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Killings highlight epidemic of police violence in US

By Tom Carter, December 19, 2012

Largely hidden from public view, police kill an average of between one and two people in America every day.

Protests erupt after Chicago police kill unarmed man

By Kristina Betinis, December 17, 2012

After Chicago police shot and killed Jamaal Moore, protests erupted in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Rash of gun violence, arrests follows Connecticut massacre

By Patrick Martin, December 17, 2012

A series of bloody incidents and preemptive arrests took place across the United States in the three days following the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

School shooting in Connecticut leaves 27 dead, including 20 children

By Kate Randall, December 15, 2012

The massacre is the worst in the US since the 2007 rampage at Virginia Tech University, which left 33 dead. Less than five months ago a shooting rampage at a theater in Aurora, Colorado resulted in 12 deaths and 58 people wounded.

Cleveland, Ohio police killing sparks outrage

By David Brown, December 8, 2012

A public forum in Cleveland Thursday night exploded in anger over the police killing of two people last week.

California state police to deploy in Stockton

By Julien Kiemle, November 21, 2012

After a year of record numbers of homicides, California Highway Patrol officers will be brought in to aid local law enforcement police the city's streets.

Ohio carries out third execution since lifting of moratorium

By Kate Randall, November 14, 2012

Brett Hartman was the third person put to death in Ohio since the state ended a six-month moratorium on executions.

Federal court puts Florida execution of paranoid schizophrenic on hold

By Kate Randall, October 22, 2012

Ferguson’s defense has argued for decades that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and that his execution would constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.”

California prison crisis foisted onto beleaguered counties

By Kevin Kearney, October 20, 2012

The state’s county governments now confront the cost of housing, feeding and providing medical care to as many as 30,000 former state prison inmates for long periods of time.

Minneapolis workplace shooting leaves six dead

By Kate Randall, October 1, 2012

A workplace shooting last Thursday afternoon in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota claimed six lives, including that of the shooter.

In fourth date with death, Texas inmate executed by lethal injection

By Kate Randall, September 26, 2012

Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster was executed Thursday after the US Supreme Court refused to grant him a stay.

A letter from the mother of homeless Michigan man killed by police

September 11, 2012

The World Socialist Web Site received this letter from the mother of Milton Hall, who was killed by Saginaw police July 1.