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Utah lawmakers seeking to legalize drivers running over street protesters

“Legislators are considering a bill that would let drivers off the hook for mowing down protesters.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, November 20, 2020 Utah lawmakers are being condemned this week for advancing a bill…

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Swept up by police

Analysis of arrests in 15 cities reveals most George Floyd protesters were charged with misdemeanors and lived within the metro area where they were arrested. By Meryl Kornfield, Austin R. Ramsey, Jacob Wallace, Christopher Casey and…

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‘Go after the troublemakers’

Inside the federal government’s unprecedented campaign to prosecute Black Lives Matter protesters. by Anjali Kamat / REVEAL November 1, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news…

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Police plus shots equal feet on the street

by Wade Rathke October 23, 2020 Little Rock   About twenty Georgia State University School of Social Work students watched the film, The Organizer, in Atlanta recently. I zoomed in for a questions-and-answers session after it…

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DEA’s latest salvo in failed US war on drugs

“Project Safeguard” “It is astonishing that in the midst of a pandemic and calls for police reform, the DEA is using the same old heavy-handed tactics to address a public health issue.” by Andrea Germanos, staff…

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Funding mental health first responders to reduce police violence

Proposal by Katie Porter The co-sponsors cited research showing people with mental illnesses are 16 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement officers. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Four Democratic lawmakers…

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National Guard spy plane monitored racial justice protest in sleepy Sacramento suburb where Commander lives

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has acknowledged that the surveillance “should not have happened.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Residents of a Sacramento suburb were left scratching their heads and asking questions on Sunday…

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Police stockpile ‘less-lethal’ munitions

Caught off guard, agencies place emergency orders for riot gear By Chris Halsne and Sasha Fernandez / IRW Friday, October 16 A special report with WUSA9 After two nights of chaotic protests near the White House…

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New eyewitness accounts: Feds didn’t identify themselves before opening fire on Portland antifa suspect

Local law enforcement officers deputized as U.S. Marshals have given conflicting accounts of the shooting. Witnesses say they heard no warning before the agents shot Michael Reinoehl dead, an outcome President Trump termed “retribution.’’ by Bryan…

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Scary police crowd control tactics

by Wade Rathke October 13, 2020 New Orleans   My ears perked up as I was listening to a radio broadcaster in Austin relate a story about a novel and dangerous police crowd control tactic used…

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Kentucky AG Ordered to Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Tapes After Juror Demands ‘Full Story and Absolute Truth’

“The public deserves better than the word games Daniel Cameron is playing to avoid telling the truth.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Monday night that his office…

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The Obama Justice Department had a plan to hold police accountable for abuses. The Trump DOJ has undermined it.

The Trump administration has not aggressively enforced existing agreements to monitor abusive law enforcement agencies, emboldening them to fight reforms. by Robert Faturechi It was caught on tape. A Seattle police officer lunged into the backseat…

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The campaign to ban tear gas

by Wade Rathke September 20, 2020 Pearl River   We’ve talked about Bjorn Skogquist before, but this time we wanted to catch up with him and the Ban Tear Gas Campaign in more detail on Wade’s…

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A police officer stands on the roof of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis holding a projectile launcher during a demonstration on May 27. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)
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‘It seems systematic’: doctors cite 115 cases of head injuries from crowd control devices

by Jordan Culver, USA Today September 14, 2020 At least 115 people were injured this summer when police shot them in the head or neck with so-called “less-lethal” projectiles at protests over racial injustice and police…

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ACLU, press freedom advocates denounce attack on journalist by LA Sheriff’s Deputies

Video footage of the incident contradicts official reports from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Monday, September 14 Press freedom advocates are calling for an investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s…

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Trump openly endorses extrajudicial killings of suspects by law enforcement

Trump tells reporter  “There has to be retribution” “State violence to advance the end of ‘retribution’ is death squad logic,” said one critic. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Discussing the recent police killing of a self-described anti-fascist…

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Cities and states look to crack down on ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police

by Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY Thursday, September 3 Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and…

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Members of the University of South Carolina football team join student athletes on campus during a demonstration against racial inequality and police brutality on August 31, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. The team organized the event in response to Jacob Blake, who was shot several times at close range in the back during an encounter with a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer, which was caught on video. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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‘Unjust, inhumane, and avoidable’: Horrifying video of police killing of Daniel Prude sparks outrage

“If someone calls for mental health assistance, murdering people should not be the result,” one racial justice advocate said. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, September 3 Newly released video footage showing New York police putting…

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Banning dispersants

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Bjorn Skogquist was a former mayor of one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs some fifteen miles away, when he was a young man. He did a couple of terms and went…

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Trump speaks to media during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House on August 31, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (screenshot)
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President Defends Right-Wing Vigilante Charged With Murder

‘Trump Doesn’t Condemn It Because He Incites It’ “It puts the lie to Trump’s talk of ‘law and order’—his rhetoric incites violence and murder.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 1 President Donald Trump late…

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Federal agents sent to Kenosha, but history shows militarized policing in cities can escalate violence and trigger conflict

Sending in the feds to quell unrest often increases conflict on the ground, as it did this summer in Portland, Ore. Nathan Howard/Getty Images by  Angélica Durán-Martínez, University of Massachusetts Lowell August 31 The U.S. Justice…

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Trump plans Kenosha visit despite calls to stay away

‘Photo-Op for white nationalist president isn’t helpful,’ says Wisconsin Dem In a letter to Trump on Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned the president’s visit “will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward…

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Amid violence in Portland, Biden and progressive critics emphasize that continued chaos is result of ‘Trump’s America’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has consistently called for peaceful protests and condemned violence, but still faces accusations that he’s allowed Trump to claim the “law and order” mantle. by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, August…

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Video shows officers in unmarked vehicles surround, arrest activists in Kenosha for the crime of… trying to serve free food

When traveling from out of state with an AR-15 is not treated as a crime, but “filling up gas cans for your food truck” leads to immediate arrest. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, August 28…

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