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Deadlocked Charleston Jury Is Another Big Letdown

A panel of 11 white people and one African-American could not find it in themselves to hold Slager accountable for this summary execution, could not bring themselves to say that this black life mattered.

December 7, 2016

When Police Brutality Goes Viral

With each viral video of police brutality comes a new opportunity to forge multiracial alliances to effect political change.

June 12, 2015
Michael Slager

South Carolina Police Officer Who Shot Unarmed Man Charged With Murder

The white South Carolina police officer whose shooting of a fleeing, unarmed black man was captured in a chilling cellphone video has been indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury.

June 8, 2015

Promising New Partnership Seeks To Reduce Incarceration

The United States locks up a larger proportion of its citizens than any other nation in the world. Mass incarceration has exacted a terrible cost — on state budgets, on black neighborhoods, on economic and social justice.

May 16, 2015

‘What Can I Do?’ Let’s Find Out

As Martin Luther King noted after young people in Memphis broke windows and looted stores during the last march he ever led, violence has a way of changing the subject.

April 29, 2015

Video Shows Arizona Police Intentionally Ran Over Suspect

The violent encounter was only the latest in a series of incidents that critics say demonstrates a pattern of police brutality and racism across the United States.

April 15, 2015

There’s No Such Crime As ‘Driving While White’

When is the last time you heard of a white man in a Mercedes-Benz being pulled over for driving with a broken taillight?

April 14, 2015

Walter Scott, Just Another ‘Isolated Incident’?

“Another isolated incident” is how the police killing of Walter Scott will play in conservative enclaves where the notion of systemic racism is regarded as absurd.

April 13, 2015
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Police Dash Cam Video Shows Traffic Stop Before Shooting In South Carolina

There’s a precedent for the use of video in the Walter Scott murder and it involves a white officer shooting an unarmed black man in South Carolina.

April 10, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Jon Stewart vs. ‘Rolling Stone’

Jon Stewart slammed “Rolling Stone” magazine for the fact that nobody is getting fired over their discredited story.

April 9, 2015
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Video Set One Fatal Police Shooting Apart

For decades, African-Americans, including those in North Charleston, have complained that police shoot black men with little provocation and then falsely claim the officers did so out of fear for their lives. This time there was video.

April 9, 2015
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Racial Pain That Just Won’t Quit

This is the week that the Confederacy, and slavery, suffered permanent defeat. Yet these two stories are reminders of both the nation’s original sin and the prejudices, pathologies, and policy failures that continue to haunt us.

April 9, 2015

Here’s What Police Were Saying About Walter Scott’s Death — Before The Video Came Out

The police characterized the shooting as a ‘traffic stop gone wrong’, but the video (predictably) tells a different story.

April 8, 2015