Sikivu Hutchinson: The videotaped assault and sexual harassment of 15-year-old Dajerria Becton by a rampaging white police officer after a pool party in McKinney, Texas makes it clear that it continues to be open season on black women and girls.
Cheryl Dorsey: Chief Conley has already found ways by which to minimize Officer Casebolt’s overzealous and outrageous behavior. As usual, Chief Conley blames the black teens attending the pool party.
View image | gettyimages.com ashington has been rocked by the scandal of J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House, indicted on charges of violating banking laws by paying $1.7 million (as part of a $3.5 million agreement) to conceal prior misconduct, which turns out to have been child […]
Janet Phelan: We have reports of the FBI retaliating against one of their own former agents, allegedly for criticizing a high profile and troubled investigation.
Frank Fear: Why go after FIFA when, for years, bank cronies have gone unpunished? Institutional fines, not individual jail time, have been the penalties levied for wrongdoing—billions and billions in fines.
he morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations of Fourth Amendment rights. Later […]
Tina Dupuy: It’s with great astonishment that Nebraska’s conservative majority legislature abolished the death penalty in their state this week.
Norman Solomon: A dozen years before his recent sentencing to a 42-month prison term, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was in the midst of a protracted and fruitless effort to find someone in Congress willing to look into his accusations about racial discrimination at the agency.
Cheryl Dorsey: Why then was Brelo the only officer charged when it is obvious to me that the 13 officers involved in the shooting acted, in my opinion, unreasonably?
Jessica Price: It’s important to note here that if you do exercise your right to refuse to show your ID, an officer might arrest you. It would be a wrongful arrest, but it would be an arrest.
Natasha Minsker: Since the death penalty was reinstated in California in 1978, taxpayers have spent over $4 billion to prop up the defunct system. There are currently 750 men and women on death row. Most die of old age, not execution.
Larry Wines: How come we are all paying to be spyed on, not by some nefarious government, but by ruthless capitalists who will sell their own grandmother after billing us to feed, house, and clothe her so she is plump and healthy and will fetch a better price?
Amy Roe: In 2014, Black people in the U.S. were nearly three times more likely than Whites to be killed by police, according to Mapping Police Violence, a data visualization website.