David A. Love

David A. LoveDavid A. Love, JD, is a lawyer and journalist based in Philadelphia, and a contributor to the Progressive Media Project, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, In These Times and Philadelphia Independent Media Center. He contributed to the book, States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons (St. Martin's Press, 2000). Love is a former Amnesty International UK spokesperson, organized the first national police brutality conference as a staff member with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and served as a law clerk to two Black federal judges. His blog is davidalove.com.

Nixon Advisor Said “War on Drugs” Concocted to Target Blacks

We have known for years that the war on drugs is a war on Black people, their families and their communities. Books such as Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crowhave made a compelling case that through the machinations of the criminal justice system, a new caste system has been created in the U.S., and African-Americans have become the raw materials for mass incarceration.  Now, there is evidence that going after Black people was all by design, that this is how the Nixon administration had … [Read more...]

Why ‘Outrage Fatigue’ Only Hurts Us

Once again, a grand jury has decided not to indict a police officer for killing a black child. And for those who desperately cry out for justice, watching these cases unfold the same way, time after time, is enough to leave you with outrage fatigue. Or as civil rights warrior Fannie Lou Hamer once called it “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Outrage fatigue comes with an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. The sense that our lives are completely being devalued. We’ve been angry by … [Read more...]

Second City: Rotten to the Core

he Laquan McDonald case is not going away, but rather the movement for justice for the Black teen, executed gangland style by a white Chicago police officer, is growing. And now, Laquan’s murder, captured by dashcam footage that was released last week, stands to disrupt the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and bring down prominent city officials. The first casualty among high-level city officials is Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly jettisoned … [Read more...]

16 Bullets: Why Laquan McDonald’s Life Will Always Matter

Laquan McDonald was a human being. But in the video footage of his murder, Officer Jason Van Dyke treated Laquan as less than human–an object–and used the 17-year-old for target practice. The city of Chicago released the video on Tuesday evening, over a year after the killing.  And as the father of a black son, I don’t want to see another video such as this ever again.  And neither should you. On the night of October 20, 2014, McDonald, 17, was shot to death by Officer James Van Dyke.  … [Read more...]

Social Media and New Civil Rights Movement

View image | gettyimages.com he revolution will not only be televised, but apparently it will be uploaded, downloaded, streamed, posted and tweeted as well. What America has been witnessing—from the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Mike Brown in Ferguson, to Eric Garner in Staten Island, Walter Scott in North Charleston and Freddie Gray in Baltimore—is the birth of a new civil rights movement.  But this movement is a little different from your parents’ or your grandparents’ civil … [Read more...]

NYPD Cop Killings Must Not Derail the Movement

The truth is that the anti-brutality protests are not about death, but about life and the right to live that life without feeling it is threatened by those who vowed to serve and protect us. View image | gettyimages.com He execution-style shooting of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn was a cold blooded, senseless murder and we must call it for what it is. But we have to be able to condemn the killing of police officers as we condemn police brutality. The two are not mutually exclusive, … [Read more...]