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

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

Black and Blue Lives

Black Lives Matter. It’s sad and confusing that such an important and basic affirmation is being treated as if it was a war cry against cops or a denunciation of white people. It is neither. Instead, it simply acknowledges centuries of violent oppression at the hands of those with economic, political, and police/military power and… Read More

Shoot First, Think Later

We ache again over senseless police shootings of black men. In the span of two days, two tragic police killings of black men have shaken our sense of justice. In the first, Alton Sterling was literally pinned to the ground by an officer when a second cop shot him at close range. In the other… Read More

Utah v. Strieff – Permission to Profile

The Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday, Utah v. Strieff, that erodes the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections and will intensify our country’s serious problem of racial profiling by law enforcement officers. Authored by Justice Thomas, the decision essentially rewards cops for racial profiling. Specifically, the Court legitimizes the police stopping a citizen on a whim… 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

Rejecting the Police Cover Up

  By now, surely many have read or heard about the release of the gruesome dashboard camera videos of Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. But while mourning this brutal shooting, few are talking about the police cover up at the center of the story. The release… Read More

The Fictional “War on Cops”

Murder is a tragedy regardless of whether the victim is an average citizen or a police officer. But the fiction that there is some kind of “war on cops” or, worse yet, that the Black Lives Matter movement has somehow created an open season for shooting cops is both patently false and deeply problematic. The… Read More

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. It is mystifying to me that such a basic affirmation can be considered divisive. And yet there have been many who react to this affirmation defensively. Many interpret the irrefutable phrase into a negation of its opposite, as if it were an inflammatory, anti-white or anti-police rallying cry. That twist is just… Read More