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The Chauvin Trial

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On April 15, 2021

Paul recently posted about the Chicago Police Department murdering seventh-grader Adam Toledo. I echo his recommendation to not watch that video. I URGE you to not share it. And in any case I would wo

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Yesterday, researchers published a study in Science that examines how Chicago police officers’ racial & gender identities might influence how they engage with Black & Latinx citizens. It’s already generating a lot of buzz, and it’s worth saying a few words about it. (Note: this is a very slightly modified version of a tweet thread […]
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Policing Is Unaccountable Violence

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On November 20, 2020
There is a major exposé in the December issue of Rolling Stone on the violence and impunity of the Chicago Police Department. I know the story well and was interviewed for the piece, and still find it horrifying. There is not much here I can pull-quote, because it’s a story unfolding in many parts. Regardless, […]
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