What We Mean By ‘Criminal.’

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Monica has written here before about her days as investigator for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the NYC agency that looks into allegations from civilians about police misconduct.

She dropped by NPR’s Code Switch — my day job — to talk about what it’s been like to watch all these videos of police officers [...]

Gentrified.

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I told him that I resented it. That I wasn’t even from D.C. and it still got on my nerves. That the people who had endured the crack heads and the crack-related shootings and the crack smoking mayor wouldn’t be the ones to enjoy the spiffed up buildings and the patio brunch specials. That the freshmen at Howard would probably be more inclined to get money than get involved on campus, because Froyo aint cheap and neither are those bright red Capital Bike Share bikes. And this, I said, and that, I said, and don’t forget about the other thing, I said — just like I had the night before, standing in the exact same spot, with a different homie, off a different kind of Jack. [...]

The Life of Jordan Davis.

Here’s Ta-Nehisi on Jordan Davis’ shooting, and his killer escaping punishment — for now at least:

I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy. Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black boy. Except the parents [...]

Are There Any Worthwhile Arguments Against Sagging?

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A Facebook friend of mine whom I don’t know at all posted this image. I couldn’t let it slide without saying something – partially for fear that if I didn’t say something, no one in his circle would. [...]

The Military Mindset Behind ‘Stop & Frisk.’

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To many New Yorkers, their communities aren’t being served and protected by thier police force – their communities are being occupied by them. [...]

A Slice for My Toddler, a Reality Check for Me

Treating our hungry toddler to his favorite meal during a four-hour car ride seemed a pretty easy task: Any decent small town off the Saw Mill Parkway had to have a pizza joint, right? So it was that we found ourselves at a spare storefront restaurant in Mount Kisco a few weeks ago.

It was [...]

Black Violence And Concern Fatigue.

There’s a tremendous arrogance in the idea that someone who doesn’t have to navigate these dangers every day cares more about them than the people who live in their edgeless shadows. [...]

Your Random-Ass Roundup: Somebody’s Watching Me.

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Turns out, Berry’s boy was right after all. [...]