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‘The state doesn’t forget’: Carrying on Malcolm X’s fight for Black freedom today

Malcolm X was assassinated over 50 years ago, but organizations like the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) are carrying on the fight for Black liberation today, winning…

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The missing evidence that makes Baltimore detective Sean Suiter’s death even more mysterious

A recent HBO documentary entitled The Slow Hustle has brought renewed attention to the mysterious death of Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter in 2017. Police…

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A cop tried to arrest him for wearing a hoodie, but that’s not where the harassment ended

Aaron Reinas was just blocks from his home when a San Bernardino, California, sheriff accosted and accused him of burglarizing cars. What happened next reveals…

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Amid omicron surge, Baltimore police got even more money

As the omicron variant surged into the new year, pushing statewide infection rates in Maryland past 30% and sending Baltimore City residents scrambling for COVID-19…

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How Maryland prisoners took on the governor

Walter Lomax was wrongfully imprisoned in the state of Maryland for 39 years until he eventually had his conviction vacated by a judge in 2006….

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The mysterious death of detective Sean Suiter: How deep does the corruption go?

A recent HBO documentary entitled The Slow Hustle has brought renewed attention to the mysterious death of Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter in 2017. Police…

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Prosecutor sought funding from oil giant Enbridge to jail Line 3 water protectors, says report

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Jan. 6, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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Corporations are making millions of dollars from US prison labor

Curtis Ray Davis II was wrongly convicted of murder. He served nearly 26 years in Louisiana’s Angola State Prison before his conviction was overturned and…

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Why US prisons don’t want prisoners to read

In a recent piece for Protean magazine entitled “The American Prison System’s War on Reading,” Alex Skopic writes, “Across the United States, the agencies responsible for mass…

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This groundbreaking book could change the debate over defunding law enforcement

Nearly 20 years ago, Mark Neocleous published a seminal book entitled A Critical Theory of Police Power: The Fabrication of the Social Order, which examines…

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Battleground Baltimore: 2021, the year in review

On Dec. 22, a few days before Christmas, Baltimore City Comptroller Bill Henry showed up to the (virtual) Board Of Estimates hearing dressed as Santa…

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The US deportation machine is out of control right now

The world was horrified earlier this year to see US Border Patrol’s horrific treatment of asylum-seeking Haitian refugees fleeing for their lives. Even though the…

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Battleground Baltimore: The indignities our residents endure

This will be the last weekly roundup of 2021. Over the next two weeks, Battleground Baltimore will be doing some year-in-review-ing, and likely a little…

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State releases list of in-custody deaths tied to controversial medical examiner who testified on behalf of killer cop

Dr. David Fowler garnered national attention after his controversial testimony on behalf of killer cop Derek Chauvin. The former Maryland Chief Medical Examiner made headlines…

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Why the holidays are the most painful time of the year for prisoners

After spending the past year and a half socially distancing, millions around the country will be coming together to celebrate the holidays this year with…

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A cop tried to keep him from recording a traffic stop, but now he’s fighting back to change the law

The battle over the right to record police is far from over. That’s because a case pending over a routine traffic stop in Lakewood, Colorado,…

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‘How juveniles are railroaded by the criminal justice system’

In 2014, at the age of 15, Prakash Churaman was arrested at his home at 6AM without a warrant. After driving him around for a…

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Cops tried to tase him during a routine traffic stop, but a video turned the tables

As police reform efforts stall across the country, the case of an Arizona man who was dragged from his car by cops during a routine…

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Patrick Leahy agrees: It’s time to free Leonard Peltier

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Dec. 1, 2021. It is shared here with permission. US Sen. Patrick Leahy has become the most…

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The death penalty is a barbarous stain on our humanity

According to a 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center, even though they have doubts about its administration, fairness, and usefulness as a crime deterrent,…

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‘This is COINTELPRO 2021’

After spending nearly half a century in prison, leftist revolutionaries and political prisoners David Gilbert and Russell Maroon Shoatz (who also spent 22 years in…

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Cops wanted to arrest him for a red light infraction, but they weren’t ready for what happened next

Traffic stops lead to fraught encounters with American law enforcement, which is why this stop between a LA County Sheriff and a local cop watcher…

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