Attorney General Jeff Sessions Calls for 'Proactive Policing' in Op-Ed

Earlier this month, attorney general Jeff Sessions—David the Gnome’s racist cousin—commenced a review of “consent decrees,” agreements between the federal government and local police forces to address issues of systemic racism and other prejudices. Today, in an op-ed published by USA Today, Sessions broadcasted his…

Gina Prince-Bythewood's Shots Fired Isn't Afraid to Show Many Sides of a Familiar Tragic Story

A drama about a police shooting has the potential to be handled irresponsibly or otherwise play it too safe. On this spectrum, Shots Fired, a serial drama dressed as a procedural, is neither severe nor hypersensitive in its effort to present its versions of the truth. The series premiere, which aired on FOX Wednesday…

New Video Footage Of Michael Brown Raises More Questions About His Death

On August 9, 2014—two and a half years ago—Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old resident of Ferguson, Missouri, was gunned down by white police officer Darren Wilson. His death reignited a national outcry against the United States’ legacy of police brutality and the racism that structures our criminal justice system.…

Teen Files $5 Million Lawsuit Against the Texas Officer Responsible for Violent Pool Party Arrests

In 2015, McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt violently broke up a pool party by brandishing a gun at a group of unarmed teens and throwing a 15-year old girl to the ground, slamming her into the concrete. In 2016, a grand jury declined to charge him. Now, Dajerria Becton, the 15-year old girl in the video, is…

Officer Who Killed Keith Lamont Scott Will Not Be Charged, District Attorney Says

Charlotte, North Carolina police officer Brentley Vinson, who shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott in September, will not be charged, the DA’s office announced Wednesday. Scott’s family has said that he was sitting quietly in his car when Vinson approached him. The District Attorney’s Office said today they have…

Last Night's Atlanta Went for Dark Humor With a Cereal Commercial About Police Brutality

Tuesday night’s Atlanta took a trip into the wonderful world of surreality with an episode-long parody of BET, done via the fictional “Black American Network.” As the show went about deconstructing stereotypes and hypocrisies, complete with a ridiculous news debate show and fake commercials aimed at black viewers, it…