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Police Shootings

Former Detroit Leader Fears For His Son's Life At The Hands Of Police

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices

Detroit’s former emergency manager said Thursday that he worries about his son ending up dead after an encounter with police, echoing the fears of m...

LAPD Officer Who Killed Ezell Ford Had Arrested Him 6 Years Before

Reuters | Posted 01.16.2015 | Crime

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles police officer involved in a high-profile shooting death of an unarm...

Police Work Isn't as Dangerous as You May Think

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Attacks on police are a great media story, but if the false narrative -- that policing is getting more dangerous -- continues to spread it will have a significant effect on how police do their jobs --- making them more fearful than they already are, with increasingly deadly results for the general public.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Lack Of Police Shooting Data 'Unacceptable' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday said the federal government needs to keep track of how many individuals are injured or killed b...

Man Killed By Cops Left Note Telling Them Not To Blame Themselves

Posted 01.06.2015 | Crime

KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers left behind several suici...

San Francisco Police Shooting: Cops Kill Man Holding Air Gun

AP | KRISTIN J. BENDER | Posted 01.05.2015 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers left behind several suicide notes in his cellphone, including on...

Father-Son Crime Duo Murders Couple, Shoots Cops In West Virginia: Police

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.02.2015 | Crime

A Texas father and son went on a multi-state crime spree Thursday, robbing and killing a couple in North Carolina before transporting the bodies to We...

Man Shoots At 2 Officers In San Francisco

AP | Posted 01.01.2015 | Crime

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man accused of shooting at two police officers has been apprehended after a lengthy manh...

Gun Deaths Of Police Up 56 Percent, Still Below Average

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 12.30.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush deaths. But gun-re...

Matt Ferner

Ezell Ford Autopsy Shows He Was Shot Three Times, Once In The Back | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.30.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- The official autopsy report for Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill black man shot to death by Los Angeles police in August, was relea...

A Glance At Key Police Shootings In The St. Louis Area

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.25.2014 | Crime

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin marks the third fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in t...

Refusing to Wage War

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

And so we grieve over another national tragedy.Two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot -- assassinated -- as they sat in their patrol car this past weekend. Let the needlessness of their deaths rip our hearts open. Let the humanity come first.

LAPD Launch Probe Over Song Mocking Michael Brown's Death

Reuters | Michael Fleeman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES, Dec 24 (Reuters) - A song poking fun at the killing of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman, performed at a retired office...

Congress Finally Acts to Prevent Police Killings, But Will it Make a Difference?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

If the United States had better trained, more professional police, we certainly would not have so many police homicides, which are tearing apart the social fabric of our country.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Protester: We Can't Be Silent When Women Are Shot By Police | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Crime

Days after police released the name of the officer who killed a woman in Ann Arbor, Michigan, protesters called for answers and the firing of Officer ...

Police Shootings: Young Black Men Pay a Heavy Price for America's Lax Gun Laws

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

As a social systems scientist, I am equally disturbed. Given the multitude of factors that are involved in every situation, why do we focus on so few factors and give others that are just as important so little consideration?

Michael McLaughlin

Officer Testifies He Killed Unarmed Bay Area Man Grabbing For His Gun | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.11.2014 | Crime

MARTINEZ, Calif. -- A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man during a struggle said Wednesday he feared the man "was going to take my gun and ...

Arthur Delaney

Police Shootings Of Unarmed Men Often Have Something In Common: The Waistband Defense | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown to death in August in Ferguson, Missouri, he claimed the teenager had reached into...

The Other Capital Punishment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

If traditional capital punishment has declined, another kind of capital punishment continues unabated. This other form of capital punishment, far more common than the traditional kind, involves the killing of Americans by the police without benefit of charges, trial, jury, or the right to appeal.

Beyond the Paralysis of Analysis: Proposed Actions Following the Deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Etc.

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, a substantial number of African Americans no longer believe that the police operating in their communities will treat them fairly and impartially. Against this reality, I believe the following proposals for action should be seriously considered.

Jamie Foxx: Tough Dialogue Needed To Address Police Killings

AP | LAURI NEFF | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Jamie Foxx is calling for a tough dialogue in the wake of killings by police and recent protests over them. The actor says, "We'll ...

Very Little Information Is Available On Police Killings

AP | ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics

Ferguson, Missouri. Cleveland, Ohio. Staten Island, New York. Eutawville, South Carolina. In each place, individuals — all unarmed except for a chi...

Officer Who Fatally Shot Man Holding Air Gun In Ohio Walmart Remains On Leave

AP | Posted 12.05.2014 | Crime

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an officer who fatally shot a man in an Ohio Wal-Mart will remain on leave until the government concludes its investi...

How Bloggers and Comedians Are Telling Us More Than the Mainstream Media About the Ferguson, Garner Deaths

Art Levine | Posted 12.09.2014 | Media
Art Levine

Sometimes the news is so horrible you just have to laugh at it -- and comics and bloggers help raise awareness of what's wrong in a system that sorely needs changing.

What Matters Now in Ferguson?

Eric Mink | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Eric Mink

Activists of all colors and backgrounds and ages -- with a heavy emphasis on young people -- need to focus all this attention and energy on achieving significant change. Because significant change is possible.