police

Power

Police Force Apologizes for Tweet Instructing Women How to Avoid Rape

In a now-deleted tweet, Britain's Merseyside Police appeared to suggest that the burden for preventing rape lay with women and bystanders—not sexual abusers. But victim-blaming safety advice is by no means a new phenomenon.
Sirin Kale
8.21.18
Breastfeeding

Two Women Were Scolded for Breastfeeding, So a Group of Moms Held a Nurse-In

More than a dozen moms in Minnesota nursed their children at a public pool in solidarity with two moms who were scolded for breastfeeding. Public breastfeeding became legal in all 50 states in July of this year.
Kimberly Lawson
7.25.18
crime

Police Shot Her Brother. Now She's Fighting for Justice

Police in Jamaica kill three people a week with impunity. But one woman, Shackelia Jackson, is determined to get justice for her murdered brother.
Sirin Kale
2.7.18
sexual assault

Amid Reports of Widespread Rape by Police, Kenyan Women Seek Justice

Sixty-five Kenyan women say they experienced sexual violence at the hands of state security agents last fall. Now, survivors are turning to activists for help in the harrowing task of reporting the police to the police.
April Zhu
1.17.18
police

Police Officers Fired After Leaving Voicemail Wishing Child 'Gets Raped'

The Avon and Somerset Constabulary​ police officers accidentally left the message on a phone belonging to the child's mother.
Sirin Kale
11.10.17
crime

It's Not Illegal for NYPD to Have Sex with Someone in Custody

While sex is prohibited between corrections officers and the prisoners they’re charged with guarding, there is no law prohibiting such conduct for police in NYC. One councilman wants to change that.
Kimberly Lawson
10.26.17
crime

White Cop Convicted of Fatally Shooting Teen Daughter's Black Boyfriend

After three mistrials, a jury convicted former Oklahoma police officer Shannon Kepler of manslaughter for the death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake in 2014.
Gabby Bess
10.19.17
crime

For Activists, Kenneka Jenkins' Case Shows How Law Enforcement Fails Black Girls

“This story is one that we have heard too many times before. Black girls go missing all over this country, and even internationally, and action is not taken quickly enough."
Kimberly Lawson
9.14.17
crime

'Drunk Consent Is Still Consent' Claims Lawyer in Police Sexual Assault Case

The complainant testified that three Toronto police officers assaulted her as she lay immobile in a hotel room. The defense says her story "makes no rational sense," arguing that "she would have said to the taxi driver just take me home."
Linda Yang
6.20.17
sexual assault

Rapists Can Be Forced to Pay for Victims' Medical Exams, Colorado Court Rules

Though the state already sets aside funds for rape kit exams, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that convicted assailants can be charged for costs associated with the tests.
Kimberly Lawson
6.6.17
assault

Hundreds of High School Students Groped During Illegal Drug Search, Suit Alleges

Nine hundred students at a Georgia high school were allegedly invasively searched without a warrant or probably cause in a four-hour, school-wide sweep for drugs.
Kimberly Lawson
6.5.17
Film

Why Everyone Thinks They Know the Truth About JonBenét Ramsey's Murder

With "Casting JonBenét," Kitty Green doesn't rehash the facts of JonBenét Ramsey's murder or offer answers, but offers a new look at our cultural obsession with the case.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
5.1.17