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Police Shootings

The Only Truly Compliant, Submissive Citizen in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

How does a citizen protect himself against a police officer's tendency to shoot first and ask questions later, oftentimes based only on their highly subjective "feeling" of being threatened? The short answer is you can't.

Tony Robinson, Rubén García, and Police Brutality Against Brown Bodies

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

The current atmosphere of police brutality shows that many men of color continue to live in a police state in the 21st century United States. When racial profiling, police brutality, and general discrimination are proven to be systematic in our society then we should all be pushing for actions that create change together.

Christopher Mathias

Good People Don't Kill Cops, But Good Cops Sometimes Kill Good People | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

Days before police arrested a suspect in last week's shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, politicians and pundits were eagerly chara...

Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Unarmed Man Shot By Police

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2015 | Black Voices

(Updates with details from funeral) By Ben Brewer MADISON, Wisc., March 14 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people gathered on S...

The Slaughter Continues: 176 Civilians Killed by Police so Far in 2015

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

One-hundred-seventy-six civilians were killed by police in January and February, according to news clippings collected by Of course, the greatest outrage of all is that no one really knows how many people are killed by police annually.

The Most Dangerous Thing You Can Own Is Your Waistband

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After Los Angeles police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man on Sunday, Chief Charlie Beck said the man grabbed an officer's holster...

New Details Revealed About 2012 Texas Police Shooting Of Migrants From Helicopter

Texas Observer | Melissa del Bosque | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices

The black and white helicopter circled over the disabled truck. Avila, in his camouflage tactical gear, sat in the open door of the helicopter holding...

Teen Killed By Denver Police Had 4 Gunshot Wounds: Autopsy

AP | SADIE GURMAN | Posted 02.27.2015 | Crime

DENVER (AP) — An autopsy shows a 17-year-old girl who was killed by Denver police officers while driving a stolen car suffered four gunshot wounds. ...

Michael McLaughlin

Pasco Police Shot Mexican Migrant From Behind, New Autopsy Shows | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 02.26.2015 | Crime

A day after investigators in Washington state said an autopsy showed a Mexican migrant killed by police wasn't shot from behind, a lawyer for the man'...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

15 Black Women Whose Lives Mattered, Too | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.13.2015 | Black Voices

Three months after Tanisha Anderson lost her life in an incident with Cleveland police officers, the community is still waiting for answers. The 37...

LAPD Officer Shoots Teen Standing Next To Someone Holding Replica Gun

AP | Posted 02.12.2015 | Crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in the back after spotting him in an alley standi...

The Most Dramatic Crimes Solved Thanks To Surveillance Cameras

Posted 02.25.2015 | Crime

They’re everywhere, and they’re watching you. They’re surveillance cameras, and following 9/11 they seemingly sprouted on every building, parkin...

Suge Knight Arrest Again Reinforces Thug Image of Black Males

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This is a hard and terrible price that many black males must pay for the thuggish image that rap exploiters such as a Knight have capitalized on. It's even worse when some go the extra step and become killers themselves.

No Charges For Officer Who Killed Mentally Ill Woman Who 'Confronted' Police With A Knife

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices

The decision not to charge an officer who fatally shot a black woman after police said she "confronted" him with a knife has sparked protests, a lawsu...

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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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...