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Black Men Don't Need a Guardian Angel. We Need Our Guardian Slave.

Trey Ellis | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Trey Ellis

From 12 to 50 it's assumed we're packing, assumed that like the Hulk or zombies we possess superhuman, virtually unstoppable destructive power. So where an average citizen may disagree, even argue and berate a police officer, treating them as the public servant that they indeed are, a black man, if he wishes to continue living, must channel his ancestors. His slave ancestors. Today, in a world of black presidents, electric cars and talking iPhones, it's so hard to convince young black men, like my 13-year-old son, that if a police officer merely perceives you are a lethal threat, he may shoot you dead. So what I have to drill into him, since I want him to continue to live, is to listen to his Guardian Slave and be preternaturally polite and respectful no matter how ugly and unreasonable the policeman's demand. Then at least he'll probably only be tased.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Niece Of Man Killed By Detroit Cop: 'When I See A Police Officer, I Literally Cringe' | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices

It's day that sticks in Katina Crumpton's mind with complete clarity: Aug. 29, 2000, when she and other family members watched helplessly as a police ...

Authorities To Release Video Of 12-Year-Old Boy Shot By Police Officer

AP | MARK GILLISPIE | Posted 11.26.2014 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm was ordered three times to show his hands before he was fat...

Officer Shoots 12-Year-Old Boy Holding Fake Gun At Rec Center

AP | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun at a Cleveland recreation center was shot and wounded by ...

Prosecutors: Police Killing Of Darrien Hunt Was Justified

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 11.04.2014 | Black Voices

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah prosecutors announced Monday that officers were justified in fatally shooting a young man who was wielding a sword as part o...

Stop What You're Doing and Watch AmeriCAN

The Root | Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele | Posted 11.02.2014 | Black Voices

Empathy. It’s probably one of the most difficult emotions to teach. It’s the emotion that President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama want mo...

Mariah Stewart

St. Louis Protesters Clash With Police Ahead Of 'Ferguson October' | Mariah Stewart | Posted 10.10.2014 | Black Voices

ST. LOUIS -- Police officers, some of them outfitted in riot gear, clashed with hundreds of angry protesters early Friday morning in a St. Louis neigh...

Protesters Clash With Police As New Unrest Grips St. Louis

Reuters | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

(Updates with detail from protest, comments from police chief) By Carey Gillam and Kenny Bahr ST LOUIS, Mo. Oct 9 (Reute...

Man In Drug-Free Home Killed By SWAT Team On Drug Raid

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime

Deputies shot and killed a man inside his Georgia home last month following an apparently bogus tip they received from a confessed meth addict and thi...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Manslaughter Charge Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot 7-Year-Old | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime

The dismissal of the manslaughter charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping child will stand, an appeals court ruled Monday....

Ted Nugent Slams 'Ferguson Thugs' And The 'Plague Of Black Violence'

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

Musician Ted Nugent took to the Internet on Wednesday to decry what he called "Ferguson thugs" and "a plague of black violence," demanding that blacks...

Louisiana Teen Fatally Shot During Altercation With Police

Reuters | David Minsky | Posted 09.24.2014 | Crime

NEW ORLEANS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - A black teenager was shot dead during an altercation with a black police officer investigating reports of armed males...

Family Of Man Fatally Shot By Police Officer Invite Chief To Memorial

AP | Posted 09.21.2014 | Crime

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a Northern California man who was shot and killed by a police officer is scheduled to hold a rally and memoria...

Cops Shoot And Kill Suspect 5 Miles From Ferguson Scene

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Crime

JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — A police chief in suburban St. Louis says two officers fired 25 shots during the fatal shooting of a rifle-wielding man they we...

The Black Man Shot by White Cops No One Is Talking About

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Christian Piatt

Crawford, father to two young children, did have something in his hand, but it wasn't a rifle or a shotgun. Rather, it was a toy BB gun he had picked up from the shelves in the store to buy.

Mom: 'They Killed My Son Because He's Black'

AP | Posted 09.19.2014 | Black Voices

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) — A woman has criticized police in the Utah County city of Saratoga Springs over the fatal shooting of her 22-year-old s...

Christopher Mathias

We Still Don't Know What Happened To Ramarley Graham | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Ramarley Graham is a name the country should know, but doesn't. For New Yorkers, Graham's case is reminiscent of Michael Brown's in Fergus...

Mom Whose Van Full Of Kids Was Shot By Police Breaks Silence

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.03.2014 | Crime

The Tennessee woman who was on vacation with her five children, when she became the subject of a wild pursuit that ended with an officer firing upon h...

In Wake Of Ferguson, Police Departments Try To Build Trust With Black Residents

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT and JIM SALTER | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices

DALLAS (AP) — In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black comm...

How Deadspin Can Maximize Its Innovative Effort to Collect Police Shooting Data

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

In the wake of the recent deaths at police hands of Michael Brown and so many others, people have rightly called for a thorough empirical analysis of how often and under what circumstances the police shoot civilians.

Celebrities Pay Homage To Michael Brown During Funeral Service

Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices

More than two weeks after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, hundreds gathered along with t...

An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted -- In 1962

NPR | Kat Chow | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices

Amid the flurry of coverage about Michael Brown's death and the reaction in Ferguson, Mo., journalists have been unpacking St. Louis' long, tense hist...

Talib Kweli On Michael Brown Shooting: 'We Don't Need To Calm Down'

Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

Among the many demonstrators seeking justice for the killing of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown, rapper Talib Kweli has been active on the front lin...

Spike Lee: 'There's A War On The Black Male And It's Tearing The Country Apart'

Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices

Throughout the course of his filmmaking career, Spike Lee has been very vocal on his personal views on social issues and politics. So it comes as no s...

Economic Deprivation Behind the Rage in Ferguson

John Komlos | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
John Komlos

We know all too well the proximate causes of the rage in Ferguson but there are other much deeper socio-economic causes as well, namely the way the school systems, the economy, and particularly the labor market are structured so as to exclude cruelly so many from the American Dream.