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The Logic of the Police State

Matthew Harwood | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

What this "debate" has revealed, in fact, is a mainstream policing mindset ready to manufacture fear without evidence and promote the belief that American civil rights and liberties are actually an impediment to public safety.

Concealed Handgun Laws -- (Fire)Power to the People?

SpearIt | Posted 11.18.2015 | Crime

The proliferation of gun laws that permit civilians to carry a concealed firearm triggers many important questions. For starters, what are the social effects of more citizens packing more heat?

Rahm Emanuel Blames Chicago Crime Increase On Backlash Against Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) thinks the nationwide push for police accountability has made cops go "fetal," leading to a surge in cri...

Here's What Happens When You Complain To Cops About Cops

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

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Mistrial For Alabama Officer Charged After Assaulting Indian Man

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

Sept 11 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge declared a mistrial on Friday in the case of an Alabama policeman on trial for violating an Indian man's rights by t...

Will Lebanon Fall to ISIS Next?

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Paul Heroux

ISIS took advantage of the failure of the central governments to keep control of civil society in Syria and Iraq. If Lebanon's government collapses it is possible that ISIS may try to fill the vacuum in the absence of effective leadership.

One Officer Was Indicted For Murdering Sam Dubose. What About the Officer(s) Who Lied To Cover It Up?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.03.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

Police officers aren't the only people who lie about crimes. That's not the point. The police are supposed to uphold the law. Criminals are supposed be the ones who break it. We should be able to tell the difference between them.

Sandra Bland Wasn't The Only Woman Abused By Male Cops In Texas

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old woman believed to have taken her own life after being subject to a forceful arrest, is drawing...

Sanders, Clinton and the Democratic Party Should Thank #BlackLivesMatter

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Rather than simply asking for black votes in October 2016 after having taken them for granted up to that point, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will possess the credibility that comes with having earned those votes. At that point -- if not a lot earlier -- the Democratic Party and its nominee will need to thank #BlackLivesMatter.

Want to Be an Ally in the Fight Against Racism? Two Teens Show How It's Done

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

One of the more difficult things to do, for many of us at least, is to react in the moment, when injustice is occurring right in front our eyes, but in a way that does not directly affect us. The "safe" thing to do is avoid the conflict, to get away and certainly not get involved. However, there are times when the safe thing to do is not the right thing to do.

African Americans Killed By Cops Are Twice As Likely to Have Been Unarmed As Whites

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

This is a complicated piece of data, but it reveals something relatively simple. An unarmed black or brown person in America is much more likely to be killed by a police officer than an unarmed white person.

After 30 Years, Accountability for Police Torture in Chicago

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.29.2015 | Black Voices
Steven W. Hawkins

The vast majority of Burge's survivors were never compensated for their ordeal, and not a single survivor has ever received adequate reparations. Burge and his detectives were never held accountable for the crime of torture.

The Five Lingering Questions After Baltimore Prosecutor's Announcement of Charges in Freddie Gray's Death

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

This case will likely have significant legal challenges that are belied by the confidence of Ms. Mosby's presentation and the relative breakneck speed at which she filed charges. After listening closely to the press conference, I believe there are five big takeaways.

If I Were a Black Man

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Whether or not one believes in the fairness of the justice system, the picture that African-Americans see is stark and bleak. The facts stare them in the face every day.

The GOP Will Still War on Lynch

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Attorney General Loretta Lynch at long last won the first round of battle with the GOP with her confirmation. But it's only the first round. There are three reasons for their continuing war on her.

REPORTS: Mexican Police Allegedly Killed 16 Unarmed People In January

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY, April 19 (Reuters) - Three media outlets said on Sunday that Mexican federal police killed 16 unarmed people in two separate attacks in...

How a Broken Taillight Can Be a Death Sentence in America

Karen Dolan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Karen Dolan

The situation that led to the killing of Walter Scott by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina is indicative of the crisis created by the growing criminalization of poverty in America and the persistent de-humanization of black people.

Cop To Black Teen: 'F**k With Me, I'll Break Your Leg' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.06.2015 | Crime

A Minneapolis cop was caught on camera threatening to break the leg of a teenager who said he was racially profiled. Hamza Jeylani, 17, said he and...

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For Detroit Man Brutally Beaten By Police

Reuters | Serena Maria Daniels | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea for a man charged with drug possession who was dragged from his car, struck several times i...

Chicago's Stop-And-Frisk Rate Four Times NYC At Its Worst, ACLU Says

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City count...

Honolulu Police Officer Indicted On Charges Of Assault, Theft, Property Damage

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 02.13.2015 | Crime

A Honolulu police officer has been accused of physically abusing his girlfriend for more than a year. Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted Ho...

Living While Black?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

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

Lydia O'Connor

Police Broke Protesting Students' Bones And Caused A Concussion, Lawsuit Claims | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.03.2014 | College

Two City College of San Francisco students who report suffering from broken bones and a concussion, as well as being choked and pepper-sprayed, at the...

Michael McAuliff

Police Body Cameras Seen As A Fix For Ferguson-Style Killings | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Brown's family did not just decry a grand jury's decision to bring no charges against the police officer who killed the 18-year-...

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago Police Say Complaints And Police Shootings Are Down, Despite Protests | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

Though the Chicago Police Department has been the subject of multiple recent protests and a scathing report concerning the way it handles police-invol...