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Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans

  • In a shocking video posted to YouTube, St. Paul (MN) police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool. 
  • “I’m not your brother!”
  • Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ 

Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

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Friday, Aug 29, 2014 | The latest in police misconduct was captured in a cellphone video that surfaced earlier this week. The video depicts a black man, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Lollie, sitting in a public space waiting to pick up his young children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

“I want to know who you are and what the problem was back there,” a female cop says to Lollie at the start of the video.

Joanna Rothkopf is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on sustainability.

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Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ Ian Millhiser, Think Progress


  • The Court’s present majority seems much more interested in using its power to thwart racial justice.
  • What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America


Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’


  • The Court’s present majority seems much more interested in using its power to thwart racial justice.
  • What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America

Ian Millhiser, Think Progress

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August 22, 2014 | The Supreme Court was “once a leader in the world” in combating racial discrimination, according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “What’s amazing,” she added, “is how things have changed.”

Ginsburg, who was one of America’s top civil rights attorneys before President Carter appointed her to the federal bench in 1980, spoke at length with the National Law Journal‘s Marcia Coyle in an interview that was published Friday. In that interview, she lays out just how much the Court’s outlook on race has changed since she was arguing women’s equality cases before it in the 1970s.

Ian Millhiser is a Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. 

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What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in AmericaPaul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huffington Post


White people need to get off the computer and get involved with our voices, feet, votes and resources to help make sure that this epidemic of black deaths in America ends. This is not a 'black problem it is an American problem and it will take all of us working together to solve it.

Here's What Happens to Police Officers Who Shoot Unarmed Black Men

  • History appears to be in Officer Darren Wilson's favor.
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

Jaeah Lee and Katie Rose Quandt, Mother Jones

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ferguson5.jpg A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (Credit: AP/Jeff Roberson).

August 22, 2014  |  In the week since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, initial autopsy findings, police reports, and eyewitness accounts have begun to provide some insights into the circumstances of his death. But plenty of questions remain unanswered, not the least of them: Where is Officer Darren Wilson, and what's likely to happen to him? Wilson, who was put on administrative leave after killing Brown,  reportedly lefthome with his family a few days before his name was made public. A  fundraising campaign launched on August 17 has already raised more than $10,000 to cover the financial needs of Wilson's family, "including legal fees." (The campaign has since increased its goal to $100,000.)

It remains to be seen whether Wilson will face criminal charges, but a limited review of similar killings by police suggests that the officers more often than not walk away without an indictment, and are very rarely convicted. Delores Jones-Brown, a law professor and director of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice,  looked at 21 publicized cases from 1994 through 2009 in which a police officer killed an unarmed black person. Of those, only seven cases resulted in an indictment—for criminally negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, or violation of civil rights—and only three officers were found guilty.

Jaeah Lee is the associate interactive producer at Mother Jones. 

Katie Rose Quandt is a senior online editorial fellow at Mother Jones.

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When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat, Simon Maloy, Salon


  • The debacle in Ferguson represents a near-total breakdown of our civic institutions. Here's why that's so scary
  • All hell has broken loose. 
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014



Ferguson Exposes the Reality Of Militarized, Racist Policing


  • This is a teachable moment for the nation that presents an opportunity to transform policing so it serves the people.
  • To Terrify and Occupy
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

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August 17th, 2014 | The killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO police officer, who was identified Friday as Darren Wilson, and the aftermath in which nonviolent protesters and reporters were met with a violent and militarized police force have exposed something that has been building for years. Many have written about the militarization of the police and the disproportionate impact they have on people of color, but now more Americans are seeing this reality and cannot escape it.

Michael Brown is one of four unarmed black men killed in the last month (alone) by police. On July 17, Eric Garner was killed by an illegal chokehold in New York. On August 5, John Crawford was shot in a store in Beavercreek, OH. Just after Brown’s death, on August 9 Ezell Ford, a young man with known mental illness, was shot in Los Angeles. These are four examples of many, according to a recent study, a black man is killed every 28 hours by police, security guards or vigilantes. The whole nation is experiencing these tragedies; reality is being forced upon us.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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To Terrify and Occupy, Matthew Harwood, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • One Nation Under SWAT
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat


ca29770c-e6a2-4551-8b3e-3b502fe4c9ba-460x276.jpegCops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Part 1: A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son
  • Part 2: US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population