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Deadly Force

Time For Hard And Fast Standard On When Cops Can Kill

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.06.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Even when police departments spell out exactly when an officer can use deadly force, that policy is not a ready part of the public record, that's open and accessible to all. There's also no public disclosure of how the department's rules on the use of deadly force are made a part of the officer training, and follow-up training, to drill home to officers that there are indeed strict guidelines that must be adhered to when an officer can shoot to kill.

Remembering Natasha McKenna: A Promise Unfulfilled

Jamira Burley | Posted 02.10.2017 | Black Voices
Jamira Burley

Natasha McKenna called the police to report an assault and then died at their hands. Her last words before she was restrained were, "you promised me you wouldn't kill me." That promise was broken. Natasha McKenna's family, her 7-year-old daughter, and many victims like her, deserve better.

Not A Single U.S. State Has Laws Defining When Police Should Avoid Deadly Force

The Conversation | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

In the sixth GOP debate, Donald Trump told Americans: “The police are the most mistreated people in this country.” On the same day, the Chicago Po...

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared to European Cops?

The Conversation US | Posted 11.25.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Such massive disparities defy a simple explanation, but America's gun culture is clearly an important factor. Unlike European nations, most states make it easy for adults to purchase handguns for self-defense and to keep them handy at nearly all times.

Questions From Ferguson

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Peter Van Buren

Why did the grand jury take it upon themselves to sort out the witness conclusively? The point of a grand jury is only to determine if probable cause of a crime, a very low legal hurdle, exists. If it does, they return an indictment and the case goes to trial for resolution.

Michael Brown: Stereotypes and Racial Disparities in Police Killings

Leland Ware | Posted 10.19.2014 | Black Voices
Leland Ware

Michael Brown's death is the merely the latest in a long line of episodes in which white police officers used deadly force against unarmed black men. African Americans are four times more likely than whites to die during an encounter with an officer.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Michael Brown Killing Reignites Debate Over Deadly Force | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has reopened the debate over law enforcement protocol and the use of deadly force. ...

Shooting People Who Act Crazy In Public

Reverend Billy | Posted 12.04.2013 | New York
Reverend Billy

Like with DC's heroes, NY cops are glorified store security, enforcing behaviors, not laws. In our "Church of Stop Shopping" activism in super malls -- we've noticed a kind of terror in the eye of security people when we raise our voices in joyous song.

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

GOP Candidate's Use Of Deadly Force

Bedford Patch | Ryan O'Connor | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

In the face of criticism from both New Hampshire Democrats and high-ranking members of his own party, Republican candidate for Hillsborough County She...

Poll: Most Americans Support Right To Use Deadly Force

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

* 68 pct of Americans have favorable view of NRA * Americans want to be able to defend themselves * Back curbs on automa...

Since When Is a Rock Deadly Force?

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The right to self-defense in criminal law is born out of necessity. In other words, you can't kill someone in self-defense without proving that the deadly force was necessary. There must be an imminent threat.

Rockford Shooting Shows Need for Federal Police Standards

Ben Jealous | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Jealous

The brutal, public nature of Mark Anthony Barmore's killing has thrust the city of Rockford into the spotlight, and posed disturbing questions about accountability and the use of excessive force.