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A Black Republican Tackles The Police ‘Trust Gap’

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was still learning the ways of Washington, he says, when he saw a police officer following his car near Capitol Hill. “I took a left…,” he recalled in a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor, “and as soon as I took a left, a police officer pulled in right behind me.”

July 16, 2016
Penn State student Zaniya Joe wears a piece of tape over her mouth that says "Black Lives Matter" during a Ferguson protest organized by a group of Penn State University students on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in University Park, Pa. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

FBI Greenlights Crackdown On Black Lives Matter Protesters

The Baton Rouge police were given the green light by the FBI to approach this peaceful protest as they would an enemy force. This has been the dangerous pattern of federal law enforcement efforts these past few years: suppressing social movements in coordination with local police departments.

July 13, 2016
Protestor Ieshia Evans is approached by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

‘We Want Safety, Dignity And Justice’: Black Lives Matter Protests Build Nationwide

“We have a mandate: to avenge the sufferings of our ancestors, earn the respect of future generations and be transformed in the service of the work. That is what we are in the streets for. We’re going to take as much time as we need.”

July 11, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama answers a reporter's questions after meeting with Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the Palacio de la Moncloa in Madrid, Spain July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama Says Attacks On Police Hurt Black Lives Matter Cause

“I want to say to say to everyone concerned about … racial bias in the criminal justice system that maintaining a truthful, serious and respectful tone is going to help mobilize American society to bring about real change,” Obama said.

July 10, 2016
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At A Time Like This, Is There Anyone We Need Less Than Rudy Giuliani?

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose tenure was marred by law enforcement killings of unarmed African-Americans, took to the national television circuit today to baselessly smear Black Lives Matter protesters.

July 10, 2016
Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas.

This Week’s Violence Exposes America’s Deepest Cracks

The deaths of five Dallas police officers and Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have exposed the fissures in American society, bringing together some of the toughest issues the nation faces into one week: mistrust of police within the Black community, gun violence, and hyper-partisanship.

July 8, 2016

The Dallas Shootings Are An Attack At The Heart Of America

Dallas police were protecting the protesters’ constitutional rights, as they do with all protestors. The shooters attacked our political system. For all of our political system’s misuse of this word, these attacks were terrorism in the clearest sense.

July 8, 2016
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Snipers Kill Five Dallas Police; Obama Calls It ‘Despicable’ Attack

Police described Thursday night’s ambush as carefully planned and executed and said they had taken three people into custody before a fourth died. Dallas-based media said the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff that extended into Friday morning.

July 8, 2016

#EndorseThis: After Alton Sterling’s Death, Larry Wilmore Asks: Where Are The #AllLivesMatter Protests?

Larry Wilmore wrote his monologue for last night’s The Nightly Show after the police killing of Alton Sterling, who was shot multiple times in the chest while pinned to the ground by two police officers. But he wrote it before the police killing of Philando Castille.

July 7, 2016

Black Man Shot, Killed By Police After Following Orders

It was another traffic stop. Philando Castile was driving with his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, when they were pulled over at a traffic stop for a broken taillight, according to a video Reynolds posted on Facebook just after he was shot.

July 7, 2016
A man, who declined to offer his name, walks past a mural of Freddie Gray in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

Baltimore Cop Says Freddie Gray Ask For Help During Fatal Ride

“I said, ‘What’s up?’ He said, ‘Help,'” Porter said. “‘What do you need help with?’ ‘Help me up.'”

June 13, 2016
Officer Edward M. Nero is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department. Baltimore Police Department/Handout via Reuters

Baltimore Policeman Not Guilty On All Charges In Freddie Gray Death

Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty on all four charges in the 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray.

May 23, 2016
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participates in a panel discussion on Reducing Violence and Strengthening Policy and Community Trust at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Chicago Mayor To Replace Police Review Board With More Independent Watchdog

The decision to abolish the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) comes a month after a task force released a scathing report recommending a new board to help mend strained relations between Chicago’s police force and the city’s minority communities. The task force report said IPRA was underfunded and staffed by former law enforcement officials whose findings were routinely reversed by the body’s leaders.

May 14, 2016
Sanford police officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin, while testifying during George Zimmerman's murder trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool/File Photo

Fake Buyers Like ‘Racist McShootFace’ Hijack Trayvon Martin Gun Sale

Bidding in an online auction for the pistol George Zimmerman used to shoot and kill unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 topped a total of $65 million on Friday, though the amount appeared to be inflated by fake buyers with names such as “Racist McShootFace.”

May 13, 2016

Zimmerman To Auction Gun Used To Kill Trayvon Martin

The Florida man who shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin in an incident that triggered nationwide civil rights protests will auction the gun he used on Thursday and spend some of the proceeds to challenge gun control policies, the auction website said.

May 12, 2016

Sandra Bland’s Family: Perjury Charge Against Trooper A ‘Slap On The Wrist’

Sandra Bland’s family scoffed at the decision to charge the Texas state trooper who arrested her in a confrontational traffic stop last summer with perjury, saying any potential punishment for the misdemeanor offense would amount to “a slap on the wrist.”

January 8, 2016

Ohio Grand Jury Clears Police In Fatal Shooting Of 12-Year-Old

A grand jury cleared two Cleveland police officers in the November 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was brandishing a toy gun in a park, after finding a series of mistakes but no criminal activity, a prosecutor said on Monday.

December 28, 2015

The Lives Of America’s ‘Others’

Across a wide range of issues, Americans today are confronted by the vocal demands or concerns of “Others,” those sitting outside the cultural and political status quo who feel abandoned, ignored or attacked by the country’s stakeholders.

December 2, 2015

A ‘Kill-And-Cover-Up’ Police Culture?

When public officials refuse to release a video that shows alleged misconduct by a police officer, you should only expect the worst. That’s particularly true in Chicago.

November 30, 2015

Chicago Charges Officer In Black Teen’s Death, Releases Video Of Shooting

A white Chicago policeman was charged on Tuesday with murdering a black teenager, a prosecution that was speeded up in hopes of staving off a fresh burst of the turmoil over race and police use of deadly force that has shaken the United States for more than a year.

November 25, 2015

Minneapolis Police Arrest Two In Shooting Of Black Lives Matter Protesters

The demonstrators said they would not be scared away. “We ain’t scared of domestic terrorists.”

November 24, 2015

Where There Is No Police Accountability, Justice Is Tenuous

There is a virtually foolproof strategy for police to avoid Internet mortification. Three syllables: Do your job. Then there’ll be no YouTube videos to worry about.

October 26, 2015

Obama Says Black Lives Matter Movement Raises ‘Legitimate Issue’

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the Black Lives Matter movement is raising a “legitimate issue” about African-Americans being treated unfairly in certain communities. Obama made his first public remarks about the group, which grew in aftermath of police shootings of unarmed black men, during a discussion of […]

October 22, 2015

Official Reports Usually Side With Police Officers

The experience of being African American has taught me to be skeptical of official reports. A lifetime of color-coded, thumb-on-the-scale American “justice” has left me little option but to sift and fend for myself where “official” findings are concerned.

October 14, 2015

We Need Cops With People Skills

How much can we trust either a police force or the institution of policing itself when they operate under such a blatantly different set of rules?

October 5, 2015