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Police brutality

Another World Is Possible

When I moved to New York City in 2008, my perception of safety (and everything else) was conditioned by a lifetime of American cop shows. Though I’d grown up in…

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Blue Lives Batter

From descriptions of police violence filmed in the United States between May 29 and June 7. Compiled by ProPublica. A protester holds up her phone. The officer pepper-sprays her twice,…

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Brute Force

From reports of weapons used by demonstrators and police officers in Portland, Oregon, where authorities have repeatedly used force to break up crowds protesting the police killing of George Floyd.…

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The Sanctuary

Life in a cop-free zone

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Which Side Are You On?

On December 20, 2014, a twenty-eight-year-old man named Ismaaiyl Brinsley walked up to a parked patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, pulled out a semiautomatic handgun, and fired…

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Who Is the Tyrant?

Revolver shots at three in the morning. As I stuck my head out the window, lights flared up and down the darkened block. More heads craned from open windows. Below…

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Color Theory

From Afropessimism, which will be published this month by Liveright. In February 2001, I attended the Race Rave conference at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with my wife, Alice.…

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Visits from the Goon Squad

From behaviors of Little Rock, Arkansas, police, cited by the department since 2007. The internal reports were made public in October, following an investigation of the killing of Bobby Moore,…

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Bad Boys

From behaviors alleged at trial to have been committed by a unit of Baltimore police officers in the line of duty. The officers were convicted this year of robbery and…

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