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Police Militarization

Should the Police Be Armed?

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.16.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

The cellphone video "reality footage" just doesn't stop. Black men are shot, killed, handcuffed. The shortcomings of their prematurely terminated lives soon become public knowledge, vaguely justifying the shocking wrongness of the officer's action -- always poisoning the grief.

No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Consider the following a much-needed reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same prison cell.

Democratic Congressman: 'It Feels Like Open Season On Black Men In America'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) made it clear just how fed up he is with Congress' inaction on police accountability on the House floor on Monday. "It fe...

States Face Uphill Battle Over Growing Militarization Of Police

Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Tony Robinson, Rubén García, and Police Brutality Against Brown Bodies

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

The current atmosphere of police brutality shows that many men of color continue to live in a police state in the 21st century United States. When racial profiling, police brutality, and general discrimination are proven to be systematic in our society then we should all be pushing for actions that create change together.

Warning: Killer Cops Are Armed and Dangerous

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime
Lev Raphael

Nothing's changed at the local level. Look at this past week's story from Pasco, Washington. A troubled man was gunned down for throwing rocks at police. Rocks. When will it end?

In Whose America?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In sum, we, the people, are ever less in control of anything. The police are increasingly not "ours," nor are the NSA and its colleague outfits "our" intelligence agencies, nor are the wars we are fighting "our" wars, nor the elections in which we vote "our" elections.

Why Are Republicans Trying to Suppress My Fight Against Militarizing the Border?

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration provided supporters of the House GOP's Homeland Security bill an opportunity to demonstrate a need for granting local officers whose duties include "border security activities" priority access to the DOD's free transfer program. Instead, the GOP demonstrated no actual need and tried to censor me when I pointed this out.

Police Think They're Above the Law, and for Good Reason: Here's One Way to Change It

Matt Kaiser | Posted 04.01.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Police have a lot of power. What they don't have is a lot of accountability. That needs to change.

War in Two Directions

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

By all means, the VA is failing American veterans terribly, with wholesale claim denials and scandalous waiting times and a general, contemptuous dismissal of the psychological and physical wounds American vets are coming home with.

The Key to Post-Ferguson Reform

Andrew Collins | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Andrew Collins

So many police departments withhold data on internal investigations that it can be difficult to even grasp the scope of problems, much less prescribe solutions.

Turning Our Backs

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We live in a broken, violent world. Turning our backs on it won't change anything.

A New Christmas Truce

Travis Irvine | Posted 02.23.2015 | Crime
Travis Irvine

If soldiers in the trenches -- who were fighting the biggest war at that time -- were able to take at least a few hours to see beyond their conflict, to see the bigger picture and stop trying to kill each other, then why couldn't we?

A Fixable Problem for Our Society

Marc Gopin | Posted 02.22.2015 | Crime
Marc Gopin

Community policing needs to be restored to its pre-9/11 commitments. Counterterrorism influences on policing must be scaled back dramatically, especially the corrupting influence of military and counterterrorism training with its absurd technical firepower, and shoot to kill orders.

What Have We Become?

Dave Pruett | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Americans now have yet another question to ponder. The U.S. has grossly violated international norms of civilized behavior. We have also broken our word. Why should American's care?

The Militarized Divide

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Either we're united by our common humanity or we live in a broken world, a nation hellishly divided against itself, a roiling stew of privilege and squalor. And no one in such a world is free -- that is to say, fully himself or herself, fully human.

Extrajudicial Killings Show Grand Jury Reform Long Overdue

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Passage of this bill would replace the secretive grand jury process with a special prosecutor/open court, probable cause inquiry that would help restore trust in our justice system, while ensuring a fair process for all parties.

What Happened to Protect and Serve? Cops, Civilians and Guns

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

If you'll excuse my descending into cliche, the issue that began in Ferguson, Mo. is moving beyond racism to the present-day penchant of police departments to apply military thinking to civilian life.This thinking leads cops to expect and insist on instant obedience in any interaction. If they don't get it, they escalate.

Still an American Dilemma

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

So here we are, approaching Christmas 2014. Racism still taints the American dream. And unlike, say, in 1964 when there was a sense of a movement on the march with history on its side, it is hard to summon up optimism.

'Protect and Serve' or 'In Your Face'

James Zogby | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

The tragedy of Ferguson has certainly generated a national conversation about race, about the over-militarization of local police departments, about the excessive use of force and about the prosecutor's abuse of the notoriously unfair Grand Jury system.

Stakes Is High: Redeeming the Soul of America

Michael W. Waters | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Violence is far too often not just a subtext, but the text in American society. No place in our society has remained untouched. Not suburbia. Not the halls of higher education. However, American violence proves all the more weighty when it is unjustly enacted by those who carry a firearm and a badge.

Choking on the News of The Eric Garner Grand Jury Farce

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

I wish I could believe that demonstrations like the ones we saw last night across the country and Congressional calls for action are going to change anything. My fear is they'll only reinforce an Us vs. Them mentality that's brought us to where we are now.

An MRAP Is Not a Blanket

Kara Dansky | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Kara Dansky

If local police are going to receive military weapons at all, the federal government has an obligation to put some reasonable constraints on how they are able to use them.

Exclusive Photos Of Two Men's 540-Mile Journey From Atlanta To Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices

In response to the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by police officer Darren Wilson, people across the country have partic...

LOOK: Workers And Students Leave Jobs And Classes To Participate In Walkout For Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices

At 12:01 p.m. EST on Monday, scores of demonstrators walked out of their schools, homes and office buildings to participate in a nationwide demons...