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Police Departments Spend Vast Sums of Money Creating ‘Copaganda’

Alec Karakatsanis Jacobin
U.S. police departments spend tens of millions of dollars every year to manipulate the news, flooding the discourse with “copaganda.” These aggressive tactics give the public a distorted view of what public safety means, what threatens it, and how to solve it.

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Reclaiming the Power of Rebellion

Elizabeth Hinton, Derecka Purnell Boston Review
Activist Derecka Purnell interviews historian Elizabeth Hinton about her new book, ‘America on Fire,’ and how the label “riot” discredits Black political demands.

The Murder Chicago Didn’t Want to Solve

Mick Dumke ProPublica
On Feb. 26, 1963, Ben Lewis, the first Black elected official from Chicago’s West Side, won what was set to be his second full term on the City Council -- perhaps next stop Congress. Two days later, Lewis was found shot to death in his ward office.

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Robocops and Robbers

Jill Leovy The American Scholar
This new book highlights the technology at the heart of what reviewer Jill Leovy calls "surveillance-driven policing," and the heightened dangers this new set of law enforcement tools pose to democracy.
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