Category: Police & Prisons

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Yesenia Barragan: Slave Patrols and the Murder of Walter Scott

What Officer Slager felt threatened by — that act of running away — is the historic consequence of centuries of white supremacy

Muhiyidin d’Baha: Black Lives Matter Activists in South Carolina Demand Reform

Cries of “Black Lives Matter” continue to ring out across the country after new police killings of unarmed African Americans

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Gary Younge: White guilt won’t fix America’s race problem. Only justice and equality will

Killings such as that of Walter Scott won’t be the last unless something fundamental shifts not just in policing but in the US psyche

Andrew Jerell Jones: Video of Shooting Caught Police Propaganda Machine in Action

The Scott incident became an illuminating case study in the routinized process through which police officers, departments and attorneys frame the use of deadly force by American cops in the most sympathetic possible terms

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Amy Goodman: As Video Exposes Walter Scott Police Killing, Why Is the Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Death in Jail?

Inteview with Ramsey Orta’s aunt, Lisa Mercado, as well as Orta family attorneys, William Aronin and Ken Perry

Glen Ford: Killer Cops Boost Body Count in War on Black America

The superstructure of Black control that has been erected over the past 45 years, a machinery that has so relentlessly criminalized the Black community that one out of every eight prison inmates on Earth is an African American

Jennifer Nauright: Shot to the Heart

I wanted so badly to believe that our country, in the year 2015, had evolved enough that men did not need to fear for their lives simply because of the color of their skin

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Chris Hedges: Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons

Halting the abuse and exploitation of the poor inside prisons is not only the most important civil rights issue of our time, it promises to be a vital check against a corporate state that, if not dismantled, will imprison us all

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Linda Gordon: Police Violence and Police Unions

The solution is not that complicated in principle: the US needs to build a system of holding police responsible for violations of the law and human rights

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Rebecca Gordon: Can You Say “Blowback” in Spanish?

The Failed War on Drugs in Mexico (and the United States)

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