Category: Police & Prisons

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Christian Parenti: The Making of the American Police State

How did we end up with millions behind bars and police armed like soldiers?

Ajamu Nangwaya: Unmasking Police Violence Against African-Canadians in Toronto

Police operate in the neighborhoods like an occupation army

Sam Husseini: How #AllLivesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter Can Devalue Life

Both impulses in their best form would argue to seriously scrutinize the U.S. government’s role as global rogue cop — a “cop” more dangerous than the most violent, racist police operating in the U.S. today

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Justin Podur: The state murder of an activist

Sandra Bland’s killing exposes the impunity of US police more starkly than ever

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Matt Taibbi: Sandra Bland Was Murdered

Suicide or not, police are responsible for Sandra Bland’s death

Erika Eichelberger: How Racist Is Solitary Confinement?

Black and Hispanic inmates are vastly more likely to be punished with solitary confinement than their white counterparts, and less likely to receive diagnoses of mental illness

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Henry A. Giroux: America’s New Brutalism: the Death of Sandra Bland

Bland’s death over a routine traffic stop is beyond monstrous. It is indicative of a country in which lawlessness is now integral to the police state

Glen Ford: When Does a Surge Become a Movement?

The most important constituency in this struggle – the “street” – has caused the rulers to fear an actual insurgency in Black America

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: Holder’s Legacy: Corporate Criminals Too Big to Jail But Mass Incarceration, Gentrification and Protection of Killer Cops for Black Folks – Part II

Eric Holder will ride off into the sunset of mediocrity where untold wealth via obscene honoraria, book deals and other million dollar opportunities await

Arlene Eisen: Update on ‘Operation Ghetto Storm': The Enduring War on Black People in the US, Part 1

Two years ago today the acquittal of George Zimmerman re-kindled a movement against impunity for police and vigilante killers

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