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'It's Not Us vs. Them'

One police chief's humble solution to violence.

James Hamblin, Atlantic 

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Jul 8, 2016 | From the tiny town of Kenyon, Minnesota, Police Chief Lee Sjolander has a message for the 12,000 other police districts across the country.

Writing from his department’s Facebook page this morning, he advocates a humble role of public servitude that is antithetical to the toxic masculinity with which some police departments have been infected. “If I were your chief,” he writes, “and we worked for the same agency, serving the same great community, I would attend roll call, and here is what I would say”:

We have calls for service that we need to respond to. We have a grateful public that needs us, we have responsibilities. Yes, there are those out here who do not like us, or what we represent. It's been that way long before I or you became officers, and it will be that way long after we're gone.

James Hamblin is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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From Baton Rouge To Minnesota: Stop Dealing With Police Brutality Episodically And Deal With It Systematically

  • A systemic problem requires systemic reform.
  • Related: This Is How Many People Police Have Killed So Far In 2016.

Al Sharpton, Huffington Post

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07/07/2016 | As I prepare to go to Baton Rouge, Louisiana after receiving requests from local activists and clergy in their legitimate call for justice in the death of Alton Sterling, I am reminded that when I return to New York City, I will be meeting with the family of Eric Garner.

July 17th marks two years since Garner was killed after police in Staten Island placed him in a choke-hold. As we get ready for a memorial march in New York, I am shocked at the parallels between the Garner and Sterling deaths — which are horrific and eerie. Both were selling products in front of a store trying to subsidize an income for their families, and both tragedies were caught on video that if it did not exist, no one would have believed those of us that stand on the side of justice in these cases. While responding to the rallying cry in Baton Rouge, I was shocked to see yet another incident in Minnesota, this time involving the death of Philando Castile by police — whose aftermath was also caught on video. Technology has allowed the marginalized, oppressed and voiceless to have a voice, but now we must harness that ability to deal with police reform systemically, instead of episodically.

Al Sharpton: President, National Action Network

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This Is How Many People Police Have Killed So Far In 2016, Celisa Calacal, ThinkProgress

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  • In the first half of 2016, police have killed 532 people (almost 3 per day!) — many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, and people of color.
  • Related: Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice.

 

Why the Hillary E-mail Scandal Should Matter to You

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Is the law now different for the powerful and the weak?

Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout

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“…I see hope. I see a new nation ready to take its place in the world. Not an empire, but a republic. And a republic of laws, not men.”

On the 5th of July, FBI Director James B. Comey informed America that we are no longer a nation of laws, but of men.

Devin Foley is co-founder and president of Intellectual Takeout. In his role, he oversees content development and marketing, works with academics and experts to assure quality, and publicly promotes the site.

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This Is How Many People Police Have Killed So Far In 2016

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  • In the first half of 2016, police have killed 532 people (almost 3 per day!) — many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, and people of color.
  • Related: Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice.

Celisa Calacal, ThinkProgress

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This number comes from The Guardian’s police killings database, but the Killed by Police database counts 580 people who have died at the hands of police so far this year. The Washington Post also reports that 488 people have been shot and killed by cops.

Going by the Guardian’s count, 261 white people were killed by police — the highest total out of any racial group. But data also shows that black people and Native Americans are being killed at higher rates than any other group.

Celisa Calacal is an intern at ThinkProgress. She is currently a rising junior studying journalism at Ithaca College, where she is an editor for The Ithacan, the college’s student-run newspaper. In addition, she is a staff writer for Buzzsaw, the college’s independent, student-run magazine.

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Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice, Jess Sundin, Fight Back! News

  • Family and community were shaken, but not surprised, by Thursday’s announcement. They are responding with action.
  • Related: Jamar Clark case - Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative.

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