Reliable information on deaths that occur during arrests and while in jail and prison is important. Such data allow us to identify problems in the criminal justice system and come up with solutions based on evidence. It also provides greater transparency and accountability, and ultimately can help gain communities' trust.
We are members of a broken system that needs to be learned from, reviewed and renewed. A lot of people have the unfortunate burden of not understanding the importance of this until it happens to them. Because in reality, it can happen to you.
By Arthur Rizer and Bardia Bastin The rash of police-on-civilian and civilian-on-police violence has once again brought to a boil the question of wh...
This weekend, Milwaukee saw a riot on Sherman Blvd. Police and race relations in Milwaukee are fragile. The public is outraged and placing blame. With fingers pointed, the outcome is still the same.
Race riots erupted in the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin this weekend. 23-year-old Sylville Smith was shot and killed by a police officer. Smith had ...
It is now early Monday morning and Nina's "Baltimore" echoes in my mind. My city is asleep after two days of unrest and I am trying to find the words to eloquently explain these last 48 hours.
Whenever the crime-fighting folks at TASER International are queried about their best-selling product, they always insist that it's safe. It does not kill. And, when it does, it's due to a preexisting heart condition or some other medical anomaly.
A few months ago, most probably would have believed that Gaines' best course of action was to comply with the police in order to get herself and her children home safely. But "a few months ago" was before Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Carl Suddler, University of Delaware Two years ago, on Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American teenager, was shot an...
There's a certain numbness that sinks in when we continually witness tragedies. The United States is a big place with an equally large population, yet this doesn't excuse the frequency with which these crimes occur.
On November 12 1984, a Black man named Dethorne Graham had a run-in with the police in Charlotte, North Carolina. Graham was a diabetic.
Popular political rhetoric often suggests an "up from the bootstraps" approach to economic security. When it comes to the real issues affecting our communities, though, individual hard work is not enough to solve inequality.
Who guards the guardians? We do. If the cops don't change, then the people must impose change upon them.
Not everyone has the time or resources to go out and change the world, but it starts with a small step. Being a decent human cost zero dollars, and takes up zero extra time. It's quite simple: be kind, be educated, and step in when you can. Change what you do not like, and the world will change as well.
I just got out of the hospital after over 2 ½ weeks. I was admitted after the 4th of July with complete heart block. Turns out I have something calle...
Mary Bumpurs and Veronica Perry extended a national call for unity and change, maintaining a deep sense of hope and optimism that their actions would one day result in police reform.