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Labeling Black Lives Matter As A Terrorist Organization Is Not Only Unjust, It's Dangerous

In 2013, a Florida court acquitted George Zimmerman, who killed the 17-year old Trayvon Martin because he looked suspicious, of murder and manslaughter. Following this decision, a hashtag erupted on Twitter, #BlackLivesMatter.<p>Using the hashtag to gather people, starting with the African-American …

The ACLU Sues The Baton Rouge Police Dept. Over Their Protest Response

The ACLU of Louisiana joined with other local groups to file a lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department Wednesday. The groups allege that police officers violated the rights of protesters in the wake of Alton Sterling‘s death. According to the lawsuit, officers broke up peaceful …

Law Enforcement

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: There Is Terror on Both Sides of the Badge

I’ve often explained my passion for history to my friends by quoting American philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are …

Sorry conservatives, new research from Harvard shows a profound amount of racism by police…not less of it

<b>(AP/Gerald Herbert)</b><p>Don’t believe the right-wing spin about Harvard’s damning study that illustrates how cops target blacks<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>July 14, 2016 9:56am (UTC)<p>Philando Castile was killed by a Minneapolis-area police officer while giving him his identification. Like so many other black men, …

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's protest performance draws praise

<b>Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's decision</b> to wade into the thousands of protesters Friday night to quell what could have been a gutty moment in the …

Bill O'Reilly and Rudy Giuliani Claims That BLM is Racist Projects Their Own Racism

Both Rudy Giuliani and Bill O’Reilly, among others, have made outrageous claims about Black Lives Matter. Giuliani claimed Friday on <i>MSNBC Live</i></i> …

‘I’m under arrest, ya’ll’: Black Lives Matter activist arrested, then released in Baton Rouge

DeRay Mckesson, one of the most prominent activists associated with the police reform protest movement, was arrested late Saturday in Baton Rouge, where he traveled to demonstrate in solidarity with residents angered by the recent death of Alton Sterling after an officer-involved shooting that was …

Law Enforcement

Barack Obama condemns 'deranged' gunman, says US won't return to Sixties-era race riots

• Who is Micah Johnson?<br>• Who were the victims?<br>• Dramatic audio of police scanner during shooting<br>• Tim Stanley: A democracy as racist as America will never be at peace<br>• Dallas police shooting: As it happened July 8th<br>• Protests continue across the US<p>President Obama issued a call for unity on Saturday, insisting …

The Legal and Ethical Ramifications of Letting Police Kill Suspects With Robots

Dallas police used a bomb robot to kill a suspect in what was "essentially a jury-rigged version of a drone strike"—where do we go from here?<p>Thursday night, after a shocking night of violence in which five police officers were killed by snipers, Dallas police took the unprecedented step of using a …

Police Use Pepper Spray and Tear Gas During Phoenix Civil Rights Rally: Reports

Police at a civil rights rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday night used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse protesters, according to multiple …

This Police Officer's Response to Alton Sterling's Death Is Essential Viewing

"How dare you stand next to me in the same uniform and murder somebody? How dare you!" cries Officer Nakia Jones in an emotional Facebook Live broadcast.<p>Nakia Jones is a police officer with the Warrensville Heights Police Department in Ohio. On Wednesday, she streamed her reaction to the news of …

FBI and Justice Department's Civil Rights Division Take Over Alton Sterling Shooting Investigation from Baton Rouge PD

Saying they are striving for transparency, city and state officials on Wednesday announced the federal government would take the lead in …

The massive toll of police brutality: The fatal shootings — like in Louisiana and Minnesota — destroy minority communities, both physically and mentally

<b>Sandra Sterling, aunt of Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, La., July 6, 2016. (AP/Gerald Herbert)</b><p>The impact of racial discrimination and police brutality extends far beyond those directly affected<p>Sirry Alang<p>July 7, 2016 3:43pm (UTC)<p>Beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and institutional arrangements that …

‘This is the brain on horror’: The incredible calm of Diamond ‘Lavish’ Reynolds

Seconds after shooting the man he had just pulled over, the police officer yelled at a woman in the passenger seat: “Ma’am, keep your hands where they are.”<p>Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds watched blood drench her boyfriend’s white shirt. She did not scream. She did not cry. Her language remained …

One tragic quote sums up how the police killing of a Louisiana man is part of a much bigger problem

At a news conference on Wednesday, Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of the oldest child of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man fatally shot during a confrontation with two white officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday, addressed the public for the first time since the shooting.<p>As …

The Economics of Policing Poor Black Communities in Louisiana

Why does the state boast the highest incarceration rates in the world? One answer: It’s incentivized by the local justice system and prison industry.<p>Louisiana’s criminal-justice system has two dubious honors: First is its unwillingness, and now inability, to fund public defenders; and the second, …

Philando Castile is 123rd Black Person Killed by Police This Year

Even as many people are still reeling from the Alton Sterling’s death at the hands of a police officer, the nation has another life to mourn: A cop …

The 2nd Amendment Is So White: What the Past 24 Hours Have Taught Me About Black People’s Right to Bear Arms

In less than 24 hours, two black men have been killed by police officers even though the Second Amendment indicates that they should have been …

NRA’s offensive hypocrisy: When will the organization demand justice for black gun owners shot by police?

<b>Protesters in Baton Rouge, La., July 6, 2016. (AP/Gerald Herbert)</b><p>Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot while carrying guns, but the NRA isn’t stepping up to defend them<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>July 7, 2016 5:01pm (UTC)<p>Right in the midst of a national outrage over a video of police in Louisiana …

Minnesota Governor Doesn't Think Philando Castile Would Have Been Killed If He Were White

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday said “this kind of racism exists” as he called for the U.S. Justice Department to investigate after the fatal …