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What East Coast Attitude? A Blizzard Brought The Selfless Side Out Of New Yorkers

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg & Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.29.2015 | Good News

Updated on Jan. 29, 2015 at 2:20 P.M. EST The Big Apple often gets a bad rap for being a town of chilly attitudes. But during Winter Storm Juno, Ne...

Je Suis Moi -- I Am Me

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I must strive to move beyond my fears, and experience life with open eyes, an open heart and an open mind. I am limited by my unwillingness to embrace the people who have intimate knowledge of the parts of me I have yet to discover; I have yet to embrace.

Blasting Away Black Faces and Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.21.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why does Chief J. Scott Dennis believe it to be good policy and practice to further target (literally and figuratively) people who have paid for their past mistakes? Does he think his policy has no real impact on the loved ones of those whose pictures his officers blast away?

AG Eric Holder Slashes Civil Asset Forfeiture

Bill Piper | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

Today's actions by Eric Holder are a good first step to ending the unjust enforcement of this program once and for all. But now Congress needs to pass legislation to make this change permanent.

The Future Will Require Learning How to Exist in a Multicultural Society

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 12.31.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Many are calling for community policing. But community policing without a clear focus on crime risk factors does not have an effect on crime.

Dealing With the Racial Nature of Wrongful Convictions

David A. Love | Posted 12.23.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to change that.

Why We Should Respect Law Enforcement

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

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.

How Are 911 Operators So Relaxed During Emergency Calls?

Quora | Posted 12.19.2014 | Crime
Quora

As a dispatcher, there is a script that you follow, and while I am talking to a caller, I'm typing (I type as fast as you can talk), I'm keying my mike and sending units and I'm connecting you to the paramedics if you need them.

These Cops Saved Christmas For Single Mom And Son Whose Home Was Burglarized

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News

These cops made sure that a single mother and her son could have the Christmas they deserved. Karie Steele of Indianapolis, Indiana, and her 5-yea...

This Is Why We March

Marc H. Morial | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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.

Let's All Breathe Again

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Robert E. Johnson

As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?

Black Officers Torn Between Duty And Race

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND and KRISTIN J. BENDER | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

Jorge "Jinho" Ferreira feels the tension between being black and carrying a badge every day as a sheriff's deputy in Alameda County, California. "I f...

Santa Claus, His Reindeer and Elves to Wear Body Cameras

Spencer Green | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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.

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

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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.

See What Your Local Agency Received From The Department Of Defense

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

Local law enforcement agencies are eligible to receive surplus military equipment through the Department of Defense's Execess Property Program, also k...

How One Man Turned a Municipal Police Department Into an Agile Software Company

Rich Nadworny | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Rich Nadworny

In the middle of this, Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling asked a critical question: What if we built this ourselves, based on our own needs and experience?

Aussie Police Officers Take A Break From A Serious Summit To Get Their Dance On

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.02.2014 | Good News

Who says cops are all business? Police officers from the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia took a break to bust a move and get in the groove. Watc...

Liberty, Racism and Police Militarization

Andrew Nathan Bartholomew | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Andrew Nathan Bartholomew

It is becoming evident that police agencies are implicitly prioritizing their own safety over that of the public. This reorganization of priorities is implied by a passive but evident willingness to increase their protection and firepower at the cost of civil liberty and comfort.

Police Shootings as Accidents

Tom Harvey | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Tom Harvey

If we do study officer-involved shootings and find probable causes for them, we are going to, in my opinion, discover that training and the cultural perception of constant threat is the major factor -- it won't be bad will by the officers.

Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 01.29.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

What has happened in Ferguson can either move us forward or push us back. Most of its residents are reasonable, peaceful people who want change. But right now, the fact is whatever happens in Ferguson affects black people everywhere as it relates to this singular issue of deadly police force.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

Love Letter to Those Awaiting Justice in Ferguson

Gyasi Ross | Posted 01.17.2015 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

Many of our Native communities have likewise been peppered with many incidents of police forces -- primarily consisting of outsiders -- that commit bad acts and abuse their powers. You are not alone. We're praying, thinking and focused on the situation in Ferguson and elsewhere.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

How the Criminal Justice System Fails the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Crime
Lydia L. Callis

Imagine a situation where you are accused of a crime -- perhaps a crime you did not commit, or maybe even a crime you were the victim of. The arresting officers use a different language; you're unable to communicate what happened before you get brought to jail.