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Why Black Lives Matter is going global

The three-year-old Black Lives Matter movement has always been considered an American phenomenon. After all, no other country has the number of deaths by gun violence or the number of police shootings that we do in the United States. But the movement has resonated in several countries across the world, both in solidarity with those […]

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Dallas aftermath: How can police and community learn to trust each other?

Sorrow, pain, anger, fear. I don’t even know what to feel anymore. Communities across America—not just Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas—are reeling from days of viral videos showing the unjustified shooting deaths of two African-American men by police officers, peaceful protests, then the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas. Some obvious points stand […]

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First step in fixing Chicago police: Acknowledge racism

Chicago is one of many big cities facing a lack of faith in its police force. The reasons for this are myriad, neighborhood by neighborhood. Now a new task force report says bluntly that the department must face its racist history. Although the entire report is not yet released, an 18-page executive summary calls the […]

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FAIR COPS: A revolutionary approach to Chicago police reform

Chicago doesn’t need another commission to figure out what’s wrong with city policing. What it needs is a truly independent review agency. In the wake of the video showing Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times — released 13 months after the October 2014 killing and only after a lawsuit […]

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