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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

I Can't Breathe

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Helene Cohen Bludman

There are things most white people can't imagine, she told me. When black people walk into a store, she said, they are often eyed suspiciously by store clerks. White people cross the street to distance themselves from black people. The distrust, if not fear and hatred, is palpable.

Fix the Police! Accountability Needed in Law Enforcement

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 02.03.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

There are many fine officers who are careful and restrained in their use of force, but as long as the system protects those who cross the line, even in a case where the killing was filmed and the death was ruled by the coroner to be a homicide, public anger and distrust toward law enforcement will only grow.

Official Autopsy: Darrien Hunt Was Shot In The Back

AP | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A black man killed by Utah police died of multiple gunshot wounds, including several in the back of his body, according to an ...

Deputies Who Flashbanged Toddler Avoid Charges

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2014 | Crime

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Oct 6 (Reuters) - A grand jury in Georgia on Monday declined to indict sheriff's deputies who during a drug ...

Would a Body Camera Have Saved Michael Brown?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Whether Brown would not have been killed if Wilson had worn a body cam, and assuming that it was turned on, will never be known. However, what is known is that the wearing of body cameras may not be a fail-safe instrument for improving police work.

Witness Says Tasered Teen Went Into Convulsions: Report

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime

Witnesses to a police stop in Missouri say cops used excessive force when they used a Taser on a 17-year-old boy who is now reportedly in critical con...

Tracing The History Behind Police Militarization

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.08.2014 | Crime

With brute police force making headlines, in Ferugson, Missouri, police militarization has once again been thrust into the national conversation. It's...