The Price of School Cops

One disturbing trend in recent years has been the tremendous increase in the number of police officers patrolling inside of schools, kindergarten through high school. In theory, school cops or “school resource officers” are intended to reduce crime, school drug use, bullying, and truancy and to deter mass shootings. But at what price? For starters,… Read More

Demonstrator Who Recorded Arrests Sues for Unlawful Seizure of Cell Phone

Denver Police Retaliated Against Demonstrator for Recording Forceful Arrests of Other Demonstrators DENVER, March 28, 2016 – A woman who attended an anti-police brutality demonstration filed a federal civil rights suit today against a Denver police district commander for violating her First Amendment freedoms by seizing her cell phone in retaliation for recording the forceful… Read More

Journalist Sues to Get Police & State’s Attorney Records of Laquan McDonald Shooting Investigations

Laquan McDonald protest

CHICAGO — The independent journalist who forced the release of the infamous Laquan McDonald police shooting video has sued Chicago Police, the Independent Police Review Authority, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to force release of their investigations into the police killing of the 17-year-old. The suits were filed on behalf of independent journalist… Read More

Conviction of ex-NYPD Officer Peter Liang: A Sign of Change for Police Accountability or A PR Stunt at the Expense of the “Model Minorities”?

As a native Asian-American New Yorker who has been advocating for police accountability for almost a decade, I am conflicted and have mixed feelings about the police shooting of Akai Gurley and the criminal charges filed against former NYPD Officer Peter Liang. On one hand, if I praise the jury for holding Liang accountable for… Read More

2016 Presidential Candidates on Police Reform

The 2016 Presidential Election marks a turning point on the nation’s view on police brutality. Historically, the issue of police reform is rarely covered during presidential debates. With increased coverage of national police misconduct scandals and Black Lives Matter demonstrations, Americans have become more skeptical of law enforcement and are demanding a national conversation about… Read More

Why Police Shooting Cases Need Outside Prosecutors

In the aftermath of highly publicized police shootings, a number of states around the country have enacted reforms requiring special prosecutors to investigate police shootings, and many other states are considering them. Chicago, more so than any other jurisdiction, needs to implement this reform. The demand for special prosecutors is a result of the following… Read More

Denver Sued for Refusing to Disclose Video Evidence of Jail Death

An independent news organization sued Denver today to force the release of video and audio recordings showing deputies’ use of force on Michael Marshall that caused his death DENVER – The Colorado Independent, a non-profit news organization, filed a lawsuit today against the City and County of Denver, seeking the release of video and audio… Read More

Milwaukee Settles Racially-Tinged Body Cavity / Strip Search Suits With 74 Black Men

The Milwaukee Common Council today approved a $5 million settlement that will be divided among 74 African American young men — including a 15-year-old boy and a wheelchair-bound paraplegic — who were subjected to illegal body cavity and strip searches by Milwaukee Police as part of a wide spread and racially discriminatory pattern and practice… Read More

Police Perjury — All. The. Time.

Ever heard of police officers “testilying” in court? “Testilying” is the cynical euphemism that cops use for testifying falsely in order to secure convictions against people whom they believe to be guilty. But there is obviously another word for it: police perjury. “Testilying” is rationalized as somehow justified because the cop’s goal is to make… Read More

A Matter of Perspective?

At Altering Convictions we share our perspective about combating police brutality, opposing mass incarceration, and fighting injustice. All of our pieces presume a few basic truths that are inarguable. It is unacceptable for law enforcement to treat certain people’s lives as expendable. Law enforcement should honor everyone’s constitutional rights. And all people should be treated… Read More