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Police Killings

LAPD Officer Who Killed Ezell Ford Had Arrested Him 6 Years Before

Reuters | Posted 01.16.2015 | Crime

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles police officer involved in a high-profile shooting death of an unarm...

Police Chief's Anti-Racism Sign Both Lauded And Criticized

AP | Posted 01.11.2015 | Black Voices

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's new police chief is being praised by the mayor but criticized by a police union president for being photographed on N...

Athletes and Ambassadors in 2014

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

2014 saw a mixture of advances and stark reminders of continued injustice. The gay journey in America proceeded on many paths in 2014. Here are highlights.

Matt Ferner

Ezell Ford Autopsy Shows He Was Shot Three Times, Once In The Back | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.30.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- The official autopsy report for Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill black man shot to death by Los Angeles police in August, was relea...

The Year In Police Killings

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 12.29.2014 | Crime

Has the country reached a tipping point? The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and John Crawford III, among others, by police officers this ye...

Eric Garner's Daughter Visits Memorial Site Of Slain NYPD Officers

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.23.2014 | Black Voices

Emerald Snipes-Garner, the youngest daughter of Eric Garner, visited a memorial site on Monday to honor two NYPD officers who were killed over the wee...

9 Absurd Justifications For Police Killings Of Unarmed Black Males

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

In recent weeks, protests have spread across America in response to multiple grand juries declining to indict police officers responsible for the ...

Protesters Converge In DC For March Against Police Killings

AP | By MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Family members of young, unarmed black men killed by police — from Michael Brown and Eric Garner in recent months, to Amadou Dia...

The Other Capital Punishment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

If traditional capital punishment has declined, another kind of capital punishment continues unabated. This other form of capital punishment, far more common than the traditional kind, involves the killing of Americans by the police without benefit of charges, trial, jury, or the right to appeal.

Chokehold Case Stirs Debate On Special Prosecutors

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — After a police officer wasn't indicted in a fatal chokehold caught on video, some officials are reviving calls to entrust such cases...

Marchers At U.S. Capitol Protest Police Killings

AP | By CONNIE CASS | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters with signs bearing names of black Americans killed by police marched outside the U.S. Capitol and the Justice Departmen...

27 Police Officers Were Slain In The Line Of Duty In 2013. That's The Fewest In More Than 50 Years.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.24.2014 | Crime

A total of 76 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2013, the FBI reported Monday. Of those, 49 died in accidents and 27 were killed as...

Darren Wilson Ain't No Ham Sandwich: Prosecutorial Manipulation of a Flawed Grand Jury System

Kris Hermes | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Kris Hermes

Government abuse of the grand jury system has become so notorious and problematic, it caused New York Court of Appeals Judge Sol Wachtler to famously say nearly 30 years ago that if a prosecutor wanted to, a grand jury would "indict a ham sandwich."

Study: Brazilian Police Kill Average Of 6 People A Day

AP | Posted 01.11.2015 | World

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police killed more than 11,000 people between 2009 and 2013 for an average of six killings a day, a public safety NGO sai...

Charles Smith: #HeStillDeservedLife

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Black Voices
Renaldo Pearson

By now, you've probably seen this controversial news out of Savannah, Georgia: On a Thursday morning nearly a month ago (September 18), 29 year-old Charles Smith was shot and killed, while handcuffed, by Savannah-Chatham Police Officer David Jannot.

Young Black Men 21 Times Likelier To Be Shot Dead By Police Than White Peers

ProPublica | Ryan Gabrielson, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Eric Sagara | Posted 12.30.2014 | Black Voices

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, accord...

Nick Wing

13 More 'Michael Brown' Police Killings We've Learned About In The Month Since His Death | Nick Wing | Posted 09.09.2014 | Crime

If you needed more evidence that Michael Brown wasn't an isolated case, here are 13 pieces.

Activists Carry Coffin Of Mentally Ill Woman Killed By Police To City Hall

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices

By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Activists protesting the fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman by a Phoenix police serg...

How to Rationalize the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men at the Hands of Police: It's the Narrative, Stupid

Phillip Martin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Phillip Martin

The news accounts in recent weeks are tragically similar, from Los Angeles to Staten Island to Ferguson. Unarmed black men killed by police. But four years before anyone knew where Ferguson was located on a map, there was the fatal shooting of Danroy Henry Jr., known to his friends and family as "DJ."

Sabrina Siddiqui

Why Do Cops So Often Shoot To Kill? | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The fatal shooting of a man by police on Tuesday near St. Louis kept the spotlight on law enforcement's use of deadly force, as protests...

#MyBlackLifeMattersBecause Spreads Powerful Message That Race Shouldn't Affect One's Value

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Black Voices

While no one should have to justify why their life matters, the repeated narrative of unarmed black Americans being killed by police officers and vigi...

Nearly Half Of Americans Don't Believe Cops Who Kill People Will Be Brought To Justice

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.14.2014 | Black Voices

Nearly half of Americans don't trust that justice will be served after police officers kill civilians, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted d...

For Whites (Like Me): We Are Not Ignorant

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Harvey

Many of us white folks get pissed when we hear another of these preventable tragedies (the "preventable" moving it from tragedy to injustice) has happened again. But after Trayvon Martin was murdered and Zimmerman set free how many of us moved our bodies in response?

Police Shootings Echo Nationwide

Stephan Salisbury | Posted 09.29.2012 | Crime
Stephan Salisbury

In contrast to the exhaustive coverage of the massacre that left 70-plus casualties, we know very little about Anaheim and the killing of Manuel Angel Diaz, shot in the back and in the head by that city's police just a few short hours after the awful Aurora murders.

Police: Officers Acted Correctly In Shooting, Killing Middle School Student

AP | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and DANNY ROBBINS | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — On a doorstep outside a family home, a father wondered why police had to shoot his son in the hall of the boy's middle scho...