Activists from Underground Sketchbook hold banners and signs demanding funding cuts for the Austin Police Department at a community forum on race and policing on August 24, 2015. (MintPress News / Kit O’Connell)
31 Aug 2015

Delays Abound In Prosecution Of Austin Police Detective For 2013 Shooting Of Larry Jackson

Two years ago, Austin Police Det. Charles Kleinert shot and killed Larry Jackson, Jr., an unarmed black man, under a bridge near one of the city’s many greenbelt trails. His death was the savage culmination of a wild chase through the city that ultimately led to Kleinert’s early retirement and indictment for manslaughter.

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Lighted signs read "SANDRA" in front of an image of Sandra Bland's face at a Light Brigade direct action on January 1, 2014. (Flickr / Light Brigading)
28 Aug 2015

Activists Demand Sandra Bland Investigation With 750,000 Petition Signatures

On August 26, activists delivered 260,000 signatures to the Justice Department, demanding a federal investigation of Sandra Bland’s suspicious death in a Texas jail. Although officials ruled her death a suicide, many suspect she was murdered and, regardless of her official cause of death, her needless arrest during a traffic stop directly led to her demise.

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Protest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray was killed by police | Photo by Arash Azizzada
24 Aug 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ’28 Hours’

For this week’s protest song, Alec Hall submitted a piece created as a comment on the criminalization of black bodies in the United States and how black life is often erased from American culture and society. The 11-minute string quartet composition, “28 Hours,” is the first reader-submitted protest song featured here at Shadowproof.

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A close-up of a smiling Darrien Hunt. (Facebook)
22 Aug 2015

Darrien Hunt: Killed By Utah Cops For Anime Cosplay While Black

In September 2014, police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, shot Hunt several times in the back and side after a 911 caller reported a black male with a samurai sword. Hunt was dressed as an anime character and holding a toy or blunt replica sword commonly used by cosplayers, but Utah is an open carry state, so Hunt could legally carry a real sword there.

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20 Aug 2015

Pennsylvania Cops Body Slam Man Singing “Beach Boys” Music

Carlos Miller, over at Photography Is Not A Crime, offered more details on this incident, which apparently took place in Allentown, Pennsylvania: “A 61-year-old man happily singing a Beach Boys song in front of a crowded restaurant in Pennsylvania was violently body slammed by a cop before he was carted off to jail Friday.”

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Screenshot: 14 officers were called to handle a single one-legged homeless man.
19 Aug 2015

14 Cops Pin Down One-Legged Homeless Man For Waving Crutch (VIDEO)

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks: “We got way too low a bar for the cops in the country when we look at something like that and say, ‘Thank God we didn’t kill him.’”

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A woman stands in front of the White House with a sign that reads, "Hands Up Don't Shoot! Fight with Ferguson!" at a rally for the death of Mike Brown on August 14, 2014. Through police brutality, mass incarceration and systematic inequality, the U.S. commits mass incarceration against its black- and brown-skinned population. (Flickr / Elvert Barnes)
11 Aug 2015

‘We Charge Genocide’: Systematic Murder & Oppression Of Blacks Continues In US

Genocide is a word which may bring to mind images of large-scale ethnic cleansing and mass graves like those created by German Nazis or Bosnian Serbs. Some acts of genocide, however, are slower, more subtle, and a good deal more insidious, like the acts the United States continues to carry out against its black- and brown-skinned population.

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A banner reads "Caution: Killer Cops On The Loose" as activists protest the killing of Paul Castaway in  Denver, Colorado on June, 20 2015. (Twitter/Jesse Benn)
27 Jul 2015

Death Of Paul Castaway Highlights Denver’s Overlooked Police Brutality Problem

The death of a Rosebud Sioux man in Denver earlier this month is a painful reminder that police shootings are not limited to any one part of the United States, and certainly not just to places that received mainstream media attention after recent killings.

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Obama signs "Blue Alert" system bill
20 May 2015

Obama Signed Bill to Help Protect Police From Threats, However, Police Are Not Under Attack in America

President Barack Obama signed legislation that creates a “Blue Alert” system for law enforcement in the United States. It establishes a network for alerting police expeditiously when there are “active threats” against police. However, police are not under attack and have not been under attack in the US, despite recent

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10 May 2015

Mothers March for Their Children Who Were Killed by Police

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