A police officer in Texas saved a 29-year-old man from a burning vehicle, according to Corpus Christi police. Watch the video above to see the dramatic rescue.
Shaq, police pick up teens with basketball
The video of how Gainesville, Fla., police officer Bobby White handled a noise complaint about kids playing basketball has been viewed more than 17 million times. One of those viewers was Shaquille O’Neal. Watch the video above to find out more.
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Community: Decriminalizing drugs paves way for cure
Politics: #BLM supporters, members respond to Trump
HOW TO USE POLICING THE USA The names are all too familiar to most Americans, and for tragic reasons: Michael Brown. Trayvon Martin. Sandra Bland. Their stories have become symbols of racial injustice, police brutality, lack of progress. But do their experiences tell the entire story? Are things much worse, or much better, than the news media have portrayed? Is the #blacklivesmatter movement, an outgrowth of recent cases of police mistreatment, doing enough in your view to make a difference? Or are police being unfairly criticized?
This site is a portal for you to share your views and tell your stories about broader issues of race, justice, the role of journalists and the American experience. Talk about what’s happening in your community, or on your campus, in photos, videos and words. Engage in a dialogue with others. Share what you think is working, what the news media could do better, what you would like to see change.
We, as a news organization, want to take a close look at ourselves and our communities. We’re telling stories and giving our views on three major aspects — race, news media and politics — through podcasts, videos, photos and voice, all captured on this page. We’re also providing data on the latest police conflicts and interactions.
And we’re inviting you to do the same. Respond using several platforms: social media, videos, photos and voice.
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Have a great example of the police working with members of your community? Or is the opposite happening? Are there movements and protests happening in your neighborhood? Show us what’s happening in your community through our Your Take call.
The college voice
Young people are at the center of the #blacklivesmatter movement. Show us what’s happening on your campus. We also have a video contest. Participate. Here’s how.
The data on police use of force
Nearly 70% of Americans arrested are white, yet black men have a higher likelihood of going to prison (1 in 3) compared with white men (1 in 17). While a handful of cases involving young black males and police use of force make the headlines, many more black men say they confront police bias on a daily basis. Learn more in the data behind the headlines.
We wanted to take a look at our role in reporting, discussing and covering race. How can the news media be better? What does success — when it comes to covering race, police use of force and progress — look like? A podcast includes the story of one Baltimore man who was brutalized and a roundtable discussion with USA TODAY reporters and editors.
Since the Michael Brown shooting, President Obama has given a series of speeches about race relations. He has referred to the deep-rooted tensions between minority communities and law enforcement, but said there is never an excuse for lawlessness. What have the president’s speeches meant to you? We put some of your opinions up against the speeches in this video. Take a look.
Barbra Scrivner shares her story about serving nearly 20 years of a 30-year sentence after being convicted in a drug distribution ring. She tells us why bipartisan support is growing to reform mandatory minimum sentencing, and why holding non-violent drug offenders in prison for decades is counterproductive. Read her piece.
“I may have deserved to go to prison but certainly not for 30 years.”
Traffic stop nearly costs a life
An African-American man shares his experience of being pulled over by Denver police in 2009 when he was 19. Alex Landau, who grew up in a middle-class family with his adoptive white parents, explains what happened that night after he was accused of making an illegal left turn to his mother, Patsy Hathaway, in a piece recorded by StoryCorps.
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After Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday win on March 15, he stated that there would be riots if he didn’t become the GOP nominee. He’s already encouraged violence during rallies, and has threatened to have protesters arrested. See what #BLM activists and supporters and Trump followers have said about the violence on social media.
Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody, along with Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Garner, and Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, spoke during a forum in South Carolina for the Democratic candidate.
Throwing support behind Sanders
Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who was killed by New York City police after a 2014 altercation, stars in a dramatic ad for Bernie Sanders.
“We need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders.”
We put your voice and written comments against Obama’s words in a video. An excerpt is above. View the full video here. Have more to say? Call us at 540-739-2928. We may add your comments to future videos.
What do you think of Obama’s speeches, the Justice Department investigations and the political efforts made to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the minority community? Who should do more? What should they do?
Etta Myers spent most of her adult life incarcerated and has never voted. At 62, she’ll be voting for the first time this year. Read why she says restoring the right to vote to ex-offenders is so crucial in her column.