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Police vehicles  near the scene of a fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Three police officers were killed and three more injured yesterday in a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police confirmed the three fatalities in(...)

 George W Bush talked in Dallas about “finding our better selves”. If only he had found his in office. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

During George W Bush’s 2000 convention in Philadelphia, my sister showed up at my door. She was volunteering for the Republican nominee and carrying a(...)

Cleveland police patrol Cleveland city ahead of the four-day Republican National Convention. An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A fortified security perimeter and high metal fences have turned Cleveland into a divided city, reflecting the divisions in the Republican Party it is(...)

Police officers block off a road after a shooting of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Three law enforcement officers have died and three have been injured in a shooting incident in Baton Rouge, officials in Louisiana said. Police said(...)

Joe Arpaio: “Maybe President Obama should be more supportive of cops instead of going after people every time they shoot a black person.” Photograph: Samantha Sais/New York Times

Joe Arpaio wonders whether bestiality is a problem in Ireland, given all the cattle in the country. He later autographs a photograph that has just bee(...)

Dallas police chief David Brown speaks during a memorial service for the victims of the  police shooting in Dallas, Texas. When asked, as an African-American police officer  how to bridge the divide between the two, the self-effacing Brown turned to humour. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

At one of the many press conferences he held in the wake of the murders of four of his police officers and a transit cop – the deadliest day for US la(...)

 Omar Mateen: Orlando gunman

Since Omar Mateen massacred 49 people in an Orlando nightclub, the New York-born son of Afghans has been described as a homophobe who used a gay hook-(...)

A police body-camera video shows an officer pointing a gun towards Dylan Noble in Fresno, California. Photograph: Fresno Police Department/AP

Police in California have released graphic body-camera footage of officers repeatedly shooting an unarmed teenager. The video of the killing of Dyla(...)

President Barack Obama honours slain officers at a service in Dallas.Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama asked Americans to reject despair about racial divisions and embrace “an open heart” to be able see the world through the ey(...)

Race remains, two terms of a black president notwithstanding, the starkest division in American society. The raw pain, anger and volatility of communi(...)

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