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Erica Garner

Did Racism Kill Erica Garner?

By Commentaries/Opinions

The 27-year-old activist whose father’s killing sparked a national outcry did not die at the hands of police like him. But her death is still an outrage that speaks to systemic American hate. By Deborah Douglas — After 43-year-old Eric Garner was killed by an illegal NYPD chokehold on Staten Island in 2014, his daughter Erica cried out for police reform in America. Her dad’s alleged offense—selling loose, untaxed cigarettes—fit into a pattern of…

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Black People Ask: Can You Hear Us Now? The American Police State Finally Hits White People

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Herbert Dyer, Jr. — The viral video of a white, middle-class University of Utah Hospital Head Nurse, one Alex Wubbels, being manhandled and thrown into the back of a police car because she refused to comply with a Salt Lake City Utah cop’s  unlawful order is only the latest confirmation of black peoples’ centuries-long complaints of police brutality.  This incident demonstrates that police misconduct is now an equal opportunity phenomenon; that…

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Marijuana Arrest Capital, NYC Police Focus On Black People

Marijuana Arrest Capital, NYC Police Focus On Black People

By News & Current Affairs

By Phillip Smith, www.alternet.org Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were under his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Stung by the criticism, de Blasio is fighting back, but his response so far has consisted of attacking DPA as “legalizers” and comparing apples to…

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Reviving the War on Drugs Will Further Damage Police-Community Relations

Reviving the War on Drugs Will Further Damage Police-Community Relations

By News & Current Affairs

Since neither drug users nor dealers consider themselves crime victims, deepening the drug war must rely on coercive tactics that erode public trust. By Dean A. Dabney, The Conversation The United States has been waging a war on drugs for nearly 50 years. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on this long campaign to thwart the production, distribution, sale and use of illegal drugs. This sustained investment has resulted in millions…

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War on Marijuana and Disparate Policing Communities of Color Must End

War on Marijuana and Disparate Policing Communities of Color Must End

By Commentaries/Opinions

The harm that biased marijuana enforcement has on Black, Latino, and low-income communities is real. By Cat Packer, Drug Policy Alliance I went into law school thinking that I wanted to be a civil rights attorney. As a black queer woman, I understood many of the social injustices experienced by marginalized communities and wanted to use my law degree to fight the many systems of oppression that plagued and terrorized…

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Black Lives Matter

Reality Check: More Police Officers Don’t Equal Safer Neighborhoods

By News & Current Affairs

Earlier this year, activists launched a campaign called Freedom Cities to protect and uplift all people of color. (And, no, it doesn’t include more police.) By Zenobia Jeffries, Yes! Magazine This summer will mark the third anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who was killed by police officers outside of a neighborhood convenience store in Staten Island (he was suspected of illegally selling loose cigarettes)….

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Paul Butler talks about breaking the “chokehold” on African American men.

A former federal prosecutor proposes radical criminal justice reforms to benefit black men

By Editors' Choice

Paul Butler talks about breaking the “chokehold” on African American men By Sam Fullwood III Early on, in his recently published book, Chokehold [Policing Black Men], Paul Butler states, “[c]ops routinely hurt and humiliate black people because that is what they are paid to do.” It’s a bold and stark claim that Butler, a Georgetown University Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, never backs away from as he challenges…

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A Warrant to Search Body Cavities

A Warrant to Search Body Cavities

By News & Current Affairs

As debate raged around health care and Russia-gate last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions quietly held a “national summit” of law enforcement representatives to discuss the future of policing. Vice President Mike Pence predicted that the summit, which was largely held behind closed doors, would “impact this country for years to come.” Its purpose was to influence the recommendations — due out next week — of the Department of Justice…

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Trump Race Baits with the Central Park Five Case — Yet Again

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump turns Will Rogers famed maxim that he never met a man he didn’t like on its head every time when it comes to race baiting. He’s never met an opportunity to take a racial dig or shot that he didn’t like. This time it’s the Central Park Five case. This has been one of Trump’s long favorite race baiting ploys….

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