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New Website Puts Incidents Of Police Violence On The Map (Literally) To Advocate For Change

“Mapping Police Violence” offers a snapshot of law enforcement-related deaths over the course of 2014

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Among the many, many uncomfortable truths laid bare by the police-involved deaths of unarmed black men like Mike Brown and Eric Garner has been this: The lack of comprehensive data on police violence across the country has often hindered the progress of those advocating for change both in their communities and in our nation as a whole. The American Civil Liberties Union reports that:

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Seattle’s Police Union President Has A Message All Cops Should Hear

There’s no room for biases in this police union. Don’t like it? Leave.

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When it comes to questions of race and bias in law enforcement, many were surprised to hear FBI Director James Comey speak so candidly on the subject while presenting at Georgetown University this past week. There, Comey reportedly talked about the need for police officers to "understand the people we serve and protect — by trying to know, deep in our gut, what it feels like to be a law-abiding young black man walking on the street and encountering law enforcement.” It’s a speech that can been seen in part as a response to the growing chorus of criticism leveled at law enforcement following the deaths of unarmed black men like Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Mike Brown, and for many concerned about the frequently fraught relationship between police and minority communities, it’s a welcome step in a positive direction. But while Comey’s speech may have been the national headline-grabber, this past week saw another law enforcement leader speaking just as frankly–if not more so–about those same concerns.

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Intermission: Rudolph Versus "Roxanne"

It's The Police versus Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. A clever holiday mashup from DJ BC.

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It's The Police's "Roxanne" versus Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. A clever holiday mashup from DJ BC.

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