Police Accountability Shot

This month, the Supreme Court decided Kisela v. Hughes, a case that makes it even more difficult to hold police officers accountable for unlawfully shooting the people they are supposed to serve and protect.  Police officers are almost never meaningfully investigated, much less disciplined, by their fellow law enforcement agencies for shooting people.  And they’re even… Read More

Doubling Down on Injustice in Schools

The United States leads the developed world in mass shootings and firearms related deaths. Our policies are not working. Unfortunately, the solutions offered by many are just more of the same misguided policies that brought us to this violent situation. Many of the proposals seek to criminalize and weaponize our schools so that they are… Read More

The Women #MeToo Leaves Behind

The #MeToo movement has captured many people’s attention and sparked conversations about the important issues of stopping sexual harassment and equalizing pay for women. But there are huge sectors of women in our society who lack the #MeToo movement’s power and resources to fight back. Some of these women are shut out of the work… Read More

Criminalizing the Opposition to Police Shootings

In a disturbing, anti-democratic combination, the federal government is simultaneously trying to bury the number of police shootings happening around the country while criminalizing opposition to this violence. How have we reached a point where the government so blatantly flouts democratic norms? The Guardian reports that the government’s “effort” to document police shootings of civilians… Read More

A Price Tag for Voting Rights

Much of our country’s political upheaval is based on an often correct belief that our government fails to work for anyone but the rich and powerful. The criminal justice system is part of that problem. It has found many ways to criminalize the lack of wealth or a six figure income—from local police smacking people with hefty… Read More

The Injustice of the Arpaio Pardon

Every quarter, we offer a wrongful conviction roundup, recounting a sample of hard fought exonerations over the past three months. Typically, the post is a celebration of the quarter’s newly innocent and a description of their challenging journeys to exoneration. This quarter, however, with a Department of Justice that is anti-justice and an administration that steadily assaults civil… Read More

Unequal Justice

Our system of unequal justice was on further display last week in St. Louis, where police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley was accused of chasing Mr. Smith for three miles, shooting him without provocation, and then planting a gun in Mr. Smith’s car. A recording device inside… Read More

White Supremacists Uncloaked

Many of us watch in horror as white supremacists, neo-nazis, and racists come out of the woodwork to march. Why is our country not better than this? We inherit many original sins from our founders, but why do KKK members now find it safe to stop hiding their faces in hoods? Why are the racists now… Read More