GOP lawmakers in 34 states have introduced 81 anti-protest bills during the 2021 legislative session. The wave of legislation embracing increasingly punitive measures for governing the right to peacefully assemble is a response to the protests spreading around the country in the 11 months since George Floyd’s death.
New York City has one of the lowest jail incarceration rates in the nation, but it still houses disproportionate numbers of people of color. Black and Latinx people make up 90 percent of jail admissions, although they comprise just 52 percent of the city’s population, says a study published by the National Academy of Sciences.
A Detroit man has filed a federal lawsuit against the city over a 2020 wrongful arrest sparked by police facial recognition software. A growing body of research supports his claim that the algorithms used by the program are inaccurate when used to identify people of color.
Black and Hispanic individuals facing felony criminal charges in Colorado face harsher treatment than their white counterparts due to systemic racism that prosecutors feel they have little power to change.
A lawsuit brought by civil-rights groups against the city of Rochester accuses its police department of having a “pervasive problem of racism” and fostering a culture of violence and impunity unchecked by city officials.
Black Americans saw the highest increase in new gun owners out of any demographic in 2020, with gun ownership among the group up by 58.2 percent. Many join Black gun clubs and seek training from Black experts.
Records gathered from local police suggest in some communities, people who are Black or African American were arrested at disproportionately high rates, relative to their overall share of the population.