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Police body camera video shows Adam Toledo’s hands were raised just before he was shot. Chicago Police Department via AP

Being skeptical of sources is a journalist’s job – but it doesn’t always happen when those sources are the police

In the aftermath of Adam Toledo's death, police and a prosecutor framed the incident as a confrontation with an armed male holding a gun. Should reporters have been so quick to accept that version?
Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams (center), with the Rev. Al Sharpton (left) outside the heavily guarded Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis, Minn., before the murder trial of Officer Derek Chauvin began, March 29, 2021. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Derek Chauvin trial begins in George Floyd murder case: 5 essential reads on police violence against Black men

Research on racism and policing in the US, explained by the experts who study it.
Mourners stand by the casket bearing Brandon Hendricks-Ellison at his funeral service July 15. The 17-year-old basketball star was one of the latest victims of the gun violence across New York City. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Gun violence has fuelled enduring trust issues for many Americans

A new analysis shows that the many Americans who have experienced being threatened by a gun or suffering a gunshot wound are significantly less likely to believe most people can be trusted.
Gun stores in the U.S. are reporting a surge in sales of firearms. George Frey/AFP via Getty Images

Why Americans are buying more guns than ever

Gun sales have soared in recent months, coinciding with the beginning of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests that began in June.
A woman places a pinwheel in front of a mural dedicated to slain RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, a victim of a shooting rampage carried out by a man with unlicensed weapons, in Cole Harbour, N.S., on April 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Krochak

Nova Scotia mass shooting shows how deadly unlicensed gun owners can be

Far from just committing 'paper crimes,' the mass shooting in Nova Scotia shows the deadly threats posed by unlicensed gun owners.
A big discrepancy exists between the actual threat of mass shootings and the way the public perceives that threat. Tatiana Akhmetgalieva/Shutterstock.com

Have we become too paranoid about mass shootings?

You're just as likely to be a victim of a mass shooting as you are to be struck by lightning. So why do nearly 50% of Americans say they're afraid of being caught in the crossfire?
Activists rallied in New York City in July 2016 to protest police-involved shootings. a katz/Shutterstock.com

Police are more likely to kill men and women of color

According to a new study, about 52 of every 100,000 men and boys, and about 3 of every 100,000 women and girls, are killed by police in the US.
The relationship between guns and masculinity was once sanctioned by governments and businesses, making it entrenched and difficult to challenge. Kyle Johnson/Unsplash

Canada once sold the idea that guns turned boys into men

The relationship between guns and masculinity was once sanctioned by governments and businesses, making it entrenched and difficult to challenge.

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