Rights and Wrongs

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*+-Kris Ockershauser: A fearful public must turn to reluctant lawmakers to add balance and common sense to the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights

Protecting Bystanders’ Videos of Police Encounters

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*+-Hector Villagra: With Mobile Justice CA, people can document police activity and directly place a check on police power: users are encouraged to submit a detailed incident report of a law enforcement interaction they saw or experienced, whether or not they recorded it.

DA Jackie Lacey Should Investigate Lygagate

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*+-Jasmyne Cannick: The LAPD had determined that based on Gaines’ wearing expensive designer suits and shirts, his many credit cards, and lavish spending habits that he was engaged in some kind of misconduct and had him under investigation.

The Coming Revolt: When Will the Sleeping Giant Awake?

*+-Mark Naison: You cannot beat down and repress such a large number of people without generating a response. Where it comes, and when it comes may be a mystery, but come it will. And when it does, it will shake this nation to its foundations.

Keep Jazz & Shaka Free!

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*+-Hayden’s arrest is of course just the latest example of both the out-of-control racial profiling and stop and frisk tactics of the NYPD and; its targeting of Anti-Police Terror Activists.

Occupy the Bill of Rights

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*+-Stephen Box: The students who witnessed the pepper spray assault began to chant “Shame on you!” while maintaining their distance.

When Is a Minority the Majority?

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*+-Sharon Kyle: What troubled me this morning and the reason this email was delayed is because I noticed that once again every article in this newsletter was written by a white man. So I decided to write this article to say. . .

One on One with LAPD Chief-Designate Charlie Beck

Incoming and outgoing LAPD Chiefs, Charlie Beck and Bill Bratton (Photo/Nick Ut)

*+-Beck has some big shoes to fill, no doubt, but after meeting and speaking one-on-one with him, I think the LAPD is going to be okay. I wasn’t that sure beforehand, but I can tell you that Beck is, if nothing else, a sincere and humble guy with big ideas, who has a passion for a job in a city that at times is one heartbeat away from a full on race riot.

Living While Black in Cambridge

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*+-None of us African-American residents of Cambridge are surprised or shocked by the humiliation and harassment Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 58, of Harvard University encountered at the hands of Cambridge police.

Color of Law: U.S. Drug Policy Has Gone to Pot

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*+-In a recent online town hall meeting at the White House, President Obama was asked by the online audience whether he thought legalizing marijuana would create jobs and help the economy. It was the most popular question asked at the meeting.