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Deadly Force

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Philly Police Chief Asks Feds To Look At Cops Use Of Deadly Force

AP | Posted 07.29.2013 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A website says Philadelphia's police commissioner has asked federal authorities to take a look at the police department's use of ...

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.