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Maidan Year Three: Revolution Comes Full Circle Amidst Police Reform, U.S.-Trained Right Wing SWAT Force and Former Venezuela Ambassador

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Nikolas Kozloff

On the third year anniversary of the Maidan revolution, I'm holed up in Kyiv's decidedly retro, Soviet-era Ukraina hotel. Located just a stone's thro...

Ken Thompson Was No Reformer

Hertencia Petersen | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home
Hertencia Petersen

Behind the hype, Mr. Thompson was no friend to the civil rights community. He never departed from disparate, punitive treatment of poor people of color and his bias and extraordinary leniency for law enforcement officers was a continuation of the status quo -- not a break from it.

Rio De Janeiro's New Evangelical Mayor Could Threaten The City's Famed Diversity

The Conversation Global | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
The Conversation Global

Rio's new mayor, a former evangelical bishop, has called homosexuality a sin, but Rio is proud of its tolerance and diversity. Sergio Moraes/Reuters ...

Why Police Reform Needs To Be An Inside Job

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home

CHICAGO ― Even staunch advocates of policing admit that major changes are needed to salvage the institution’s reputation and efficacy after two ye...

Black Man Arrested On Video For Apparently Walking In Street

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 10.25.2016 | Home

Cell phone video of a black man’s arrest is drawing outrage with footage showing the man being handcuffed after allegedly walking in the street wher...

N.J Could Lead Nation In Police Reform.

Ryan Haygood | Posted 07.22.2016 | Home
Ryan Haygood

Law enforcement must respect and honor the humanity of the people they serve. They must seek first to build community, and then join with the communities they serve to be both peacemakers and peacekeepers.

Standing Together Against Injustice

Steven Choi | Posted 07.21.2016 | Home
Steven Choi

This year, as our communities get out the vote in the 2016 presidential elections, we keep in mind all these injustices that continue to plague black and immigrant communities.

Where Is Common Ground? Where Is Community?

Andy Watts | Posted 07.18.2016 | Home
Andy Watts

America must understand that Black Lives Matter is a movement born from the human spirit seeking community, harmony, and flourishing. It is biblical in its cause, revolutionary in its spirit, and democratic in its goals.

We Need To Rethink The Role Of Police In Our Lives

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 07.15.2016 | Home
Center for Community Change Action

To those who think deeply about police reform, restructuring the police's role in America would mean abandoning the broken window approach to policing, focusing on crime prevention, decriminalizing poverty and investing less in militarized police departments and more in youth services.

Philando Castile Family Attorney Issues Powerful Call For Policing Reform

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.12.2016 | Home

ST. PAUL, Minn. ― The attorney for the family of Philando Castile, the black Minnesota man who was killed by police during a traffic stop Wednesday,...

Healing America Together With Justice, Empathy

Zainab Chaudry | Posted 07.11.2016 | Home
Zainab Chaudry

Legitimate grievances do not justify illegitimate means. But if we are serious about healing our entire nation as opposed to appeasing parts of it, then we must acknowledge that the frustration and anger in America's Black communities are recurring symptoms of societal ills.

From Baton Rouge To Minnesota: Stop Dealing With Police Brutality Episodically And Deal With It Systematically

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.07.2016 | Home
Rev. Al Sharpton

It's not a Louisiana problem; it's not a Minnesota problem; it's not a Staten Island problem -- it's a national problem that requires national reform of police culture and the criminal justice system itself. Nothing short of that will turn this calamity around.

Police Body Camera Video Shows Cops Tasering Hallucinating Man To Death

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.20.2016 | Home

This video contains explicit language and disturbing scenes of violence: Fifteen jolts from a Taser were too much for Chase Sherman's body to ...

FBI Confirms 2015 Was One Of The Safest Years Ever For Cops

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home

Data released by the FBI on Monday shows that 2015 was one of the safest years for U.S. law enforcement in recorded history, following a sustained tre...

FBI Director Comey Is Wrong -- Keep Filming

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
Rev. Al Sharpton

A federal grand jury indicted officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed Walter Scott, on several charges including violating civil rights laws. During that same week, FBI director James Comey came out with more shocking statements claiming videos are somehow stifling police officers from doing their job.

Police Union Official Calls Out 'Snitch' Cops, Shows Why Accountability Fails

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.28.2016 | Home

The cloud of scrutiny darkened over the San Francisco Police Department this week, following the chief's admission that a veteran officer had drawn co...

Hungry for Justice: Brave Black and Brown San Franciscans Attempt to Rein in its Rogue Police Department by Hunger Strike

Karen Fleshman | Posted 04.26.2016 | Home
Karen Fleshman

The hunger strikers have had enough. They want change before another black or brown San Franciscan is killed by SFPD. They feel they have exhausted every avenue.

DOJ's Newark Deal Intended To End Bogus 'Contempt Of Cop' Arrests

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.31.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Newark, New Jersey, residents who record police activity won't have to worry quite as much about being wrongfully arrested under a deal ...

Pursuing Justice for My Son, Another Unarmed Black Man Killed by Police

Derrick Ambrose, Sr. | Posted 03.23.2016 | Home
Derrick Ambrose, Sr.

When a Waterloo police officer shot my unarmed 22-year-old son Derrick in the back of the head and killed him in 2012, city officials knew just how to push the incident through the criminal justice system.

Implicit Bias Training for Police May Help, but It's Not Enough

Destiny Peery | Posted 03.14.2016 | Home
Destiny Peery

If we're not confronting the ways that police culture or the criminal justice system or media representations are biased against certain groups, awareness of implicit biases will do little to prevent racial bias in policing or society more broadly.

Chicago Police Shooting Data May Reveal New Ways to Reduce Deaths and Racial Disparity

The Conversation US | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
The Conversation US

Better discipline and training are part of the solution, but they are unlikely to make dramatic difference by themselves. To create meaningful change, we must look beyond officer shooters in high-profile cases like that of McDonald and Michael Brown.

Chicago Announces New Police Training For Dealing With Mentally Ill

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.29.2016 | Home

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 12.21.2016 | Home

Donald Trump took a moment's pause from demonizing Muslims on Thursday in order to praise U.S. law enforcement officers. "Police are the most mistreat...

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

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.13.2016 | Home

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 reality...

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

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.30.2015 | Home

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 ju...