NYPD Harassment Stories: Feeling Helpless When an Officer Hits on You

Amid the police terror that has swept the nation these last few months, there has been a missing facet from the conversation: the fact that women are brutalized by cops just as severely as men. For every John Crawford and Ezell Ford there is an Ersula Ore or a Marlene Pinnock (you can view the footage of Pinnock's… » 9/16/14 4:59pm 9/16/14 4:59pm

NYC Teachers Wear Shirts to Support Cops After Cop Murders Black Man

So hot right now: white people showing support for white cops who kill unarmed black people. The latest group to hop on this bandwagon is New York City public school teachers who, after expressly being told to refrain from wearing pro-cop shirts to the first days of school, are going to go ahead ahead and keep wearing… » 9/05/14 11:30am 9/05/14 11:30am

Ways the Media and Police Justify the Killing of Unarmed Black People

There is a prevailing notion in this country that when an unarmed black person is shot by the police, there must have been a valid reason. In the spirit of fairness, it doesn't even have to be at the hands of the police. Black victims are routinely put on trial in the media with an unspoken but clear suggestion that… » 8/19/14 5:15pm 8/19/14 5:15pm

Teen Siblings Develop App to Hold Police Accountable

Asha, Caleb and Ima Christian are three siblings from Decatur, Georgia who collaborated to develop an app that helps people rate and document their police encounters. They founded a company named Pinetart and developed Five-O, an app designed to be a tool to empower communities to stop police brutality and abuse. » 8/19/14 9:45am 8/19/14 9:45am

​Horrific: Cell Phone Video Shows California Cop Beating Woman

This weekend, video emerged of a shocking incident that occurred on Tuesday involving a California Highway Patrol officer taking an unarmed woman down and savagely punching her in the face on the side of the high way. According to the officer, the woman was walking along the freeway and did not stop when he asked her… » 7/05/14 5:56pm 7/05/14 5:56pm

Occupy Protester Could Serve 7 Years for Her Own Sexual Assault

Almost three years later, the consequences of Occupy Wall Street are still being felt, especially for Cecily McMillan. The protester was found guilty of striking a police office yesterday without provocation, though McMillan's camp maintains that she elbowed him in self-defense, after he grabbed her right breast. » 5/06/14 6:15pm 5/06/14 6:15pm

NYPD Cop Charged With Rape Previously Accused Of Brutality

New York City cop Michael Pena was indicted yesterday on charges that he abducted and raped a schoolteacher in upper Manhattan while armed. His lawyers said, "Whatever happened, there was certainly no intent on the part of Michael Pena to hurt anybody. There was no intent to sexually abuse anybody." In that case!… » 8/25/11 10:30am 8/25/11 10:30am