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A 21-year-old woman demonstrates outside the White House over the death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers on Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tyre Nichols: U.S. police violence stems from a long history of fighting ‘internal enemies’

In the face of violent crime, both real and imagined, too many U.S. police forces adhere to racist philosophies about rooting out ‘internal enemies’ as they did hundreds of years ago.
A woman carries an umbrella outside a protest to defund the police in front of Toronto Police Service headquarters in July 2020. Police budgets have increased, not decreased, since then. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Two years after the defund the police movement, police budgets increase across Canada

New research shows police budgets have continued to increase in all major Canadian cities in the aftermath of the defund the police movement.
#blacktwitter helped mobilize social protests against police brutality across the country, like this one in New York City in July 2020. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Black Twitter’s expected demise would make it harder to publicize police brutality and discuss racism

Black Twitter is often the preferred forum for candid and authentic Black-centered discussions on police brutality. Without it, holding police accountable may become even more difficult.
Demonstrators stand off with officers July 3, 2022, in Akron, Ohio, as they protest the killing of Jayland Walker, shot by police. Matthew Hatcher/AFP via Getty Images

College requirements for police forces can save Black lives, but at what cost?

New research on police departments across the country reveals a significant link between the use of fatal force and college education – the more educated are less likely to use it.
Sound researchers believe sound is an element of resistance. Here a protester holds a ‘Black Lives Matter" megaphone at a protest in New York City in 2020. AP Photo/John Minchillo

How powerful sounds of protest amplify resistance — Podcast

In today’s episode, we look at how sound and noise are used as tactics of protest and how practitioners are using environmental soundscapes to protest against racism and police brutality.
Chief James Ramer of the Toronto Police Service speaks during a news conference releasing race-based data at police headquarters in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Strip searches are ineffective, unnecessary and target racialized Canadians

Strip searching is a police practice that evokes racial and sexual trauma, and it’s also ineffective. It’s finally time to talk about ending this oppressive police practice.
A person holds a sign calling for to defund the police during an October 2020 protest in Ottawa after a police constable was acquitted of manslaughter in the 2016 death of a Black man, Abdirahman Abdi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thin-skinned blue line: Police fight against defunding, showing their true colours

Has the defund the police movement had an impact in Canada? It depends on how you define success.
Police push back protesters during a demonstration in Montréal calling for justice for victims of police brutality. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Defunding the police is a move towards community safety

The large budgets allotted for urban policing must be reconsidered so that communities can explore safer alternatives.
Activists participate in a march urging Congress to pass voting rights legislation in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 2021. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Black Lives Matter protests are shaping how people understand racial inequality

The Black Lives Matter movement is having a lasting impact on the racial reckoning in the US that was triggered after the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in 2020.

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