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Killing of George Floyd ignites nationwide unrest

People gather on Friday May 29 at a memorial mural painted outside the Cup Foods store on Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis where George Floyd died at the hands of police.

Cailey Gleeson, Ria Bhagwat, Brita Hunegs, and Lacey Latch

May 29, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — Last night a crowd outside Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct chanting a chorus of “Whose streets? Our streets!” echoed as flames coming from within the police headquarters licked the night sky as the building slowly burned.  What began as a call about suspected forgery on a grocery store ...

Victim of police brutality misnamed in message from DePaul president about remembering black lives lost

Victim of police brutality misnamed in message from DePaul president about remembering black lives lost

Cailey Gleeson and Ella Lee

May 29, 2020

DePaul University President Gabriel Esteban misnamed Eric Garner when listing victims of violence in a statement released to students via email regarding the university’s response to George Floyd’s death and subsequent protests. “From Trayvon Martin to Eric Ferguson to Ahmaud Arbery and Bre...

Stop and frisk gets renewed attention in Bloomberg candidacy

In this Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, plaintiff in the stop and frisk case David Ourlicht, seated left, is comforted by Merault Almonar, standing at right, father of plaintiff Devin Almonar, standing center, during a news conference at the Center for Constitutional Rights, in New York, after . U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the New York Police Department deliberately violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its contentious stop-and-frisk policy. Standing at left is plaintiff Leroy Downes while attorney Jenn Borchetta listens, seated right.

Associated Press

February 17, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — David Ourlicht was a college student, walking down a street near campus, when he became one of millions of New Yorkers swept up in the era of stop and frisk. A police officer accosted Ourlicht, deeming suspicious a bulge in his jacket. Police patted him down, told him to stand against...

Public Safety washes away DePaul students’ police brutality art display

Chalk outlines and writing is washed away on request by Public Safety after the art display put on by Amnesty International at DePaul was shut down late Tuesday night. The chalk that read

Megan Deppen

June 4, 2015

Chalk outlines of splayed bodies, painted by DePaul’s Amnesty International group Tuesday night to draw awareness to police brutality, were erased within hours by Public Safety officials. Read More »...

Deep roots underlie the police brutality problem

Police stood guard in Baltimore during the protests following the death of Freddie Gray in April. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Kevin Gross and Rachel Hinton

May 31, 2015

After student protests on DePaul’s campus, around the city and in the country against police brutality, there seems to be a consensus about the need for change — not just regarding brutality, but the institutions that lead to it. Read More »...

Questionable coverage: Police brutality is only part of the problem

Questionable coverage: Police brutality is only part of the problem

Zoe Krey

May 31, 2015

Police brutality has become a central piece of media coverage in the U.S. this year, and with the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Harris and Freddie Gray, it seems that police brutality is at an all time high.  Read More »...

DePaul students remember Rekia Boyd at on-campus vigil

DePaul students remember Rekia Boyd at on-campus vigil

Emily Clement

May 14, 2015

[slideshow_deploy id='11843'] A small crowd of about 20 people huddled together on DePaul’s Quad on Wednesday evening. It was a cold, windy evening, unsuited for a candlelight vigil, but people continued to show up, eventually swelling the crowd to 100. They were there to honor Rekia Boyd, a Chicago...

Community conversations needed for police problems

Grassroots and community activists from Oakland, California (above) to Washington, D.C. have been driving the continuing outcry against police brutality since the death of Freddie Gray. (Ray Chavez/The Oakland Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Rachel Hinton

May 10, 2015

On arguably the nicest day of the quarter, DePaul’s Black Student Union (BSU) lounged in a circle on the Quad hosting a “pop-up” conversation on topics ranging from police brutality to treatment of the oppressed that was occasionally swept away by strong gusts of wind. BSU’s mission for that day  mirrored that of other groups around the countr...

Baltimore burning: Police brutality and its rampancy in the U.S.

Riot police stand guard in Baltimore. Massive demonstrations ensued following the death of African-American resident Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Rachel Hinton

May 3, 2015

On April 25, Freddie Gray’s name was added to a growing list of unarmed black men killed by police. What followed news of his death mirrored the riots and protests after the death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012, the death of Mike Brown in August 2014 and the death of Eric Garner late last year. Read More »...

Baltimore riots: Policing the police

A demonstrator outside City Hall in Philadelphia on April 30. The event in Philadelphia follows days of unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's police-custody death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Danielle Harris

May 3, 2015

In the midst of Freddie Gray’s death and the Baltimore riots, an injustice in Chicago has gone practically unnoticed by the national news media. While headlines reading “unarmed black man shot by police” have become so common they have practically lost their shock value, the unjust trial for unarmed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, an African American Chicago resident shot and kill...

Increasing street presence of Chicago police: An effective solution?

Beat police patrol the streets of Chicago. Many pundits question whether increased police presence is a socially or economically effective method to fight crime. (AP Photos/M. Spencer Green)

Jackson Danbeck

April 12, 2015

As instances of police brutality and crime continue across the nation, Chicago is forced to look at its own crime problem and whether the policies of newly re-elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel will prove effective or stoke the gathering flames.  Read More »...

Homan Square: An isolated case or systemic issue?

Protestors chant during their march on March 3 from the downtown Los Angeles site where a homeless man was killed by officers. (Al Seib | Tribune News Service)

Ryan Marcotte

March 8, 2015

The Guardian, a British newspaper, published a series of articles about a Chicago Police Department (CPD) facility known as Homan Square, painting the site as a “C.I.A.-style black site.” The story went viral and compelled some to attend a protest at the facility demanding its closure. Read More »...

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