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Police Violence

Ferguson: The Mirror That Reflects America's Open Secret

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Is Ferguson the existential reality of America in 2014? The inconvenient truth is that many African Americans see the grand jury decision as further confirmation of their belief that nothing has changed since the Kerner Report of 1968, and that nothing will; a police officer who shoots and kills an unarmed black man will almost always be exonerated.

Ferguson Decision: A Foregone Conclusion Three Months Ago

Michael Goldstein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Crime
Michael Goldstein

You can be sure that, when people are arrested for killing officers, or even for "routine" homicides, their cases are not turned over to grand juries, and it does not take 100 days to file charges.

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.

Ferguson: We Just Don't Get It

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

To my white friends, who are accusing African-Americans of "complaining," who are pretending they experience the "same thing" from police, who think it's the best course for black people to "stay home." STOP. Just stop.

27 Police Officers Were Slain In The Line Of Duty In 2013. That's The Fewest In More Than 50 Years.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.24.2014 | Crime

A total of 76 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2013, the FBI reported Monday. Of those, 49 died in accidents and 27 were killed as...

Boy Carrying Toy Gun Shot Dead By Police

AP | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun is dead after being shot by a Cleveland police officer. An attorn...

The Human Toll of 'Stop and Frisk'

Soledad O'Brien | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Soledad O'Brien

All over the country black people have been stopped, harassed, arrested, injured and even killed at the hands of the police meant to protect them. From Brooklyn to Baltimore, Atlanta to Anaheim, cellphone videos are waking up the rest of the population to the fact that overly aggressive policing is not new in America, especially in black America.

Misuse of a Grand Jury

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

When there are enough witnesses who say Officer Darren Wilson acted improperly, then why not go to trial, allow both sides to present evidence and make their case, and then let that jury determine Wilson's guilt or innocence?

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago Police Say Complaints And Police Shootings Are Down, Despite Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Seven Ways to Prepare for the Ferguson Grand Jury's Statement

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

Here's what I'm doing -- as a white, middle-aged, middle-class clergywoman, 552 miles from Ferguson -- to prepare for the moment when the announcement is made. While your own choices about what to do will likely be different, depending on who and where you are, I encourage you to make plans in advance, hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

This Reverend Wants White Christians To Stand Up To The 'Racialized Police System'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.16.2014 | Black Voices

Following his arrest alongside fellow activists in Missouri on Monday, Rev. Jim Wallis joined HuffPost Live to weigh in on the “racialized police sy...

How Social Media Images Of Black Death Propel Social Change

Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.09.2014 | Black Voices

Michael Brown’s killing raised serious questions about the crisis of state violence against African-Americans. With an FBI-led investigation of poli...

Ryan Grim

Justice Department Blocks Deportation Of Immigrant Beaten By California Police

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- The Department of Justice has stepped in to free a man from detention by immigration authorities, telling a federal judge that the DOJ ...

Matt Ferner

Ezell Ford Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeks $75 Million

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- The family of Ezell Ford will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday, just over a month a...

Where's the Outrage Over Oklahoma Cop's Alleged Assault on Black Women?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Despite the mind boggling charges, and subsequent kid glove treatment of Holtzclaw, there's been no indignant spate of articles and features in the national press on this injustice, no rallies, demonstrations, and marches from women's groups, and most tellingly, not a word of protest from civil rights groups.

A Heart-Wrenching Conversation Between The Mothers Of Slain Black Teens

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.05.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For the countless black mothers whose children's lives were tragically cut short by gun violence, sometimes the best way to cope is to come together. ...

Matt Ferner

Man Beaten By Police Accuses Immigration Agents Of Trying To Silence His Testimony

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

When immigration agents arrested Edgar Vargas Arzate on Aug. 18, he was driving to a court hearing in which the facts of a savage beating by Santa Ana...

Hands Up United Video Honors Michael Brown

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices

What does “Hands Up” symbolize to you? A handful of protesters answer this question in a touching video by the Hands Up United coalition, an an...

Police Shootings Are Becoming Less Random

Gil Laroya | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Gil Laroya

"Shoot first, ask questions later" used to be a joke, meant to emphasize the idea of getting things done more efficiently by dealing with questions of...

Matt Ferner

Police Still Won't Name Officers In Ezell Ford Shooting. Now Their Union Points To A Rap Video.

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- It has been nearly two weeks since police in a South Los Angeles neighborhood fatally shot Ezell Ford, a black man who was unarmed and ...

If We Bend Not Our Energies

Sharon Davies | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon Davies

The nation's focus on the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri confers yet another opportunity for deeper racial understanding, but like other (too many other) teachable moments arising from the tragic loss of young black life, the opportunity is fleeting and frail.

Brown and Ford Slayings Prove that Racial Profiling Just Might Kill

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The admission that racial profiling does exist is a hard slap to the official embedded notion that justice is color blind and impartial. The killings of Brown and Ford aren't likely to change that. But the brutal reality is that they stand as stark proof that racial profiling just might kill.

Photos Show Stark Contrast In Ferguson Following Security Overhaul

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

Just 24 hours after police SWAT trucks, riot gear and tear gas defined protests of Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, an entirely d...

Jay Nixon: Missouri Highway Patrol Will Take Over Supervision Of Security In Ferguson

AP | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over the supervision of security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of...