What is needed now is calm and thoughtfulness, and a real willingness to engage in dialogue on both sides. But respecting law enforcement is a critical part of that equation.
Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.
Col. Davis is someone who will to continue to fight for what is right along with the ACLU. I wish him and them the best, and for justice to prevail.
I first met Eric Holder during the Clinton years when he was serving as Deputy Attorney General. Back then, my community was deeply troubled by FBI harassment, the government's use of "secret evidence" to detain individuals and profiling of Muslim or Arab-looking individuals at airports around the country.
The haunting cry, "I can't breathe" has echoed around the world and its impact grows daily. Eric Garner's dying words have become an eloquent expression of helplessness and frustration at black men dying at the hands of police who walk free.
Given the current discussion on ways to restore harmony to police-community relations, it is worth revisiting the history. In November of 1993, the New York City Police Department officially banned the use of chokeholds.
We can talk all we want about provocation and perception. About chokeholds and grand juries. About the militarization of the police. But I want to talk about hopelessness. The criminal justice system is broken, and broken in a way that has harmed communities of color much more than other communities.
The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other unarmed African American men by police officers have sparked a much-needed national conversation on the urgent need to address biased policing.
When the seemingly inevitable failure to indict in the Garner case was made public yesterday, I sat at my desk at the firm where I work, paralyzed. I could no longer truly concentrate on the tasks before me. I needed to talk or plan or organize. I needed to take action. But I couldn't.
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May law enforcement and government officials have the courage to say "We are sorry and cannot allow such events to happen ever again" and commit to overhauling police forces all over this country
"Black lives matter." "I can't breath." These are the words that have been chanted by protestors from New York to California. Demonstrations continue nationwide against the deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers.
There are two ironclad requisites for a federal prosecution of a police officer for the criminal use of deadly force. One is that there has to be solid proof that the officer acted either with racial animus or with reckless intent to cause malice to an individual. The other requisite is there has to be a compelling interest.
With the nomination of Lorretta Lynch for attorney general, it is a crucial time to learn from past mistakes and oversights. We call on Lynch to learn from the past and work towards true accountability and fairness for all.
You know what might help in this crisis-to-end-all-crises? Having a Surgeon General in office. President Obama nominated someone for the job last November, but his confirmation has been blocked ever since.
There is simply no good reason to reduce voting access -- and individuals who seek to enact laws that do so should be called upon to justify their actions.