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Shifting Sands on Police Tactics

by Wade Rathke March 8, 2021 New Orleans    In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we heard from a former mayor and activist in the area. He wanted to do…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Policing

Outrage and disgust as charges dropped for Buffalo police officers who fractured skull of 75-year-old peaceful protester

“Despite the video evidence of the officers’ misconduct, a grand jury has dismissed the charges.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, February 12, 2021 Outrage erupted after all charges against Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe—the police…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

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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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Public Policy Racism The Conversation

Urban planning as a tool of white supremacy – the other lesson from Minneapolis

Minneapolis, a city still split along racial lines. Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images by Julian Agyeman, Tufts University The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Justice News

Poll shows overwhelming US support for police reform, increased accountability.

86% say require police to behave or send them to jail. Among other major changes, large majorities of the American public want clear standards for police misconduct and prosecution of officers guilty of excessive force. by…

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Screen shot A protester is seen with a placard reading, "I can't breathe" on the fourth straight day of racial justice demonstrations in New York on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Ron Adar)
Posted in Citizen Power Common Dreams Community organizing News The People Speak

New York State classifies use of chokeholds as felony, two weeks into racial justice protests

“Stay in the Streets. It’s Working” “Let’s keep pushing, marching, organizing, and winning for our communities.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, June 8 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday urged Americans to stay the course in…

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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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Where is antifa when Trump needs them most?

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Ol’ Donald Trump dropping like a rock with no one to catch his fall. He doesn’t want to talk about race, because he sounds even more the fool than usual. Most…

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A predator drone taxis towards the tarmac for a surveillance flight in Sierra Vista, Arizona. (Photo: John Moore)
Posted in Common Dreams ICE Investigations News

AOC, Pressley join probe into Trump use of predator drones to surveil protesters

“This administration has undermined the First Amendment freedoms of Americans of all races who are rightfully protesting George Floyd’s killing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, June 7 Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, including Reps….

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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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Politics and sports, peas in a pod

No matter how powerful the SEC teams are, the days when the politics and culture of sports and the NFL are that of “good ol’ boys” from the South are gone. by Wade Rathke Pearl River…

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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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Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams Justice News Policing Politics

New York Supreme Court Judge rules protesters can be detained indefinitely

“This is suspension of habeas corpus, it is unconstitutional,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 5 A New York State Supreme Court judge on Thursday rejected a petition seeking the immediate…

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“When They Say We Don’t Have the Right to Protest,” Says Naomi Klein, “That’s the Moment to Flood the Streets”

As Trump declares “law and order” clampdown against peaceful demonstrations, author and activist reminds people of most important lesson she’s learned studying history of shock doctrine tactics. by Jon Queally, staff writer Thursday, June 4 Amid…

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Defying curfews and police brutality in relentless push for justice, uprising over killing of George Floyd keeps growing

“Essential workers are exempt from the curfew, and what we are doing here is essential.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 4 Refusing to be cowed by militaristic intimidation tactics, mass arrests, draconian curfews, and…

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Three other police officers to be charged for murder of George Floyd, after nearly 10,000 arrested during week of protest

“All you had to do was arrest three more.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 This is a developing story… Check back for possible updates… Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison is expected to officially…

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ACLU lawsuit accuses police in Minnesota of ‘targeting and attacking journalists’ covering George Floyd protests

“We are facing a full-scale assault on the First Amendment freedom of the press,” said an ACLU attorney. “We will not let these official abuses go unanswered.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 The…

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Phony photo-ops and protest posturing

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I won’t say this is so bizarre and unreal that “you can’t make this stuff up.” I can’t say it, because in fact it is all totally made up. President…

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Three police officers kneel on George Floyd during his killing as another stands by. (image: screenshot)
Posted in Common Dreams Justice News

Independent autopsy finds George Floyd death result of ‘sustained forceful pressure’

“What we found is consistent with what people saw. There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, June 1, 2 PM MST The family…

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Global protests erupt in solidarity with racial justice crusaders in US

“Police brutality has created a flashpoint for unrest that was already simmering,” read an editorial published Monday in The Times of London. by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, June 1 People in a number of international…

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Police violence changes riot impacts

We’ve seen this before by Wade Rathke Sunday, May 31 Pearl River   Riots are often studied, but little understood. They are unpredictable by definition. Why does a riot erupt in one place, but not another…

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