Cook County prosecutors decided to not press charges against Officer Robert Rialmo for shooting Qunitonio LeGrier, 19, and his neighbor Bettie Smith, 55, the day after Christmas in 2015.
Protests have been sparked over multiple days in Paris and surrounding towns after a Black man was arrested, beaten and raped by four police officers.
The current political moment requires that young, socially-savvy people lead on issues of gendered oppression, racism, education inequality, and many other issues facing marginalized groups.
In this way, communication and movement building tie together tightly spreading information that can’t as easily be hidden, white washed, or ignored and creating a digital tool box for justice. Project NIA and The Barnard Center for Research on Women have added a resource to this toolbox, aimed at helping you respond to situations of violence on individual and systemic levels.
Lynchings were a not-so-well kept secret and core part of American history. For decades, Black people were terrified that they could be taken out of their homes or jail cells by a mob of angry white people in the middle of the night and killed. Perhaps the worst part is that no one would ever be held accountable for it.
To make amends for creating this unease and fear in the Black community, a Georgia police chief publicly apologized for a September 1940 lynching.
Police in Britain and Wales may fire their guns less than 10 times a year – shocking, right? – but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to racial profiling.
Officers in Bristol, which is 120 miles west of London, are under fire for using a taser on a black man outside of his home while they were looking for a robbery suspect. The biggest of many problems in the altercation is that the man, 63-year-old Judah Adunbi, has spent years working to repair race relations with local police, according to The Washington Post.
President Donald Trump has strategically used the gun violence on Chicago’s South and West sides as a means to convince the public that urban areas are home to “carnage” and practically begging for more policing. Last night, he continued to push this narrative as he tweeted that he’d “send in the Feds!” if the city doesn’t do something.
If you’re ever inclined to call the police to report a crime, it should give you pause if you start the conversation with the words, “I don’t know if I’m like racial profiling…” That kind of red flag was ignored by an anonymous 911 caller in 2015 when they reported what they thought was a car theft in Evanston, Ill.
Three new Miami police officers were reportedly fired for joking about using predominantly black neighborhoods as “target practice” in a group chat.
Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were reportedly fired on Dec. 23 after it was ruled that they violated department policies following an internal affairs investigation.
“Why do we accept forms of security that are rooted in violence?” – Angela Davis, Lecture at University of Chicago November 2016
When I first learned of prison abolition it was from Angela Davis during a lecture she gave at my college campus in 2009. The concept of prison abolition seemed so large and out of reach and it wasn’t something I put much thought into until this year, but a defeatist attitude isn’t what abolished slavery – so who am I to doubt the possibilities of abolition?
I grew up in Oakland, California in the nineties and have been arrested and harassed by police more times in my life than I can count.
I have been one of the people running away when we heard the call, “5-0! 5-0!” signalling that, no matter what we were doing – lawful or otherwise – it was time to disperse because the police were coming. I have never needed videos showing other Black people being terrorized across the country to understand intimately the consequences of the State’s hypervigilant criminalizing of Black folx in Black ‘hoods. Frankly, I am confused why anyone, at this point, still does.