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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.

Ferguson Taps Black Interim Police Chief Who Backs Changes

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

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The Blackening of Havana

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus

With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.

A Year Since Eric Garner's Death: Policing, Black Lives Matter, and Immigrant Rights

Steven Choi | Posted 07.17.2015 | New York
Steven Choi

The immigrant rights movement must stand with black communities facing violence, and recognize that black and immigrant lives are often one and the same.

Black Women Share Their 'Degrading' Encounters With Police

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices

From excessive use of force to unwarranted -- and often sexual -- searches, black women are no exception from the ongoing encounters of police brutali...

White Girl Tries To Sell Drugs To Cops, Proves White Privilege Is A Thing

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.22.2015 | Comedy

What does a white girl gotta do to get arrested around here?? Comedian Jessie Kahnweiler wanted to know if she would get preferential treatment fro...

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

In the past months, I've seriously considered how and when my attitude toward the police changed so dramatically. I left for college with the belief that police are there to protect me.

Striking Image Flips The Narrative Around Black Women And Police Brutality On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices

When 29-year-old artist Markus Prime watched footage of a McKinney, Texas police officer aggressively manhandling a 15-year-old black girl, he was ove...

Timid City Government Slow to Address Inequity

Ise Lyfe | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ise Lyfe

Auditioning. That's what comes to mind when I think about the dynamic in the media and tone of local and federal governments as it relates to police brutality and holding law enforcement accountable for the perpetual killing of Black men.

Making Black Lives Matter in Classrooms: The Power of Teachers to Change the World

David E. Kirkland | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
David E. Kirkland

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools held a conference titled, Race, Rights, and Responsibility: What Educators Can Do to Help Our Students Think Critically about Protest, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberty.

Shifting American Police From Warriors to Guardians

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

The entrenched police warrior model in many American police departments can operate in a manner similar to a domestic military service, where hard policing tactics like confrontation and use of force are primary tools relied upon to achieve desired crime control objectives.

Ryan J. Reilly

This Tiny Town Near St. Louis Is Making Minor-Crime Arrests At 100 Times The National Average

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- A study of policing in the St. Louis area released Monday, which criticized the profit-driven practices of many departments in St. Louis ...

Over-Policed and Underserved

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

Contrary to the myth we've been sold that more police, and more jails and prisons, are the best or only way to keep us safe, the real solutions to community safety lie in the things that make for thriving neighborhoods.

Numbers and Compassion Don't Mix

Lynette Mae | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime
Lynette Mae

When citizens become numbers, they cease to be people. Compassion is eliminated. Then, it's a short jump to mistreatment or worse. For me, empathy and compassion are the two greatest traits of a good cop.

Walter Scott's Killing Is a Direct Result of the State of Policing in America Today

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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.

GOP Racial Woes and 2016

Ryan Campbell | Posted 05.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Within the GOP, there's been some ugly rhetoric on issues of race and authority, but that's quite frankly nothing new; what is new, however, is the magnitude of the problem they have been creating for themselves. What is this laundry list, and how will it be affected by the run to 2016?

Chicago's Stop-And-Frisk Rate Four Times NYC At Its Worst, ACLU Says

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City count...

Mariah Stewart

This Drunk White Guy In A Pickup Explains All You Need To Know About Race And Policing

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

FLORISSANT, Mo. -- My daughter deserved a treat. After all, she had just sat through hours of adult conversation as the only 6-year-old in the room. O...

You Are the Person Behind the Badge

Lynette Mae | Posted 05.02.2015 | Crime
Lynette Mae

The symbol of the badge requires more from an officer because no other individual is given so much authority and trust. What other profession has the ability to literally take away someone's freedom? In a country built upon individual freedom, this is no small thing.

Ryan J. Reilly

Policing Task Force Recommends Body Cams, Better Reporting, More Sleep For Officers

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A presidential task force on policing issues released an interim report on Monday, with recommendations that ranged from considering the...

Thinking About the Safety of Black Lives Beyond Policing

Marbre Stahly-Butts | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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...