Police Brutality

Despite a damning Justice Department report that found African-Americans made up 93 percent of arrests even though they only represent 67 percent of the Ferguson, Mo. population, the mayor is claiming the city does not have a race problem. In an interview Friday, Mayor James Knowles III rejected the scathing 102-page report, claiming police department practices are […]

Update, Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:30pm ET:  The name of the officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson on Friday night has been released as well as radio dispatch audio which confirm that shots were fired less than 20 seconds after police entered the home where the teen died. The officer who shot and […]

On this week’s episode of Scandal, art imitated life as Olivia Pope and her team found themselves in the middle of Rosemead—just blocks away from the White House, where an African-American teenager named Brandon Parker was gunned down by a police officer. The storyline closely mirrored the real life murder of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown, who […]

John Rankin squinted and looked toward the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The memories from an awful day 50 years ago gathered in his eyes. His voice dropped and there was an added urgency. “One thing I will never forget is the tears in my momma’s eyes. Daddy, being a preacher said, ‘Let him […]

From Eric Garner, an unarmed 43-year-old man killed by NYPD on July 17, 2014, to Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, 2014, to Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland Police Department on November 23, 2014, the results are all the same: unarmed people of color needlessly killed […]

During a Thursday press conference, Michael Brown‘s family attorneys announced they will file a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson following the Justice Department’s decision not to press charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed their unarmed son. Wilson will be among those named in the suit, according to attorney Daryl […]

The unrelenting winter weather may have not been ideal, but the below freezing temperatures didn’t dissuade demonstrators from gathering in front of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department following the release of a damning Justice Department report that criticized police for their racially biased practices. It’s unknown just how many congregated in front of the brick structure — […]

As police continue to investigate the shooting death of a black homeless man in Los Angeles, officials say the body camera footage won’t be released just yet, Mashable reports. Police are hesitant to release the footage until the officer’s intent is fully investigated. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that the release of the footage could cause […]

UPDATED Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 3:21 p.m. EST –  Michael Brown, Jr.‘s parents Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. had the following to say in a statement released by their lawyers, according to Buzzfeed News: Today we received disappointing news from the Department of Justice that the killer of our son wouldn’t be held accountable […]

Days before the nation acknowledges the 50 years that have passed since peaceful civil rights demonstrators were brutality beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a new petition has circulated to rename the historic bridge in Selma, Alabama. In an interview with Huff Post Live, Brandi Hatter, outreach coordinator for Students UNITE, spoke about the group’s decision to […]

Just one day after the New York Times reported the Department of Justice was set to fault the Ferguson, Mo. police department for making racially biased traffic stops and arrests, an official report is confirming that officers routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city’s black residents. The Justice Department report accuses the officers of making unjust traffic […]