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It's Not Just Ferguson... Is It?

Isa Freeling | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Isa Freeling

The call to pay close attention to race at this moment is a hot button issue with long simmering resentments now bubbling up to the surface and at a boil. The new awareness that sometime, while we were sleeping, police departments suited up like a military force, has awakened people to a perception of threat.

What Would MLK Say About Ferguson?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

It is unfortunate that the media overplays "looting and rioting" much more than it covers the thousands who peacefully protest everyday for justice.

The Murrieta Five Fight Obscure Charges

Sam Slovick | Posted 09.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

Whatever Murrieta was before July 2014, it no longer is. What City Manager Rick Dudley characterized as "a black eye" is actually an indelible stain.

How Does Wilson Fire Six Shots, While Getting Beaten, Without Gunshot Residue On Michael Brown?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

What if Brown was pretending to charge after taunting verbally, in an arrogant act of defiance, with the intent of pulling back? What if Brown was running, but quickly turned back to surrender, and Wilson mistook that for charging, what then?

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Protesters Hope To Transform Anger Into Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices

This article was made possible by HuffPost readers through their support of the Ferguson Fellowship. Here's how you can back more reporting like this ...

Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Shenna Bellows

When it comes to weighing the importance of civil liberties against fear of a terrorist attack (or everyday criminal activity), the Beltway is trapped in 2005.

One Bad Apple and the Soils of Injustice

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Institutional racism is about a system the makes and has made it possible for "bad apple" after "bad apple" after "bad apple" to be recruited, trained and deployed -- again, and again, and again. Yes, individuals must be held accountable for their actions, but so do the systems that empower them.

The Courage to Disarm

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

One of the deeper, darker questions concealed in the maelstrom of rage and grief of Ferguson is this one: What if Officer Darren Wilson had not been armed when he told the two teenagers to get out of the street?

What Does It Feel Like to Be Racially Profiled?

Quora | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Quora

I am an American of Indian (sub-continental) descent, and I have been racially profiled. I can understand why this happens, but it can be frustrating at times, and occasionally humorous.

The Militarization of American Policing

Stephen Downing | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime
Stephen Downing

The military mission is to confront and kill a defined enemy. The peace officer has no enemies. His or her mission is to protect the community and everyone within it. No matter what crime they may have committed, all are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and due process.

Michael Brown, Ferguson, and Why a Police Force Should Reflect the Community It Serves

Gyasi Ross | Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

I think about my teenage years: Broke. Confused. Horny. Doing stupid shit. Which brings us to Ferguson. Which brings us to Mike Brown. Which brings us to a militarized police force that enforces laws on a community that it doesn't know.

Top Lawmaker Pushes Body Cameras For Cops

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In response to the furor over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a senior House Democrat wan...

Rage in Ferguson Offers Important Lesson

Lecia Brooks | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lecia Brooks

It's time to listen to the hopes and fears of all Americans. It's time to recognize the injustices that we must eliminate to ensure all Americans can pursue their dreams. And we must do it before the rage our nation has witnessed permanently supplants hope.

Legal Hurdles May Thwart Prosecution in Michael Brown Killing

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

With two parallel investigations -- one state, one federal -- proceeding into the tragic August 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, a key issue in both investigations will be whether the officer had a reasonable fear that he was facing serious bodily injury or death.

Police Shootings Are Becoming Less Random

Gil Laroya | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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...

Ferguson and Race From White America's Perspective, If It Switched Places With Black America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One possible way to empathize with the plight of my fellow Americans is to imagine a world where statistics from the Pew Research Center, NAACP, and other reputable sources are reversed.

When A Man's Wheelchair Got Stuck In A Storm, This Cop Did Something Great

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.22.2014 | Good News

When push comes to shove, Gil Benitez is happy to do more pushing. On Thursday night, the police officer in Fort Myers, Florida, pushed a man stran...

Ferguson And The Case For Creating A Special Prosecutor's Office For The Police

James Meyerson | Posted 08.22.2014 | Crime
James Meyerson

It is not surprising that a local prosecutor would believe that a local police officer was "entitled" to "the benefit of the doubt."

Beware of Exploding Gifts From Uncle Sam

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Our police departments should not become dumping grounds for weapons makers looking for new clients to replace sales for waning wars abroad. Nor should they be repressive agencies that treat the public, especially black men, like enemies.

Let Them Not Have Died in Vain

Atima Omara | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Atima Omara

There needs to be an organized national movement that proposes and lobbies for policy changes in law enforcements that need it and then in the state legislatures, Governor's Mansions, and Congress. Let the deaths of Martin, Garner, Bell, Grant, and countless others not be in vain.

UC Berkeley Study Shows Cops in Riot Gear May Incite Violence

Judy Farah | Posted 08.22.2014 | Crime
Judy Farah

The Deciding Force project is building a database that shows patterns in police/protester interactions to determine how certain actions ignite violence. One such example is how an emotional outburst can escalate into a volley of rocks and tear gas.

Deep Justice in Ferguson

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I have no doubt that the standoff in Ferguson -- the demand for change -- goes this deep. I also have no doubt that tear gas won't pacify the protesters and replace their anger with fear of authority. Neither will all the military hardware the Defense Department can supply.

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.