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Police Violence

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. | 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...

Comprehensive National Policy That Outlaws Racial Profiling Should Cover State, Local Police

Ranjana Natarajan | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
Ranjana Natarajan

Racial profiling continues to plague our nation despite the constitutional guarantee of equal treatment under the law.

Marching for Congressional Action on Police Brutality

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Do not be silent. Do not be complacent. Do not continue to live with police misconduct and violence as somehow acceptable. We are not anti-police; we are anti-police-brutality. And today we challenge Congress to follow in the president's footsteps and take legislative action to protect us, the citizens.

Beyond the Paralysis of Analysis: Proposed Actions Following the Deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Etc.

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, a substantial number of African Americans no longer believe that the police operating in their communities will treat them fairly and impartially. Against this reality, I believe the following proposals for action should be seriously considered.

4th Night Of Police-Violence Protests Expected In New York

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2015 | Black Voices

(Adds Brooklyn funeral, paragraph) By Robert MacMillan and Andrew Chung NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) - A fourth evening of ...

Joseph Erbentraut

Some Critics Aren't So Sure Body Cameras Are The Solution To Police Abuse In Chicago | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

Following news that the Chicago Police Department will soon be outfitting some of its officers with body-worn cameras in a pilot program, and Presiden...

We Must End Racial Profiling and Deadly Police Brutality

Linda Meric | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Linda Meric

Mothers across the country are taking to the streets to demand accountability and change in American policing that criminalizes African Americans regardless of actual crimes committed. The deplorable failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson for killing unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown is just the latest evidence that the system is beyond broken.

'More Powerful Than the March of Mighty Armies Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.01.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

In my last blog post I wrote, "The president and the attorney general should immediately convene a meeting at the White House of young black men and their representatives and the chiefs of police of most major urban communities...." Yesterday the president did just that and actually went even further.

Ferguson: The Mirror That Reflects America's Open Secret

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Is Ferguson the existential reality of America in 2014? The inconvenient truth is that many African Americans see the grand jury decision as further confirmation of their belief that nothing has changed since the Kerner Report of 1968, and that nothing will; a police officer who shoots and kills an unarmed black man will almost always be exonerated.

Ferguson Decision: A Foregone Conclusion Three Months Ago

Michael Goldstein | Posted 01.26.2015 | Crime
Michael Goldstein

You can be sure that, when people are arrested for killing officers, or even for "routine" homicides, their cases are not turned over to grand juries, and it does not take 100 days to file charges.

Police Shootings Are No Longer Back-Page News

Gil Laroya | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Gil Laroya

In the past, you might have read about police-related shootings in the back pages of the newspaper, between the grocery-store coupons and the used-car ads. But for some reason, police nowadays seem to be shooting citizens more and more, resorting to gun violence more often.

Ferguson: We Just Don't Get It

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

To my white friends, who are accusing African-Americans of "complaining," who are pretending they experience the "same thing" from police, who think it's the best course for black people to "stay home." STOP. Just stop.

27 Police Officers Were Slain In The Line Of Duty In 2013. That's The Fewest In More Than 50 Years.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.24.2014 | Crime

A total of 76 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2013, the FBI reported Monday. Of those, 49 died in accidents and 27 were killed as...

Boy Carrying Toy Gun Shot Dead By Police

AP | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun is dead after being shot by a Cleveland police officer. An attorn...

The Human Toll of 'Stop and Frisk'

Soledad O'Brien | Posted 01.18.2015 | Black Voices
Soledad O'Brien

All over the country black people have been stopped, harassed, arrested, injured and even killed at the hands of the police meant to protect them. From Brooklyn to Baltimore, Atlanta to Anaheim, cellphone videos are waking up the rest of the population to the fact that overly aggressive policing is not new in America, especially in black America.

Misuse of a Grand Jury

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 01.17.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

When there are enough witnesses who say Officer Darren Wilson acted improperly, then why not go to trial, allow both sides to present evidence and make their case, and then let that jury determine Wilson's guilt or innocence?

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago Police Say Complaints And Police Shootings Are Down, Despite Protests | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

Though the Chicago Police Department has been the subject of multiple recent protests and a scathing report concerning the way it handles police-invol...

Families Of Chicago Police Shooting Victims: 'We Just Want Answers'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices

A number of family members and supporters of four black youths fatally shot by Chicago police are calling for change. The group gathered Wednesday...