| Sep 23, 2014
| 8:18 PM
Joseph McNamara, the former San Jose police chief whose outspoken criticism of the war on drugs, the gun lobby and Daryl Gates gave him a national profile as a progressive leader in law enforcement, died Friday at his home in Carmel. He was 79.
| Sep 27, 2014
| 1:19 PM
I have to admit that when Barack Obama was elected president of the United States back in 2008, it seemed not only historic but incredibly exciting to everyone in my liberal-minded circle. A black president, in our lifetime. It was glorious. I felt...
| Sep 27, 2014
Whatever happened to "Obamamania?" Recent polls suggest that race relations have gotten worse since President Barack Obama's 2008 election — or, at least, that more of us Americans think they have.
It didn't help anybody's feeling of sunny...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 9:55 PM
A settlement requiring a California Highway Patrol officer to step down after he was videotaped punching a woman along the 10 Freeway is highly unusual and could lead to similar demands in future police misconduct lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday.
| Sep 23, 2014
| 2:37 PM
Whatever happened to "Obamamania"? Recent polls suggest that race relations have gotten worse since President Barack Obama's 2008 election — or, at least, that more Americans think they have.
It didn't help anybody's feeling of sunny delight...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:00 AM
You can check out any time you like but you can never leave in Jean-Paul Sartre’s "No Exit," what's past is prologue in Neil LaBute’s "In a Dark Dark House," and you can always depend on Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." Plus,...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 11:07 AM
New Jersey's largest police department will be placed under federal oversight for repeatedly violating residents' civil rights, using excessive force and failing to discipline officers for a wide range of misconduct, the Justice Department announced...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 2:30 PM
On a sweltering Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn, gaggles of film fans, black historians and political activists -- not to mention Fort Greene locals -- convened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater for closing night of the BAMCinemafest and a...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The new fall season hasn't even begun, and already we've seen this year's most important piece of television: the Ray Rice video.
Caught by a casino elevator security camera, the Baltimore Raven's player punches Janay Palmer, his then-fiancée, now wife,...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 5:48 PM
Los Angeles police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger sat with increasing unease at a church in South Los Angeles as residents rose one at a time to berate his department.
The meeting had been called to reassure locals about the way the LAPD and other...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 7:41 PM
On a breezy Saturday morning in southwest Los Angeles, they came by the hundreds to lay Ezell Ford to rest and to protest the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black man struggling with mental illness.
"This is the breaking point," Maurice Bull,...