Police Brutality

Driving While Black

We’ve all watched the horrifying footage of black men being killed by police while on the road. And black women violently arrested for minor driving infractions. We’ve seen the public reaction to police killings. But for black Americans, the story doesn’t end once the news cameras are gone. AJ+’s Dena Takruri set out to hear firsthand what it feels like to drive while black in America today.

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Why Is Baltimore So Angry?

The cameras of the world are focused on Baltimore right now. But the story of Baltimore’s current unrest didn’t start with the death of Freddie Gray. The people of the city have been dealing with a weakened economy, a broken education system and an over-bearing criminal justice system for years. AJ+’s Dena Takruri explains.

#BlackLivesMatter Co-Creator On The New Civil Rights Movement

Ferguson sparked a new national movement that’s sweeping across the U.S. And it’s young people leading the charge. They’re demanding the end to what they see as systemic racism in law enforcement that targets black people. Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, tells Dena Takruri who these activists are and the tactics they’re using to get what they want.

Why Don’t Cops Get Charged For Killing Black Men?

Another police officer who killed an unarmed black man will not be charged. This time it’s NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed #EricGarner with a chokehold in July 2014. This, just a week after a Ferguson grand jury chose not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The question on everyone’s minds is why does this keep happening?

Black Lives Matter: Oakland Speaks On Ferguson

AJ+’s Dena Takruri speaks with Oakland residents the day after the grand jury of St. Louis County decided not to charge police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Hundreds of protestors had filled Oakland’s streets the night of the announcement, some peacefully marching and tweeting #BlackLivesMatter, others smashing shop windows. The day after, residents voice their concerns in a neighborhood where this story has played out before, with the death of Oscar Grant in 2009, among others.

Eric Garner Video Sparks Backlash Over Police Brutality

Eric Garner, an unarmed African-American man, died after NYPD officers put him in an apparent choke hold on July 17, 2014. Video of the incident has gone viral, sparking outrage over yet another incident of police brutality against a person of color. People have used #EricGarner, #JusticeForEricGarner and #RIPEricGarner.