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Ferguson: We Are All Missourians

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

 In the America that I want to live in, it's not all right for police to intimidate entire communities with automatic weapons, riot gear and armored vehicles.

What I Shouldn't Have To Worry About As A Black Teen Girl

The OpEd Project | Posted 08.18.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

As a black girl I'm constantly worried that my male cousins and friends will have to deal with gang violence. Now I'm worried they'll have to deal with police brutality too.

Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson Sunday Night

Bill Quigley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

While the governor of Missouri is sending in the National Guard to Ferguson, it is worth considering where the real violence is coming from.

Militarized Police And The Threat To Democracy

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

There is something deep in the American psyche which resents and resists military-style force in our neighborhoods.

Policing 'Stop and Frisk' With 'Stop and Track' Policing

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Crime
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Ferguson has resonated across the country, not because of the merits of this one particular interaction -- where the facts are still uncertain -- but because of other similar, but less deadly policing tactics in certain urban communities.

Federal Officials Rethink Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

AP | TAMI ABDOLLAH and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsiderin...

Why I Fled St. Louis

Ace Robinson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

I have many nephews and godsons who are growing up Black in cities that are notorious for the abuse of Black boys. I promise them that I will support them with anything that they dare to dream. But what I cannot promise them is safety from the police.

Friday Talking Points -- Dog Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the 'Dog Days' of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old 'Duke' just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.

Welcome to Fergustan

Mike Bonifer | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

When war comes home, we see pandemonium where deliberation might have saved innocent lives. Heightening the alarm in an already-alarming scene reduces the chances of a peaceful resolution.

Too Many American Cops View Citizens as "The Enemy"--And Washington's to Blame

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Lev Raphael

A sea change has been taking place over the last decade that's been invisible to most Americans. Across the country, in big cities and small towns, police forces have been turning into armies. It's taken the events in Ferguson to blow things wide open.

Respect for Authority

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Ibrahim Balkhy

Ferguson Moms: Obama's Doing What He Can | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics

Americans heard from President Barack Obama on Thursday about the ongoing protests and police activity in Ferguson, Missouri, which were sparked by th...

Ferguson Is Reminiscent of Some of This Country's Worst Moments

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Relations between police and African-American communities across our country may be at its worst since the 1960s. What do public officials in the police department in Ferguson fear? When the shooting of Mr. Brown by a white police officer occurred, word spread. There was some limited violence and rioting, which was quickly contained by the leaders in Ferguson. The demonstrations on national TV Wednesday evening were initially peaceful and disciplined. Police subsequently fired tear gas and rubber bullets into them -- that is when some acts of retaliatory violence occurred. Ferguson is reminiscent of some of the worst confrontations between the African-American communities and police nationwide. I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

Rand Paul Calls For Demilitarization Of Police After Ferguson Shooting

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added his voice to the chorus of politicians condemning police conduct in Ferguson, Missouri, following Saturday's fatal shooti...

Up to Our Necks

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

As a white person in the U.S., I am conditioned from birth to see whiteness as safety -- white neighborhoods, white people, white authority figures. My lived experience, my conversations with people of color, and my study of history have shown me over and over that this is a wild and cruel perversion of the truth.

Ferguson Police Unhinged, Notes From a Former Miss Missouri

Taylor Marsh | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

There has always been a deep right-wing vein in Missouri, which has taken hold in recent years, seen through Todd Akin's "legitimate" rape lunacy.

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

Without Anger There Is Only Sadness: Reflections On The Killing Of Mike Brown

Farai Chideya | Posted 08.14.2014 | Black Voices
Farai Chideya

If we are going to transform this society, we have to have a belief that it is transformable. That does not mean we know the time-clock or how much our actions will help in the short term. But it does mean we are committed.

Welcome to Kabul, USA

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Think of it as a different kind of blowback. Even when you fight wars in countries thousands of miles distant, they still have an eerie way of making the long trip home.

To Terrify and Occupy

Matthew Harwood | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam's armory, and where even nonviolent crimes are met with overwhelming force and brutality.

Matt Ferner

WITNESS: LAPD Shouted 'Shoot Him' Before Killing Unarmed, Mentally Ill Black Man | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.14.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- An eyewitness to the killing of Ezell Ford told The Huffington Post on Wednesday that he heard an officer with the Los Angeles Police D...

Gerry Smith

Anonymous Threatens To Release Name Of Officer In Ferguson Police Shooting | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.13.2014 | Technology

The hacker group Anonymous claims it has the name of the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenage...

Santa Barbara Shines on Gang Injunction (VIDEO)

Sam Slovick | Posted 08.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

Beyond its well-maintained public image, Santa Barbara, California (aka the American Riviera) is a working class town whose local economy includes a large service sector where some 38.0 percent of the population is Latino.

James Brown Biopic: Should Life Stories Really Include Fabricated Incidents?

Charles Thomson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Thomson

It is surely irresponsible to insert significant, fictitious incidents into movies marketed as true stories. Besides which, James Brown's life story was about as dramatic as they come. If you can't turn that into a compelling movie without inventing non-existent shotgun fire, nobody's life story is safe.

Postscript: Big City, Small World

Michele Oberholtzer | Posted 08.06.2014 | Detroit
Michele Oberholtzer

I wish we could follow them back to their respective apartments to find all the stolen bounty that had long ago been given up for lost. I wish we had a CSI-style investigation that resulted in the resolution of dozens of cold cases. But it was not to be