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Loretta Lynch: Sandra Bland Case Highlights 'Frustration' With Police

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics

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Eric Holder Is Really, Really Sick Of People Saying He's Anti-Cop

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed the NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, she tried to thread a needle ...

DOJ Shouldn't Wait for the Next Crisis in Policing

Alan Jenkins | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Alan Jenkins

Cleveland is not isolated. Many police departments were receiving COPS funds as they were being investigated by DOJ or entering into settlements in order to comply with constitutional and civil rights law.

Why Police Reform Won't Come From The Supreme Court Any Time Soon

MSNBC | Ari Melber | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

While the public debate over American policing has been roiling for months, a quieter debate has been playing out at the Supreme Court, which is now r...

After Baltimore: No Need to Repeat History, Let's Get to Work

Michael McAfee | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Michael McAfee

Freddie Gray's death is a tragedy, and unfortunately a tragedy that is being repeated in low-income communities across the country. But maybe it will force us to face up to our mistakes and embrace common-sense, large-scale solutions to support more children, young people and their families to succeed.

Have You No Shame?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

For the grieving mother or father of an innocent child killed at the hands of an officer "by mistake" or for any other unjustified reason, even hinting that stop-and-frisk reform has led to an increase in crime is to put the nail in the coffin of that child.

Matt Ramos

House Raids DEA Budget To Fund Police Reform And Community Outreach | Matt Ramos | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a significant blow to the United States' decadeslong war on drugs, House lawmakers voted Tuesday to strip $23 million from the embatt...

Nick Wing

25 Numbers That Show Police Killings Are A Bigger Problem Than We Ever Knew | Nick Wing | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

Two comprehensive reports published since Saturday provide new information about police killings in the United States, filling a void left by the lack...

To Win Battleground Of Ohio, Republicans Must Address Police Brutality And Reform

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

For the last quarter of a century, NAN and I have advocated on behalf of many victims of racial violence at the hands of police. But in all those years, I've never seen a situation that will force a national election to deal with policing as I do now. Translation: GOP candidates will actually have to deal with policing as an issue.

Ryan J. Reilly

Vanita Gupta Is Setting The Tone For Obama's Civil Rights Division | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Photo: Angelo Merendino via Getty Images) This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, lo...

Loretta Lynch Promises Police Reform In Baltimore

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes and details from attorney general and Baltimore mayor) BALTIMORE, May 5 (Reuters) - New U.S. Attorney General Loretta Ly...

Ryan J. Reilly

This Tiny Town Near St. Louis Is Making Minor-Crime Arrests At 100 Times The National Average | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- A study of policing in the St. Louis area released Monday, which criticized the profit-driven practices of many departments in St. Louis ...

Over-Policed and Underserved

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

Contrary to the myth we've been sold that more police, and more jails and prisons, are the best or only way to keep us safe, the real solutions to community safety lie in the things that make for thriving neighborhoods.

Will the South Teach the North About Police Reform?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We are a long way from justice and this case will have to work its way through the prosecutor, jury selection and trial, but just the contrast of this tragic incident and that of Garner's death and others is remarkable.

Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. How Many More Will It Take?

Kanya Bennett | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Kanya Bennett

It's been 31 days since the release of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, but the number of fatal police encounters is already over 100 and counting. That's an average of more than three people killed each day in March by police in America.

Ryan J. Reilly

Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

PASADENA HILLS, Mo. -- “Lacee Scott?” the judge called. The 23-year-old rose from a hard black plastic chair, walked past the fireplace and st...

Matt Sledge

Cop Cams Will Change Policing. But Maybe Not The Way You Think. | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear body cameras during a rally on Aug. 30, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Police in Ferguson were outfitte...

Protesters Rally In Chicago Demanding Police Reform In 'Stop And Frisk' Searches

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office while demanding reforms to the nation's second l...

"F*ck the Police" = Let the System Off the Hook

Michael Goldstein | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

The police we can taunt on the street are not the real problem. Their management, beholden to that fraction of "the one percent" which actually wields political power, is, as is the system they are a part of.

Mariah Stewart

At Ferguson City Council Debate, Some Still Don't See A Problem After Brutal DOJ Report | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Members of Ferguson's city council met Monday night behind closed doors to discuss the Justice Department’s blistering report on th...

Mariah Stewart

This Drunk White Guy In A Pickup Explains All You Need To Know About Race And Policing | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

FLORISSANT, Mo. -- My daughter deserved a treat. After all, she had just sat through hours of adult conversation as the only 6-year-old in the room. O...

On Ferguson, A Stark Choice: Real Reform or Petty Politics

Riley Roberts | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

The people and police officers of Ferguson can ill afford to allow the difficult but necessary reform process that's now underway to be subsumed by petty politics. To plunge headlong into a dialogue defined by the same narrow, reductive, zero-sum talking points that frame so much of our national debate would be an inexcusable mistake.

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Police Department May Fold Due To DOJ Probe | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- U.S. Justice Department investigations of police departments in the past have led to reforms or lengthy litigation. But the DOJ probe...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Finds Ferguson Police Routinely Discriminate | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- A forthcoming Justice Department report on the Ferguson Police Department has found that city officials engage in practices that disc...

Ryan J. Reilly

Policing Task Force Recommends Body Cams, Better Reporting, More Sleep For Officers | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A presidential task force on policing issues released an interim report on Monday, with recommendations that ranged from considering the...