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Police Violence

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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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.

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

While grading term papers in the undergraduate course I teach at USF, "From Slavery to Obama," I found myself watching the televised funeral of one the NYPD officers recently assassinated by an apparently deranged African-American man. The coincidence prompted me to reflect on the moral and political challenges confronting our nation as we commence the new year of 2015.

Brinsley Was Our Worst Nightmare

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The best and most effective way to insure officer safety is still to strengthen proactive, positive police community dialogue, outreach and engagement. The Brown and Garner families and their supporters echoed that when they took great pains to repeat that the goal of protests was never anti-police but anti-police abuse.

A Message From a Protestor and Former Cop: We Are Not Anti-Cop. We Are Pro-Life.

Rev. Karyn Carlo PhD | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Karyn Carlo PhD

I stand on both sides of the so-called "blue line," placing one foot in the world of the NYPD furious over the murder of two of our own and another foot in with the black and brown people of this city angry with the senseless deaths of young people at the hands of the police.

If You're Not Vocal Against Police Violence and Violence Against Police You're Part of the Problem

Kel Kelly | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Kel Kelly

The recent ambush and killing of two NYC police officers is heartbreaking and wrong on every level. Violence is never the right path. Let me repeat that -- violence is never the right path.

Another Black Boy Gunned Down By Police

Beverly Bell | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

May they flourish into strategic organizing and sustained movement-building for physical security, economic and social equality, democratic rights and government accountability vis-à-vis Blacks and other people of color.

Samuel L. Jackson Challenges Celebs To Sing Protest Song (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices

It turns out Samuel L. Jackson has a voice as big as his heart. The celebrated actor recently made a video calling out celebrities who participated...

With Each Killing I Ask: Are You My Emmett Till?

Melanie Coffee | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

Our country needs all of us to chip in. Every day in your life you can push for change. I don't have enough room to list all the examples here, but educate yourself on what subtle, modern day racism looks like because its damage is real.

Police Violence: US and THEM

Christos Terzides | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Christos Terzides

Violence and abuse of power by the police is not confined only to Greece or the U.S. It's a global phenomenon.

The Ezell Ford Autopsy Report Casts Another Glare on the Autopsy Debate

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It makes little difference how erroneous or flawed an autopsy is the likelihood that it will be questioned is slim precisely because is viewed as an incontrovertible scientific medical examination. It ignores the fact that in many cases a pathologist's determination as to how a person died is simply an opinion.

After Chokehold Death, NYPD Pushes For More Stun Guns

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 12.10.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — With widely watched amateur videos of police killings as a backdrop, New York City police are hoping to arm more officers with stun ...

The Other Capital Punishment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

If traditional capital punishment has declined, another kind of capital punishment continues unabated. This other form of capital punishment, far more common than the traditional kind, involves the killing of Americans by the police without benefit of charges, trial, jury, or the right to appeal.

Shout and Shoot: The American Police State

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Police officers who clearly treat whites and blacks differently have been given military hardware and rules of engagement that allow them to be more aggressive and escalate the use of force faster than troops in a war zone. Let that sink in for a moment.

Joseph Erbentraut

Police Fatally Shot A Teen In October. Now Some Are Calling For Cops To Release Video.

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

More than a month after a black 17-year-old was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer, a journalist and a law professor are calling for the releas...