Donald Trump: Black Lives Matter Is 'Divisive,' Black People Just Need to Be Cheered Up

Donald Trump, an enlarged brick of spittle-flecked Crisco sliding headlong towards the White House, told the Associated Press a number of very stupid things in a Monday interview. Among them: Black Lives Matter is a “divisive” movement, and perhaps racist, because “all lives matter.” If black people feel unfairly…

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White America Paved the Roads to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile's Deaths

This week, white America learned the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, for the same reason it learned the names of so many black men it would otherwise be content with avoiding, ignoring, or beating down upon: because Sterling and Castile met some police officers, and the police officers treated them…

Mother of Philando Castile Says Police Kept Her From Reaching Him: 'I Didn't Want Him to Die Alone'

On Wednesday night, a police officer shot and killed Minnesota man Philando Castile as he sat in his girlfriend’s car with his seatbelt on, reaching for his ID. His girlfriend’s four-year-old daughter witnessed the murder from the backseat. This morning on CNN, Castile’s mother Valerie says she was prevented by police…

In Harrowing Dissent, Justice Sotomayor Points to 'Degrading' Consequences of Unlawful Police Stops

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote an incredible dissent to the majority finding of an illegal stop-and-search case, a 5-3 decision which effectively undermined the exclusionary rule by finding that evidence discovered via unlawful police stops may be used in court if the officer knew of an outstanding arrest…

Black Lives Matter Activist Convicted on Felony "Lynching" Charge After Confrontation With Cops

The leader of a Black Lives Matter chapter in Pasadena, California, was convicted this week on a felony charge that was known as “lynching” until recently, for her alleged role in a confrontation with police last year. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation changing the law’s name after a different black activist was…

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What I Learned About the Washington Post From Four Years Collecting Data on Police Violence

Earlier this month, the Washington Post was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for its project on police violence, “Fatal Force.” The Pulitzer Prize Board singled out the paper “For its revelatory initiative in creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot…