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Military Police

How the excessive militarization of the police has turned cops into counterinsurgents.

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street activists like Cecily McMillan are still fighting the state, only this time they’re waging their battles in the courts.

Jon Burge

The City of Chicago has paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements with victims of brutality under Police Commander Jon Burge. But justice is far from done—and some victims are still in prison.

Ramarley Graham

How the shooting death of the unarmed teenager sparked new activism against police violence in the Bronx.

Robert Ethan Saylor

Ethan Saylor died because police responded with rapid and unnecessary force to his disability. I worry, not only for my son with Down Syndrome, but for all others who face similar tactics.

kimani gray

News stories that followed the NYPD’s killing of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy show how we criminalize people based on race and geography.

Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is continuing the city’s tradition of refusing to apologize for the torture of scores of black men under police commander Jon Burge.

“We want a movement,” says the mother of the teen who was killed by cops.

Illinois has shuttered a commission formed to examine the cases of prisoners who say they were abused under Chicago’s former Police Commander Jon Burge years ago. But a truth-telling play—by the journalist who broke the story—will not let us forget.

Blogs

The tragic death of Trayvon Martin inspired a new generation of activists who fight to make black lives matter.

February 26, 2015

Activists and organizers gathered at the Schomburg Center to interrogate the current conditions of American policing.

February 25, 2015

What do I have to do, so that when my sons recall the sixty-third annual MLK Day celebration, it is about remembering past trials of injustice, rather than endlessly reliving them?

February 2, 2015

The Mendocino high school basketball teams are learning an ugly lesson in the boundaries of free speech.

December 27, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants his office to be able to prosecute cases in which police officers kill unarmed citizens.

December 16, 2014

Protests on the NYU campus in the wake of the Eric Garner non-indictment spark debates on social media about race and privilege.

December 10, 2014

We need outspoken athletes, connected to social movements, to speak directly to the masses of people who have tuned out politics.

December 10, 2014

In order to breathe, people have begun to move.

December 9, 2014

Your son’s life did matter.

December 4, 2014

Sensitivity training will not be enough. “Diversity” will not be enough. The only way to end police violence is to admit to ourselves that cops are an inherently oppressive force.

December 3, 2014