Black Lives Matter: A Movement Keeping the Dream Articulated by Martin Luther King Jr. Alive

By: Monday January 19, 2015 1:53 pm

A new grassroots movement against institutional racism sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, has rekindled discussion about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Co-founders of Black Lives Matter describe the effort to “Reclaim MLK.” Individuals around the world over the last few days have been “engaging in radical acts of civil disobedience, by [...]

Prosecutors Say LAPD Officers Were Not Targeted & Ambushed

By: Thursday January 1, 2015 1:25 pm

Los Angeles Police Department officers were not ambushed last weekend and were, instead, fired upon when they approached a “gang attack on rivals,” city prosecutors said. The Guardian reported that an incident that occurred during the previous weekend was “not a targeted ambush on police.” The prosecutors have stated two individuals “opened fire on rival [...]

Some Perspective as Officials Exploit Execution of NYPD Officers to Discredit Movement for Police Reform

By: Monday December 22, 2014 11:54 am

Two New York police officers were killed by a mentally ill African-American man on December 20. The man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had chosen the officers as targets as a kind of revenge for police, who had killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Although there is little evidence that these [...]

Cleveland Police Who Commit Brutality Benefit from Investigators Who Cast Conduct in ‘Most Positive Light Possible’

By: Friday December 5, 2014 5:58 pm

The civil rights division of the Justice Department released its findings from an investigation into the Cleveland Police Department’s pattern of use of deadly and “less lethal force” by officers. It uncovered incidents of officers striking suspects in the head with “impact weapons,” using tasers, chemical spray and fists in acts of retaliation, “excessive force” [...]

Officer Who Killed Eric Garner with Chokehold Told Grand Jury Being Filmed Didn’t Bother Him

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 2:02 pm

New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, according to his attorney, told a Staten Island grand jury that he was aware while he was taking Eric Garner down with a chokehold that he was being recorded. However, he was certain he was not committing any misconduct so it did not bother him that someone was filming [...]

Video of NYPD Cop Killing Eric Garner Was Not Enough to Convince Grand Jury Black Lives Matter

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 6:19 pm

The Staten Island grand jury’s decision to not indict white New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner, an unarmed black father of six children, is a savage reminder that there are certain lives in the United States that do not matter. Garner’s death was captured on video and showed Pantaleo employing [...]

Organizers Who Met With Obama See Meeting as Affirmation That Movement Against Police Violence is Working

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 5:14 pm

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder met with seven black and Latino organizers yesterday to discuss police violence in not just Ferguson, Missouri, but throughout the country. Following the meeting, Obama announced some steps his administration would be taking to address some of the issues raised. Organizers who participated [...]

UN Anti-Torture Watchdog Dismayed at US Failure to Provide Redress for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By: Monday December 1, 2014 5:18 pm

The United States was criticized by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in its recently released report for failing to provide redress for Chicago Police Department torture survivors. The Committee expressed concern that CPD Commander Jon Burge and other officer had engaged in torture between 1972 and 1991, however, no officer had been convicted for [...]

UN Committee Against Torture Calls Out Chicago Police for Brutality, ‘Excessive Use of Force’

By: Friday November 28, 2014 4:14 pm

Media Alert: Chicagoans Hold Historic Protest Inside UN During Review of US Torture | #WCGtoUN http://t.co/wb5qUzB1Ld pic.twitter.com/ELRWEysDVy— We Charge Genocide (@ChiCopWatch) November 14, 2014 Earlier this month, a US delegation appeared before the committee as all countries that are signatories to the treaty banning torture are supposed to do every four years. Committee members were [...]

Police Fired Tear Gas at Coffee Shop in St. Louis That Was Supposed ‘Safe Space’—Twice

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 4:28 pm

Safe space raided; @Amnesty Int'l observer team tear gassed. Three delegates hit with rubber bullets #Fergsuon pic.twitter.com/TWuq9iuiov — Rachel O'Leary (@racheloleary) November 25, 2014 Police deployed in riot gear fired tear gas directly at a coffee shop in St. Louis early in the morning on Tuesday. The scene unfolded just hours after an announcement by [...]

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