Civil rights advocates have achieved significant success in curtailing racial profiling in traffic stops, and in practices that single out ‘Arabic-looking’ individuals as terror suspects. But a third type of profiling that targets people of color for being in places where they don’t ‘belong’ is the next challenge for law enforcement authorities, says a Pittsburgh law professor.
Hali Doctor, whose mother was one of nine killed in the Charleston, S.C., massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015, says she has forgiven the shooter. “We come from a family of ministers,” she told The News & Observer in Raleigh. N.C.
The election of far-right, anti-immigrant leaders in Italy coincided with an increase in hate crimes. A new study suggests the direct association between xenophobic political rhetoric and racist acts operates in other places as well.
Pilot “reconciliation” projects in six cities, supported by the DOJ’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, show increases in police-community collaboration. Can law enforcement agencies across the country take a cue from them?
With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed the House of Representatives last week, which would make lynching a federal hate crime for the first time in U.S. history, pending Senate approval. “It’s never too late to repudiate evil,” said Rep. Bobby Rush, the bill’s sponsor.
Latinos now make up the largest subset of federal criminal defendants, and they are increasingly victimized in many jurisdictions by the same forms of unconscious bias that have been identified in the treatment of other minorities. A public defender in Arizona argues the best way to counter it is by using “race-conscious” strategies.
“There have been historical and institutional practices that have either intended or unintended consequences,” said Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney, adding that, “we would all be naive to say that [disproportionality] has not occurred.”