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Camera-Ready? Open Questions on Police Body Cams

Getzy Berger | Posted 02.01.2016 | Crime
Getzy Berger

Body cameras are not a panacea that will fix all our policing woes, but they can help. Still, sound rules to govern their use are absolutely necessary.

Criminal Justice Reform in 2015: Year End Review

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 12.28.2015 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Criminal justice reform continued to build momentum this year within the inner sanctum of the Beltway and across the nation in a handful of states. It emerged as a significant issue in the presidential campaign, and looks likely to stay front and center into 2016.

Sandra Bland's Case Highlights Some Lax Texas State Police Practices

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas grand jury that declined to indict anyone over the jailhouse death of Sandra Bland could still charge the trooper who s...

The New American Normal in Policing

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In these years, the militarization of the police has taken place amid a striking upsurge of protest over police brutality, abuses, and in particular the endless killing of young black men, as well as a parallel growth in both the powers of and the protections afforded to police officers.

The Logic of the Police State

Matthew Harwood | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

What this "debate" has revealed, in fact, is a mainstream policing mindset ready to manufacture fear without evidence and promote the belief that American civil rights and liberties are actually an impediment to public safety.

Police Chief Shocks City: 'N*****s Gotta Learn How To Read'

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices

A new police chief in the city of Farrell, Pennsylvania has come under fire for sending an offensive email that included racial slurs. The newly appoi...

Texas County Says Sandra Bland Was Despondent Over Not Meeting Bail

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

HOUSTON (AP) — Sandra Bland, the black woman found dead in a Texas county jail this summer, killed herself because she was despondent over her ...

Can This Unconventional Crime Prevention System Work?

Ryan Duffy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Ryan Duffy

We first heard of Sidney Torres and the French Quarter Task Force when he started to get some press early this summer. We were drawn to it for the same reasons a lot of people were probably writing about it: it sounded completely insane. A rich trash mogul in New Orleans is playing Bruce Wayne, running a private crime-fighting detail in the streets of the French Quarter? Really??

Police Make No Promises To Discipline Officers Who Violate Body Camera Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

Police departments in 17 of the 30 largest U.S. cities have begun to push forward with body cameras, issuing the devices to officers in a move that p...

Seeing Race in Black-on-Black Violence

Ira Silver | Posted 11.06.2015 | Crime
Ira Silver

It's easy to see racism when a white police officer kills an unarmed black citizen. We should feel similar outrage when the perpetrator and victim are both African American. Such violence also reflects the structural inequalities that adversely impact black lives.

Police Officer Shot Himself, Then Filed A False Report

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.04.2015 | Crime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas police officer who sparked a manhunt and investigation by claiming he had been shot during a traffic stop was a...

Sheriffs Join Hate Group on Southern Border

Lindsay Schubiner | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Lindsay Schubiner

This Friday, sheriffs from around the country will converge in McAllen, Texas, for a two-day border event led by the largest anti-immigrant hate group in the United States, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

New Bill Would Require All St. Louis County Police Departments To Get Proper Training

The Huffington Post | Mariah Stewart | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

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This Police Department May Ban People Arrested For Crimes From Public Areas

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

Police in North Carolina may declare parts of the Charlotte metropolitan area off-limits to people who have been arrested for crimes, The Charlo...

Police Can't Predict the Future. Fortunately, They Don't Have to.

David M. Kennedy | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
David M. Kennedy

Can computers, fancy mathematics, and big data predict crime, even predict who will commit murder? Attention to factors like previous arrests and unemployment processed through sophisticated software has allowed police to target those at highest risk.

Facing the Challenge of Violence in South LA

Constance L. Rice | Posted 10.07.2015 | Los Angeles
Constance L. Rice

Recent coverage of crime spikes and "cyber banging" as new phenomena have missed some important aspects of what the LA basin is actually experiencing. Now that is not to say that recent articles are entirely wrong, but just missing the right context and some key facts.

A National Call to Stop Excessive Force

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

As incidents of police violence against people of color continue at an alarming pace, more and more people are refusing to tolerate these atrocities and have, instead, ignited conversations about transforming policing and overcoming systemic racial injustice.

Beyond Prayers and Protests: Building Trust Among the Police and Community in Downtown Los Angeles

Delonte Gholston | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Delonte Gholston

On a Saturday last April, a group of pastors and other faith leaders brought together a broad cross-section of the downtown community to talk about a rash of officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles and the rest of the country.

A Respectable Outrage

Thomas Mariadason | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Thomas Mariadason

Though it seems downright impossible, nothing would be cooler than for our country's top leader -- our moral and political compass -- to tweet out with full frankness and honesty, "Hey, we've got a serious problem with racism and policing when it comes to young Black and Brown children in America."

Baltimore Pastor Who Marched For Freddie Gray Is Arrested For Blocking Traffic

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.10.2015 | Religion

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore pastor has been arrested a week after police say he blocked traffic while protesting during pre-trial hearings in ...

Former NYPD Top Cop Peddles Widely Discredited 'Ferguson Effect'

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday attributed the rising murder rates in some U.S. cities to police supposedly acting in a more...

Activists Say Police Abuse of Transgender People Persists Despite Reforms

New York Times | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

New Year’s revelers clamored outside the window of Shagasyia Diamond’s apartment in the Bronx the day she was arrested. Newly into 2014, s...

What Black Lives Matter Can Learn From the Tea Party

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Dallin Van Leuven

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality," author and inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller famously said. "To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Police Group Makes A Big Admission About 'Justifiable' Police Shootings

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many recent controversial police shootings could have been avoided, even though they may have been legally justifiable, according to a ...

Driving While Black, Female and Fearless

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Getting behind the wheel, Bland had three strikes against her. She was black, female and fearless, a combination that is antithetical to all the vaunted white-centered narratives of driving and freedom in the U.S.