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Deep Justice in Ferguson

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Black 'hood, white cops. "Get the fuck on the sidewalk." And so it begins, and begins, and begins. An African-American boy dies for walking in the st...

Unarmed and White: Why I Won't Get Shot by the Police

Michael Skolnik | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Skolnik

Acknowledging our white privilege is no longer good enough. It is simply the first step to realizing that the death of Mike Brown is not an isolated incident, nor are the protests that have ensued since.

In the Wake of the Shooting Death of Ezell Ford, the Elephant Has Outgrown the Room: It's Time to Re-Imagine Law Enforcement

Julie Bergman Sender | Posted 08.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Julie Bergman Sender

The similarities between Ford's death and Michael Brown's death beg not just for answers as to why this continues to be a common occurrence, but also demand swift and permanent change.

The LAPD and Modern Policing

Robert Slayton | Posted 08.20.2014 | Crime
Robert Slayton

There has been a lot of concern recently over the militarization of police forces. It started with the LAPD.

I'm Black and 'Well-Behaved,' but I'm Still Mike Brown

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tiffany Aliche

I hate the fact that people pretend that if you're black and keep out of trouble and do the "right" things, you'll be protected. That's a lie! I've never been in trouble, yet I'm almost always afraid of law enforcement. I've seen too many things to feel safe.

The Road to Ferguson

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Matthew Ebert

They speak of it like the coming race war, not the race war we're already in. And it is not a race war really -- it is a racially divided class war.

The Best Explanation I've Ever Heard Of Why Black People And White People See Cops Differently

Upworthy | Erica Williams Simon | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
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Clearly everyone isn't on the same page when the conversation about race, police brutality, and excessive force rears its ugly head (which, incidental...

I'm an American Citizen. If You Want to Remain a Cop, Don't Violate My Human Rights

Larry Womack | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

This idea that cops get to say when and where constitutional rights apply is so very, deeply misguided that I am shocked anyone could type it out without coming to their senses mid-sentence.

It Isn't Just Ferguson

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Yet another young black man killed. Another grief-stricken family, another outraged community. We've seen this before, and we can be confident we'll see it again. What's going on?

Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and adjunct instructor of homeland security at Colorado Technical University, has ...

A Father's Cry for Justice

Bishop T.D. Jakes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Bishop T.D. Jakes

With the nation's outrage in full view, I believe that this case gives an outlet to a rising sense of power felt by parents and youth alike to call into question the behavior exhibited by those who are sworn to protect and serve all citizens.

Our Nation Has a Problem (or "Imagine It Is Your Family")

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

What if we start to live into the promise and hope for liberty for everyone? What if we hope to believe and live like everyone is created equal? What if we actually lived like everyone is my neighbor?

America Is Nervous -- We Must Lay Down Our Arms

Michelle Kraus | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

There are far too many loose guns floating around the United States of America. What are we doing? This is not the world our forefathers conceived wh...

The Aging of a Black Boy in America

Rev. Gwen Thomas | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Gwen Thomas

One day my grandson won't be six and little and cute. In fact, in 12 years, he'll be the age Michael Brown was on the last day of his life. And it won't matter what values his family has instilled in him, nor what the "content of his character" is.

What Is the Kerner Commission and Why It Should Be Revisited in Light of Ferguson

James Meyerson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
James Meyerson

What we must remember always -- and something I have told many juries in the past -- is that the most powerful person in the world, on a day-to-day basis, is not the president of the United States. No, it is a police officer.

Ferguson: We Are All Missourians

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

 In the America that I want to live in, it's not all right for police to intimidate entire communities with automatic weapons, riot gear and armored vehicles.

What I Shouldn't Have To Worry About As A Black Teen Girl

The OpEd Project | Posted 08.18.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

As a black girl I'm constantly worried that my male cousins and friends will have to deal with gang violence. Now I'm worried they'll have to deal with police brutality too.

Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson Sunday Night

Bill Quigley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

While the governor of Missouri is sending in the National Guard to Ferguson, it is worth considering where the real violence is coming from.

Militarized Police And The Threat To Democracy

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

There is something deep in the American psyche which resents and resists military-style force in our neighborhoods.

Policing 'Stop and Frisk' With 'Stop and Track' Policing

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Crime
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Ferguson has resonated across the country, not because of the merits of this one particular interaction -- where the facts are still uncertain -- but because of other similar, but less deadly policing tactics in certain urban communities.

Federal Officials Rethink Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

AP | TAMI ABDOLLAH and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsiderin...

Why I Fled St. Louis

Ace Robinson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

I have many nephews and godsons who are growing up Black in cities that are notorious for the abuse of Black boys. I promise them that I will support them with anything that they dare to dream. But what I cannot promise them is safety from the police.

Friday Talking Points -- Dog Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the 'Dog Days' of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old 'Duke' just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.

Welcome to Fergustan

Mike Bonifer | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

When war comes home, we see pandemonium where deliberation might have saved innocent lives. Heightening the alarm in an already-alarming scene reduces the chances of a peaceful resolution.

America's Cops View Citizens as "The Enemy"

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Lev Raphael

A sea change has been taking place over the last decade that's been invisible to most Americans. Across the country, in big cities and small towns, police forces have been turning into armies. It's taken the events in Ferguson to blow things wide open.