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Arizona Lawmakers, Residents, and Even Mark Ruffalo Pressure Maricopa County Attorney Over Black Lives Matter Arrests

Arizona lawmakers and residents are demanding that charges be dropped against protesters arrested during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Police in riot gear dispatched to de-escalate a protest in Detroit. (Photo by Franz Knight)
He Was Unfairly Arrested. Here’s What He Has to Say About Police Reform.

A Springfield father was arrested in front of his children while collecting signatures to form a tenants' association. “It was very traumatizing," he said.

Despite promises of reform, police violence continued at epidemic levels in 2020.
Despite Demands for Change, Police Violence Is Still an Epidemic

A global pandemic and promises for reform did little to stem rampant violence by police officers in 2020. Will the Biden administration be able to deliver actual, meaningful change?

Graphics via Denzel Boyd
Progressives Notched Big Wins at the State Level This Year. Here Are a Few.

2020 wasn’t a banner year at the national policy making level, but that void made the work of state leaders all the more critical.

Mental health first-responder programs are being launched in cities like New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere as an attempt to diminish police violence.
Mental Illness Is Not a Crime, So Why Do We Police It Like One?

American cities are finally implementing first-responder programs that send behavioral health professionals—not cops—to non-violent and mental health-related crises.

Graphic via Desirée Tapia for COURIER
The News Media Whitewashed Police Brutality for Decades. Here’s Why We Believed Them.

Reporters have often blindly parroted law enforcement’s version of events, marginalized Black and Brown voices, focused on violence rather than protesters’ demands, and used irresponsible language when covering police brutality.

In this May 29, 2020 file photo, Denver Police officers form a line of defense as they square off with participants in a protest over the death of George Floyd, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Democrats Will Vote on Police Reform After Blocking GOP Bill Opposed by Civil Rights Groups

One month after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, Congress appears unable to meet protesters’ demands for police reform.