Chicago Reader story on the Chicago police union's manipulation of local press.
14 Feb 2016

Journalist Yana Kunichoff Discusses ‘Fraternal Order of Propaganda’ in Chicago

In Chicago, there is a notorious individual, who is part of the city’s police union. He spreads disinformation to media by going to scenes immediately after police kill civilians and then fabricates narratives that benefit the officers involved. His name is Pat Camden. Camden comes off as someone who is

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In this November 12, 2011 photograph, a row of riot police with batons and "less lethal" weapons evict Occupy Denver from Lincoln Park. (Flickr / Daniel Holton)
04 Feb 2016

Leak Reveals Denver Police Use Undercover ‘Shadow Teams’ To Target Protest Leaders

Despite making claims to protecting First Amendment rights, a leaked manual reveals how police pick out perceived movement leaders for targeted arrests.

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In a scene from the protests outside the 2000 Republican National Convention, activists march with animal masks in front of a line of mounted police. (Crashing The Party)
08 Dec 2015

LISTEN: Kris Hermes’ “Crashing The Party” Chat

In “Crashing the Party,” Kris Hermes connects modern anti-protest policing to the historic response to protests at the 2000 Republican National Convention.

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In this October 6 2011, photograph, two DEA agents pose in police armor, while one holds an automatic weapon. (Flickr / Lwp Kommunikáció)
13 Nov 2015

Over $1 Trillion Spent Since Nixon Began The War On Drugs

Despite increasing state-level legalization, someone in the U.S. is arrested for marijuana possession about once every minute.

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A fire escape leads up the brick facade of Chicago's Homan Square, alleged to be a police 'black site' where prisoners could be temporarily "disappeared" without access to legal counsel or other basic legal rights. (Shadowproof / Kevin Gosztola)
19 Oct 2015

Homan Square Lawsuit: Chicago Police Allegedly Abused & Framed Black Men for Drug Offenses

Three black men from Chicago sued police officers and the city of Chicago for detaining them at Homan Square and subsequently framing them for manufacturing and delivering heroin. The lawsuit, which the People’s Law Office filed on October 19 [PDF], is one of a handful of complaints brought against police

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File: A gun-free zone sign in the Virginia Capitol. (Flickr / Michellse Ress)
17 Sep 2015

Breaking Our Gun Addiction: Laura Flanders, Marlon Peterson & Jeff Chang (VIDEO)

The Laura Flanders Show: “How do we break America’s addiction to guns and gun violence? We talk with a young man who served ten years in prison on a gun-related crime and hear from cultural critic Jeff Chang about the cultural changes that have and haven’t transformed America.”

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The family of Rekia Boyd hold a banner which reads "I Am Rekia Boyd" at a rally demanding justice in her killing on April 7, 2015. Boyd was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer, Dante Servin, on  March 21, 2012 and Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority recently recommended that he lose his job. (Flickr / Bob Simpson)
16 Sep 2015

In Rare Act, Police Review Agency Recommends Chicago Police Fire Cop

Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, setup to investigate complaints against police, has recommended the cop who killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd be fired. In the history of the agency, it has only recommended two other officers have their job terminated. Both recommendations came this year.

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Screenshot of NYPD Officer Adhyl Polanco speaking on Democracy Now (Nov 6, 2013).
05 Sep 2015

Lawsuit: NYPD Retaliated Against Whistleblower Cop For Exposing Illegal Quotas

Adhyl Polanco, an NYPD officer who spoke out publicly against the department’s use of illegal quotas for summonses and arrests, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week alleging his superiors discriminated and retaliated against him based on his race and speech. According to Polanco’s lawsuit, the NYPD was threatening officers with “termination and negative employment actions, such as low performance evaluations and punitive postings,” to force them to meet Stop & Frisk and arrest quotas.

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File: A K-9 Unit police patrol car from Roseville, California. (Flickr / Matthew Fern)
04 Sep 2015

Police Dogs’ Lives Don’t Matter? 12 Police Dogs Died Of Heat Exhaustion In 2015

Despite years of awareness campaigns by animal rights activists, hundreds of dogs still die each year after being left in parked cars on hot summer days. Working dogs are not exempt, and heat exhaustion has claimed the lives of at least 12 police dogs so far this year.

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Chicago Police Officer
16 Aug 2015

Podcast: Chicago Organizer Shares Outrage Over Stop And Frisk Deal

The ACLU of Illinois announced a “landmark” agreement with the Chicago Police Department and City of Chicago over stop and frisks earlier this month. However, soon after, there were multiple activist groups, which were upset with the ACLU because they believed the settlement undermined their efforts. In particular, local groups

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