New Orleans' force, once a national symbol of corruption and dysfunction, has become a model for change.
Still, a full year after Brown’s death, the government is without a reliable system for tracking police use of force.
Given the tremendous stressors and responsibilities of police work, one would think mental health screening and assessment would be a linchpin of the profession. Surprisingly, it is not.
An analysis of nationwide police officer instruction and training standards reveals that police officers learn surprisingly little about the law before they're empowered to enforce it.
Andre Perry is 32 years old. He's a commercial photographer, lives in Brooklyn, and loves fashion. He's also black. A month ago, Perry was stopped at a subway station by an undercover officer with the New York City Police Department. He was interrogated about his two-finger ring, arrested, and charged with possession of a deadly weapon—"metal knuckles."
That police officer in front of you, the one with the badge and the gun, might not actually be working for the City.
A former U.S. airman is currently sitting in a Florida prison for what his supporters argue was a simple act of self-defense. Just two years into a 25-year sentence, he joins a list of cases that have drawn national attention to the Sunshine State’s sentencing and gun laws. Encouraged by the activity, his family is hoping to stir up interest in his case and is currently petitioning Florida’s governor for clemency.
When D.C. police killed Carey in October, the country was once again thrown into a conversation around the use of deadly force—especially as Carey’s 14-month-old daughter was in the back seat of the vehicle as police fired on it. That tragedy is the most recent in a series of high-profile cases in which unarmed black suspects have been killed by authorities under controversial circumstances.
The choice of who will be New York City’s next mayor is about more than the candidates. With a recent ruling placing the future of stop-and-frisk in the hands of the next mayor, many voters also see Tuesday’s vote as an opportunity to do away with the city’s controversial policing policy.
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Despite being nearly 40 points behind his Democratic opponent in the polls, the Republican candidate for New York City mayor, Joe Lhota, is campaigning hard to reach as many New Yorkers as possible before Election Day.
In debates and commercials, Lhota has come out swinging at opponent Bill de Blasio. In one recent ad, Lhota depicts a city besieged by crime if de Blasio is elected. For its use of images from a 1991 race riot in Brooklyn, many have called the ad “race baiting” and “divisive” but the Lhota campaign has defended its message and the aggressive campaign against de Blasio.
TheGrio sat down with Lhota days before the final mayoral debate to discuss the controversial ad, his vision for the city and how he thinks stop-and-frisk can be applied fairly.
Al Sharpton and black community leaders met with the CEO of Barneys New York Tuesday to discuss recent allegations of racial profiling at the high-end stores. The meeting was called at NAN’s headquarters in Harlem after the group threatened to picket the store if alleged incidents of racial profiling don’t stop.
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