Black Lives Matter

June 1, 2020
special tactics team ready for action in the streets

Killology, BulletProof, and Warrior Policing

President Trump’s reckless encouragement of police officers to rough up people in their custody overshadowed comments made by Bob Krull, head of the Minneapolis police union, at a 2017 political rally in Minnesota.  Fervent from speaking at the same podium
May 29, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Stands With Those Fighting for Justice for George Floyd, Condemns Trump’s Outrageous Calls For Shooting Americans

It is unconscionable for the president of the United States to use his platform to call for the military to shoot people here at home. Police or the national guard do not have authority to use lethal force unless their
May 29, 2020

Karen Knew What Was Going to Happen to George Floyd. We All Knew.

As we watch the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota erupt in response to the heinous killing of George Floyd, I find that it’s hard for me to separate the direct historical connection of last week’s dominant news story – the so-called
January 21, 2020

MoCo Council Bill Would Exacerbate School-to-Prison Pipeline and Maryland’s Already Nation-Leading Black Youth Incarceration Rate

The bill would put more cops in schools.
December 9, 2019

Dec. 13: Defending Baltimore Black Activists & the Black Community

Join us to learn about, and develop a strategy, to protect the Black Community and Black Activists from continued police oppression and surveillance!
August 16, 2019
protester holds sign: stop murder by police

“Comply First […] Complain Later” Barr Touts Police As Soldiers Standing Between Civilization and Carnage, Attacks Police Reform Efforts in FOP Speech

“What stands between chaos and carnage on the one hand, and the civilized and tranquil society we all yearn for, is the thin blue line of law enforcement.”  Attorney General William Barr said this to the Fraternal Order of the
August 5, 2019
protester holds sign: stop murder by police

Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s Mother Demands Action Following Reports of Recommendation of Termination of Daniel Panaleo from NYPD

An administrative judge in the disciplinary trial of the officer who killed Eric Garner recommended termination.
July 31, 2019

Hey Congress, Help Us #ProtectBlackDissent from FBI Spying!

On July 17, a delegation of Black grassroots leaders delivered over 100,000 signatures to Congress demanding that the FBI be forced to retract its harmful “Black Identity Extremist” Intelligence Assessment. DRAD joined the delegation, led by Media Justice, which included
June 20, 2019

DC Takes on FBI Spying on Black and Muslim Activism & Communities

Activists gathered at the David A Clarke School of Law in Washington, DC to discuss FBI surveillance and infiltration of Black and Muslim activism and communities, and to develop a strategic plan to expose and bring an end to the worst FBI abuses.
June 11, 2019

Yes we do want it all! 5 bills to improve police accountability & transparency in New York state.

An energized coalition in New York state is fighting to pass a series of reform bills that together will improve police accountability and transparency across the state.
April 4, 2019

MoCo Police Absolve Themselves in Killing of Innocent Black Man 

Family, Friends, and Advocates React with Outrage and Determination to Make Change Following Release of County Findings in the Police Killing of Robert White
April 1, 2019
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 8 2014: several hundred demonstrators filled Barclay's Center during a visit by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in a "Shut it down!" protest against alleged police brutality.

Watch the Spying Dissent Event

On March 28 at Howard University Law School, we convened a conversation about the surveillance of activists in the digital age with activists who have been targeted by law enforcement and two policy experts.
February 4, 2019
j edgar hoover FBI Building

FBI Caught Spying on Anti-Racist Groups…Again

The FBI opened a counterterrorism investigation into racial justice group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). The precipitating incident was a counter protest against the white supramcists. At the protest, individuals brought knives and violently stabbed anti-racist counter protesters. This led the FBI to investigate...the counter protesters
December 12, 2018

Silver Spring Justice Coalition Demands Answers After Unjustified Arrest of Neighborhood “Good Samaritan,” Samir Ahmed. Yes, He is Black.

Montgomery County Police again disgraced themselves by treating another Black man with undue aggression, arresting Samir Ahmed in his own neighborhood after he had helped an intoxicated neighbor home.
August 20, 2018
three women hold up Black Lives Matter signs

Are Virginia Police Learning That Protest Is A Crime?

Political and social movements aren’t crimes, so why are Virginia police being offered a class that promises an overview of “current popular movements” and their “influential impact on social media and direct action protest?”  What does that have to do with policing?