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FBI Admits Lack of Data on Police Shootings Is ‘Embarrassing,’ ‘Ridiculous’

Director James Comey says The Guardian and The Washington Post are doing a better job of tracking information than the U.S. government.

Posted on Oct 8, 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

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

California Police Killings Database Shows ‘Clear Racial Disparities’

Newly released records show that black men have been killed by police in California at eight times the rate of other residents over the past decade.

Posted on Sep 7, 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

Government Surveillance of the Black Lives Matter Movement Shamelessly Violates the First Amendment

ACLU staff attorney Nusrat Choudhury explains why government tracking of activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement is simply “not okay.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Racist Killing Fields in the U.S.: The Death of Sandra Bland

The death of the civil rights activist following a routine traffic stop is beyond monstrous. It is indicative of a country where extreme violence is the norm—a society fed by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, the incarceration state, the drug wars and the increasing militarization of everything, including the war on black youth.

Posted on Jul 23, 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

The Fire This Time: Black Youth and the Spectacle of Post-Racial Violence

The killing of young Black men such as 16-year-old Kimani Gray, 12-year-old Tamir Rice and 18-year-old Michael Brown are part of a historical pattern of racial terror in which Black populations have been contained and controlled by so-called legitimate mechanisms of state violence.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Key & Peele’ Welcome You to ‘Negrotown’

What if there were a magical place where blacks could escape the indignities, dangers and inconveniences of racism?

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

Baltimore Firefighter: Media Divert Attention From Freddie Gray Killing to Property Destruction

Baltimore firefighter Gary Nelson gives an unsanctioned account of Monday’s confrontation between youths and police; activists discuss what the local community should do next; and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is reported to have told city officials that no new evidence of the use of force in the injuries and death of Freddie Gray has emerged.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

No Fingerprints

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Information Blackout

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Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

Police Body Cameras Aren’t Enough—We Need More Videos by Witnesses

“The case of Walter Scott shows just how valuable a citizen with a camera can be,” writes Morgan Hargrave, a member of a group that trains civilians to expose human rights abuses with video. “We don’t need more video from the police perspective, but more from our own.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

Rep. John Lewis Remembers Police Attack on Selma Bridge 50 Years Ago

Lewis was one of hundreds of peaceful voting-rights activists who were beaten 50 years ago on Bloody Sunday as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led them on a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. He recalls the event on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE

Once White in America

The second and third times I fell in love with black bodies I became a black body, in a way I’d say without shame and some humor, for mine is dark tan called white. But I am the carrier, I am the body who carried them, released on a river of blood.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE

How Cops and GOP Are Teaming Up to Undermine the BlackLivesMatter Movement

Threats seem to expose a political plot against the NYC mayor and the BlackLivesMatter movement.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE

Police and Justice

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE

Head of Police Union Declares War on Protesters After NYPD Cops ‘Assassinated’

The suspect committed suicide after killing two officers sitting in a patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 READ MORE

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

Woman Pleads With NYPD Officers: ‘Where Is Your Outrage?’

“If you speak up. We will have your back front and sideways,” a woman told NYPD officers in Union Square during Saturday’s protests against the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE


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American Democracy

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To Serve and Protect

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Target Audience

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

Video Shows Witness Saying Michael Brown Had Hands Up When Killed (Video)

Footage of the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in August shows a witness on the scene saying the unarmed 18-year-old’s hands were raised when he was killed.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE

Over 1,000 Protest in Ferguson, Call for Highway Shutdown Monday

Well over 1,000 people peacefully marched through Ferguson on Saturday, some going door to door in prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s neighborhood to demand he be removed or recuse himself. There are calls for shutting down highways on Labor Day.

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE

Another Young Black Man Gunned Down by Missouri Cops (Graphic Video)

Kajieme Powell, 25, was described as “behaving erratically” and carrying a knife Tuesday when officers arrived at a St. Louis sidewalk where he stood after allegedly stealing two cans of soda from a nearby store. A bystander’s video seems to show police officers firing 12 shots in rapid succession as Powell slumps to the ground.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs

Amid ongoing strife in Ferguson, Mo., civil rights veteran Lawrence Hamm foresees social unrest shifting out of the inner cities that erupted in the 1960s.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE

Parent Arrested After Asking Questions at School Meeting

A Baltimore father was forced out of a public meeting between parents and leaders of his child’s school district Thursday and faces a possible 10½ years in jail on charges of assaulting a police officer after being removed when he dared to ask an unscripted question, reports an article on “Activist Post.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Academics Join Opposition to Petraeus Professorship, Violent Arrest of Students

Hundreds of professors at the City University of New York and elsewhere are admirably calling for charges to be dropped against six students arrested Tuesday during a protest against former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus. The academics are also calling for Petraeus to resign from his teaching post at CUNY.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE


L.A. Woman Dies After Arrest That Included Kick in Groin

A South Los Angeles woman who had dropped her two children off at a police station later died after an encounter with officers in which one of them kicked her in the groin.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Themba Hadebe

Striking Miners Charged in Slayings of Colleagues Shot by Police

Despite the fact that video seen around the world clearly showed police firing on the South African miners, their co-workers are the ones who are being charged in the deaths.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE

The Pepper Shot Heard ’Round the Web

In what could turn out to be a recruiting coup for the Occupy movement, a clip showing a UC Davis campus police officer blithely pepper-spraying a group of seated students is stirring outrage from all corners of the Web. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE

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