Police and Race in America

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What role did race play in how police handled Texas pool party chaos?

McKinney, Texas (CNN) — Benet Embry just wanted a respite from the heat when he went to his neighborhood pool Friday. Talking to CNN Monday about the national story that rolled out of that simple, mundane summer activity still has him pretty well dismayed.

The 43-year-old African-American has lived …


The right way for cops to retake streets

(CNN) — Since the riots in Baltimore on April 27, the day of Freddie Gray's funeral, shootings and killings in that city have doubled. Large increases in violence have been seen in other cities as well. It's reasonable to see these increases as a response to less aggressive policing.

Baltimore …


In Baltimore, allegations of police doing less as drugs are rampant

(CNN) — Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is asking for federal help to fight an uptick in crime in his city -- an increase he largely attributes to looted drugs that have made their way to the streets of Baltimore.

At least 27 pharmacies and drug clinics were looted during riots after the …


Is a new crime wave on the horizon?

(CNN) — After decades of a downward trend in crime, residents in some large U.S. cities wonder if a reversal is coming.

If you live in Baltimore, you know that May, with 43 homicides, was the deadliest month since 1972. Or if you are a Houstonian, you've probably heard that murders were up 45% …


First on CNN: Baltimore prosecutors, cops try to mend relations

Baltimore (CNN) — Baltimore prosecutors and top police officials met Friday to try to mend relations, which have frayed since six officers were charged earlier this month in the death of Freddie Gray.

Since the charges against the officers, local police have complained that the case by State's …


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Officers want their trials moved out of Baltimore

(CNN) — Six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray want their trials moved out of the city.

Lawyers for the officers filed a motion for a change of venue on Wednesday. They say their clients cannot receive a fair trial in Baltimore because of extensive pretrial publicity, …


Cops pose with black man wearing antlers in old photo

Two white former Chicago police officers strike a hunting pose next to a black man with antlers on his head in an old photo. CNN affiliate WLS reports.


Baltimore's deadliest month in 15 years: May counts 35 homicides, so far

(CNN) — Baltimore is seeing its deadliest month in 15 years after an outbreak of Memorial Day weekend violence left nine people dead in 29 shootings.

So far, Baltimore has tallied 35 homicides this month, police said.

The last time Baltimore saw that many homicides was December 1999, police said.

The …


Cleveland cop acquittal a fair verdict?

(CNN) — Protests broke out in Cleveland after the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a police officer who had been charged with voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed people.

We have seen a lot of alleged cases of excessive and deadly force by law …


Cleveland, DOJ announce changes in police force

(CNN) — The city of Cleveland and Department of Justice announced Tuesday how they are moving forward on agreed changes to the city's police force.

The consent decree is the next step after the city agreed to changes last year following a scathing report from DOJ investigators regarding patterns of …


Cleveland protesters appear in court

(CNN) — Cleveland is catching its breath on Memorial Day after weekend protests.

The demonstrations broke out Saturday as people reacted with anger to the acquittal of police Officer Michael Brelo, who had been accused of fatally shooting two unarmed African-Americans.

Sunday was calm.Protesters …


Brelo verdict: Cleveland officer acquitted after shooting unarmed couple - now what?

(CNN) — How can a police officer fire 15 shots into a car with two unarmed people inside and then get acquitted after their deaths?

That's exactly what happened when a judge announced Saturday that Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo was not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault …


Protests, arrests follow acquittal of Cleveland police officer

(CNN) — Police arrested demonstrators in downtown Cleveland on Saturday night following the acquittal of a police officer who stood trial in the 2012 shooting death of two unarmed people.

CNN video showed police in riot gear moving down East Fourth Street, a strip of restaurants, and pushing back …


Waco coverage shows double standard on race

(CNN) — On Sunday, just after news broke of a shootout in Waco, Texas, involving "rival biker gangs" as The New York Times alert phrased it, the political activist Shaun King wrote on Twitter:

"I'll wait (and wait and wait and wait) to hear someone on the news call what just happened in Waco 'white …


Senators weigh use of police body cameras

Washington (CNN) — As calls grow for body cameras to be implemented in police departments around the country as a way to increase transparency and deal with police brutality, lawmakers in Washington examined the complexities of the technology at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.

South …


Obama will restrict grenade launchers, military equipment from local police

Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration on Monday moved to prohibit federal agencies from providing local cops with certain kinds of military equipment such as grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and bayonets, in the wake of controversy over a "militarized" police response to unrest last …


House doctor helps Baltimore recover

Baltimore (CNN) — Dr. Jeffrey Katz is always in a hurry, darting from patient to patient in a part of Baltimore where a mixture of poverty, crumbling buildings and crime give the feel that it's a forgotten part of the city.

Rows of beautiful, old homes are vacant -- some boarded up and others sealed …


The dangerous militarization of our police

(CNN) — As Philadelphia comes to terms with the train derailment that has left six people dead and some 200 injured, it's also worth remembering another tragic event that took place in the city exactly 30 years ago. It was an incident that claimed the lives of almost a dozen people, including five …


171 days after Tamir Rice shooting, sheriff says investigation almost done

(CNN) — About a week after Tamir Rice's mother and her legal team publicly asked how long it would take to finish the investigation into her son's death, the Cuyahoga County sheriff said Tuesday -- 171 days after the 12-year-old was shot -- that his department is almost there.

Sheriff Clifford …


Slain police: Separated by thousands of miles, united by common dangers

(CNN)Two officers slain during a traffic stop in Mississippi over the weekend add to a grim tally.

In shootings thousands of miles apart, under different circumstances, at least 10 law enforcement officers have been killed so far this year nationwide.

Thousands more face the same dangers and unknowns.


Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Tony Robinson case

(CNN) — The Wisconsin police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old unarmed biracial man won't face criminal charges in the case.

"I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force and that no charges should be brought against Officer Kenny in …