Sessions Dismisses Police Misconduct Reports Without Reading Them

Attorney General Jeff Sessions surprised no one today in suggesting that he may pull out of deals struck by the Obama DOJ with police departments with a history of misconduct and abuse. But as my friend Radley Balko points out, he didn't bother reading any of the reports that led to those actions. … [Read more...]

Miami Cops Fired for Joking About Using Blacks for Target Practice

So this is apparently what it takes to get fired as a police officer. Three cops in Miami have been fired after they exchanged messages about looking for a shooting range and suggesting that predominately black neighborhoods should work because they have "moving targets and they don’t charge." … [Read more...]

Yes, Humanists Should Partner with Black Lives Matter

When I was on my Texas speaking tour in October, I got to meet Sean Omar Rivera, the leader of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He impressed the hell out of me. This tireless activist makes the case for why secular humanists should align with Black Lives Matter and similar movements. … [Read more...]

Just Say No to Giuliani as Attorney General

With Rudy Giuliani up for either attorney general, secretary of state or DHS secretary in Trump's cabinet, with the former being more likely, old friend Radley Balko reviews his appalling history on civil liberties. He basically doesn't believe privacy exists and would happily sell out every freedom for the illusion of security. … [Read more...]

Kaepernick Launches Camps to Educate Youth About Police Brutality

One of the absurd complaints by those mad at Colin Kaepernick for not standing for the national anthem was that it was just symbolic. Why doesn't he use his wealth to actually do something good instead? So much for that inane excuse for hating on him out of pure hyper-nationalism. … [Read more...]

The 10th Anniversary of Kathryn Johnston’s Murder by Police

Nov. 21st will be the 10th anniversary of the most shocking, unconscionable police shootings I have ever written about. Officers from the drug task for of the Atlanta Police Department burst into the home of 92-year old Kathryn Johnston and gunned her down. It ripped the lid off massive police misconduct and brutality by that department. … [Read more...]

Another Horrifying Case of Police Brutality

It seems like not a single week can go by without at least one new video showing police officers killing someone unjustifiably. This time it's particularly horrifying because the victim was mentally ill and the officers first tried to run him down with their car before shooting him 14 times. … [Read more...]

Dumbest Conversation Ever on Fox and Friends

It's no secret that Fox and Friends features the two dumbest men on Fox News, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, and a rotating string of blonde women in between them, but this may actually be the single dumbest conversation they've ever had on that show. … [Read more...]

Video Shows Deputies Tasering Without Justification

Another day, another video showing blatant police brutality against -- of course -- a black man. It happened last year at a county jail in Georgia, where deputies tasered a man who was being compliant, up against the wall with his hands behind his back, as ordered. … [Read more...]

The Slandering of the Dead to Justify Police Killings

One of the thing that inevitably happens every time the police kill a black man (nearly always a black man, of course) is that the police and their defenders begin to slander the victims. They call them a thug, dig up anything from their past to make them look like a bad guy. Derecka Purnell writes about it. … [Read more...]

Trump Makes Reasonable Statement, Police Union Destroys Every Irony Meter in Existence

Last week the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Donald Trump. This week a Tulsa police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man doing nothing wrong and Trump, to my astonishment, actually made an almost rational statement about it. And the FOP is not happy. … [Read more...]

Megan Rapinoe Joins Kaepernick’s Protest

In case you needed another reason to love the US Women's Soccer Team, Megan Rapinoe just gave you another one. Before a game with the professional team she plays for, she knelt during the national anthem to show her support for Colin Kaepernick's protest against racial injustice. … [Read more...]