Immunity Run Amok

One of the things the 2016 elections laid bare is that ordinary Americans are tired of the powerful protecting and enriching themselves. At the heart of the American ideal of government of the people, by the people, and for the people is that no one is above the law. The United States Supreme Court is… 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

Doubling Down With Police Tasers

Chicago‚Äôs long time police shooting problem has finally made national news, with the horrifying video of an officer senselessly gunning down Laquan McDonald as the impetus for closer scrutiny. With the spotlight shining on it, the Chicago Police Department is doubling down with a shockingly counterproductive change that will only worsen the situation. It is… Read More

The Supreme Court’s Excessive Force Standard for Detainees

The Supreme Court came down with a 5-4 decision yesterday, Kingsley v. Hendrickson, granting a new trial to Michael Kingsley, a pretrial detainee who alleged that jail guards used excessive force against him in violation of his right to due process. In so ruling, the Court issued a decision with important implications for all pretrial… Read More

Police Shootings: the Early Warning Signs

As this nation is repeatedly confronted with horrifying instances of police shootings and police excessive force, it is important to consider the commonalities and patterns among the incidents so that we can strive to find a way to stop this unjustified violence. One detail that the media seems to frequently gloss over is the offending… Read More

The Militarization of the Police

As our country grapples with how to decrease police brutality, police excessive force, and unjustified police shootings, it is worth noting how the police violence plaguing many cities is fed by the extreme militarization of local police forces. Through federal grants and Department of Defense donations, billions of dollars worth of military equipment has found… Read More

Another Police Brutality Incident Involving North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

During what should have been considered a routine traffic stop, Julius Wilson, of North Charleston, South Carolina, was forcibly pulled out of his car and restrained on his stomach by the officer that pulled him over and those that then responded to the scene. After being forced to the ground, Mr. Wilson placed his hands… Read More

Another Police Brutality Incident Involving North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

During what should have been considered a routine traffic stop, Julius Wilson, of North Charleston, South Carolina, was forcibly pulled out of his car and restrained on his stomach by the officer that pulled him over and those that then responded to the scene. After being forced to the ground, Mr. Wilson placed his hands… Read More

Another Police Brutality Incident Involving North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

During what should have been considered a routine traffic stop, Julius Wilson, of North Charleston, South Carolina, was forcibly pulled out of his car and restrained on his stomach by the officer that pulled him over and those that then responded to the scene. After being forced to the ground, Mr. Wilson placed his hands… Read More

Another Police Brutality Incident Involving North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

During what should have been considered a routine traffic stop, Julius Wilson, of North Charleston, South Carolina, was forcibly pulled out of his car and restrained on his stomach by the officer that pulled him over and those that then responded to the scene. After being forced to the ground, Mr. Wilson placed his hands… Read More