How America abandoned the only policy that consistently closes the black-white educational gap


After 1954's landmark Brown v Board of Ed ruling, America's (largely racially segregated) cities began racially integrating their schools by busing black kids to white neighborhoods, a project that hit its stride at the start of the 1970s. It worked. Read the rest

How racist traffic stops criminalize black people, and what to do about it


When Philando Castile was killed by a Minneapolis cop after a traffic stop, we learned that he had been stopped 46 times before and had been fined for driving without a license. Read the rest

The blacker a city is, the more it fines its residents (especially black ones)


In the aftermath of the Ferguson uprising, much ink was spilled on the reliance of the predominantly black city on fines from its residents to pay its bills -- and on the use of what amounted to debtors' prisons that locked up those who wouldn't or couldn't pay the constant stream of fines and scared the rest into begging and borrowing to pay their own fines. Read the rest

FBI Director: viral videos make cops afraid to do their jobs


FBI Director James Comey told reporters that "viral video effect" (which is his latest term for what used to be called the "Ferguson effect") is responsible for increased violent crime in some US cities, in that police are scared to do their jobs because they might end up on Youtube in an unflattering video. Read the rest

Ferguson spends itself into the poor-house defending cops' dirty "failure to comply" busts


Ferguson's cops aren't just notorious for being an invading domestic military force: long before that, they were notorious for "failure to comply" arrests, where (mostly brown) people who were minding their own businesses were arrested for refusing to show ID, move along, or following other orders from uniformed officers. Read the rest

Terrorists torch five black Ferguson-area churches, nation yawns


St. Louis Fire Department captain Garon Mosby calls the fires "arson," but despite the shocking string of racist attacks, major media have hardly breathed a word about the fires. Read the rest

Judge who invented Ferguson's debtor's prisons owes $170K in tax

Judge Ronald J Brockmeyer -- who filled Ferguson's coffers by fining its poorest residents and sent them to inhumane, overcrowded prisons when they couldn't pay a few hundred dollars -- stands accused of fixing fines for his cronies, and owes $170K in unpaid taxes. Read the rest

Justice Department issues "scorching" report on Ferguson's Police Department

The police department "routinely" blocks citizens from recording their activities under a bizarre rubric of "officer safety," according to the Justice Department's investigation. Read the rest

After calling Mike Brown memorial 'pile of trash,' Ferguson police spokesman let go

Breaking news: unacceptable behavior by police continues in the town where a police officer shot an unarmed black kid dead, and was not charged with any crime for the killing.

Reminding white allies that it's not about them right now

Photo: Reuters

Jetta Rae Robertson brings us the view from the front line of recent Berkeley protests on recent police violence against black people. Read the rest

Georgia cops pay $100K for jailing woman who said "Fuck the police"

Amy Barnes was jailed and held in solitary in 2012 when she called out "fuck the police" as she bicycled past Cobb County cops who were questioning a suspect by the roadside. Read the rest

Justice for All: Thousands march on Washington to protest killings by police, racial profiling

Led by the families of black men and children killed by police in recent high-profile cases, thousands are marching in the nation's capital today to demand “Justice For All.”

Undercover agent pulls gun on protesters and photographer during Oakland protest of police killings

In this photo from a protest in Oakland, an undercover police officer aims his loaded gun directly at a Reuters photographer.

Obama Calls For Turret-Mounted Video Cameras On All Police Tanks

As always, the Onion's headline nails it. Read the rest

White cop, black boy hug at Portland rally for Ferguson: story behind striking photo

This striking photo by Portland-based photographer Johnny Nguyen is one of the most memorable to emerge from protests around the country.

Analysis of Michael Brown shooting witnesses: 16 out of 18 say hands up when shot

The chart is making the internet rounds for good reason.

“Professor” who assisted in Mike Brown autopsy revealed as “fraud, con artist”

Shawn Parcells pointing to the part of his body where brains are normally found.

Just when you thought the investigation into Ferguson cop Darren Wilson's shooting of an unarmed black teen couldn't get any more fucked up, it gets even more fucked up.

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