Police Racism and Violence and #BlackLivesMatter

What You Need to Know about the Problems and Solutions

Hundreds of demonstrators march toward the Baltimore Police Western District station during a protest against police brutality and the death of Freddie Gray on April 22, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Looking for statistics on police killings and race, research on racist police practices, or insights into why the Black Lives Matter movement exists and why its members are protesting and demanding change across the U.S.? You've come to right place.

From Ferguson to Baltimore to Charleston and beyond, we've got you covered.

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In an era of sound bites and headlines passing for news reading, it's easy for the facts to fall by the wayside. This article gives you the research-based facts you should know about police killings and race. Namely, that police are in fact killing Black people at a much higher rate than they are white people. More »

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Mourners enter the funeral of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO with hands raised in the "Don't Shoot" protest pose. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Over 1,800 sociologists called in an open letter for immediate action and reform of racist police practices following the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO in August 2014. Find out how social science research and theory informs critiques of police practices, and how sociologists marshall them to explain what needs to change. More »

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Protestors in Ferguson, MO Protestors raise their hands and chant 'Hands up, don't shoot' as a rally cry to draw attention to reports that stated Michael Brown's hands were raised when he was shot. Scott Olson/Getty Images

With The Ferguson Syllabus sociologists provide socio-historic, economic, and political context for the Black uprising that followed the police killing of Michael Brown. There's a long and documented history of racist police practices and troubled community relations. More »

Curtis Clayton holds a sign protesting racism in the wake of last night's shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Black Lives Matter movement is necessary, and cannot be encapsulated under the idea that "all lives matter" because white supremacy is a reality in U.S. society. Read on to find out how a sociologist defines white supremacy and the many forms it takes in contemporary society. More »

​​Though fragmented since the late 1960s, the movement for Black civil rights is back in full force in the form of Black Lives Matter. Learn about the historic connections between the past and present here. More »

Hundreds of demonstrators march toward the Baltimore Police Western District station during a protest against police brutality and the death of Freddie Gray on April 22, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man, suffered fatal injuries in police custody in Baltimore, MD in April 2015. A series of peaceful and violent protests coursed through the city in the aftermath of his death. Find out what happened and what the protestors demanded. More »

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The Christian siblings who created Five-O.

The Christian siblings wanted to do something to help citizens fight back against police violence and abuse of power, so they did what a lot of people do today when they want to "disrupt" something--they created an app. More »

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Tear gas reigns down on a demonstrator in Ferguson, MO. August, 2014. Scott Olson/Getty Images

As it has with dozens of other police departments around the U.S., the Department of Justice investigated Ferguson PD and the local court system following the police killing of Michael Brown in August 2014. They found that practices in both realms regularly violate citizens' constitutional rights and that racism is the root cause of these violations. More »

Did the Ferguson Protests Work?

Graffiti is sprayed on the remains of a business that was destroyed during November rioting on March 13, 2015 in Dellwood, Missouri. The rioting broke out after residents learned that the police officer responsible for the killing of Michael Brown would not be charged with any crime. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The protests in Ferguson, MO following the police killing of Michael Brown attracted media attention and much derision from those who framed the uprising as violent and destructive. But months later evidence from across the country showed that the protests were successful in spurring legislature that is designed to curb police racism and abuse of power, and important changes were made in Ferguson too.

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Cole, Nicki Lisa, Ph.D. "Police Racism and Violence and #BlackLivesMatter." ThoughtCo, Mar. 2, 2017, thoughtco.com/police-racism-and-violence-and-blacklivesmatter-4062487. Cole, Nicki Lisa, Ph.D. (2017, March 2). Police Racism and Violence and #BlackLivesMatter. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/police-racism-and-violence-and-blacklivesmatter-4062487 Cole, Nicki Lisa, Ph.D. "Police Racism and Violence and #BlackLivesMatter." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/police-racism-and-violence-and-blacklivesmatter-4062487 (accessed November 23, 2017).