Racial justice and civil liberties groups have long campaigned against unchecked abuse of police power, often racially targeted, that is endemic in communities across the United States. But the Black Lives Matter movement has raised the problem of racial profiling and police brutality to the center of the national agenda. The heavily militarized police response to the protests has also highlighted the issue of the criminalization of dissent.
Among the policy solutions to address police violence toward communities of color: end broken windows policing; establish community oversight; limit use of force; independent investigations and prosecutions of police misconduct; film the police; stop police militarization.
Defending Rights & Dissent is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Erica Garner. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and loved ones. She was 27 years old
A recently leaked FBI Intelligence Assessment distributed over the summer is evidence that the FBI remains mired in racism and suspicious of dissent.
Trump trying to shift the narrative, as our government always does, by calling into question the patriotism of those who protest. The issue is not patriotism. The issue is injustice.
If you are black and angry about police violence, you are a potential terror threat. Or so says a newly released FBI Intelligence Assessment that concocts a non-existent movement they dub “Black Identity Extremists.”
As organization dedicated both to police accountability and to defending political dissent, we are deeply disturbed by both the acquittal of the former police officer who killed Anthony Lamar Smith and police use of force against the protests in response to this acquittal.