Police Violence

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READ: New York City Theater Explores Black Death

The Undefeated looks at on- and off-Broadway plays that take on the specter of anti-Black violence, both intimate and structural, during this theater season.

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New Sandra Bland Documentary Calls On World to 'Say Her Name'

The feature-length documentary follows Bland’s family as they try to answer the questions surrounding her 2015 death in police custody.

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Alleged Mall Shooter Arrested, Police Still Can't Explain Why Officer Killed Emantic Bradford Jr.

The family of the Black man shot and killed by a police officer on Thanksgiving night is still waiting for the truth.

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'They Can Only Stretch the Bond. They Can't Break It.'

Michael Africa Jr. was born behind bars in 1978, right before his political prisoner parents were sentenced to 30 to 100 years. In 2018, for the first time in his life, Africa saw his mom and dad free and in the same space. Here’s a family story, 40 years in the making.

Eric Garner's Mother Responds as Officer Who Killed Her Son Finally Faces Disciplinary Hearing

“If this disciplinary hearing does not lead to a trial and Pantaleo losing his job, it will be a sham and a miscarriage of justice, plain and simple.”

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The Hotline for Folks Afraid of Black People Living Their Lives

Niecy Nash stars in a new video as the creator of the (working!) hotline, which is aimed at calming racist fears.

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Rihanna Says No to the Super Bowl

The singer reportedly declined to perform at the halftime show in solidarity with blacklisted NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick.

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[WATCH] Activists Take Back The Street Named After The Black Mayor Who Bombed MOVE

Philadelphia recently named a street after the city’s first Black mayor, W. Wilson Goode Sr. Activists say that the renaming hurts given that Goode facilitated the fatal 1985 bombing of the home where the Black liberation and environmentalist group MOVE lived. Colorlines captured an October protest imbued with spirituality. 

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Watch 'The Hate U Give' Take On 'The Talk'

A teaser for the upcoming screen adaptation of Angie Thomas’ Black Lives Matter-inspired book features Russell Hornsby teaching his character’s young children about the dangers of police violence.

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Tamir Rice's Mom Wants to Know Why Another Ohio PD Hired the Troubled Cop Who Killed Her Son (Updated)

Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, was offered a new police job at another Ohio department. Rice’s mother, Samaria, is demanding answers.

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Jury Finds Jason Van Dyke Guilty of Murdering Laquan McDonald

The former Chicago Police Department officer shot the Black teenager 16 times as he was retreating.

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'Monsters and Men' Star and Creator On Sweeping Impact of Police Violence

John David Washington and Reinaldo Marcus Green talk to Colorlines about the Sundance hit’s genesis and plot, which explores the fallout of an NYPD officer killing an unarmed Black man.

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READ: Body Cameras Won't Save Us

A new article from The Atlantic says there is only so much that technology can do to improve police accountability.

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WATCH: The 5-Year Fight to Shut Down 'War Games Training' in the Bay Area

Bay Area activists have long maintained that the annual Urban Shield SWAT training and expo promotes police militarization under the guise of emergency preparedness. Here’s how they shut it down. 

Watch as Jason Van Dyke Stands Trial for Killing Laquan McDonald

The White officer faces six counts of first-degree murder for shooting the retreating Black teen 16 times.

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REPORT: The Urgent Need to Dismantle School Policing in Communities of Color

A new report from Advancement Project and Alliance for Educational Justice amplifies the voices of students of color who are demanding police-free schools.

Dallas Police Officer Faces Manslaughter Charge in Black Man's Shooting Death

Dallas Police Officer Faces Manslaughter Charge in Shooting Death of Botham Jean

Amber Guyger’s fatal shooting of the Black man recast national attention on police violence and accountability.

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WATCH: New Doc Captures Black Southerners' Resistance

“What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?” looks at communities and how its residents cope with police violence and economic displacement.

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Jordan Edwards' Family Speaks Out About Cop's 15-Year Sentence

Stepmother Charmaine Edwards on Roy Oliver’s punishment: “He can actually see life again after 15 years, and that’s not enough because Jordan can’t see life again.”  

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Police Less Likely to Arrest Killers With Black Victims

“There is a straight line between Black people being outraged loudly about police officers being able to shoot and kill people and being able to get away from it and Black people quietly wondering when that homicide in their neighborhood is going to be solved.”