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Chicago Announces New Police Training For Dealing With Mentally Ill

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, facing sharp criticism over police shootings of civilians, announced reforms on Friday to address how...

Donald Trump Says 'Police Are The Most Mistreated People' In America

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics

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Here’s How Many Cops Got Convicted Of Murder Last Year For On-Duty Shootings

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

Many people viewed 2015 as a year of reckoning for police, with continued scrutiny of the use of deadly force spurring momentum for reform. In realit...

16 Numbers That Explain Why Police Reform Became An Even Bigger Story In 2015

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics

If 2014 was the year many people began asking hard questions about problems with policing, 2015 was the year we started getting answers that showed j...

Number Of Police Officers Charged With Murder, Manslaughter Triples In 2015

Associated Press | Nick Wing | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- The number of U.S. police officers charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings has tripled this year - a sharp increase...

Prosecuting Officer Van Dyke Won't Change a Racist Police Culture

Jeffery Robinson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Jeffery Robinson

Charging Officer Van Dyke with murder is a critical step towards justice, but it can't be the beginning and end of this story. Some have used the fact that Officer Van Dyke has been charged with murder to advance the narrative that he was a "bad apple" acting outside the culture of the department.

Police Veteran Rejects 'Ferguson Effect' At Ted Cruz Hearing

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of a U.S. Justice Department office that works with local law enforcement agencies on Tuesday rejected the so-called Ferguson ...

Loretta Lynch Says There's 'No Data' To Support Ferguson Effect

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday there was "no data" to support the notion that the national debate over the use of force by ...

Hillary Clinton Says She'd Beef Up Federal Oversight Of Police

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Expanding the federal government's abilities to investigate police departments across the country would be a key part of Hillary Clinton...

Tattered Justice System Overlooks Dangerous Cops

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Law enforcement officers accused of sexual misconduct have jumped from job to job — and at times faced fresh allegations that include rapin...

Hundreds Of Cops Kicked Off Force For Committing Sex Crimes

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.01.2015 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a...

Obama To Police: We Must 'Stick With The Facts' On Criminal Justice

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama told police chiefs from across the country on Tuesday that the country is enjoying "historically low rates of violen...

New Bill Would Require All St. Louis County Police Departments To Get Proper Training

The Huffington Post | Mariah Stewart | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

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What's Missing From the Debate Stage? Voting Rights and Criminal Justice Reform Specifics

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Modern-day voter suppression isn't confined to Alabama alone. For the past several years, dozens of states have adopted tough new voter ID laws that severely inhibit the poor, people of color, the elderly, those in rural communities and others from voting.

Fox News Panel Gets Testy Over Whether Black Lives Matter Is Negatively Affecting Policing

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.15.2015 | Media

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Here's What Happens When You Complain To Cops About Cops

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

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Reducing Gun Violence and Reforming Our Criminal Justice System Simultaneously

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

I can cite facts and figures all day long depicting the disparity in which different communities are policed, who gets stopped, who gets frisked, who gets arrested, who can afford an attorney and what actual crime rates are broken down by various categories including race and ethnicity. Bottom line is, our criminal justice system is unbalanced, broken and in need of immediate repair.

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 ...