Police

  • 03.13.18

    Beyond 'The Talk': How I Plan To Address Police Violence in Black Communities

    My son is only 5 years old and we've already had "the talk." I can recall being a little older when my grandfather, a probation officer, had the same talk with me. It's the same talk that has been given time and again in black families following the deaths of Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher and Michael Brown, all una...

    My son is only 5 years old and we’ve already had “the talk.” I can recall being a little older when my grandfather, a probation officer, had the same talk with me. It’s the same talk that has been given time and again in black families following the deaths of Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher and Michael Brown, all unarmed black civilians who lost their lives at the hands of police.

  • 09.26.17

    Dr. Cornel West comments on NFL Protests on Anderson Cooper 360

    Philosophy professor at Harvard and Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute Dr. Cornel West debates Trump supporter Paris Dennard on Tuesday's edition of CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360' about the president's feud with NFL and what role race plays in the culture war....

    Philosophy professor at Harvard and Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute Dr. Cornel West debates Trump supporter Paris Dennard on Tuesday's edition of CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360' about the president's feud with NFL and what role race plays in the culture war. 

  • 03.16.17

    Immigration And Public Safety

    This report from the Solutions Project looks at the crime rates within the immigrant community to allow readers to educate themselves about the facts and statistics in the context of the political discussion around immigration It finds that: "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than...

    This report from the Solutions Project looks at the crime rates within the immigrant community to allow readers to educate themselves about the facts and statistics in the context of the political discussion around immigration

    It finds that: "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens. Policies that further restrict immigration are therefore not effective crime-control strategies. These facts—supported by over 100 years of research—have been misrepresented both historically and in recent political debates."

    The four points of evidence that the paper specifically points to are:

    1. Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens.
    2. Higher levels of immigration in recent decades may have contributed to the historic drop in crime rates.
    3. Police chiefs believe that intensifying immigration law enforcement undermines public safety.
    4. Immigrants are under-represented in U.S. prisons.

    CRIME RATE FOR EACH POPULATION BY AGE

    Figure 1 immigration

     

  • 10.17.15

    No More Fear: It’s Time To Reform Policing In Baltimore

    In this article, Ben Jealous looks at a specific encounter that an African American woman, Ashley Overbey, had with the police in Baltimore. He uses it as an example of why the police system in this country, and particularly in Baltimore, needs to be changed. Jealous points to a report released by grassroots acti...

    In this article, Ben Jealous looks at a specific encounter that an African American woman, Ashley Overbey, had with the police in Baltimore. He uses it as an example of why the police system in this country, and particularly in Baltimore, needs to be changed. 

    Jealous points to a report released by grassroots activists and community organizations in Baltimore that suggests six reforms for policing in Baltimore:

    1) Fire police officers who have demonstrated corruption or unnecessary violence

    2) Remove the “gag order” on victims of police misconduct that silenced Ashley Overbey

    3) Speed up the distribution of body cameras

    4) Promote community policing; publish all police department policies online

    5) Improve de-escalation training

    Jealous uses Cincinnati as an example that this sort of reform can happen. "In response to community demands, the department shifted to a community-policing model, encouraged officers to interact more with community members, started tracking officers who received an abnormal number of complaints and took steps to improve transparency." He states that "Over the next 15 years, Cincinnati saw a 69 percent drop in police use-of-force incidents, a 42 percent drop in citizen complaints and a 56 percent drop in injuries experienced by citizens during encounters with police. Importantly, violent crime dropped from a high of 4,137 incidents in the year after Timothy Thomas’ death to 2,352 incidents in 2014."

  • 05.13.14

    It’s Time To End Profiling Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender People Of Color

    The fight against profiling by law enforcement is at a critical moment. Ben Jealous talks about racial profiling, the steps that have been taken to mitigate it, and the steps that still need to be taken to get rid of it. Jealous states that "Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are sign...

    The fight against profiling by law enforcement is at a critical moment. Ben Jealous talks about racial profiling, the steps that have been taken to mitigate it, and the steps that still need to be taken to get rid of it. 

    Jealous states that "Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are significantly overrepresented in all aspects of the penal system." The problem is even worse for LGBT individuals of color who face multiple types of discrimination. Jealous believes that this racial profiling demands a response from the federal government. He suggests that that the federal government:

    1) Ensures that protections against all forms of profiling extend across the country by linking funding to the adoption of bans on profiling.

    2) Encourage prosecutors to stop confiscating and citing possession of condoms as evidence.

    3) End immigration-enforcement programs that encourage and expand the consequences of discriminatory profiling. 

    Jealous ends with the statement "We need to end institutionalized homophobia and transphobia, just as we need to end institutionalized racism. Let us be sure to leave no one behind."

  • 02.18.13

    Danny Glover On His Documentary: The House I Live In

    In this interview, Danny Glover talks about the documentary "The House I Live In" and the broader societal issues that are addressed in the documentary about the war on drugs that Glover summarizes with the statement: "The war on drugs is not a war on drugs itself, it is a war on people." The issues that Glover sp...

    In this interview, Danny Glover talks about the documentary "The House I Live In" and the broader societal issues that are addressed in the documentary about the war on drugs that Glover summarizes with the statement: “The war on drugs is not a war on drugs itself, it is a war on people.”

    The issues that Glover specifically mentions are the rotating prison pipeline where individuals "are caught up in this perpetual chain of in and out of jail", the disenfranchisement of the population who has served time in jail, and ultimately the "unintended consequences of [the war on drugs] policy" that has adversely affected the African American community. 

    Glover mentions that it is important for society to take a step back and conduct a civilized conversation about this situation. He states that "we have abandoned certain groups and said that the value of their live if not as important as the value of someone else" and therefore, it is important for people have conversations about their experiences and humanize that population. In so doing, we can raise awareness about the policy, its effects, and demand change.

    He believes that we need to take a step back and question the status quo.