When Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man, was killed by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., during a routine traffic stop, the city spun into what is now predictable turmoil: Video of the horrific shooting was everywhere. There were protests, accusations of racist and aggressive policing, demands for reform, and distraught family members speaking […]Read More
Tag: Police Reform
What Does It Mean to Be a Progressive in New York City?
In the summer of 2020, New York’s progressive movement looked more robust than ever before. The murder of George Floyd by the police led activists to occupy City Hall Park for a month and prompted the City Council to pass a budget that called for $1 billion in cuts to the New York Police Department. […]Read More
Civil Rights Leaders Demand Action In Response To President Biden’s State Of The Union
NewsOne Featured Video Source: Tom Williams / Getty President Biden covered a gambit of topics during his second State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, highlighting some of his administration’s most notable achievements to date. Biden’s speech included plans to return the billionaire tax, do away with “junk fees” from banks and […]Read More
Amid Criticism, Elite Crime Teams Dwindled. Then Cities Brought Them Back.
In 2020, about three weeks after George Floyd’ death, New York’s police commissioner at the time, Dermot F. Shea, announced the disbanding of the department’s anti-crime units, plainclothes teams that had been involved in numerous police killings, including the death of Eric Garner in 2014. Mr. Shea described the move as “a seismic shift in […]Read More
Watching the Watchmen
American communities need robust law enforcement, and the vast majority of police officers are public servants performing dangerous work with dedication. The footage of Memphis police officers killing Tyre Nichols in early January, however, is all the more unbearable because Americans have seen the likes of it so many times before. Too many Americans today […]Read More
Is It Time To Rethink Police Traffic Stops?
NewsOne Featured Video The fatal beating of Tyre Nichols started after he was pulled over by cops. City of Memphis via AP The killing of Tyre Nichols has raised questions about the use and risks of a routine part of U.S. policing: the traffic stop. Nichols died in the hospital on Jan. 10, 2022, from […]Read More
Videos of Police Brutality Against Black People Are a Futile Spectacle in White America
The trauma videos can inflict on Black Americans is well documented. From this perspective, the videos are problematic reminders of the threat of violence that underwrites Black life. On the other hand, a case has been made that videos of police shootings have an evidentiary function in that they help illuminate the ubiquity of police […]Read More
Can The Police Truly Be Reformed? The US Government Has Limited Power To Regulate Cops
NewsOne Featured Video Almost a thousand of people gathered at the Oscar Grant Plaza and take streets over Tyre Nichols’ killing by Memphis police, in Oakland, California, on January 29, 2023. | Source: Anadolu Agency / Getty The severe beating of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, by five Memphis police officers – leading to […]Read More
The Urgency of Police Reform Is at the Mercy of a Divided Congress
Horsford has invited Nichols’s family as his guests to the president’s State of the Union address next week; he told the Post that he is hopeful that Biden will address police reform in his remarks. “We want him to be involved in this because it’s important enough to the American people that all of our […]Read More
Armed Cops Should Not Be Making Traffic Stops. Period.
I understand that the U.S. is never going to be Sweden or England. We’re a more violent society; there are 400 million guns floating around—a calculation that the police officers of other countries don’t have to price in every time they walk their beat. But more federal laws and standards would help around the margins. […]Read More