A crowd listen to speeches for racial justice in Portland, Oregon on July 23, 2020. (Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Posted in Health News Policing Women

Hundreds say menstrual cycles impacted after exposure to police tear gas at Oregon protests

“This isn’t a coincidence. Something’s going on,” said one person who was exposed. by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, April 29, 2021   Hundreds of people reported in a new study that they experienced abnormal menstrual…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings

Chauvin guilty on all counts, including murder of George Floyd

One racial justice advocate said that there are “no victories today,” for “justice would mean George Floyd is still with us.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, April 20, 2021       After deliberating for…

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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 Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

Inside the secret chat where far-right extremists devised their post-Capitol plans

“This Is War” Chats from a private Telegram group obtained by ProPublica show how a suspect tied to the Jan. 6 insurrection tried to organize a self-styled militia. The hidden proliferation of such groups worries experts….

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News White Privilege

Bond modification sought after alleged Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse drinks beer, flashes white power signs with so-called ‘Proud Boys’

“The defendant’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, January 14, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Investigations Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Members of several well-known hate groups identified at Capitol riot

A ProPublica-FRONTLINE review of the insurrection found several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who also participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. by A.C. Thompson and Ford Fischer Saturday, Jan. 9, 10:15…

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Tell us how pro-Trump riots are affecting you

How have you and your local community been impacted by pro-Trump extremists? A pro-Trump mob of armed extremists breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, as similar scenes played out across the West….

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Domestic Terrorism: A more urgent threat, but weaker laws

Authorities dissuaded some extremists from traveling to Washington, and shared intelligence with Capitol Police, but could not stop the mob that stormed the Capitol, a senior FBI official says. by Sebastian Rotella  In the days leading…

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Posted in Journalism News Policing Right Wing Militias

‘Murder the media’: pro-Trump insurrectionists target journalists covering attack on US Capitol

The takeover followed an inflammatory speech in which the president, yet again, called the press “the enemy of the people.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 7, 2021 In the hours after President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Race for the White House 2020

Nearly 4,000 Americans died from Covid-19 on Wednesday as Trump incited anti-democratic insurrection

“Trump completely abdicating all responsibility for federal Covid response is not even on the radar today.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, January 7, 2021 Public Citizen president Robert Weissman called Wednesday a “dark, dark day…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Trump riot rocks right and rest of us

by Wade Rathke Thursday, January 7, 2021   New Orleans   Insurrection, riot, mob, anarchists, terrorists, as the Senate chaplain reminded, words have meaning, and those were words hurled like rocks from Senators and Representatives. For…

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Posted in Democracy News Right Wing Militias

Nearly 100 lawmakers demand Pence invoke 25th Amendment

“Once removed, Trump should be criminally prosecuted,” said Robert Weissman of Public Citizen. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January, 2021 Nearly 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet members to…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

Once you engage in political violence, it becomes easier to do it again

an expert on political violence reflects on events at the Capitol Naomi Schalit, The Conversation Protesters forcing their way into the Capitol.  Win McNamee/Getty Images News via Getty Images Editor’s note: Ore Koren is a scholar…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Capitol rioters planned for weeks in plain sight. The police weren’t ready.

Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed. by Logan Jaffe, Lydia DePillis, Isaac Arnsdorf and J. David McSwane The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Policing Right Wing Militias

Probe demanded after footage shows Capitol Police standing aside for pro-Trump mob

“The images of police officers calmly allowing barricades open, letting the crowd enter, and taking selfies inside the building with those who have stormed it cannot go without investigation and penalty.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Justice News

‘Justice was not served’: No charges against Kenosha cop who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake

“We feel this decision failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice,” said his attorneys. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer January 5, 2021 A Wisconsin district attorney announced Tuesday…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Policing Reveal

‘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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Posted in Analysis Investigative Reporting Workshop News Policing

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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Posted in Columns Policing Wade Rathke

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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Posted in Border Wall First Nations First Peoples News News

Native American man shot protesting Trump border wall, others tear gassed, arrested by US agents on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“It’s obscene and offensive to us that local and state governments move to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day while the federal government blows up our sacred sites, steals our kids, militarily occupies our communities, and shoots at…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Policing Pro Publica

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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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)
Posted in Common Dreams News Policing

‘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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Posted in Common Dreams News Policing

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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