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Police Reform

Over-Policed and Underserved

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 04.16.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.11.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.05.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

James Gierach | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
James Gierach

Policing today is focused on enforcing moral behavior, which, regardless of one's opinions about legislating and enforcing personal behavior, has had devastating consequences.

As Long As Americans Believe This Myth, Police Reform Will Be Impossible

Gawker | Donovan X. Ramsey | Posted 02.05.2015 | Black Voices

In recent weeks, the White House has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening "community policing" around the country. The U.S. Conference of Mayors...

Police Reform Is Impossible In America

Gawker | Donovan X. Ramsey | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices

In recent weeks, the White House has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening "community policing" around the country. The U.S. Conference of Mayors...

Michigan Congressman Calls For Police Reforms After Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Walks

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has pledged to introduce legislation on police accountability following the dismissal of charges against a Detroit police ...

Matt Sledge

Police Reform Organizers Pitch Net Neutrality To FCC

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

Police reform organizers traveled to Capitol Hill and the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to push for open access to the Internet, which t...

Nearly Everyone Supports These Two Key Police Reform Proposals

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

Americans agree across party lines on some proposed police reform policies, according to the results of a Washington Post/ABC News poll released last ...

After Deadly Disputes, Policing Can Never Be the Same

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.20.2015 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If you don't realize that a new day has dawned in law enforcement -- a day where a growing number of citizens automatically mistrust cops -- you might want to get back out on the street and walk a beat for a day or two.

This Is Why We March

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

In this catalytic moment driven by cataclysmic circumstances, what we have witnessed across America since the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner may be new to a generation, but it is not new to a nation.

What You May Not Know If You Have Never Been Accused of Being a Drug Mule

Mitch McEwen | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
Mitch McEwen

Often when I tell white Americans about my experience with police, their response is one of incredulity. It strikes me that after the events of Ferguson and Staten Island, perhaps we are doing ourselves a disservice by not sharing these stories and not being open to hearing them.

Following the Garner Case, We Need to Restore Confidence in Our Justice System Now

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 02.08.2015 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

We cannot wait months for the legislature to act. We can, and must, act now. Existing state law authorizes the governor to supersede any local district attorney on any criminal matter by appointing the attorney general to investigate and prosecute the case.

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Activists, Encouraged By White House Meeting, Still Predict Uphill Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Activists involved with the Ferguson, Missouri, protests followed their presidential meeting on Monday with words of caution: There's a ...

Getting Beyond Ferguson

David M. Kennedy | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
David M. Kennedy

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a groundbreaking initiative to take on one of the most damaging social problems facing the nation: the strained and often broken relationship between many communities and law enforcement. It is time, and past time.