A shocking report by Amnesty International found not a single state in the U.S. has laws that meet international human rights standards for "use of force" by police officers.
I just can't vibe with one aspect of my existence being uplifted while another piece is reminded of its inhumanity every single day. I can't focus on something like marriage, or living boldly and proudly, when I need to focus on keeping myself and those like me alive.
As part of my Fall 2015 PhD Research Colloquium course, I extended the opportunity for my Administration of Justice Doctoral Students to begin writing for the masses. Below you will find the first acceptance of this olive branch by Whitney Threadcraft-Walker.
Perhaps when police brutality ends, when trans murders stop, and when alcoholism is no longer a problem plaguing our community, it'll be time to have a party. For now, I won't be supporting alcohol companies' unethical attempt to take advantage of me or my community. Cheers.
When it comes to our criminal justice system, prosecutor and police misconduct remains the elephant in the courtroom. Sometimes it is spoken about, but rarely is any action taken.
In cities across the United States, we have seen how the militarized mold of policing and the supply of armored vehicles, assault weapons and the like have resulted in police forces who no longer see their role as one of protecting and serving, but as an occupying army.
It's important to filter out all the noise and focus on solutions to the problems facing officers and citizens. Most city and county departments have programs that allow citizens to ride in patrol cars so qualified adults can join police officers and experience what they deal with on an hourly basis.
On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day commemorated for having the last enslaved Blacks freed in America, it's time we seriously address the vitriolic legacies of white supremacy.
Though Rachel Dolezal might have compassion for what it means to be Black in America, her 15-year-old self would not have suffered the indignities as were meted out to in McKinney, Texas.
This kind of police overreaction to the perceived misbehavior of black children is happening every day across America - not just on the streets but in our schools.
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.
Burundian police have used excessive force against people protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza's election bid for a third term. Police have shot at crowds indiscriminately and severely beaten demonstrators and detainees.
The Mexican Federal Police, Mexico's primary public security institution, does not have a public manual on the use-of-force, meaning no current standards define when a member of the police can use force, including lethal, on another person.
Our voice will always be our greatest weapon. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. I choose to speak life for those whose voices have been eternally silenced.
Police abuses do not matter to most of us, and for those who have no choice and must live with these often life- threatening problems every minute of their lives, sadly the message from the majority of Americans is - you "don't look right" to us, and we just don't care about you.
None of the official condemnations closes the case. There are too many searing questions raised by this pool-party video for it to be buried and forgotten, and it fits too jarringly into an emerging national context as new as social media and, at the same time, 400 years in the making: In America, if you're black, you're automatically the enemy.