented the agency’s pattern of racist violence.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE



Report: Justice Department Is Pushing to Charge Police Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

After more than two years, there may soon be significant movement on the case.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on Activism and the Future of American Politics

By Emma Niles

The journalists reflect on their own histories and share their insights on the current election season.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Time to Include the Disability Community in News Conversations on Police Brutality

Half of police killings involve people with a mental disorder, but little attention is paid to the issue in media coverage. This failing, whether due to a lack of education or prejudice, is hurting the most vulnerable members of society.

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‘Do Not Resist’ Confronts the Frightening Militarization of American Police

Filmmaker Craig Atkinson rides along with SWAT teams and uncovers a “for-profit” law-enforcement system.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver Tackles Police Killings and the System That Lets Some Cops Get Away With Murder (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host points out flaws in the handling of police brutality in the United States.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Compassion Leads to Action When It Comes to Racial Injustice

The Truthdig team sat down with Pastor Cue Jean Marie, a Los Angeles-based activist and prominent figure in the local chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement, to discuss social and racial injustice.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Police Killings Won’t Stop

The corporate state, which has destroyed traditional forms of social control such as stable employment and cohesive communities, has no intention of curbing police violence. Militarized police who can kill with impunity are all that lies between the corporate state and revolt.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE


Questions Remain as Police Release Videos of Fatal Shooting in Charlotte, N.C.

By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams

Release of dashcam and body-cam footage follows days of protests and demands for videos to be made public.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Standing Firm in the Face of Violence

With police killings of unarmed black men almost a weekly occurrence in the U.S., we must not let our trauma weaken our resolve to insist on—and organize for—racial justice.

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What Are the Most Pressing Problems We Face, and How Do We Solve Them?

Truthdig contributors often highlight and critique some of the biggest, most complex problems of our time. So this week we’re asking readers to offer solutions to some of the issues you find most important.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Protesters, Police Clash After Fatal Police Shooting of a Black Man in Charlotte, N.C.

Keith Lamont Scott’s family disputes police claim that the victim was armed and posed a threat.

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Footage in Oklahoma Police Shooting Prompts Nationwide Outrage

Terence Crutcher, an African-American man, was killed by a white police officer in Tulsa on Friday. A video of the incident has caused many to argue that he was killed “in cold blood.”

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, for Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem

In his act of protest against racial injustice in the U.S., the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of hits. But he’s not backing down and has succeeded in igniting an important debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 13, 2016 ENLARGE



Obama to Reinforce the Militarized Police Occupation of Black America

After militarizing police departments by 2,400 percent, President Obama is now preparing to send more battlefield weaponry to law enforcers. And Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would surely build on that legacy.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter Groups Stage Protests Across the U.K. (Multimedia)

Demonstrations in five cities led to blocked roads, stalled traffic and more than a dozen arrests.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Jill Stein on How, and Where, Revolution Can Actually Happen

Green Party candidate Jill Stein sits down with Hedges at a crucial moment in the 2016 election cycle to talk about the many emergencies that the two major-party nominees will be categorically unable to confront, much less solve. 

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How One Connecticut City’s Reform Plan Reduced Race-Based Police Stops

Hamden’s experience could be viewed as a test case for how to resolve some conflicts between police officers and minorities.

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Police Incitement Against Black Lives Matter Is Endangering Protesters’ Lives

From the floor of the Republican National Convention to the online pages of the Blue Lives Matter Facebook community, it is now commonplace for public officials, police and first responders to openly declare war on Black Lives Matter—the civil rights movement of our times.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 16, 2016 ENLARGE



Cornel West: Obama ‘Has No Backbone to Fight for Justice’

In an opinion piece published by The Guardian, the scholar and activist explains how the president has failed to confront systemic racism and how this legacy will haunt the country.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 15, 2016 ENLARGE


Lawyer Glenda Hatchett Will ‘Aggressively Pursue Justice’ for the Family of Philando Castile

The former court-show judge who now has her own law firm announced she would “aggressively pursue justice” for the family of Philando Castile, killed by police in Minnesota last week.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Police Arrest Man Who Posted Video of Alton Sterling’s Death

Chris LeDay, who posted the video of the Louisiana man’s death at the hands of police officers, was arrested on what he says were fabricated charges 24 hours after the video went viral.

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Trevor Noah Breaks Down Why It’s Possible to Be Pro-Cop and Pro-Black (Video)

“It always feels like in America, if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else,” the comedian notes, but “it shouldn’t have to work that way.”

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Justice Department Opens Investigation Into Police Killing of Alton Sterling

Sterling, a 37-year-old African-American, was shot fatally when police were trying to arrest him in Baton Rouge, La. Cellphone video footage shows him pinned to the ground by officers as at least one of them shot him.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE


Black Lives Matter at Politicon 2016: Personal Tragedies Fuel Fierce Activism

By Emma Niles

The intensely emotional panel at the Pasadena, Calif., convention demonstrated the strength of the movement and reminded the audience of the continuing fight against police brutality and systemic racism.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Officer Who Drove Van Carrying Freddie Gray Acquitted of All Charges

Caesar Goodson was among six Baltimore officers charged with murder after Gray’s mysterious death while in police custody.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Tale of Two Injustices: ‘Lynching’ and Sexual Assault in California

Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 90 days and three years’ probation. Brock Turner, despite his multiple felony convictions for sexual assault, will likely get credit for good behavior and serve about the same amount of time as Jasmine. As for Brock Turner’s victim, her sentence is ongoing.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Lock Up the Men, Evict the Women and Children

Part of the daily reality of poverty in America, evictions—along with mass incarceration—are the mechanisms used to destroy communities and profit from the misery of the poor.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



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



‘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


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