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Abby Zimet: Then They Came For the Drummers, Chanters, Chalk Artists, Trash Pickers, Balloon Carriers, Bike-Helmeted Moms and Naked Athena

We now have the grossly under-reported spectacle of unnamed, unbadged, unaccountable hoodlums in camo combat gear and unmarked vans wildly tear-gassing and pepper-balling engaged citizens, city officials, medics, media…

July 23, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Columbus OH Police Mace Double Amputee, Take His Legs, Leave Him Writhing

In a new study that manages to be both shocking and grimly unsurprising, researchers found police in 20 U.S. cities fail to meet even the most basic international human rights standards governing lethal force.

June 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jake Johnson: New Amnesty Map Documents ‘Shocking Extent’ of US Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

Police forces across the United States have committed widespread and egregious human rights violations in response to largely peaceful assemblies protesting systemic racism and police violence, including the killing of Black people.

June 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: The Recalcitrance of Police Unions

Police unions and minorities should be allies in the battle to reduce economic inequality.

June 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

William J. Astore: Warrior Cops When the Wars Come Home

America’s forever wars in distant lands have now come home.

June 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lornet Turnbull: 7 Ways Protestors Showed Up for Black Lives

Amid the outpouring of outrage over George Floyd’s death are glimpses of solidarity and hope.

June 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Arlene Weiner: A Photo of Jalen, Age 12, in a Batman Costume

Say yes, sir when the officers stop you
for the fourteenth time, looking
for somebody

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Liberal Redneck | Minnesota Burning

Justice for George Floyd. These cops are out of control, y’all.

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: It’s Time for Effective Oversight of Police Violence

What is it going to take to stop this madness?

October 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bailey Williams: Oscar Grant Was Shot by Police 10 Years Ago. Now His Family Is Helping Others to Heal

The United States has the highest number of police killings than any other industrialized country. In 2018, nearly 1,000 people were killed by police, according to The Washington Post. Of those killed, 38 were unarmed.

February 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jason Brennan: When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Lynching Museum — A Pilgrimage

Truth and reconciliation are sequential. You can’t have reconciliation until you have truth. — Bryan Stevenson . On the 28 April 1836, the steamboat “Flora” docked in St. Louis. The … Continue reading

August 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frank Edwards & Michael H. Esposito: Police kill about 3 men per day in the US

Police in the U.S. kill on average more than 1,000 men per year, or about three men per day. According to our estimates, police are responsible for about 8 percent … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This Is America

  . This week saw both more achingly quotidian crimes against African-Americans – cops called for Shopping/Napping/Airbnbing While Black – and, aptly mirroring them, the release of the searing video … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

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