DOJ Civil Rights Division seeks to support first black police chief of Pocomoke City, who charge racial bias by city, county, and state officials after he and a former lieutenant were fired for supporting a detective who also charged discrimination.
A coalition of civil rights and civil liberties groups is seeking a Justice Department civil rights investigation of the practice. Critic says police contend that the technique is “race-blind, and it’s just not true.”
Police Chief Terrence Cunningham of Wellesley, Ma., on behalf of the nation’s largest police organization, issues an apology for police “historical mistreatment of communities of color.” ACLU’s Jeffery Robertson calls statement “a very significant admission” that is “long overdue.”
American Civil Liberties Union charges that Chicago-based Geofeedia provides 500 police agencies with social media feeds disclosing information about participants in racially-charged protests in Baltimore and Ferguson.
In Chicago case, Columbia law prof. Jeffrey Fagan finds “strong, consistent and statistically significant” evidence that agents targeted minorities in stings promising money for robbing nonexistent drug “stash house.”
Robert Pittenger, whose district includes parts of Charlotte, pegged the violence there this week to black protesters who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” He later apologized on Twitter, saying his racist comment “doesn’t reflect who I am.”