Black lives in Brazil are devalued and subject to violence on a horrific scale.
After a fire killed 66 inmates at a Venezuelan jail in March, news stories portrayed the country's prisons as lawless. The real backstory of this deadly riot is more complex — and maybe a bit scarier.
The delegation of authority to police to assess their own use of force is no longer something that can be applied solely on trust.
One of the harshest critiques of white racism appeared 50 years ago in the federal government's own Kerner Commission report. And racism may be why the report's recommendations were largely ignored.
Police violence is like a nuclear bomb. The initial impact only causes a fraction of the deaths to come.
In Rio de Janeiro, a stray bullet kills or injures one person every seven hours.
In one bloody week in June, 181 Rio residents were shot, including a baby in utero. It's now impossible not to notice that city's once-lauded favela "pacification" strategy has all but collapsed.
Though police violence is widely tolerated in Brazil, not everyone believes in 'eye for an eye' as official state policy.
Residents of the Maré neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro are eight times more likely to be killed by police than other Brazilians. Most victims are young and black.
A review of international research shows that police may well be better off without weapons.
The shooting of yet another black American by police in North Carolina ignited a tinderbox of deep anger and resentment.
The Gurindji people of the Northern Territory made history 50 years ago by standing up for their rights to land and better pay. But a new book reveals the deeper story behind the Wave Hill Walk-Off.
Mark Duggan was shot by the police in 2011, but it took two-and-a-half years to complete an inquest into his death.
The gap between American police departments and the black communities they're meant to protect is huge – but it can be closed.
An unfinished crime novel was a strange portent of recent events in Dallas.
The shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas are a tragic reminder of the dangers that police face. They pay a price in mental and physical health.
With citizens filming police, and police recording public encounters, the key to the truth is establishing a clear timeline of events.
When we look at cases of police corruption and abuses, we must ask: who do the police really serve?
The #feesmustfall movement brought gains for democracy. As relatively free spaces for enquiry, universities have a public duty to fight, not facilitate, a slide into a national security state.