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On Three-Year Anniversary Of Ramarley Graham's Death, His Mother Is Still Waiting For Answers

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Constance Malcolm still lives in the Bronx apartment where her 18-year-old son, Ramarley Graham, was shot and killed by a New York City Po...

What Is on the Horizon for Grand Jury Reform?

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 01.23.2015 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Some of the current proposals may deserve consideration but they would have greater long-term impact and meaning if they improve transparency within the criminal justice system more generally and are not limited to cases just involving police.

What We've Lost Since Ethan Saylor's Death

Mardra Sikora | Posted 01.28.2015 | Crime
Mardra Sikora

During these last two years, #JusticeForEthan has evolved from the demand for answers regarding one man's death to the rallying cry focused on the need for change. Despite all that has been lost -- and it is far too much -- there is now a spotlight on where changes need to come.

Christopher Mathias

Lawyers March For Release Of Eric Garner Grand Jury Records

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Eric Garner’s mother and daughter stood outside the 120th Precinct in Staten Island on Thursday before a crowd of over 100 people. E...

Vote in Lester and Charlie's Annual Prediction Poll

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.30.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

For more years than we care to count, you readers have helped us bet on what the big news stories of the next year will be. Sometimes, to our astonishment, we get something right.

Foley Square: Our Streets

Brigitte Hamadey | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Brigitte Hamadey

Since December 3rd, I have returned to the streets because having a voice in the justice system is not sufficient either. In solidarity with my angered peers, I lean on the unofficial fourth branch of government that has the final say: collective civil society.

The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing a game of cards against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose.

Extrajudicial Killings Show Grand Jury Reform Long Overdue

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Passage of this bill would replace the secretive grand jury process with a special prosecutor/open court, probable cause inquiry that would help restore trust in our justice system, while ensuring a fair process for all parties.

Santa Claus, His Reindeer and Elves to Wear Body Cameras

Spencer Green | Posted 02.06.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Reports from the North Pole indicate that Santa Claus, his elves and his reindeer will begin to wear body cameras in the remaining days leading up to Christmas.

The Tale of Two Tapes

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

We have come to a very dangerous point in our history. The protests will only intensify. The American public will be paying much closer attention from both sides of the polarization. The problems are complex and multi-layered. The police force is merely acting as the tip-of-the-spear.

Following the Garner Case, We Need to Restore Confidence in Our Justice System Now

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 02.08.2015 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

We cannot wait months for the legislature to act. We can, and must, act now. Existing state law authorizes the governor to supersede any local district attorney on any criminal matter by appointing the attorney general to investigate and prosecute the case.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

Can You Pass This Grand Jury Screening Test?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.07.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Who is serving on these grand juries? Can it be just a bizarre coincidence that every grand jury decides that no police officer ever did anything wrong? Or is something more insidious going on here?

White Ignorance at the Core of Racial Tensions

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Pretending to know what it's like to be black in America isn't even remotely close to actually being black in America.

Living While Black?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Maybe not your life. But somebody's. ...

Here Is A Look At Police Killings Cited By Protesters

AP | Posted 12.06.2014 | Black Voices

Several recent killings of black men or boys by police officers across the nation and grand juries' decisions not to indict some of the officers have ...

Lend Me a Breath

Satpal Singh | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Satpal Singh

The issue is still larger than Mr. Eric Garner and Mr. Michael Brown. What we saw in New York City and Ferguson are just symptoms of a cancer that has metastasized all over humanity.

How Bloggers and Comedians Are Telling Us More Than the Mainstream Media About the Ferguson, Garner Deaths

Art Levine | Posted 02.03.2015 | Media
Art Levine

Sometimes the news is so horrible you just have to laugh at it -- and comics and bloggers help raise awareness of what's wrong in a system that sorely needs changing.

Believing Our Lying Eyes

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

We cannot allow Eric Garner's sadly prophetic next words, "It stops today," to refer only to his life. It is past time that we admit what so many have known for too long: That all too often, our justice system simply is not just.

Understanding the Real Role of a Grand Jury

Lalit Kundani | Posted 02.03.2015 | Crime
Lalit Kundani

While much of the protests revolving around Ferguson and Staten Island now revolve around race, there is an even more troubling dynamic and that is the perversion of the legal system in both instances to trust itself.

Improving the Justice System Following the Deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner

Louis Klarevas | Posted 02.03.2015 | Crime
Louis Klarevas

Did Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo receive special or unorthodox treatment from prosecutors that resulted in the return of a "no bill"? It's difficult to answer this question because the grand juries handling both of these investigations met behind closed doors.

On Being Breathless

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.

Uncle Of Boy, 12, Shot By Officer Calls For Change

AP | Posted 12.04.2014 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — The uncle of a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by a Cleveland police officer told mourners at a memorial serv...

Stop Protecting the Badge

Jarad Barr | Posted 02.02.2015 | Crime
Jarad Barr

In cases such as Eric Garner, we must look beyond the badge. If the forearm cutting off Mr. Garner's air passages belonged to a man with any other professional occupation he would face consequences in the court of law.

'Right Now Jesus Is Saying: I Can't Breathe'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion

A grand jury decided on Wednesday not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner. Less a month before ...