The U.S.-Mexico border fence in Nogales, Arizona. Credit: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images
Posted in Investigations Justice News Pro Publica

A secretive counterterrorism team interrogated dozens of citizens at the border

Government Report A report by a federal watchdog shows how the Trump administration flagged at least 51 citizens for interrogation at the border based on evidence as flimsy as once having ridden in a car with…

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Posted in Analysis Police Killings

Police killings of civilians in the US have been undercounted by more than half in official statistics

The names of the dead. (Photo:Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) by Moshen Naghavi, University of Washington; Eve Wool, University of Washington, and Fablina Sharara, University of Washington October 5, 2021 The big…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Policing

Feds targeted BLM activists to foil racial justice protests

“The federalization of protest-related charges was a deliberate and cynical effort to target and discourage those who protested in defense of Black lives.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams August 19, 2021 As Black Lives Matter protests…

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On July 23, 2021, a Minnesota court ordered Hubbard County police officers to stop obstructing a driveway that leads to a Line 3 pipeline protest camp. (Photo: Giniw Collective)
Posted in Environment Indigenous News News Pipelines

Court stops police from blockading Line 3 protester camp

‘Huge Legal Win’ One attorney described the blockade as “an outrageous abuse of law enforcement authority serving the interests of the Enbridge corporation against its environmental opponents.” by Kenny Stancil, Staff Writer July 23, 2021 In…

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Since June 28, police in Minnesota have blockaded a driveway to an Indigenous camp of water protectors protesting the Line 3 pipeline. (Photo: Giniw Collective)
Posted in Environment News Pipelines

Water Protectors against Line 3 sue over police blockade of Indigenous camp

“The Hubbard County Sheriff has attempted to illegally construct a de facto open-air prison to trap Indigenous environmental protectors and allies on their own property.” by Jessica Corbett, Staff writer July 16, 2021   Water protectors…

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Posted in News Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

In exclusive jailhouse letter, Capitol Riot defendant explains motives, remains boastful

The material obtained by ProPublica sheds light on the radicalization of a Jan. 6 defendant whom prosecutors have characterized as a “serious danger … not only to his family and Congress, but to the entire system…

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Posted in Analysis Cannabis

What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity

by  Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University and Paul Seaborn, University of Virginia Sunday, May 2 The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week. At the state level, for…

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Posted in Analysis Privacy

FTC warns the AI industry: Don’t discriminate, or else

The Federal Trade Commission is rattling its saber at the technology industry over growing public concern about biased AI algorithms. Can the agency back up its threats? by  Ryan Calo, University of Washington Saturday, May 1,…

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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 Police Killings

‘Entire system is to blame’: Outrage builds after police union leader says officer killing of unarmed teen was ‘heroic’

“Ending this isn’t just about consequences for who pulls the trigger. It’s about admitting to and confronting an entire system that exists to protect, defend, and cover up state violence.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings

Footage of Chicago Police shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo fuels outrage

“If you’re shooting an unarmed child with his hands in the air, it is an assassination,” said an attorney for the boy’s family. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer April 15, 2021   Editor’s note: The video…

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Posted in Democracy News

Rights defenders decry advancement of Oklahoma anti-protest bills

‘The OK Legislature Wants Us Dead’ The head of the state’s ACLU accused Oklahoma lawmakers of “attempting to silence the voices of their constituents and criminalize vital calls for accountability and racial justice.” by Brett Wilkins,…

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Posted in Biden Administration

Biden’s embrace of Trump-era fentanyl ban ‘threatens to repeat past missteps,’ critics warn

One expert urged policymakers to “rethink these efforts to double down on fear-based, enforcement-first approaches, and instead invest in public health alternatives.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer April 14, 2021   After the Biden administration this…

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Steven Carrillo is charged with murdering a Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff and a security officer guarding Oakland’s federal courthouse. Credit: (FRONTLINE)
Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

“I felt hate more than anything”: how an active duty airman tried to start a Civil War

The Effort to Overturn the Election Steven Carrillo’s path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known. by Gisela Pérez de Acha, Kathryn Hurd and Ellie Lightfoot,…

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Posted in Culture News

New Mexico legalizes recreational marijuana

‘Major Step Forward’ “By ensuring equity and social justice in our cannabis legalization, we are saying ‘enough’ to the devastating ‘war on drugs’ that over-incarcerated and over-penalized thousands of New Mexicans.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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Posted in Columns Policing Wade Rathke

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 Insurrection 2021 News

Citing anti-KKK law, NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson sue Trump and far-right allies over Capitol attack

“Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Policing

Why a shootout between Black Panthers and law enforcement 50 years ago matters today

by Paul Ringel, High Point University Members of the Black Panther Party outside the High Point property raided by police.  Sonny Hedgecock/High Point Enterprise, CC BY-SA  In the early hours of Feb. 10, 1971, police surrounded…

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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 Accountability Analysis Policing Pro Publica

“I don’t trust the people above me”: Riot squad cops open up about disastrous response to Capitol insurrection

Interviews with 19 current and former officers show how failures of leadership and communication put hundreds of Capitol cops at risk and allowed rioters to get dangerously close to members of Congress. by Joaquin Sapien and…

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Evidence used by prosecutors in Steven Carrillo’s case included a patch of the Boogaloo flag on a ballistic vest found in a vehicle registered to him. (United States District Court for the Northern District of California)
Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government.

ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces. by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Lila Hassan and Karim Hajj, FRONTLINE Hours after the attack on the Capitol ended, a group…

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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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Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker/ProPublica. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images
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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