police brutality

Book Review: ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood and the GMO Nightmare

Book Review: ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood and the GMO Nightmare

If you have strong feelings about genetically-modified organisms, the creeping spread of corporate power and private security firms, or man-made climate change, Oryx and Crake and its two sequels may very well be the ideal dystopian sci-fi books for you to check out. Oryx and Crake was written by renowned author Margaret Atwood, whose impressive […]

Police Officer Pepper Sprayed Two Handcuffed Teens in Holding Cell

Police Officer Pepper Sprayed Two Handcuffed Teens in Holding Cell

Content Note: This article discusses excessive force by a police officer regarding two handcuffed minors. Alton, Illinois – Police officer Vince Warlick is on administrative leave, as he should be. Last week, video of Warlick pepper spraying two teenagers who were restrained and not resisting him in any way surfaced on the internet. Of course, […]

Justice for Nick Christie, Who Was Restrained and Pepper Sprayed to Death by Police

Justice for Nick Christie, Who Was Restrained and Pepper Sprayed to Death by Police

Content Note: This article discusses torture by police resulting in the death of a mentally ill man. As all too often happens, when a concerned family member contacted law enforcement about the safety and mental health status of 62-year-old Nick Christie, he didn’t receive the help he actually needed. In March of 2009, the retired […]

POEM: Caged Bird

POEM: Caged Bird

Caged Bird BY MAYA ANGELOU A free bird leaps on the back of the wind    and floats downstream    till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.   But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage […]

Denver Police Punch Man in Face, Knock Pregnant Woman to the Ground, Erase Video

Denver Police Punch Man in Face, Knock Pregnant Woman to the Ground, Erase Video

Police in Denver, Colorado punched a man named David Nelson Flores in the head repeatedly, hoping to recover drugs they believed were in his mouth. When his pregnant girlfriend, Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, tried to stop the beating, they knocked her to the ground. She falls on her face and large, pregnant stomach. Then police officers turn […]

Epileptic Calls 911 for Ambulance, Gets Beaten By Cops and Denied Medical Attention

Epileptic Calls 911 for Ambulance, Gets Beaten By Cops and Denied Medical Attention

Andrea Starr has had Juvenile Myoclonic Syndrome for some time, so she recognized the epileptic seizure she was experiencing on the beach for what it was. After repeatedly waking up, disoriented on the beach, Starr realized that she was likely experiencing tonic-clonic seizures on October 11th, 2014. Having been treated for her seizures for years and […]

No Justice, No Peace: Another Police Shooting in Utah

No Justice, No Peace: Another Police Shooting in Utah

Shots rang out. Again. Killer cops from Utah. This time in Roy. A small, tight knit community witnessed the Weber Metro SWAT team respond to a desperate call. A suicidal man, reaching out for help via a suicide prevention hotline, was shot to death this week in what the was being coined by the police […]

Poem: Flash Bang Grenade Paragon

Poem: Flash Bang Grenade Paragon

Burn our babies Break our doors Flashbang grenade Flashbacks Track back Too many To count Bodies burning Shots fired No recourse America Confidence broken Where are we Where are we What has become of us?   Photo Credit: ePi.Longo (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Flickr

Don’t Shoot: Foam Sword Protest to Protest Police Murders in Utah

Don’t Shoot: Foam Sword Protest to Protest Police Murders in Utah

Supporters of two dead young people from Utah, Danielle Willard and Darrien Hunt (along with supporters of Matthew Stewart, who was killed by a raid in his own home are organizing two protests in Utah to bring attention to these needless police murders. The protests are sponsored by Utah Ghost-Crew.  , they state on the […]

Reaching into the Darkness: Activism in Unlikely Places

Reaching into the Darkness: Activism in Unlikely Places

There is a song from the late 1960s by the folk duo Friend and Lover that includes the lyric “Reach out in the darkness and you may find a friend.” It’s human nature to think that the darkness is comprised of all things different and uncertain. It’s natural to experience fear and apprehension when approaching […]