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Better Regulation Of Guns Would Reduce Senseless Violence

The single best weapon against this senseless violence would be the better regulation of firearms, a goal that shouldn’t be beyond our reach. Impossible, you say? Not if enough voters started to care about the lives of poor black people lost to street violence. Black lives certainly ought to matter, regardless of the way those lives are lost.

October 28, 2016
Two women embrace while looking at a police officer in uptown Charlotte, NC during a protest of the police shooting of Keith Scott, in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Miczek

Charlotte In State Of Emergency After Second Night Of Violence

Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, woke to a state of emergency on Thursday with National Guard troops deployed on the streets after a second night of violent protests over the fatal police shooting of a black man.

One person was on life support after being shot by a civilian late Wednesday as riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades to try to disperse demonstrators who looted stores and threw rocks, bottles and fireworks.

September 22, 2016

Tyree King: Police Shoot 13-Year-Old Who Had BB Gun

Columbus, Ohio, police fatally shot a 13-year-old boy after he pulled out a weapon they later learned was a BB gun as officers tried to apprehend him after reports of an armed robbery, police said on Thursday.

September 15, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supporters carry a banner at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republicans And Democrats Reside In Different Galaxies

It’s often noted that liberals and conservatives tend to see the world differently. But if the Republican National Convention is any indication, liberals and conservatives inhabit not just different worlds but different galaxies—far, far away from each other.

July 22, 2016
Police officers attend a vigil after a fatal shooting of Baton Rouge policemen, at Saint John the Baptist Church in Zachary, Louisiana, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jeffrey Dubinsky

Cop Killers Serve No Cause

Montrell Jackson was the only one of the eight cops killed in Baton Rouge with the maddening and paradoxical distinction of being an African-American man killed in protest of police violence against African-American people.

July 21, 2016
Diamond Reynolds weeps after she recounts the incidents that led to the fatal shooting of her boyfriend Philando Castile by Minneapolis area police during a traffic stop on Wednesday, at a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration, in front of the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Miller

When It Comes To Police Shootings, The U.S. Doesn’t Look Like A Developed Nation

According to the 2013 Global Study on Homicide report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 60 percent of the murders in the US were committed with guns, compared to only 13 percent in Europe.

July 13, 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

The Dallas Police Department Has Been A Model For Confronting Police Brutality

“This police department trained in de-escalation far before cities across America did it,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said on Friday. “We’re one of the premier community policing cities in the country and this year we have the fewest police officer-related shootings than any large city in America.”

July 8, 2016
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and interim Chicago Police Superintendent John

Are Tasers The Way To Reduce Fatal Shootings By Police?

By Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Deadly police shootings across the country are forcing some big city police departments to take a new look at whether stun guns — typically called Tasers — could reduce the number of fatal encounters between officers and the public. Last month, for example, Chicago Mayor Rahm […]

January 19, 2016

We Must Address Racial Disparity In Police Shootings

Why are minorities so much more likely to be the victims of a crime?

October 22, 2014

Deadly Force, In Black And White

These statistics on police shootings will shock you.

October 13, 2014