Living as an African American in a middle class urban community, I've seen my share of heinous and unjust things. But this killing -- 16 shots -- and others like it has to end.
"Go Kendra! Go! Get out!" screamed the young accomplices of four-year-old Kendra while filming her premature arrest. Their high-pitched voices echoed down the street like a siren as Kendra sat restlessly in her pink Mini Cooper, poking her pencil at the steering wheel to stay calm. "How you doin'?" said the middle-aged white police officer in a deep, mid-western accent
The first of the police officers who were charged with Freddie Gray's death goes on trial at the end of November. The judge has imposed a gag order on all the participants. But it hasn't held back various voices from commentary on what went wrong and what could happen.
Such massive disparities defy a simple explanation, but America's gun culture is clearly an important factor. Unlike European nations, most states make it easy for adults to purchase handguns for self-defense and to keep them handy at nearly all times.
In time, and with the right kind of evidence, perhaps the court of public opinion can be better informed before deciding its verdict.
There is no question that ISIS is a violent, despicable enemy. But based on hard evidence, on the number of dangerous and often lethal incidents, the real domestic terrorist threat both to civilians and especially police is not just Islamic and foreign, it is also home grown.
At Hippo, we are grateful to publish this final piece, a glimpse into Prof. Cooper's long and colorful relationship with China and further testament as to the need for both serious academic scholarship and a light-hearted perspective in such a complicated, yet beautiful world.
To kill a dog is to attack the very virtues of loyalty and innocence. In Diesel's death we are reminded that we are at odds with an ideology out to destroy not just Western virtues, but also everything that represents these virtues.
If the events in Richmond, Kentucky, and Paris, France, have served any purpose for those who have witnessed them, it is to compel all of us to remember the words of Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Fear is the primary cause of increased officer involved shootings. The growing social uprising is from mounting resentment towards law enforcement wit...
The wounds are not yet closed, and my heart is bleeding again. All my family and friends in Paris are safe. Not everybody can say that tonight.
Police work usually involves lots of different things happening during the shift. Depending on the jurisdiction and level of calls, officers might be working call-to-call throughout the shift, or they might have to keep themselves occupied through their shift.
I don't see police officers as the enemy. And let me also be clear: I am not a victim. I don't feel that the world owes me anything, and I know that I need to work hard and play nice in order to have a happy life. But why do I still get harassed by some police officers for no justifiable reason?
Today, and every day, I will mindfully express my gratitude for the blessings that have come to my life. To our servicemen, servicewomen, police and fire departments, and teachers: Thank you for all you do.
Both initiatives demonstrate the bold, grassroots commitments of U.S. citizens acting from places of integrity, love and faith -- without government funding or backing, to support the rights of fellow citizens to live free of violence based on the color of their skin.
The question of whether ordinary Americans have any meaningful civil recourse against officers who violate their rights has taken on pressing importance. On Monday, in an appalling decision, the Supreme Court effectively answered "no."