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Police Militarization

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

Matt Kaiser | Posted 01.30.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.07.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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...

Liberty, Racism and Police Militarization

Andrew Nathan Bartholomew | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Andrew Nathan Bartholomew

It is becoming evident that police agencies are implicitly prioritizing their own safety over that of the public. This reorganization of priorities is implied by a passive but evident willingness to increase their protection and firepower at the cost of civil liberty and comfort.

Photo Of Young Boy Hugging Officer Goes Viral And Becomes 'Icon Of Hope'

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

As photos around the web show images of nationwide protests in reaction to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, one particular image has received widespr...

LOOK: Powerful Photos Show The Evolution Of Michael Brown's Vigil

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.30.2014 | Black Voices

The death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9th in Ferguson, Missouri immediately prompted a reaction from the community which evolved into a series of protest...

Protesters Shut Down Oakland Train Station

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.28.2014 | Black Voices

As people nationwide actively boycott big businesses on Black Friday, a group of protesters in California forced a temporary shutdown of a BART train ...

Criminal Injustice: 4 Ways Courts Can Restore Faith in the Legal System After Ferguson

Evan Bernick | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

As protests continue across the nation, it is worth asking what, if anything, can be done to address the perception that citizens cannot expect help from the courts when police officers are accused of unjustifiably depriving them of their liberty, property or even their lives.

Michael Brown's Legacy Continues To Evolve

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 01.28.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on wh...

#BlackoutBlackFriday: A National Call To Boycott Black Friday

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have spread nationwide in the past few days, and activists are continuing to speak out against injustice as they plan ...

Volunteers In Ferguson Help Ward Off Looters

Reuters | Emily Flitter | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, MO., Nov 26 (Reuters) - Since looting first erupted following the August police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, nearly all the bus...