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Ronda Lee

What Ever Happened to 'Officer Friendly' Ferguson?

Ronda Lee | August 19, 2014 | Black Voices
I recall visits in grammar school from "Officer Friendly." He would give us tips on how to be safe when walking to and from school. Officer Friendly told us that in an emergency, we should seek out a police officer, because their job was to serve and protect. What ever happened to Officer Friendly?
Justin C. Young


How Do You Deescalate Ferguson?! No, How Do You Deescalate a National Legacy of Racism and Violence Against Black Men?

Justin C. Young | August 19, 2014 | Black Voices
How do you convince the people of Ferguson that we're one American family? How do you convince Michael Brown's grieving parents of our common values and equality under the law? Does the president even believe that what he said is actually true? Healing hasn't happened yet because old wounds were never resolved.
Kami Chavis Simmons


Ferguson Events Highlight Continued Tensions Between Police and Poor Urban Residents

Kami Chavis Simmons | August 19, 2014 | Black Voices
The events in Ferguson remind us that it important to address allegations of police brutality and to assess the underlying causes of the subsequent violence that continues to occur in that community.
Brian Levin, J.D.


The Fire This Time: Missouri Is America

Brian Levin, J.D. | August 19, 2014 | Politics
Missouri is America, and like the nation itself, both racial strife and promise, are part of its enduring legacy. Long before black teenager Michael Brown, died tragically in a hail of police bullets, the dramatic epicenter of America's racial fault lines often emerged in Missouri.
John Roman, Ph.D.

Should We Actually Arm Citizens and Let Them Police Themselves?

John Roman, Ph.D. | August 19, 2014 | Crime
A city with limited resources and stubbornly high crime rates, Detroit is ripe for justice system innovation. Police Chief James Craig has seized on this opportunity, implementing a broad range of changes to the department.
Ian I. Mitroff


Crisis Management 101: A Wakeup Call for Law Enforcement Organizations Everywhere

Ian I. Mitroff | August 19, 2014 | Crime
To say the least, the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri raises highly disturbing and troubling issues for law enforcement agencies everywhere.
Robert Siciliano


Beware of the Lottery Scam

Robert Siciliano | August 19, 2014 | Crime
There's one born every minute. Many scammers use the names of valid lottery organizations, but this doesn't mean the legit entities are involved. The latest con is to tell someone they won a Powerball jackpot while planning on stealing their identity.
Nusrat Choudhury

Ferguson Is Everytown, U.S.A.

Nusrat Choudhury | August 19, 2014 | Politics
Both explicit and implicit biases lead far too often to the killing of black men in police-civilian encounters. And they undergird the daily indignity and humiliation experienced by blacks who are stopped, questioned, and searched by police when they have done nothing wrong.
Maurice Tracy


17 August

Maurice Tracy | August 18, 2014 | Black Voices
Mike Brown's face appears in my mind and it is changing, constantly shifting, reflecting the smile of every black child I see. Shivers run up and down my spine.
Tom R. Tyler

The Lessons of Ferguson, Missouri: Teachable Moments About Policing

Tom R. Tyler | August 18, 2014 | Politics
Ferguson represents another step in the escalating failure of the "broken windows" view of crime that has gained ascendancy during the past generation.
The OpEd Project

Who Should They Call? Police Need to Stop Aiming at Young Black Men So We Can Trust Them

The OpEd Project | August 18, 2014 | Teen
As a black girl I'm constantly worried that my male cousins and friends will have to deal with gang violence. Now I'm worried they'll have to deal with police brutality too.
Dennis J. Kucinich


Militarized Police and the Threat to Democracy

Dennis J. Kucinich | August 18, 2014 | Politics
There is something deep in the American psyche which resents and resists military-style force in our neighborhoods.
Dan Fesperman

How Technology Has Changed Crime Fiction Forever

Dan Fesperman | August 18, 2014 | Books
As a novelist who often writes about spies and assorted ne'er do wells, you might say that I sometimes get paid to find ways to make people disappear. Not murder victims. I let my less reputable characters handle that dirty job, and the less said about it the better.
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson


Policing 'Stop and Frisk' With 'Stop and Track' Policing

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | August 18, 2014 | Crime
Ferguson has resonated across the country, not because of the merits of this one particular interaction -- where the facts are still uncertain -- but because of other similar, but less deadly policing tactics in certain urban communities.
Spencer Wolff


Stop and Frisk Never Stopped

Spencer Wolff | August 16, 2014 | New York
Has policing in New York actually changed during the first six months of Mayor Bill de Blasio's tenure? The devil may be in the details, but an initial look at the most recent statistics exposes an unforgiving truth: stop and frisk has hardly stopped.
Ace Robinson

Why I Fled St. Louis

Ace Robinson | August 17, 2014 | Black Voices
I have many nephews and godsons who are growing up Black in cities that are notorious for the abuse of Black boys. I promise them that I will support them with anything that they dare to dream. But what I cannot promise them is safety from the police.


WATCH: Want To Raise A Confident Daughter? A Dad From One Of The World's Most Oppressive Countries Shares A Powerful Lesson

TEDTalks | August 15, 2014 | TED Weekends
When she was 15 years old, Malala Yousafzai dared to speak out against the Taliban. Her father offers a window into a world where girls aren't allowed to leave the house, let alone speak their minds -- and he makes a plea for change.
Lorelei Kelly


An Exit Strategy for Ferguson

Lorelei Kelly | August 15, 2014 | Politics
It's pretty basic. Belief in the supremacy of civilian control over the armed forces is the cornerstone of American democracy. The institutional failure evident in Ferguson, MO is a sign of civilian dereliction.
Russell Simmons


The Ferguson Solution

Russell Simmons | August 14, 2014 | Politics
Police in general get a bad rap, and the vast majority are good, loyal souls. But their training and the institutional mentality they come from often leads to a warped perspective of how they function within communities that they do not live in.
Bennett L. Gershman


Anonymity and Censorship

Bennett L. Gershman | August 15, 2014 | Crime
How far can government go in forcing people to reveal their identities, or protecting people from being forced to reveal their identities?
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