Police Chained Martese Johnson's Feet the Night of His Arrest

Since news of third-year UVA student Martese Johnson's brutal and unjustifiably violent arrest came in a week ago, there have been some important updates to the story: first and most importantly, that 20-year-old Johnson was not attempting to use a fake ID, as earlier, unconfirmed reports (and my earlier blog… » 3/25/15 10:30am Wednesday 10:30am

Scandal's Ferguson Storyline Was Much Too Much

The exact moment I started crying during last night's Scandal was at the end when Brandon Parker was finally zipped up into a body bag after laying in the street for way too long, and the camera froze on his face. This episode did the most and was asking a lot, and all in all it was just a gruesome fantasy. » 3/06/15 1:45pm 3/06/15 1:45pm

New Joey Bada$$ Video Confronts Police Brutality Against Black People

Joey Bada$$, Malia Obama's favorite rapper, released a new clip "Like Me" featuring BJ the Chicago Kid that goes beyond the usual chick track, where rappers try to bring the ladies to the table. Instead of just a love story, Bada$$ touches on the Black Lives Matter movement when police cut him down for being in the… » 2/12/15 10:20pm 2/12/15 10:20pm

Can Cops Beat Their 2014 Low Points 9 Days into 2015? They're Trying!

In America, the winter of our discontent—with the police—continues. As New York cops channel their best Carrie Mathison and Cleveland cops battle Ferguson cops to see who can fell more unarmed bodies, Los Angeles cops are doing… something good. And when LA authorities—famous for actions like beating a homeless… » 1/09/15 1:30pm 1/09/15 1:30pm

Mall of America Protest Organizers Will Face Criminal Charges 

On Saturday, protesters gathered inside the Mall of America to draw attention to police violence, just like many groups of people have, in many different cities, to increasingly alarming levels of backlash and resistance. The Mall of America is a public space big enough to hold Yankee Stadium seven times over, but it… » 12/23/14 1:45pm 12/23/14 1:45pm

O'Reilly: Maybe Blacks Should Wear 'Don't Get Pregnant At 14' Shirts

Bill O'Reilly remains a fool on a soap box and this time he decided to throw respectability politics, racist stereotypes and what I'm sure he'll dismiss as "humor" at the son of Martin Luther King Jr. Instead of "I Can't Breathe" shirts, O'Reilly said protestors should wear "Don't Get Pregnant at 14" shirts. Because… » 12/18/14 10:30am 12/18/14 10:30am

First Black Sororities Tell Members Not to Wear Logos While Protesting

Amid nationwide protests against police brutality and the failed indictments of Officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, the oldest black sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta are instructing their members not to wear their Greek letters while marching. The directive is pissing off some members and… » 12/09/14 1:15pm 12/09/14 1:15pm

Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014

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On Wednesday, after the announcement that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted for killing Eric Garner, the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund Twitter posted a series of tweets naming 76 men and women who were killed in police custody since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo in New York. Starting with the most… » 12/08/14 2:23pm 12/08/14 2:23pm

Cut SNL Sketch Imagines Morning Show Bummed Out By Ferguson News

Delivering perky, upbeat news on a local morning show is tough—honestly, who's really that happy at 5 a.m.?—but you know what's really hard? Being perky and upbeat while your city is burning and army tanks are rolling down residential streets as your viewers are bombed with tear gas. SNL spoofed that very moment in a… » 12/08/14 1:10pm 12/08/14 1:10pm

Fox Host Thinks Minorities Should Be More Sensitive Toward Cops

Fox News is at it again as Justice with Judge Jeanine host Jeanine Pirro says the American public needs to learn how to better deal with police, instead of the other way around. Because between Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Akai Gurley, it's wild how many civilians are fatally shooting cops these days. » 12/08/14 12:30pm 12/08/14 12:30pm

NYPD Tweets Request for Trust, Internet Is Like 'What the Fuck?' 

In response to a Staten Island grand jury deciding that a video of Officer Daniel Pantaleo choking Eric Garner to death wasn't enough to pursue criminal charges on Wednesday, the New York Police Department is in damage control mode. Too bad their social media blitz is run by an tone deaf woman with the worst job ever. » 12/03/14 4:10pm 12/03/14 4:10pm

Jury Doesn't Indict Cop Videotaped Choking Eric Garner to Death

On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury decided against indicting the Officer Daniel Pantaleo who choked Eric Garner to death on July 17 in an incident that was caught, in its entirety, on film. Suddenly, New York City isn't so far removed from Ferguson or Cleveland or any other place where black people are killed… » 12/03/14 3:00pm 12/03/14 3:00pm