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Six Years Later and Still No Justice for Aiyana Stanley Jones

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 05.16.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

May 16, 2016 marks the tragic death of a little black girl named Aiyana Stanley Jones. Six years ago Aiyana, 7, was killed while she slept at her grandmother's house. Joseph Weekley, the Detroit Police Officer who fatally shot her during a botched raid, is still on the force.

Victims Of Police Brutality Get A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 03.30.2016 | Black Voices

A new effort by an anonymous group of artists shines a light on the victims of police brutality in a unique way. Indecline, who describe themselves as...

An Epidemic Akin Unto Lynching Pt. 2

Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq. | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices
Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq.

Aside from the similarities in the sheer volume of blacks killed by police and those lynched decades before, there remain other staggering parallels between police killings and lynchings.

Blood on Their Hands: Open Carry and Tamir Rice's Stolen Innocence

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 12.30.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

McGinty and his grand jury have blood on their hands. And while the U.S. masquerades as an exceptionalist beacon of democracy, the community is calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the grand jury process and immediately fire Timothy Loehmann, the officer who murdered Tamir.

Legacies of Limited Justice and the Sandra Bland Case

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Sandra Bland's family has filed a wrongful death suit, but the Department of Justice should conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death and an independent prosecutor should handle the case

Poet's Heartbreaking Reminder That When We Don't #SayHerName, History Doesn't Listen

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.03.2015 | Black Voices

In the days following the not guilty conviction of the police officer who fatally shot 22-year-old Rekia Boyd in Chicago, no one said her name. At le...

Will Sandra Bland's Case Finally Make Black Women's Lives Matter?

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 07.23.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

It is terrifying to consider that it takes the body of a black woman hanging dead in a jail cell -- over a traffic violation no less -- to finally get national attention on the issue of racist, police brutality against us.

Charleston Massacre and Anti-Black State Violence Fueled By the Same Racist Beliefs

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 06.19.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day commemorated for having the last enslaved Blacks freed in America, it's time we seriously address the vitriolic legacies of white supremacy.

A Letter to My Unborn Black Daughter

Amanda Bennett | Posted 05.21.2016 | Black Voices
Amanda Bennett

You won't be here for years and years, if ever at all. But I wanted you to have this, to know that you are not alone, and that you have an obligation to the black women who have been silenced to continue their work.

This Mourning on Mother's Day

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 05.07.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

This Mother's Day feels different. Ominous somehow and heavy with sorrow. It seems wrong to celebrate when so many mothers are in pain. Whether weeping over the unarmed, and largely ignored, corpses of their daughters slain by police.

Silence on Black Female Victims Weakens Fight Against Police Brutality

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

No one can deny black men's vulnerability in this society and the recent killings of Walter Scott and Eric Harris are painful reminders, but the fact is black women suffer the same injustices. Silence in mainstream and black America is the only reason why it isn't widely acknowledged.

White Supremacy and the Killing of Walter Scott

Crystal Fleming | Posted 06.14.2015 | Black Voices
Crystal Fleming

On election night in 2008, I would have been stunned to learn that black people would continue to be killed in broad daylight under Obama's presidency. And my tears would take on new meaning had I seen a future in which a black president mostly says nothing as black citizens are routinely targeted for mass incarceration and killed by police.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Lawsuit Alleges Police Cover-Up In Death Of Sleeping 7-Year-Old

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices

The family of a 7-year-old who was fatally shot during a botched raid in 2010 is suing Detroit police, alleging officers lied about how she was killed...

Black History Month Is a Time to Reckon With Police Bias Against African-Americans and Latinos

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

In view of these difficult realties, we want to use Black History Month as a time to remember all struggles for black and Latino civil rights, so it serves as a moment not only to reflect but also to mobilize by demanding justice for Jessica, Aiyana and Orta and all black and Latino lives.

Michigan Congressman Calls For Police Reforms After Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Walks

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has pledged to introduce legislation on police accountability following the dismissal of charges against a Detroit police ...

Charges Dropped Against Cop Who Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.30.2015 | Crime

The Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping 7-year-old girl will not be retried, officials said Wednesday. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym W...

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Many of the condemnations of police brutality have excluded the experiences of black women who have been brutalized in custody. The ongoing media blackout surrounding the case of 13 black women allegedly assaulted by a police officer in Oklahoma City may be the hardest evidence of the devaluation of African-American women's lives.

Advent, Genocide, and the Baby in the Manger

Melissa Browning | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Melissa Browning

Advent is a time of hope, and the hope of Advent is this: God with us came into this world to turn everything upside down. Only a Christ who fled a violent genocide can teach us how to end violence for good.

Another Mistrial In Case Of Officer Who Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old To Death

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of the Detroit police officer who shot a sleeping 7-year-old to death. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Offi...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Manslaughter Charge Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot 7-Year-Old

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime

The dismissal of the manslaughter charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping child will stand, an appeals court ruled Monday....

Judge Dismisses Manslaughter Charge For Cop Who Shot 7-Year-Old To Death

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime

A judge has dropped the felony charge leveled against Joseph Weekley, the Detroit police officer who in 2010 shot 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones to d...

How A Police Officer Shot A Sleeping 7-Year-Old To Death

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.02.2014 | Black Voices

A Detroit police officer accused of manslaughter in the death of a 7-year-old girl will go on trial this week, as national attention remains focused o...

Cop Who Shot 7-Year-Old To Death Will Be Retried

The Huffington Post | Ashley Woods | Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

A retrial has been set for Joseph Weekley, the Detroit police officer who shot and killed a 7-year-old girl during a 2010 police raid. Weekley's pr...

Detroiters Vow To Fight For The Trayvons And Aiyanas

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.16.2013 | Detroit

As thousands of protesters rallied across the country for Trayvon Martin, Detroiters gathered Sunday to call for "justice" for the 17-year-old Florida...