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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

http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/moneyjudge.jpg July 6, 2016 | On the 4th of July, Intellectual Takeout posted a clip of the John Adams HBO series to the Facebook page. In it, during a debate over whether or not the colonies should declare their independence from Great Britain, Adams states,

“…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.

No human being is illegal

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  • Tie Vote In Supreme Court Deals Devastating Blow To Millions Of Immigrants
  • They Live Here, They Work Here, They Stay Here
  • Related: A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

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The plaintiffs in this case, led by the state of Texas, appear to have actively shopped around for a trial judge who is openly hostile to immigrants. That strategy has now paid off. The trial judge, Judge Andrew Hanen, issued an unusual nationwide injunction halting the new immigration programs. And a split decision in the Supreme Court is not enough to lift that injunction.

Ian Millhiser is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. His writings have appeared in a diversity of legal and mainstream publications, including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Slate, the Guardian, the American Prospect, the Yale Law and Policy Review and the Duke Law Journal. Ian's first book is Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.

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A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII, Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

  • The struggles of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, for the moment, seem to not be given much attention as the media focuses on refugees from Syria and as the international community tries to grapple with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. 
  • Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

 

Teaching Violence — How American Police Went From Mayberry to Madness — And How To Stop It

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  • Experts cited by the DoJ have explained, “that the high-stress paramilitary model of training results in police practices that are contrary to democratic governance and that a structure utilizing university connections, experiential learning, and critical thinking would be significantly more effective.”
  • So are law enforcement agencies incompetently ignoring the solution? Or, are they ignoring it by design?

Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/how-this-became-this-310x165.jpg June 5, 2016 | Policing in the United States metamorphosed drastically over the last few decades after the NDAA in 1990 allowed departments to obtain surplus military equipment free of charge. With the weapons and gear of war likewise came the warrior ethos. Though unprepared to handle accouterments of the battlefield, hapless American police waged war on the very communities in their charge — an epidemic level of violence by law enforcement has since erupted.

But this article isn’t a condemnation of police officers, many of whom spend their entire career without resorting to the use of excessive force. But because incidents involving excessively violent tactics resulting in serious injury and death have become so frequent people often don’t take notice, it’s necessary to point out the simplest means to end the epidemic already exists.

Claire Bernish: Avid anti-war activist, propaganda watchdog, corruption-buster, muckraker & dogged disinformation assassin

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