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Thinking About the Safety of Black Lives Beyond Policing

Marbre Stahly-Butts | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Marbre Stahly-Butts

Ultimately, safety for black communities requires a move away from mass criminalization, and not simply nicer but fewer police.

President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

James Gierach | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
James Gierach

Policing today is focused on enforcing moral behavior, which, regardless of one's opinions about legislating and enforcing personal behavior, has had devastating consequences.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Director: 'Lazy' Racial Biases May Affect Law Enforcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The director of the FBI said on Thursday that law enforcement officers may develop a cynicism that can lead them to treat minorities unf...

We Speak for Ourselves: Black Digital Power in the 21st Century

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices
Malkia A. Cyril

This is the future of policing, and it should chill Black communities to the bone.

Mariah Stewart

Activists Seek To Improve Community-Police Relations In St. Louis Area

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- Amid broader discussions about improving police tactics across the country, a local Missouri group is working with a national ...

Slain Police and Shameless Rhetoric

Ryan Campbell | Posted 02.23.2015 | New York
Ryan Campbell

The communities that have been harmed by aggressive policing will not be satisfied, and trust in the police will not be restored, until the processes to hold police accountable within the criminal justice system are reformed.

After Deadly Disputes, Policing Can Never Be the Same

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.20.2015 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If you don't realize that a new day has dawned in law enforcement -- a day where a growing number of citizens automatically mistrust cops -- you might want to get back out on the street and walk a beat for a day or two.

The Faults of the American Criminal Justice System Run Deeper Than Race

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Nathan Robinson

Race is the central fact of American criminal justice. But race is not the only fact. Understanding this system, and dismantling it, requires understanding that the existence of racism doesn't preclude the possibility of class domination.

Locked Behind Prejudice: Questions from a (Hopeful) Ally

Max Dorfman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

One observation may be subjective -- often it's not completely -- but when millions speak, it's a greater truth, one no one can reasonably deny. No one wants to be treated poorly. We are all Americans. And more importantly, we are all human beings.

Will Body Cameras Prevent the Next Ferguson?

DebateOut | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
DebateOut

Many researchers and activists have begun to focus on efficient ways to monitor police-citizen interactions and lower instances of brutality. We thought this an appropriate time to shed light on the research covering the benefits and drawbacks of body camera technology.

Getting Beyond Ferguson

David M. Kennedy | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
David M. Kennedy

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a groundbreaking initiative to take on one of the most damaging social problems facing the nation: the strained and often broken relationship between many communities and law enforcement. It is time, and past time.

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Community Policing: The Importance of Trust

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

In Ferguson, Former Chief Brooks sees an opportunity for an effective community-policing program to emerge from the chaos and violence of the past few weeks. "Now, there is a chance for police and the community to hear each other," she said.

A Continued Call for Caution in the Aftermath of Ferguson

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

The balance of individual liberty and public safety that is at the heart of all police-related issues is one that we must consider as new data and other changes are introduced to the profession.

Ferguson's Easy Answers

Ekow N. Yankah | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Ekow N. Yankah

We will all mourn Michael Brown's death and wait to know more about what happened that night. What is clear, however, is that platitudes about "starting a conversation" will not do.

Ferguson And The Case For Creating A Special Prosecutor's Office For The Police

James Meyerson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Crime
James Meyerson

It is not surprising that a local prosecutor would believe that a local police officer was "entitled" to "the benefit of the doubt."

Ferguson and Painful Truths

Lynette Mae | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Lynette Mae

Police officers are not all good or bad. We are products of our environment, just like the citizens we serve. Are some cops racist? Undoubtedly. But so are those who decide that just because the officer was white, he's a murderer, and we have to have the courage to acknowledge both opposing beliefs.

A Network Dedicated to Ending Gun Violence in Our Communities

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

It is time we work together to solve this pervasive national problem, and develop ways every city in our country can effectively combat gun violence.

The Policeman and the Journalist: A Mid-East Policy Dilemma

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.24.2014 | Media
Joseph Braude

The January 2010 assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a cofounder of the military wing of Hamas, briefly drew international attention to the man who went on to investigate it: Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's long-serving chief of police.

Bronx Schools Reduce Policing and Suspensions With Support From Parents

Dinu Ahmed | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Dinu Ahmed

On Saturday, November 16th, members of the Bronx School Justice coalition held a public report back on a year's worth of work to reduce punitive disciplinary measures in Bronx public schools.

DOJ Agency Warns Of Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

In the monthly e-newsletter for the Justice Department's Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program, Senior Policy Analyst Karl Bickel sounds t...

Radley Balko

Is This The Best Police Chief In America?

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

This article is the sixth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 5 here. In November 2011, a homeless man estimated t...

Radley Balko

An Unexpected Reformer Fights To Hold Police Accountable

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

This article is the fifth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 4 here. "I wouldn't call what I've been doing reform...

Now That's Something

Spencer Wolff | Posted 10.26.2013 | New York
Spencer Wolff

A long and bitter fight ended Thursday with the override of the mayoral veto and the passage of the Community Safety Act.

Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

Sandra Park | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Sandra Park

Last year in Norristown, Pa., Lakisha Briggs' boyfriend physically assaulted her, and the police arrested him. But in a cruel turn of events, a police officer then told Ms. Briggs, "You are on three strikes. We're gonna have your landlord evict you."