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Police brutality news and analysis from The Nation
September 30, 2021
Black Residents of Minneapolis Say They Need More Cops—Not Fewer
As voters head to the polls to decide the fate of the city’s police department, most Black residents want more police—who will value Black lives.
September 30, 2021
Can Policing Be Reformed?
Erwin Chemerinsky on police brutality, plus Eyal Press on dirty work.
Start Making Sense
September 20, 2021
Sexism and Racism on the Left: What Has and Hasn’t Changed Since Occupy Wall Street
Dozens of Zuccotti Park activists pushed the movement to confront race and gender oppression—and have continued that work in the decade since.
Sarah M. Seltzer
September 17, 2021
Minneapolis Inches Closer to Disbanding Its Police Department
Voters will have a chance this fall to decide whether to keep the 154-year-old police department or create a new public safety agency.
August 11, 2021
Do We Need Police?
A former police lieutenant debates an abolitionist.
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August 2, 2021
“We Will Live in a Completely Different World”: A Conversation With Svetlana Alexievich
The Nobel laureate on a new wave of repressions in Belarus, the role of women in revolution, and life after the pandemic.
July 14, 2021
The Violence of Latinx Erasure Starts With Undercounting Victims
The systematic deletion of Latinx people by government databases, media organizations, and Hollywood has enabled killer cops, inhumane immigration policies, and more.
June 28, 2021
Joe Biden and the Age of Blaxhaustion
After saving Biden’s campaign from defeat, Black people had hoped for some relief from the constant racism and attacks. That hasn’t happened.
June 25, 2021
Chauvin Is Sentenced to 22.5 Years. But Who Killed Winston Smith?
In early June, law enforcement in Minneapolis killed a 32-year-old Black man named Winston Smith, three miles from where George Floyd was murdered.
June 18, 2021
Why Are There Cops in Schools?
If our schools need additional counselors and mentors, turning to police is far from the most suitable choice.