Demonstrators took to the streets in Tuscon Wednesday night over the killing of Carlos Ingram Lopez. (Photo: screenshot/KVOA)
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Graphic video from April police killing of Carlos Ingram Lopez in Tucson draws outrage

“Carlos Ingram Lopez should still be alive today.” Huge demonstrations into the night in Tuscon on Wednesday by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, June 25 Video of the police killing of Tucson, Arizona resident Carlos Ingram…

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The technology has been criticized for racial bias in identifying subjects. (Photo: Fight for the Future)
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Boston City Council bans facial recognition surveillance

“Boston should not use racially discriminatory technology that threatens the privacy and basic rights of our residents.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, June 24 The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to ban the…

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Police officers pepper spray a woman next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the killing of George Floyd continue on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo)
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New Amnesty International map documents ‘shocking extent’ of US police violence against black lives matter protesters

Denying people’s constitutional rights “with physical violence, tear gas, and pepper spray is a hallmark of repression,” said one Amnesty researcher. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, June 23   An extensive new report released Tuesday…

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A police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis.
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Fractured skulls, lost eyes: police often break own rules using ‘rubber bullets’

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY and Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY June 19, 2020 Warning: Graphic images and video below. Megan…

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‘Now is not the time for more studies’: Sanders rips weak GOP bill and demands end to police immunity

“Now is the time to hold racist and corrupt police officers and police departments accountable for their actions.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 18 Slamming the GOP’s newly unveiled policing reform bill as inadequate…

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Protesters took part in the March on Georgia, organized by NAACP, on June 15, 2020 in Atlanta. The march followed the police killing of Rayshard Brooks outside an Atlanta Wendy's restaurant on June 12.
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Atlanta Cop who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back charged with 11 counts—including Felony Murder

“Make no mistake, the swiftness of this investigation is the result of people marching and demanding accountability.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, June 17, 3PM MST Fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe is now facing…

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USA protests by the numbers

It’s not the same as front page news, but I like the fact that your action is part of the collective force for change, more than simply a picture on Facebook.   by Wade Rathke New…

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High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

Police forces have a wide range of options for monitoring individuals and crowds. Nicholas Kaeser/Flickr, CC BY-NC by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, American University Video of police in riot gear clashing with unarmed protesters in the wake…

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In authoritarian tirade, Trump claims Americans ‘want law and order’ policing whether they know it or not. Video

Civil rights advocates slammed the president’s law enforcement executive order as “a band-aid for a bullet wound.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday. June 16 Prior to signing an executive order approving law enforcement reforms that…

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Police unions are one of the biggest obstacles to transforming policing

Protesters in front of Boston Police Headquarters during a United Against Racist Police Terror Rally on June 7, 2020. (Photo Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) by  Jill McCorkel, Villanova University Protesters and community…

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As nationwide protests over police brutality continue, cities across the US cut and reallocate police funding

“You don’t have to go full abolition to see that maybe sinking 1/3 of a city’s general budget into police is a problematic investment.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, June 12 Cities across the U.S….

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Police Accountability Report Card

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Many cities and some states are wrestling with what to do with unaccountable and too often brutal and abusive police forces unable or unwilling to police themselves. The proposals are…

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An officer dressed in a military uniform punctures the tires of a car on May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Photo: Global News/Screengrab)
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Minnesota authorities admit officers slashed car tires during protests; video

“Medics over there. News crews. Random people that were just here to protest and—tires slashed.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, June 9 Minnesota authorities on Monday admitted that state patrol troopers and Minneapolis police officers…

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A demonstrator addresses the riot police that are blocking the entrance to I-195 during a protest in Miami on June 5, 2020. (Photo: Adam DelGiudice/SOPA Images/LightRocket)
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Police Union recruits fired cops to new jobs in Florida

“This is the problem” say critics “Systemic racism in action.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, June 9 A Florida police organization’s promise to hire any officers around the U.S. who are fired or who leave…

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A police officer charges forward as people protest the killing of George Floyd in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 31, 2020. (Photo: Samuel Corum)
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Pushed by national uprising, Democratic lawmakers unveil legislation to overhaul policing

The new measure includes provisions to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants and limits transfers of military-grade equipment to local law enforcement. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, June 8 After two weeks of nationwide protests over…

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‘Light Em Up’: Warrior cops when the wars come home

America’s forever wars in distant lands have now come home. by William Astore Monday, June 8 From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled…

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Keith Ellison talks about police power, protest and George Floyd murder prosecutions

by Reveal staff June 6, 2020 Keith Ellison came of age as an activist fighting police brutality. Now, as the attorney general of Minnesota, he’s prosecuting what may be the most important police brutality case in…

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Demonstrators protest the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer on June 3, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt)
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The rest of the world sees uprisings, not riots

The United States is paying the price for denying people what Malcolm X called “the right to be a human being.” by Reese Erlich Sunday June 7, 2020 One of Germany’s largest dailies ran the headline…

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People gather outside Trask Worship Center following the memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University on June 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Olson)
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Minneapolis City Council members declare intent to disband Police Department

“Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department and to work toward ending policing as we know it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, June 7, 2020 3PM MST A…

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Defending assault on peaceful protesters in DC, William Barr falsely claims pepper spray ‘not a chemical irritant’

“Barr is lying. Pepper balls contain chemical irritants. They are paint balls stuffed with oleoresin capsicum. Pepper spray is also a chemical irritant.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, June 7 In an interview on CBS…

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Demonstrators hold placards during Black Lives Matter protest outside the United States Embassy on June 07, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez)
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Thousands in Europe rally at US embassies in solidarity with America’s anti-racist uprising

‘No One Is Free When Others Are Oppressed’ “There’s children of all ages and older adults here. They are going to experience what we have experienced and we have to try to make that not happen.”…

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People face off with police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune)
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Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions

‘These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement’ “The AFL-CIO cannot stand for criminal justice reform, while at the same time allowing police unions to use your power to impede reform.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June…

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Police officers pepper spray a woman next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the killing of George Floyd continue on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo)
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Federal Judge bars Denver cops from using chemical weapons on protesters

Condemns police conduct as ‘disgusting,’ “Citizens should never have to fear peaceful protest on the basis of police retaliation, especially not when protesting that very same police violence.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer  Saturday, June 6…

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Police officers in Buffalo, New York walk by the motionless body of 75-year-old Martin Gugino as he bleeds from his ear after being attack attacked by officers during a protest on June 5, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/WBFO)
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Toxic Culture of Police Departments Decried after 57 Buffalo officers resign in support of two in unit who attacked elderly man

“So is 57 officers resigning at once just a few bad apples?”   by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, June 5 Fifty-seven officers in the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned Friday from their positions…

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