Louisville is considering joining 19 other jurisdictions with a declaration linking racism to public health. One local official argues it would help establish funding priorities and lead to regular reports on how governments are addressing racial inequality.
The African American Mayors Association calls for transparency in policing, more funds for community engagement, and a reevaluation of union contracts, among other reforms. “We don’t want to lose the focus of this moment,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, second vice chair of the group. “We don’t have a lot of time.”
Panelists at an Institute for Innovation in Prosecution webinar Thursday criticized the justice system for its failure to address violent crime and its “social construction” of violence. One advocate said that even progressive prosecutors fall short of tackling the system’s institutional racism.
A dataset of 95 million traffic stops nationwide between 2011 and 2018 showed fewer Black drivers were stopped after sunset, when it was difficult for police to determine a motorist’s race. The analysis also determined that Black and Latinx drivers were searched on the basis of less evidence than were white drivers.
A first-of-its-kind initiative to tackle longstanding racial inequities in criminal justice by focusing on the impact of prosecutors on Black people and communities was announced Thursday by the Vera Institute of Justice and the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution.
American policing plays a large but often ignored role in perpetuating residential segregation along racial lines, argues a Yale law professor. She recommended four strategies that police departments could adopt to foster “anti-segregation policing.”
Christian Cooper, the avid bird watcher whose viral video showed a frantic dog-walking white woman calling 911 to complain that he was “an African-American man threatening my life,” says he wants no part in her prosecution.
The First Step Act, passed in 2018, was intended to remedy the disproportional racial impact of America’s drug laws with sentencing reductions for nonviolent crack offenses. But many circuit judges have ignored Congress’ intent, making them “complicit in a decades-old mass incarceration scheme,” writes a legal scholar from Wesleyan University.
Amy Cooper, a white woman who called 911 about “an African-American man” who was allegedly threatening her, was charged Monday with one count of filing a false report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Many states are taking a tougher approach against false reports through legislation.