Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, just days after a white police officer pulled over and arrested her when she failed to signal a lane change. Her arrest has been cited as a prime example of racial bias and misuse of force by the police — and it happened in a county itself marred by… »
A Texas prosecutor has announced that Sandra Bland died by hanging in a suicide and her autopsy uncovered no evidence of a “violent struggle.” This autopsy is separate from the independent investigation commissioned by Bland’s family. »
Police brutality and stop-and-frisk affect black and brown women at nearly the exact same rate as black and brown men, but their stories aren’t told as frequently; this video by Fusion’s Collier Meyerson seeks to right that a little bit, as two black women in New York City detail their experiences with NYPD violence. »
On Friday, June 26, diners at Manhattan’s elite 21 Club opened their menus expecting, as one typically does, lists of entrées and cocktails. Instead they were met with the names of black children, all under the age of 21, who were killed by the police. »
In Fairfield, Ohio, police officers were caught on camera roughing up pre-teens and a pregnant woman in bathing suits and macing them on June 9 at a pool. »
All charges have been dismissed against Martese Johnson, the black 20-year-old University of Virginia student who was beaten and violently arrested in March by special agents from the state Alcoholic and Beverage Control agency, who wrongly suspected him of having a fake ID. Johnson was charged with public… »
An extensive study by the Guardian has found what many of us already knew to be true: Black and brown Americans are more likely to be killed during encounters with the police and are less likely to be armed than white people who suffer the same fate. »
The six Baltimore police officers who have already been charged by the state for the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in their custody, have now been indicted by a grand jury. »
In the second episode of Jezebel Goes Digging, I look at the recent phenomenon of black celebrities like Kanye West, Common and Raven-Symoné declaring themselves New Black—at the same time that police continue killing Regular Black people all across America. »
A Miami Beach police officer, Philippe Archer, with a known history of violence, will only face suspension for assaulting a woman while she was handcuffed in summer 2013. She was not the first person Archer beat up that night. »
Last week in South Gate, California, Beatriz Paez was out for a walk when she saw a group of US marshals arresting a group of bikers on the sidewalk. She pulled out her cellphone to record the incident. Paez told The Los Angeles Times that once the marshals became aware of her smartphone they tried to block her view,… »
Killer Mike is directing some very necessary criticism at Geraldo Rivera and Wolf Blitzer regarding their reportage of the Baltimore protests.
Criminal charges will be filed against the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore state attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced this afternoon.
On Thursday night, Erin Burnett apologized for the wrong thing. Earlier this week, the CNN anchor appeared to call members of Zeta Phi Beta sorority “gang members” as footage of a Baltimore Town Hall meeting on Tuesday rolled. »