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Police Abuse

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Families Of Chicago Police Shooting Victims: 'We Just Want Answers'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices

A number of family members and supporters of four black youths fatally shot by Chicago police are calling for change. The group gathered Wednesday...

Chicago Man Says Police Stormed His Home After He Was Just Walking Down The Street

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.29.2014 | Crime

A Chicago man claims he was simply walking down the street on his way home last Friday night when two police officers pulled up and told him to "come ...

Report: Chicago Police Are Getting Away With Brutality, Most Of It Against Minorities

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.23.2014 | Black Voices

A report to be presented to the United Nations next month alleges the Chicago Police Department has engaged in "ongoing, pervasive" violence targeting...

I'm an American Citizen. If You Want to Remain a Cop, Don't Violate My Human Rights

Larry Womack | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

This idea that cops get to say when and where constitutional rights apply is so very, deeply misguided that I am shocked anyone could type it out without coming to their senses mid-sentence.

The Second Slaying of Michael Brown

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The instant the news broke that 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by a Ferguson, Missouri cop the inevitable happened. Police officials dusted off a well-worn "cover themselves" template.

Why It's Nearly Impossible to Nail Cops for Deadly Force

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The negative perceptions of blacks, especially black males, by much of the public are not the only problem in effecting effective legal measures against police violence. There is no ironclad standard of what is or isn't an acceptable use of force in police misconduct cases.

'As A Black Person, I Want Less Encounters With The Police Not Friendlier Ones'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices

The death of Eric Garner at the hands of the New York City Police Department, and additional videos that have surfaced showing police using excessive ...

The Tale of Two Police Abuse Cases

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill.

From Coast-To-Coast, Police Abuse Must End

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

After watching continuous acts of police abuse and brutality from coast-to-coast, perhaps the real question is, have we reached a point where federal authorities need to step in?