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Atatiana Jefferson, Killed in Her Own Home, Deserves Justice

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed in Her Own Home, Deserves Justice

Atatiana Jefferson was a loving aunt, who at 28 was happy to spend her Friday night at home with her eight-year-old nephew, Zion, playing Call of Duty so enthusiastically that she totally lost track of time. It was so hot in Texas this last weekend, so Atatiana Jefferson left her doors open. In a move […]

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 […]

An Open Letter to People Who Think the Police Accountability Movement is Built on Hate

An Open Letter to People Who Think the Police Accountability Movement is Built on Hate

This article was written by Cassius Methyl on 12/23 & was originally published by The Anti Media. It is an excellent analysis and the importance of the police accountability movement and the inspiration and cultural forces behind many of the activists involved in the movement. This is a message to Allen Clifton, co-founder of Forward […]

Georgia Man Shot While Facedown During Drug Raid, No Drugs Found

Georgia Man Shot While Facedown During Drug Raid, No Drugs Found

David Hooks was shot and killed by police men in his home late at night on September 24th, 2014. Deputies from Laurens County, Georgia shot him fatally while he was facedown on the floor of his home, according to a statement by his family’s lawyer, Mitchell Shook, earlier this week. The deputies were serving a […]

Candlelight Vigils Mark Birthday of Brandon Ellingson, Young Man Drowned in Police Custody

Candlelight Vigils Mark Birthday of Brandon Ellingson, Young Man Drowned in Police Custody

Sunday, December 7th, 2014, was Brandon Ellingson’s 21st birthday. Unlike many mothers on this auspicious day, Sherry Henrickson Ellingson didn’t spend the evening pacing and fretting that her son might be getting too drunk with his friends. Instead, she attended one of the multiple candlelit vigils being held in his memory. Brandon Ellingson drowned while […]

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Even as civil unrest and social outrage about institutionalized racism has been reaching fever pitch domestically, young men are still being gunned down by police. Rumain Brisbon is just one of the most recent examples of how institutionalized racism and a drug war out of control have lead to callous disregard for the lives of […]

I Can’t Breathe: Reflections from a Mom Battling Her Son’s Epilepsy with Cannabis

I Can’t Breathe: Reflections from a Mom Battling Her Son’s Epilepsy with Cannabis

Summer 2014 The evening was blazing hot. I was in the middle of mixing myself a bourbon with ginger beer on ice while Michael busied himself cooking our dinner. Calvin was screeching and spinning in his johnny-jump-up. He’d had an off day, whining a lot at who knows what. When I turned to check on him […]

Tell the DOJ: Ban Racial Profiling by Police

Tell the DOJ: Ban Racial Profiling by Police

Michael Brown’s death is a tragic loss to his family, community, and this nation. But because of this tragedy, and the protests that followed, national leaders are finally paying attention to racial profiling and discriminatory policing. We must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals by the police to be in […]

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 […]