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)
02 Dec 2015

Chicago Police Scandal Exposes Homan Square To New Criticism

Victims of Homan Square say they faced torture, abuse and deprivation of their constitutional rights in Chicago Police’s infamous black site.

In this November 27, 2015 photograph, a protester at a Chicago Black Friday protest holds a sign which reads "Fire McCarthy." (Flickr / niXerKG)
01 Dec 2015

Laquan McDonald Cover-Up Brings Down Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy

Chicago Police chief Garry McCarthy has been fired after evidence of a police cover-up of Laquan McDonald’s death lead to widespread Black Friday protests.

Activists carry a "Black Lives Matter" banner at a November 15, 2015 march in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Jamar Clark, one of 10 unarmed men killed by police during the month of November. (Flickr / Fibonacci Blue)
25 Nov 2015

Over 1,000 People Killed By Police Since The Beginning Of 2015

Just 34 police officers have been shot during the same time period, and one criminal justice blogger called 2015 “the second safest year for police ever.”

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09 Aug 2015

Why #BlackLivesMatter Is Here To Stay

DeRay McKesson: “The movement began one year ago as Brown’s body lay in the street of Canfield Drive here in Ferguson, Missouri, for four and a half hours. It began as the people of St Louis came out of their homes to mourn and to question, as the people were greeted by armed and aggressive officers. And the movement was sustained by a spirit of resistance that refused to be silent, that refused to cower, that refused to bow to continued hostility from the state.”

A close up of a hand operating a smartphone's touch screen. (Flickr / Japanexperterna.se)
03 Aug 2015

Can Websites Track You Using Your Phone’s Battery Life?

W3C’s specification explicitly frees sites from needing to ask user permission to discover they remaining battery life, arguing that “the information disclosed has minimal impact on privacy or fingerprinting, and therefore is exposed without permission grants”. But in a new paper from four French and Belgian security researchers, that assertion is questioned.