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Police Reform

Weathering the Police Reform Storm

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 10.02.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

With reforms like these who'll be surprised by the next high-profile incident of police abuse? Not me.

Obama Administration Gives DC, LA, Chicago And Other Police Departments Millions For Body Cameras

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

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2016 Democrats Are All Talk, No Walk On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Peter James Callahan | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

Criminal justice reform is a hot topic in 2016, especially for Democrats. But if you look beyond today’s campaign rhetoric about fixing our bro...

Decision Points: Police Should Engage in Local Justice System Reform to Build Trust and Strengthen Communities

Hassan Aden | Posted 08.28.2015 | Crime
Hassan Aden

There is no singular solution to the crisis in local justice systems that many communities face. Only by focusing on the criminal justice system holistically can we help prevent unnecessary jail stays and reduce the problem of mass incarceration.

Here's What Black Lives Matter Activists Want Politicians To Do About Police Violence

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics

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White House Police Data Initiative Could Lead To Reform -- If The Public Demands It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact

We entrust police officers with the ability to use deadly force when necessary to uphold their oaths to protect and serve the public. In many states a...

Police Say They Must Choose Between A Dead Criminal And A Dead Cop. It's Not That Simple.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

A police detective in Birmingham, Alabama, says he faced a decision this month that cops sometimes have to make in the line of duty. He had the c...

Police Group Makes A Big Admission About 'Justifiable' Police Shootings

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many recent controversial police shootings could have been avoided, even though they may have been legally justifiable, according to a ...

Police Shootings Are About Class As Well As Race

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Excessive force puts white lives at risk, as well as those of blacks and Hispanics. But the silence of the white community and of the white church is deafening. We need people of conscience in the white community to join with the growing movement grounded in the African-American community to demand reform.

Police Reform One Year After Michael Brown's Death

Kami Chavis Simmons | Posted 08.09.2015 | Politics
Kami Chavis Simmons

Meaningful reform will require sustained effort to create the cultural shift in policing that is necessary to restore trust and legitimacy, especially among racial minorities. A year after Michael Brown's death, we have made strides toward progress, but there is more work to do.

Disturbing Video Shows Kentucky Officer Handcuff Crying Third-Grader At School

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

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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.