Fresno’s Police Chief recently announced the creation of a Youth Advisory Council to work with the city’s police department. The occasion was the “I Am… We Are…” event, hosted by Fresno Boys and Men of Color. Youth advocacy groups have been working with Fresno Police to create a mechanism for young people in the community to have […]Read More Photo essay: A youth advisory council on police relations
A youth reporter sat with officers from the Sacramento Police Department, and found her views on the character of cops slightly altered. “There are good cops and there bad cops. Guilty suspects exist just as the innocent do. No one is for certain who is who, but lives are being lost… Consequently, tensions live on.” Read the commentary […]Read More Tensions between police and people of color persist in the new year
Although the city’s homicides in 2014 dropped to the lowest number in decades, its residents felt the pull of protest against police brutality in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. And Richmond made headlines when its own Chief of Police joined the protests while wearing his uniform (Chief Magnus gave an interview to Richmond Pulse about his decision). The RYSE Youth […]Read More #BlackLivesMatter: Richmond youth protest police brutality
Most people agree that Oakland has crime problems — and police problems — but do they think those problems are getting better, or worse? A high school student stops people on the street and asks them whether Oakland is addressing the city’s crime problem effectively, on Youth Radio.Read More What do citizens think about crime in Oakland?
Since the Newtown school shootings, school officials and administrators have been pushing for more police presence in schools. But studies show that the police aren’t helping reduce student misconduct. “Policing is a kind of reactive model; not really proactive. There’s only 20.5 guidance counselors in the Oakland Unified School District. That’s only 1 counselor for almost 2,000 […]Read More Study shows negative impact of police in Oakland schools
Los Angeles Police captain Martín Baeza has returned to the Hollenbeck Division as a commanding officer. Beat reporters interviewed him and got his take on on community policing, fear of cops, and immigration. “The biggest challenge I face is how do I engage the community to understand that they are also responsible for making their neighborhood […]Read More Q&A: Police captain Martín Baeza
Born and raised in Oakland, a young reporter feels a vivid connection to the dialogue, characters and story in film “Fruitvale Station,” especially in light of the George Zimmerman trial verdict. “Covering the Oscar Grant saga so closely, taught me a lesson about becoming emotionally involved in the doings of America’s justice system.” Youth Radio.Read More Trayvon & Oscar: A Parallel Tale
Richmond police chief Chris Magnus says violence in Richmond is cyclical. But for that same reason, he says, community members are uniquely positioned to reach out and interrupt the violence. A four-minute documentary with Magnus and residents who are trying to stop the violence, on Richmond Pulse.Read More Q&A: Chief Magnus on dirty cops, curfews and violence
In the first installment of a planned series of interviews with the Richmond Police Department, Richmond Pulse sat down with Chief Chris Magnus to discuss issues ranging from immigration enforcement to gun control policy to the Christopher Dorner incident. The interviews, intended to foster open dialogue between police and community members, are on Richmond Pulse.Read More Q&A with Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus
Youth reporter Joshua Clayton looks at parallels between street laws against snitching and the routine lying that police do, discussed in a recent New York Times editorial, to protect their fellow officers. The story is on Youth Radio.Read More Thin blue line: Cops don’t snitch, why should we?