Education Alone Isn’t Enough To Solve The Problems With Policing

Police Abuses Training Not Answer

From The Guardian comes a video by Civil Rights Attorney Brian Stevenson: Mr. Stevenson has a compelling story to tell about police brutality as a black, male, civil rights attorney. He details an experience he had when he was 28-years old, wherein two police officers pointed a gun at him and shouted, “Move and I’ll blow […]

Our Readers May Be Overwhelmingly Male, But Police Brutality Is Everyone’s Problem


Since the inception of Cop Block, its readers and supporters have tended to be disproportionately male. This could be explained by the fact the justice system directly impacts men more than women. Prisons are overwhelmingly filled with men as opposed to women. In 2009, women comprised only 6.8 percent of the federal prison population. Police probably also […]

Guardian Calls On Public To Contribute To “The Counted” Project


Earlier this month, we published a post about The Guardian’s “The Counted” project, which is an interactive reporting project aimed at tracking all police killings in the United States, and seeks to serve as a resource for families to share their stories and press for change. (See “The Counted” project here). The site also features […]

The Guardian Debuts “The Counted” Project to Track Police Killings


The Guardian recently contacted Cop Block with exciting news of a new project. The Guardian has released the most comprehensive available statistics on police killings in the United States, which include deaths by shooting, tasering, police-vehicle, and other deaths related to police custody. From The Guardian: Black Americans are more than twice as likely to […]

Stockholm Syndrome Sufferers Take Up Defense Of Police


An image of Baltimore citizens forming a defensive line in front of Baltimore police has gone viral and the sheeple of the world are gushing with utterly misguided and misplaced feelings of positivity and inspiration. The photograph depicts what probably are a bunch of really nice men standing in solidarity with police. People are practically melting […]

Scientism and the Police State

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Scientism is another contentious topic that I think can shed some light on the emergence of the police state. It is one of the many angles from which we can explore the problem of police corruption, abuse and violence in order to gather a bigger picture of issues so complex that they cannot be explained […]

Fatal Encounters Tracks Killings by Police Employees


It is telling that all sorts of documentation and statistics are kept about police employees who are killed by non-police employees, but the inverse – non-police employees killed by police employees – is not similarly tracked. That’s why I was so excited to learn of Fatal Encounters, which seeks to create an exhaustive database of […] Website Additions


Over the last month we’ve made some changes here at The most-visible and biggest undertaking was the a site revamp. Thanks to some good planning ahead of time and the involvement of the good folks at Liberty Web Alliance it went off without a hitch. While the last iteration of was functional and […]

Infographic: A Neutral Look at Police Brutality

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A Neutral Look at Police Brutality, shared with by Matthew Pelletier of cites outlets such as DOJ’s National Criminal Justice Reference Service for a somewhat inside look behind the thin blue line. I love these infographics – they take seemingly-dry statistics and make them visually appealing, which helps in their overall objective of […]

Media Only Tells Half the Story

The headline “Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers Up Sharply” was recently featured on Drudge Report.  Once again the media gets it wrong and only tells half the story.  MyFox out of New York recently reported that: The number of law enforcement officers who were killed nationwide has jumped nearly 17 percent. Newly released statistics from […]