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Law professor Rosa Brooks on what she learned from five years with the Metropolitan Police

Photo: Jody McKitrick


It’s simple: Police are a regime built to uphold white supremacy

A pro-Trump extremist takes a photo with police officers at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images




Watching the Police

The D.A. race in the ‘Black mecca’ reveals the cozy relationship between prosecutors and police unions, no matter how diverse

Illustration: Alicia Tatone


It’s impossible to take the violence out of policing

Photo: Sarah-Ji


A grand jury indicted only one of the officers involved in her case— for reasons unrelated to her murder

Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron at a press conference on September 23 in Frankfort, Kentucky, announcing a grand jury’s decision regarding Breonna Taylor’s murder. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images


For volunteer medics and legal observers, confronting police violence can come with mental and physical tolls

A protester who was maced by police receives medical attention during a demonstration in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images


The officer could have learned that deadly force was seldom necessary. Instead, he regretted his choice.

Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images


Voices From Inside the System

This detective was pushed out of his department in a large metropolitan city for reporting police brutality

Photo illustration, source: Juanmonino/Getty Images

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