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Excessive Force

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.

The Cleveland Police Department and the Consent Decree

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl Dorsey

Nearly six months after the murder of Tamir Rice, Officer Loehmann has yet to be interviewed regarding the incident. I guess the "culture change" has resulted in "less secrecy" -- not. Chief Williams, why hasn't Loehmann been interviewed?

Cleveland Clergy Demand Action After Brelo's Not Guilty Verdict

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion

Religious leaders in Cleveland are demanding action after a policeman charged with shooting two unarmed black citizens was acquitted Saturday. Lead...

'I Can't Breathe': Soldier's Final Minutes Captured In GRAPHIC Jail Video

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices

Sgt. James Brown was an active-duty soldier who had served two tours of duty in Iraq. But he didn't survive a two-day DWI sentence in 2012. New ...

In a Cop Culture, the Bill of Rights Doesn't Amount to Much

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.07.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

If you want a recipe for disaster, this is it: Take police cadets, train them in the ways of war, dress and equip them for battle, teach them to see the people they serve not as human beings but as suspects and enemies, and then indoctrinate them into believing that their main priority is to make it home alive at any cost.

The Militarization of American Streets

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When the CVS stores go up in flames and local stores are looted, politicians denounce what's happened and demand an instant return to law and order, while calling on police departments to wear body cameras and rethink their attitudes. But there's another reality that has to be faced.

The Chickens Come Home to Roost in Baltimore

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Like so many African American men before him in this country, Gray was guilty of nothing other than "walking while black." In his case, Baltimore's sordid history of racial and class oppression, combined with the war on drugs, made for a deadly combination.

Where Is the World... ?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

I love the black men in my life. They are my brothers, my nephews, my cousins, my best friends. When they hurt, I hurt. We hurt. And once again, we find ourselves deeply hurting from a socially-constructed wound of perpetual, centuries-long injustices.

The Anatomy of a Riot

Chris Peak | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Peak

What would be accurate is to suggest that the "thugs" are those who have been in charge of the city of Baltimore for the past four decades, who by all accounts, haven't done a thing to improve their city since the riots of '68 happened following the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Cops Who Go Rogue

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.29.2015 | Crime
Dr. Gail Gross

I believe most police officers are honorable and very good at their jobs. The difference with law enforcement, however, is that their rogue employees have the potential to cause terrible harm because they are armed with deadly weapons.

There's Nothing New About the Freddie Gray Case

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl Dorsey

We now know that Freddie Gray's apparent fatal spine injury was not the first delivered at the hands of a Baltimore police officer.

Texas Cop Knocks Allegedly Drunk Woman Out In Front Of Her Daughter

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.23.2015 | Crime

A Texas police officer was following protocol Tuesday when he was caught on video throwing a drunk woman to the ground, knocking her unconscious, his ...

Jason Cherkis

D.C. Mayor Doesn't Want You To See Police Body Camera Footage | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After this month's police killing of Walter Scott in South Carolina, Americans were treated to another lesson in how police departments ...

This Is Why We March

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

In this catalytic moment driven by cataclysmic circumstances, what we have witnessed across America since the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner may be new to a generation, but it is not new to a nation.

Lydia O'Connor

Campus Police Officer Faces Termination For Refusing To Use Stun Gun On Student | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.10.2014 | College

Amid national outrage over brutal behavior by police officers, a university police officer in California received notice of termination last week beca...