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Police Shootings

Nick Wing

25 Numbers That Show Police Killings Are A Bigger Problem Than We Ever Knew | Nick Wing | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

Two comprehensive reports published since Saturday provide new information about police killings in the United States, filling a void left by the lack...

REPORT: Police Have Shot Dead 385 People This Year

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - U.S. police have shot and killed 385 people during the first five months of this year, a rate of more than two a day, t...

Why I Am Marching on Mother's Day for My Son

Valerie Bell | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices
Valerie Bell

It's hard for me to celebrate on Mother's Day. I feel the absence of my 23-year-old son, Sean Elijah Bell, who was killed on November 25, 2006. He was out celebrating at his own bachelor party with his friends in New York City. It was only a matter of a hours before his wedding, and I was so thrilled.

Nick Wing

Police Wanted Us To Believe Freddie Gray Killed Himself. We've Heard Stories Like This Before. | Nick Wing | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics

Earlier this week, a source in the Baltimore Police Department leaked a document to The Washington Post that provided some insight into how they wante...

Baltimore: A Look Back at Victims of San Francisco Riots

Suzette Standring | Posted 06.30.2015 | San Francisco
Suzette Standring

This epidemic of deaths of African-American youths at police hands is not new. In 1966, the police shot and killed 16-year-old Matthew Johnson, an African-American, in the Bayview Hunters Point area of San Francisco where I grew up. I was 12 years old; now I'm 60.

A City in Flames -- What Did We Expect?

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

During the '60s, as a teenager, I tried to be an ally in the civil rights movement and watched with confusion and curiosity as parts of my city burned. My empathy often left me to wonder -- what would I do if I were poor and black, not white and privileged?

When You're the Witness With the Secret Video

Joel Cohen | Posted 06.23.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.14.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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...