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Police Shootings

When You're the Witness With the Secret Video

Joel Cohen | Posted 04.23.2015 | Crime
Joel Cohen

If you find yourself in the challenging position of having made such a recording, whatever you do, don't go it alone. Ideally, find that lawyer or advocate you can trust. If that is not realistic, find a person who recognizes that you will deliver the video, but who has your best interests at heart.

Should the Police Be Armed?

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.16.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

The cellphone video "reality footage" just doesn't stop. Black men are shot, killed, handcuffed. The shortcomings of their prematurely terminated lives soon become public knowledge, vaguely justifying the shocking wrongness of the officer's action -- always poisoning the grief.

There's Near-Universal Support For One Police Reform Proposal

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Americans may be deeply divided over race relations, police brutality and the criminal justice system, but their support for police body cameras remai...

America, It's Been a Privilege

Will Bunch | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Will Bunch

You really can buy anything in America in 2015 -- even things you would never guess in a million years that someone wanted to buy. Who knew, before this weekend, that if you donate enough money, you can even become a quasi-cop and go chasing down criminals and assorted poor people in your spare time? Is this an exceptional country or what?

Jason Cherkis

D.C. Mayor Doesn't Want You To See Police Body Camera Footage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After this month's police killing of Walter Scott in South Carolina, Americans were treated to another lesson in how police departments ...

Stun Guns Eyed In Officer-Involved Killings

AP | COREY WILLIAMS and JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 04.14.2015 | Crime

The officer had an immediate explanation after shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in South Carolina: He said he fired in self-defense...

Walter Scott Would Not Have Been Killed by NYC Cops

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 04.10.2015 | Crime
Blake Fleetwood

We must realize this is a national epidemic of homicide that must be treated. There are better ways of training police that can help.

Kick Open the Doorway to Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I'm having a hard time reconciling the America I know and love with the America being depicted in the daily news headlines, where corruption, cronyism and abuse have taken precedence over the rights of the citizenry and the rule of law.

Call for Reason, Common Sense and Deliberate Joint Action

Dr. Amos C. Brown | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Dr. Amos C. Brown

Graham is not wrong that parents should teach their children to respect law enforcement. But his post failed to acknowledge that the relationship between institutions of authority and citizens is a two-way street.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 killedbypolice.net. 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 04.06.2015 | 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...