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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.

I'm Black and 'Well-Behaved,' but I'm Still Mike Brown

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tiffany Aliche

I hate the fact that people pretend that if you're black and keep out of trouble and do the "right" things, you'll be protected. That's a lie! I've never been in trouble, yet I'm almost always afraid of law enforcement. I've seen too many things to feel safe.

The Road to Ferguson

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Matthew Ebert

They speak of it like the coming race war, not the race war we're already in. And it is not a race war really -- it is a racially divided class war.

The Best Explanation I've Ever Heard Of Why Black People And White People See Cops Differently

Upworthy | Erica Williams Simon | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
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Clearly everyone isn't on the same page when the conversation about race, police brutality, and excessive force rears its ugly head (which, incidental...

I'm an American Citizen. If You Want to Remain a Cop, Don't Violate My Human Rights

Larry Womack | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

This idea that cops get to say when and where constitutional rights apply is so very, deeply misguided that I am shocked anyone could type it out without coming to their senses mid-sentence.

It Isn't Just Ferguson

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Yet another young black man killed. Another grief-stricken family, another outraged community. We've seen this before, and we can be confident we'll see it again. What's going on?

Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and adjunct instructor of homeland security at Colorado Technical University, has ...

A Father's Cry for Justice

Bishop T.D. Jakes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Bishop T.D. Jakes

With the nation's outrage in full view, I believe that this case gives an outlet to a rising sense of power felt by parents and youth alike to call into question the behavior exhibited by those who are sworn to protect and serve all citizens.

Our Nation Has a Problem (or "Imagine It Is Your Family")

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

What if we start to live into the promise and hope for liberty for everyone? What if we hope to believe and live like everyone is created equal? What if we actually lived like everyone is my neighbor?

America Is Nervous -- We Must Lay Down Our Arms

Michelle Kraus | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

There are far too many loose guns floating around the United States of America. What are we doing? This is not the world our forefathers conceived wh...

The Aging of a Black Boy in America

Rev. Gwen Thomas | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Gwen Thomas

One day my grandson won't be six and little and cute. In fact, in 12 years, he'll be the age Michael Brown was on the last day of his life. And it won't matter what values his family has instilled in him, nor what the "content of his character" is.