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Excessive Force

Judge Throws Out Case Against Officer Who Injured Indian Man

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics

A federal judge has thrown out a case against a police officer who was facing 10 years in prison for using excessive force against an Indian man. For...

Michael Marshall's Death at the Denver Jail Ruled a Homicide. Why Was He There in the First Place?

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

In addition to serious questions about use of force and why another unarmed person of color has died at the hands of Denver law enforcement, his case illustrates several systemic deficiencies of our criminal justice system, both in Denver and nationwide.

What's Considered Police Brutality?

Garry Rodgers | Posted 12.23.2015 | Crime
Garry Rodgers

Police brutality is an ugly term we don't want to hear. Unfortunately, it's part of the necessary and sometimes nasty business called policing. Fortunately, it rarely occurs. But when it does -- it's big news.

Despite Passage of Time, Rage in Baltimore Has Potential to Reheat | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices

The first of the police officers who were charged with Freddie Gray's death goes on trial at the end of November. The judge has imposed a gag order on all the participants. But it hasn't held back various voices from commentary on what went wrong and what could happen.

A Statement From a Collective of Delegates Attending the 2015 Latinx Ivy League Conference at Brown University

Paola Muñoz | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Paola Muñoz

Every year, a group of 80 students congregates to discuss difficult topics affecting the Latinx community in the U.S. However, instead of discussing how our communities can become empowered in the future, we were forced to reckon with the reality that the struggles of our past still plague our present.

DOJ: No Civil Rights Charges For Border Agents Over Death Of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five years after a Mexican national named Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas died after an encounter with Border Patrol agents, the Justice Depa...

Lawsuit: Campus Cops Slam Student To Ground For Smoking Violation

AP | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.06.2015 | College

CHICAGO (AP) -- A former student is suing an Illinois college alleging two campus police officers used excessive force during a videotaped arr...

Gawk of the Town

Noel Holston | Posted 11.02.2015 | Media
Noel Holston

Without meaning to, I saw the Carolina take-down clip five times in a single NBC Nightly News broadcast a couple of days after the incident occurred. Five times in the space of a minute or so. It happened so fast, I couldn't get to the remote.

Is This What School Safety Looks Like? Because It's Terrifying.

Nicole Kief | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Nicole Kief

What reportedly happened in that Spring Valley classroom is a prime example of the consequences of having a routine police presence in schools.

Protect Our Black Children

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Who can we count on to protect our children if the police and their teachers believe it is justifiable to treat them like animals?

No Justice for Tamir Rice

Tio Hardiman | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Tio Hardiman

There appears to be no justice for Tamir Rice considering the recent finding by the courts in Columbus, Ohio. This decision represents a big slap in the face for the Rice Family since the killing was captured on video.

A Teen Flashed His Brights At A Cop And Ended Up Dead

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.16.2015 | Crime

The family of an unarmed teenager shot dead by a sheriff's deputy during a Michigan traffic stop in February has filed a federal wrongful d...

Officer Fired After Tasing Suspect Who Wasn't Resisting

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area police officer has been fired following an internal investigation that revealed he used inappropri...

A National Call to Stop Excessive Force

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

As incidents of police violence against people of color continue at an alarming pace, more and more people are refusing to tolerate these atrocities and have, instead, ignited conversations about transforming policing and overcoming systemic racial injustice.

Black, White, and Blue: Americans' Attitudes on Race and Police

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Extensive public opinion research has shown stark differences in how blacks and whites perceive the police -- differences documented in survey research going back to polling conducted in response to the Kerner Commission report on the 1967 race riots.

With Police Body Cameras, D.C. Mayor Promises Transparency With Caveats

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of policy debate, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has unveiled her proposed regulations for how the public can access police body...

Cops Accused Of Murdering Handcuffed Man With Stun Guns

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.18.2015 | Crime

ATLANTA (AP) — A grand jury indicted two former Atlanta-area police officers on murder charges after prosecutors said they used stun guns on a ...

Officers Fired Excessive Number Of Shots At Bank Robbers: Report

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- The 600 shots police fired at the chaotic end to a California bank robbery that claimed the life of a hostage were ...

Kids Get Handcuffed At School More Often Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

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Do the Police See Shades of Black?

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

This belief that a light-skinned man is less likely to be harassed than a man of a darker shade is ignorance at its worst. The hashtag we all use these days says #BlackLivesMatter -- last time I checked, that wasn't shade specific. They don't see shades, why should we?

Sandra Bland's Death is a Mystery

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Sandra Bland could've been any of us. Sadly, her name is being added to a growing list of blacks dying before their time, and the destruction of black lives must come to an end.

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates.

Supreme Court Sides With Inmate In Excessive Force Case

AP | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for inmates who are accused of crimes — but not yet convicted — to bring cases of e...

Watch: Video Highlights Police Abuses in Burundi

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Human Rights Watch

Burundian police have used excessive force against people protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza's election bid for a third term. Police have shot at crowds indiscriminately and severely beaten demonstrators and detainees.

McKinney Officer Has History of Racial Animus

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 06.10.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl Dorsey

McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt and several others eventually responded and what happened next was jaw-dropping. Casebolt was captured on cellphone recordings chasing and swearing at the black teens in an attempt to corral them up like cattle.