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Police Violence

Julia Craven

What We Lose When Police Blame Victims For Their Own Deaths

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

'Heed Their Rising Voices'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Our nation owes a great debt to the young persons and older adults who protested against acts of actual or perceived police misconduct in Baltimore, Maryland; Staten Island, New York; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; North Charleston, South Carolina; and other cities around the country. They are the moral conscience of our nation.

Day Of Prayer For Baltimore After Freddie Gray's Death

Reuters | By Scott Malone and Ian Simpson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices

BALTIMORE, May 3 (Reuters) - The city of Baltimore was on Sunday to observe a day of prayer two weeks after a 25-year-old black man died of injuries s...

Where Is the World... ?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

I love the black men in my life. They are my brothers, my nephews, my cousins, my best friends. When they hurt, I hurt. We hurt. And once again, we find ourselves deeply hurting from a socially-constructed wound of perpetual, centuries-long injustices.

Hey America, It's Time To Wake Up

Jade Greear | Posted 05.01.2015 | Teen
Jade Greear

We think to ourselves, "Wow that is horrible, but this could never happen to me," but it could. That horrible reality faced my family that dreadful January day.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

More White Americans Are Noticing A Pattern To The Way Police Treat Black Men

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

Americans say by a 9-point margin that Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore wasn't an isolated incident, but rather part of a broader pattern in how blac...

Nepal and Baltimore: On Tremors and Resiliency

Robert Ross | Posted 04.30.2015 | Black Voices
Robert Ross

While it certainly can be argued that violence in any form is "senseless," the violence of Ferguson and Baltimore "makes sense" to me, because I can understand its roots -- even while, at the very same time, repudiating it.

The Night I Was Ready to Riot

James Peron | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
James Peron

The night I was ready to riot was in the spring of 1979 in Chicago. Chicago's "finest" had been on the move for weeks, having fun attacking the gay community. Gay clubs were harassed regularly, almost one a week.

The Roots of Baltimore's Violence

Pedro Noguera | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Pedro Noguera

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has called for calm and a return to normal. But "normal" in Baltimore is precisely the problem. What has passed for "normal" in Baltimore and countless other communities like it throughout America is unsustainable, and should be seen as unacceptable.

The Second Slaying of Walter Scott

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Walter Scott was apparently unarmed and no threat to Michael Slager. But as in so of many of these cases, that means little as long as police officials, much of the press, and the public want and is prepared to believe otherwise when the Walter Scotts are killed.

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.

Walter Scott's Killing Is a Direct Result of the State of Policing in America Today

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 04.09.2015 | Crime
Ezekiel Edwards

Video or no video, prompt investigation and appropriate action following a police shooting -- just as with any possible crime -- should be the rule nationwide, not the exception. But these incidents are more than just bad-apple cops: The problem of unjustified lethal force is endemic.

Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. How Many More Will It Take?

Kanya Bennett | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Kanya Bennett

It's been 31 days since the release of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, but the number of fatal police encounters is already over 100 and counting. That's an average of more than three people killed each day in March by police in America.

Rudy Giuliani: Ferguson Police Officer Should Be 'Commended' For Shooting Michael Brown

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Tani | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Citing a section of the Justice Department's scathing report of racial bias within the Ferguson Police Department, Rudy Giuliani said former Officer D...

"F*ck the Police" = Let the System Off the Hook

Michael Goldstein | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

The police we can taunt on the street are not the real problem. Their management, beholden to that fraction of "the one percent" which actually wields political power, is, as is the system they are a part of.

Police Violence: As Real as Real Can Be

Ravishly | Posted 05.10.2015 | Black Voices
Ravishly

I sometimes heard my notoriously fearless mother screaming in her sleep when I was 10. My mother responded to my questions about her wails by informing me that she had been jailed more than a dozen times during the Civil Rights Movement.

Angela Davis Speaks On Racism And Police Militarization

Summer Noblé | Posted 04.04.2015 | Black Voices
Summer Noblé

Activists and academics alike came together last Wednesday for the 31st annual UC Santa Cruz Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, which was filled to capacity for the event that proudly hosted Angela Davis.

The Global Fight in Criminal Justice Must Be Won

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

As we unite hand-in-hand across the Atlantic, let us come together knowing that what we do is not based on hate, but based on love for our respective nations and citizens.

Police Supporters Rally In Washington D.C.

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

(Adds details from march) By John Clarke WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Nearly 1,000 people from across the United Stat...

Violence Against Police Should Not Be Prosecuted as Hate Crime

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

In the wake of the murder of two New York City police officers, the National Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to the White House and Congress asking that "bias attacks" against police be prosecuted more harshly through hate crime laws.

How Do Mothers of Slain, Unarmed Black Daughters Grieve?

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 03.01.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

The pain of Dominika Stanley over the senseless loss of her baby girl, Aiyana, is unimaginable. Hard to suffer, too, is the crushing weight of isolation and alienation as the world responds to tragedies like that of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown Jr., and Eric Garner to the exclusion of the loss of black women's and girls' lives.