Martin Luther King Day and You

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. On Martin Luther King Day this year, let’s think about how we can contribute to fighting injustice. All year, we blog about how broken our criminal justice system is, but we rarely talk about what can be done about it on a… 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

Doubling Down With Police Tasers

Chicago’s 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

Journalist, Attorney Respond to Mayor Emanuel’s Comments on Release of Police Shooting Video

November 13, 2015 – In a story date-lined 1:43 PM today, the Chicago Tribune reports that Mayor Emanuel commented on why the City of Chicago is still refusing to release police film of an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald sixteen times in October 2014. The Tribune reports that Mayor Emanuel said that now is not… Read More

It’s Not About Race??

  Here is something that astounds me: in video after video, we see a white, male cop unnecessarily brutalizing a black female who had failed to immediately defer to the cop’s authority, and law enforcement quickly declares that race was not a factor in the violence. By now, many of us have seen one of… Read More

A Culture of Police Violence

There’s been a lot of press about unwarranted police shootings and law enforcement cover-ups of police brutality, but do you ever wonder how on earth a culture developed where some police officers could believe that it is okay to treat people that way? I certainly have. And here’s what I’ve come up with: the culture… Read More

Witness Who Recorded Denver Police Brutality Sues Police For Threats, Unlawful Search

Denver Police Retaliated Against Levi Frasier for Recording Their Use of Excessive Force Against Unarmed Civilian & Pregnant Woman DENVER, August 14, 2015 – A witness to an unlawful police beating filed a federal civil rights suit today against Denver police for violating his 1st and 4th Amendment freedoms by threatening him with arrest if… Read More

Family of Unarmed Black Teen Killed by Police Sues Madison

Tony Robinson, Jr., Shot to Death by Officer Matthew Kenny, Despite Posing No Threat August 12, 2015 – The family of Tony Robinson, Jr., an unarmed 19-year-old killed in a hail of bullets by a Madison police officer, will lead a rally announcing the filing of a federal civil suit against the City of Madison… Read More