police accountability

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

A dramatic rollback in transparency laws five years ago left California residents with no way to monitor police misconduct complaints–and thus prevent future violence. A Colorlines.com investigation finds Oakland is one of the cities left most vulnerable.

Toddler's Murder Begs Hard Questions About Violence--and Policing

East Oakland has long been plagued by gun violence, and many in the community have demanded more cops. They’ve also demanded more respect and less violence from the police who protect them.

From Heroes to Villains: NOPD Verdict Reveals Post-Katrina History

The Justice Department’s victory is a decisive rejection of the idea that chaos in the days following Katrina justified the violence of the New Orleans Police Department. It’s a win for police accountability nationwide.

Five NOPD Cops Guilty in Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Shootings

Five officers are found guilty of civil rights violation, but not murder.

35 Arrested Protesting Police Killing of 19-Year-Old in San Francisco

Residents and activists are speaking out against an increase in what they call “transit racism” and harassment by police.

Trial for Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Police Shootings Begins

The trial is the largest of a string of prosecutions the Department of Justice has pursued against the NOPD for fatal shootings that took place in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

The Miami Herald reports that since 2008, at least 11 people claim that they’ve been arrested and/or had their phones confiscated by police officers.

Cleveland Cops Caught On Tape Brutally Beating Suspect

Police officials insist there’s been no cover-up.

Remembering Oscar Grant on the Day of Johannes Mehserle's Release

As the world reacts with anger, Oscar Grant’s family continues to grieve.

Miami Police Chief Defends Record, While More Horrific Footage Surfaces

The department’s on the defensive after a scathing new report details a shocking record of violence and misconduct.

Following Police Shooting, Miami Beach Makes Bad Situation Worse

While cops continue to scapegoat black festivalgoers, are they also planting evidence to help build their case?

Police Shootings at Racially Charged Miami 'Urban Beach Week'

The ACLU is calling for an outside investigation into a shootout that ended in the death of one alleged gunman and left three officers and four bystanders wounded – the latter possibly hit by stray police bullets.

Video Shows D.C. Cop Abuse of Elderly Man in Wheelchair

In the video taken outside the U Street-Cardozo Metro Station, two D.C. Metro Police officers are seen slamming Dwight Harris to the ground.

Sean Bell Community Center Opens in New York

Five years after Sean Bell was killed in a hail of police gunfire, a community center named in his honor opened Friday in the Queens neighborhood where he grew up.

Still More Questions Than Answers in Aiyana Stanley Jones' Killing

The Detroit police’s shooting of a 7-year-old girl has generated a lot of outrage, but a year later there’s been no demonstrable change.

Mumia Abu-Jamal Gets New Sentencing Hearing

A U.S. Appeals court has ruled that the prolific writer and activist must be granted a new sentencing hearing within six months.

20 Years After Rodney King, Who's Holding Cops Accountable?

Video has provided a powerful tool for communities catching cops who abuse their power, deep reforms are still desperately needed.

Houston's Top Cop Defends Videotaped Beating of Teen Boy

Police Chief Charles McClelland says his force is suffering because of a few bad apples.

Missouri Town Outraged Over Canine Brutality

But for black folks? Not so much.

Communities Remember Victims of Police Violence--and Demand Reform

As rallies mark National Anti-Police Brutality, we look back on this year’s high-profile killings.