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Police Shootings

Congress Finally Acts to Prevent Police Killings, But Will it Make a Difference?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

If the United States had better trained, more professional police, we certainly would not have so many police homicides, which are tearing apart the social fabric of our country.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Protester: We Can't Be Silent When Women Are Shot By Police | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Crime

Days after police released the name of the officer who killed a woman in Ann Arbor, Michigan, protesters called for answers and the firing of Officer ...

Police Shootings: Young Black Men Pay a Heavy Price for America's Lax Gun Laws

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

As a social systems scientist, I am equally disturbed. Given the multitude of factors that are involved in every situation, why do we focus on so few factors and give others that are just as important so little consideration?

Michael McLaughlin

Officer Testifies He Killed Unarmed Bay Area Man Grabbing For His Gun | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.11.2014 | Crime

MARTINEZ, Calif. -- A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man during a struggle said Wednesday he feared the man "was going to take my gun and ...

Arthur Delaney

Police Shootings Of Unarmed Men Often Have Something In Common: The Waistband Defense | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown to death in August in Ferguson, Missouri, he claimed the teenager had reached into...

The Other Capital Punishment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

If traditional capital punishment has declined, another kind of capital punishment continues unabated. This other form of capital punishment, far more common than the traditional kind, involves the killing of Americans by the police without benefit of charges, trial, jury, or the right to appeal.

Beyond the Paralysis of Analysis: Proposed Actions Following the Deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Etc.

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, a substantial number of African Americans no longer believe that the police operating in their communities will treat them fairly and impartially. Against this reality, I believe the following proposals for action should be seriously considered.

Jamie Foxx: Tough Dialogue Needed To Address Police Killings

AP | LAURI NEFF | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Jamie Foxx is calling for a tough dialogue in the wake of killings by police and recent protests over them. The actor says, "We'll ...

Very Little Information Is Available On Police Killings

AP | ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics

Ferguson, Missouri. Cleveland, Ohio. Staten Island, New York. Eutawville, South Carolina. In each place, individuals — all unarmed except for a chi...

Officer Who Fatally Shot Man Holding Air Gun In Ohio Walmart Remains On Leave

AP | Posted 12.05.2014 | Crime

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an officer who fatally shot a man in an Ohio Wal-Mart will remain on leave until the government concludes its investi...

How Bloggers and Comedians Are Telling Us More Than the Mainstream Media About the Ferguson, Garner Deaths

Art Levine | Posted 12.09.2014 | Media
Art Levine

Sometimes the news is so horrible you just have to laugh at it -- and comics and bloggers help raise awareness of what's wrong in a system that sorely needs changing.

What Matters Now in Ferguson?

Eric Mink | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Eric Mink

Activists of all colors and backgrounds and ages -- with a heavy emphasis on young people -- need to focus all this attention and energy on achieving significant change. Because significant change is possible.

Don't Understand the Connection Between Tamir Rice's Killing and His Parents' History? Join the Club

Bryan L. Adamson | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan L. Adamson

The story about Tamir's father, Leonard Warner, is astounding in its bias, making no attempt whatsoever to connect his father's history to why a police officer killed a 12-year old boy. This is journalism as it most tin-eared and irresponsible.

Kim Bellware

In Wake Of Eric Garner Decision, One Cop Still Faces Trial For Killing An Unarmed Black Person | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

When Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin heads to court next January for the fatal shooting of Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old unarmed black woman, he wil...

Hundreds of Police Killings Are Uncounted in Federal Stats

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 12.03.2014 | Crime

When 24-year-old Albert Jermaine Payton wielded a knife in front of the police in this city’s southeast corner, officers opened fire and killed him....

Kim Bellware

Family Of Chicago Woman Slain By Police Share What They'd Tell Mike Brown's Family | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices

Rekia Boyd was only 22 when she was shot in the back of the head and killed by an off-duty Chicago police detective . The detective, Dante Servin,...

Why the Black American's Fight for Civil Rights Still Isn't Over

Terrance Hamm | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Terrance Hamm

On Monday a grand jury chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Innumerable people were immediately outraged, erupting in fury. The criminal justice system must be reformed to promote civil rights for African Americans.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Niece Of Man Killed By Detroit Cop: 'When I See A Police Officer, I Literally Cringe' | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices

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

Police Shootings Are No Longer Back-Page News

Gil Laroya | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime
Gil Laroya

In the past, you might have read about police-related shootings in the back pages of the newspaper, between the grocery-store coupons and the used-car ads. But for some reason, police nowadays seem to be shooting citizens more and more, resorting to gun violence more often.

Christopher Mathias

Ramarley Graham's Mother To Michael Brown's Family: 'It's Gonna Be Hard' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- As a huge crowd of protesters gathered in Union Square Monday night to await the grand jury decision about the officer who shot and killed...

Family Stunned After NYPD Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man

AP | Posted 11.22.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Stunned relatives of an unarmed man killed by a rookie police officer in a dark public housing stairwell looked on as the Rev. Al Sh...

Christopher Mathias

NYPD Officer Shoots And Kills Unarmed Man In Brooklyn | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.01.2014 | Crime

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Brooklyn Thursday night appears to have been an "unfortunate tragedy," New York City Police Commissione...

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago Police Say Complaints And Police Shootings Are Down, Despite Protests | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

Though the Chicago Police Department has been the subject of multiple recent protests and a scathing report concerning the way it handles police-invol...

Families Of Chicago Police Shooting Victims: 'We Just Want Answers'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices

A number of family members and supporters of four black youths fatally shot by Chicago police are calling for change. The group gathered Wednesday...

Hunter Stuart

Tech Company Makes Gun That Could Help Prevent Police Brutality | Hunter Stuart | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business

Police may soon start using electronic guns that can track how, when and where the weapons are used, which could lead to greater accountability in inv...