Police Violence

Kerry Washington. Black woman with topknot wearing gray shirt.

'American Son' Star Kerry Washington On Fear and Navigating Spaces While Black

“I’ve been that Black woman who’s having big feelings in an appropriate moment and being stereotyped to be something other.”

Naomie Harris. Black woman with braids wearing police uniform.

'Black and Blue' Star Naomie Harris Talks Race and Policing

“The aim of this film is also to reignite dialogue and get people outraged again and hopefully get them active.”

Atatiana Jefferson. A 28-year-old Black woman killed by white police officer Aaron Dean

Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Charged With Murder

The city’s police chief apologized for the shooting death, but the victim’s relatives say the former officer’s arrest is just the beginning of their fight for justice.

Botham Jean. Smiling Black man in dark suit jacket, white shirt and red tie

UPDATE: Former Officer Amber Guyger Sentenced to 10 Years for Murdering Botham Jean

The charge could have carried a penalty of up to 99 years in prison.

Charles Booker. Black male with dark, short hair wearing tan suit jacket and white shirt.

Kentucky Lawmaker Calls Out Jay-Z for Linking Single-Parent Homes to Police Violence

Representative Charles Booker: “It’s criminalization, lack of accountability, and structural racism. Ignoring that helps no one.”

Large group of black-uniformed police officers gather on a sidewalk.

California Passes One of Nation's Strictest Deadly Force Guidelines

The legislation says law enforcement officers can only use deadly force “when necessary to defend against an immediate, deadly threat to themselves or others.”

Eric Garner protest. Person holds pink flowers and white sign that reads, "We are Eric Garner."

NYPD Finally Fires Cop Who Killed Eric Garner

Emerald Snipes-Garner to New York Police Department Commissioner James P. O’Neill: “I thank you for firing the officer. But we will go after the rest of the officers involved. It’s not over.”

Colin Kaepernick. Black man with cornrows going back and facial hair, wearing a black suit jacket with gold details.

Colin Kaepernick Praises Those Who Continue to Protest Police Violence

The athlete shouts out football players Eric Reid, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson II, who are still kneeling: “They have never moved past the people.”

Jay-Z. Black man in white Bob Marley sweatshirt with bandana around forehead.

Jay-Z Partners With NFL, World is Confused

With athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick still out of work for protesting police violence, many don’t understand how the MC can support the league that blacklisted him.

A Black man wearing a t-shirt that says "Ferguson is everywhere" protests at night.

Message From the Ferguson Grassroots, 5 Years After Michael Brown's Death

Five years after the Michael Brown Rebellion, key activists and organizers weigh in on the impact of their local movement. 

Melissa McKinnies and Danye Jones. Black woman and Black boy sit next to each other and smile.

Activist Melissa McKinnies on the Mike Brown Rebellion—And the Lynching of Her Son Danye

Melissa McKinnies was a Ferguson uprising fixture. It’s for this reason that the St. Louis mother believes that one of her sons was lynched in their backyard. Here are her words.

Michael Brown Jr. A drawing of a Black boy wearing headphones on a brown background

Missing Mike-Mike: Michael Brown Sr. Reflects on the 5 Years Since His Son Became a Political Symbol

Before Michael Brown Jr. became an international symbol of racialized police violence, he was an 18-year-old who cracked jokes, made music and planned for his future. Here, a deeply personal reflection by his dad on the fifth anniversary of his killing.

Christopher Remmey. Man in profile with mustache and beard sitting in low light looks past the camera.

WATCH: Doc Explores How Criminal Justice System Fails People With Mental Illnesses

“Forty hours of mental health training in a police academy that’s seven-and-a-half months long isn’t long enough.”

Eric Garner protest.

Feds Won't Charge NYC Officer in Eric Garner's Death

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death at the hands of a New York Police Department officer, the Department of Justice says it will not bring civil rights charges against his killer.

Three black women two of whom are wearing sunglasses one of whom is wearing glasses cheer at a rally

Black Census Project Reveals Electorate's Concerns—and Power

More than half of the 30,000+ survey participants said that politicians do not care about them or their interests.

Laquan McDonald. A Black child in sepia tone smiles at the camera.

Watch the Trailer for Laquan McDonald Documentary, '16 Shots'

The Showtime documentary will examine the 17-year-old’s murder at the hands of the Chicago Police Department and the subsequent cover-up.

Jean-Michel Basquiat art of colorful skull head and two workers holding painting on each side.

New Exhibit to Center Jean-Michel Basquiat's Identity and Activism

The Guggenheim Museum will mount “Defacement”: The Untold Story, which explores Basquiat’s formative years as an artist and activist in 1980s NYC.

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Federal Prosecutors Open Civil Rights Investigation Into Police Killing of Stephon Clark

It comes on the heels of the California attorney general’s decision to not file criminal charges against the officers identified in the shooting.

A Black man wearing sunglasses wears a white T-shirt with a with a photo of Stephon Clark during a demonstration in Sacramento, California on March 22, 2018.

Police Arrest Protesters After No Charges for Officers Who Killed Stephon Clark

Demonstrators were taken into custody while protesting the decision not to prosecute two Sacramento cops who fatally shot the unarmed Black man in March 2018.

A White woman wearing black sunglasses and a navy blue shirt talks on a cell phone.

Can 9-1-1 Protocols Protect Us From 'Barbecue Beckys'?

White people calling the police on people of color for simply existing isn’t just annoying. It can be dangerous. Could the solution lie in how 9-1-1 workers dispatch calls?