police brutality
The TheatreJuly 12 & 19, 2021 Issue
Aleshea Harris’s Ritual for the Living
In “What to Send Up When It Goes Down,” at BAM Fisher, Harris memorializes the deaths of Black people—Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and many others—at the hands of the police and other awful actors.
By Vinson CunninghamJuly 5, 2021
Letter from MinneapolisJuly 12 & 19, 2021 Issue
Derek Chauvin’s Trial and George Floyd’s City
Although many Americans see the former police officer’s conviction as just closure, many in Minneapolis view it as the beginning of a larger battle.
By Jelani CobbJuly 5, 2021
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Spike Lee on the Knicks, and Looking Back at a Year of Protest and Activism
The filmmaker is ecstatic about the success of his beloved team. Plus, David Remnick talks with a senior Justice Department official about the President’s promises for racial justice.
By David RemnickMay 28, 2021
Daily Comment
George Floyd, the Tulsa Massacre, and Memorial Days
The two tragedies make for easy inferences about the importance of commemoration. But this is not how trauma works.
By Jelani CobbMay 25, 2021
Our Local Correspondents
The High Price of a New York City Cop
One of the city’s star officers has cost taxpayers more than two and a half million dollars in police-misconduct settlements.
By Tom RobbinsMay 24, 2021
U.S. Journal
How Violent Cops Stay in Law Enforcement
Derek Colling was fired from one police department after two fatal shootings and allegations of brutality. Less than a year later, he had a new badge.
By Abe StreepMay 21, 2021
Essay
Saying Her Name
Remains that were found to be those of a Black teen who was killed by Philadelphia police in 1985 were treated as an anthropological specimen. How was her identity known and then forgotten?
By Heather Ann ThompsonMay 16, 2021
Double Take
Sunday Reading: America’s Policing Crisis
From the magazine’s archive: pieces about the history of race and law enforcement in America.
By The New YorkerMay 2, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
Is There a Case for Legalizing Heroin?
The addiction researcher Carl Hart argues against the distinction between hard and soft drugs.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsApril 29, 2021
Our Local Correspondents
Bridging the Divide Between the Police and the Policed
In New York, the Mayor and police leadership have repeatedly voiced commitments to “create a bond” between cops and communities of color. The problem, according to high-level officials, is that the city chose the wrong people for the right job.
By Saki KnafoApril 28, 2021
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