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Toni Morrison: ‘I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman’

By Oliver Laughland The Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison has delivered a frank assessment of race relations in America, declaring that until racial disparities in the criminal justice system are resolved, the conversation about racism will never be over. Morrison, … Continue reading

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Fired African-American police officer seeks $5M in damages

By Tobias Salinger A small town in the shadow of a volcano in Washington state is simmering with racial tensions over a fired African-American’s police officer’s claims of discrimination. Gerry Pickens, 28, alleges he suffered racist jokes, different treatment from … Continue reading

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Freddie Gray dies a week after being injured during arrest

By Natalie Sherman, Chris Kaltenbach, and Colin Campbell Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man injured during an arrest by Baltimore police last week, died Sunday at Shock Trauma, prompting protests by city residents and out-of-town activists and promises from city officials … Continue reading

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Khalil Muhammad: To Stop Police Killings, Transform the Political Culture That Threatens Black Lives

Protests were held from coast to coast on Tuesday in a day of action against police violence and racial profiling. The protests came as the sheriff’s reserve deputy, who fatally shot Eric Harris in Oklahoma, turned himself in to authorities. … Continue reading

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Walter Scott, Thomas Slager, and the Myth of Police Reform

By Ta-Nehisi Coates There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state. We ask ourselves, “Were they … Continue reading

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Driving While Black Has Actually Gotten More Dangerous in the Last 15 Years

By Jaeah Lee Walter Scott’s death in South Carolina, at the hands of now-fired North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, is one of several instances from the past year when a black man was killed after being pulled over while … Continue reading

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American Police Killed More People in March (111) Than the Entire UK Police Have Killed Since 1900

By Shaun King Yeah. Those numbers are real.A total of 111 people were killed by police in the United States in March of 2015. Since 1900, in the entire United Kingdom, 52 people have been killed by police. Don’t bother … Continue reading

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Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions

By Ryan J. Reilly & Mariah Stewart “Lacee Scott?” the judge called. The 23-year-old rose from a hard black plastic chair, walked past the fireplace and stood before the table at the front of the living room. From the outside, … Continue reading

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Four Former Georgia Correctional Officers Sentenced for Offenses Related to Assaults of Inmates and Ensuing Cover-Up

Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs Four Former Georgia Correctional Officers Sentenced for Offenses Related to Assaults of Inmates and Ensuing Cover-Up The Justice Department announced that Darren Douglass-Griffin, Kerry Bolden, Emmett McKenzie and Kadarius Thomas—four former members of … Continue reading

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U.S. Cops Continue to Kill the Mentally Ill in Large Numbers, Especially in NYC, While Effective Approaches Are Ignored

By Terrell Jermaine Starr Times Square is a national landmark that welcomes millions of tourists each year but on Sept. 14, 2013, visitors witnessed a major flaw in how the New York Police Department deals with the mentally ill. Glenn … Continue reading

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