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Ferguson Is Everytown, U.S.A.

Nusrat Choudhury | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Nusrat Choudhury

Both explicit and implicit biases lead far too often to the killing of black men in police-civilian encounters. And they undergird the daily indignity and humiliation experienced by blacks who are stopped, questioned, and searched by police when they have done nothing wrong.

Michael Brown's Mom: Do You Know How Hard It Was For Me To Get Him To Graduate?

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

--Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, opens up to reporters on the difficulty of raising her son. (New York Times) ...

Ferguson's Lessons for the Fall Semester

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

As students return to school this fall with the echoes of gunshots and angry protests reverberating across the country, how will teachers address the lessons of Ferguson? Will they even be able to do so?

Rapper Mourns For Michael Brown In Tribute Song

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.16.2014 | Black Voices

A week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, people across the country are demanding j...

Keke Palmer Reveals Plans To Join Ferguson Protest

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices

As she prepares for her historical role as the first African-American to play Cinderella on Broadway beginning Sept. 9, Keke Palmer has also expressed...

Gun Owners of America Is Silent About the Michael Brown Shooting

John A. Tures | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

You would think that conservative gun groups like the NRA or the GOA would be rallying around the Brown family, and demand justice. But they haven't even mentioned such an event.

Celebrities React To Mike Brown's Fatal Shooting On Twitter

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

As questions remain unanswered surrounding the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, critics across the country c...

Become the Change You Want; Correcting Police With a Discipline Movement

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

If we do not prosecute and discipline officers who break the law and who abuse their positions, then what sort of message does that send to the others? What kind of police culture does that create?

When Parenting Feels Like a Fool's Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown

Stacia L. Brown | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices
Stacia L. Brown

Daughter, I said I didn't have it in me to sit with the killing of Michael Brown last night and comb my social media accounts for first-hand anecdotes that would likely be more accurate than anything the news stations would report. But I stayed up anyway, because his neighbors had not gone home.

Black Twitter #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Is The Movement We've Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices

On Saturday, Missouri teen Michael Brown was reportedly shot dead by police. The death of the unarmed teen has sparked outrage in his local community ...

Unrest In Streets After Police Kill Unarmed Black Teen

AP | JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest...

Safer Streets and Communities Start at Home

Bernard B. Kerik | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime
Bernard B. Kerik

The total number of American law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by gunfire so far this year is 27, versus 16 last year. Some experts blame anti-government, and white supremacist groups, and gang violence for these increases, but I believe it's much more.

How Not to Shoot the Family Dog

Tricia Spencer | Posted 04.20.2014 | Crime
Tricia Spencer

Emotions are running high in the wake of yet another shooting of a family dog by a police officer. This time it happened in the small town of Filer, Idaho. It's not the first time such a thing has happened, and unless something changes, it surely won't be the last.

Off-Duty Cop Opens Fire During Fender Bender Dispute

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A police sergeant is under investigation by the San Francisco Police Department after shooting another motorist while off duty when a fender bender d...

Teenager With Schizophrenia Allegedly Shot, Killed By Officer

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A North Carolina teenager suffering from a schizophrenic episode was shot and killed by an officer only seconds after arriving on the scene, the man's...

WATCH: Police Fire On Minivan Full Of Children

David Lohr | Posted 11.18.2013 | Crime

A Tennessee woman on vacation with her five children led cops on a wild pursuit that ended shortly after an officer fired upon her minivan. Newly r...

FBI To Investigate Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Carrying Fake Rifle

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 10.26.2013 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO -- SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of a popu...

New Orleans Cop Gets Four Years For Fatal Drug Raid Shooting Caught On Video

Radley Balko | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

A rare instance of accountability after a botched drug raid: As Natasha Allen walked away from the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse Friday, ...

Armed Teen Shot, Killed After Threatening Police

AP | Posted 10.04.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a street early Sunday after he refused to drop his gun and pointed it in the ...

WOW: A Very Expensive Shooting

AP | Posted 05.09.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A jury has awarded $8.8 million to the family of a robber who was shot and killed by a police officer east of Los Angeles in Culver Cit...

MDPD Shoots, Kills Suspicious Man In The Hammocks

Posted 03.13.2013 | Miami

Miami-Dade Police say they were forced to shoot and kill a man in Soutwest Miami-Dade Tuesday night after he scrambled into a police cruiser and tried...

Raid Of The Day: Isaac Singletary

Radley Balko | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics

Known around the neighborhood as "Pops," 80-year-old Isaac Singletary moved into his high-crime Jacksonville, Florida neighborhood in 1987 to care...

When Cops Are a Danger to the Public

Brian Rooney | Posted 04.15.2013 | Crime
Brian Rooney

In those moments when the guns come out, it is a difficult and dangerous job. But difficult and dangerous circumstances are when all that training is supposed to kick in, not be abandoned in a moment of "incredible tension."

Raid Of The Day: Scott Bryant

Radley Balko | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

In late March of 1995, deputies with the Dodge County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Department claimed to have found traces of marijuana in a trashcan outs...

3 Cops Shot In NJ Police Station

AP | Posted 02.27.2013 | Crime

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A man who had been arrested for allegedly stalking an ex-girlfriend overpowered an officer inside a police station, ...