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Police Violence

Above the Keyboard Warriors' Din

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Let us look at a few examples of activists and artists rising above the din of the keyboard warriors to propose useful reforms or tell their stories in ways that help us see differently.

Janelle Monáe Vows To 'Speak Up' On #BlackLivesMatter

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices

Janelle Monáe has been a vocal supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, joining forces with local activists, pushi...

Good Cops, Bad Cops, and the State

Rick Ayers | Posted 08.25.2015 | Black Voices
Rick Ayers

The general narrative about police violence is that most cops are trying to help people but a few bad apples mess things up sometimes. What if it's the opposite? Perhaps those who kill Brown bodies are doing precisely what they are supposed to do. What if the nice guys are the exceptions?

Chiwetel Ejiofor Doesn't Understand America's Attachment To Guns

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

From America's fierce attachment to guns to the staggering statistics on police killings, there are a few aspects of U.S. culture that Chiwe...

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Condemns Latest Ferguson Shooting

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics

Attorney General Loretta Lynch criticized the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, after a man reportedly opened fire on police officers Sunday, one ...

'Straight Outta Compton' Star Reveals He Was Once Stopped And Frisked

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices

Decades after N.W.A. drew national attention for calling out police brutality, the battle against racially-charged police practices continue...

Why Cops Are Always Right [VIDEO]

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 08.05.2015 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS sketch, we talk to the founder of "Cops Are Always Right."...

Danger Sign in Bail for Alleged Cincinnati Police Shooter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Predictably it took almost no time for ex-University of Cincinnati Cop Ray Tensing who is charged with the murder of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose to make his $1 million bail. This is the first danger sign that convicting Tensing of Dubose's murder is far from a slam dunk.

Police Should Intervene When Other Officers Use Unlawful Force

Ervin Staub | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Ervin Staub

The police provide essential service, often at great danger to themselves. But violence by police officers whose job is to protect is corrosive, affect police culture, change both the officers who act violently and those who remain passive as they witness it. They affect communities, and community police elations.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Suggests Sandra Bland Could Have Used Cigarette As A Weapon

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.28.2015 | Media

Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested that Sandra Bland could have used her lit cigarette as a weapon during the traffic stop in Texas that preceded her...

Cleveland Transit Cop Pepper Sprays Black Lives Matter Attendees (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices

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Homeless Woman Who Picked Up An LAPD Nightstick Faces Life In Prison

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 07.23.2015 | Crime

A homeless California woman shown on video picking up a police officer's baton could spend the rest of her life in jail for the act. When Ch...

Want To Know More About Baltimore's Black-White Divide? Ask The Teens Who Live There.

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

  As Freddie Gray's funeral was taking place in Baltimore in April, students were playing baseball at his alma mater, Carver Vocational...

One Year After Eric Garner's Death, His Family Still Fights For Justice And Accountability

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices

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The Fairly Obvious Reason Police In Other Countries Kill Fewer People Than American Police Do

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 07.02.2015 | Media

Christian Science Monitor: Why police don't pull guns in many countries In the United States this year alone, there have been more than 400 fatalit...

Julia Craven

How A South African Band Is Shifting The Police Brutality Narrative | Julia Craven | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the roll call of police killings of unarmed black people has grown over the last year, public outrage has split into two, seemingly o...

'Allies,' the Time for Your Silence Has Expired

Rev. Denise Anderson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Denise Anderson

I remember when the news out of Ferguson, Missouri first came to us. I heard white friends and colleagues encourage each other to sit in a posture of listening. I honor that listening. White allies, I thank you for your thoughtfulness in this regard. Now allow me to be your stopwatch; time's up.

Police Criminals and the Brutalization of Black Girls

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

As with police beatings and murders of men of color, there is no special dispensation for black women victims of state violence, no "weaker sex" clause that mitigates the brutalization of black women's bodies as hypersexualized policed space.

Julia Craven

Teen Speaks Out About What Happened When Cops Broke Up A Texas Pool Party | Julia Craven | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Miles Jai Thomas arrived at a party at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas, on Friday night, he said the pool w...

Julia Craven

Why Black Cops Aren't Necessarily Better For Black Communities | Julia Craven | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

In 1971, Boston’s predominantly white police department created an all-black unit within its ranks. The initial goal of the “Soul Patrol” was to...

Julia Craven

What We Lose When Police Blame Victims For Their Own Deaths | Julia Craven | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

On Tuesday afternoon, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne stood before a crowded press conference and announced that Madison, Wisconsin, polic...

Why Freddie Gray Matters to All of Us

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 05.12.2015 | Crime
Joseph M. Costa

Approximately a third of the residents we serve in the residential treatment program are African American. Every time an incident like that of the death of Freddie Gray occurs, I am reminded that the African-American residents we serve are as much at risk because of the color of their skin as for any of their behaviors.

The Moral Challenge of Our Time

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Someone must issue a moral call to arms to reclaim the banner of decency, moral outrage, and nonviolence to save our children. Yes, young black men are our children.

Will We Ever Get Along Again?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We're living in an age of where the emotional domino effect follows the slogan, "Do unto others first, before they do unto you." Be the bully, lest you be the victim.

Driving While Indian: A Refresher Course

Mary Annette Pember | Posted 05.06.2015 | Crime
Mary Annette Pember

"Driving while Indian" isn't a skill I want to know, nor is it something I want to pass along to my children. I would prefer to loll comfortably in racial anonymity here in my home in Southern Ohio, where race is primarily about black and white.