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Another day, more police officers getting off scot free after the wanton murder of African-Americans. On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic man serving time for cocaine possession, was thrown into a prison shower at the Dade Correctional Institution. The water was turned up top 180 degrees — hot enough to steep tea or […]

Racial Unity?

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On July 16, 2016

Stacey Patton convincingly argues that Hillary Clinton speech about racial unity was wrongheaded. Beyond that, Clinton’s call for everyone to “do the work” to unite against hatred overlooks the

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Baton Rouge in Context

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On July 14, 2016
What’s the context of the Baton Rouge police murder and protests? LSU professor Christopher Tyson, an African-American and city native, as well as the 2015 Democratic nominee for Louisiana Secretary of State, explains the deep divides in the city: It’s only by crossing that line that one can reconcile the more affluent neighborhoods of south […]

SWAT

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On July 13, 2016

Worth remembering in this age of extreme police militarization that the concept of the SWAT team came straight out of the LAPD after Watts in the mind of a very nice man named Daryl Gates. In case you

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Alton Sterling

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On July 6, 2016
Like many of you, I watched the video of the Baton Rouge police killing Alton Sterling. There’s no two ways around this–it was a flat out execution. I would say I am shocked, but of course I am not shocked. The police have been executing black people in the United States and the British colonies […]

Red Lives Matter

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On April 3, 2016

Join us Sat., April 2, Winslow, AZ for a vigil @ 3 PM to demand #Justice4Loreal. @apachesk8boards @douglasmilesart pic.twitter.com/8iejsHCnbt — The Red Nation (@The_Red_Nation) March 30, 2016 Th

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This is a guest post from Simon Balto, Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University. He is a former resident of Chicago, and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on a book about the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and Chicago’s black community. As the […]

Police Reform

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On November 19, 2015

I found this Frontline/Washington Post report on the effectiveness of police reform a little odd. The report finds that the results of enforced police reform is highly mixed, with some departments imp

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