Among 100 cases handled by one Jacksonville prosecutor, blacks received sentences that were nearly four times as long on average as those handed down to white offenders. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Florida Times-Union looked into racial bias by prosecutors and other criminal justice officials.
A study finds that police killings of unarmed black Americans contribute nearly two additional days a year in which a black person suffers some mental health toll. The study found no such effect on the mental health of whites, nor did blacks report this kind of distress over police killings of armed black suspects.
The department, which has been criticized for racial bias in its traffic stops, is preparing to comply with a new state law that takes effect on July 1. It mandates collection of detailed data on all officer interactions with the public in an effort to study and curb racial profiling.
GOP-appointed judges hand down longer sentences to African Americans than whites for similar offenses, according to a study by two Harvard professors. They argue the current polarized political climate in judicial politics is a “source of persistent racial and gender disparities.”
Too many black families still suffer from the consequences of racism– conditions that undermine upward mobility and perpetuate unacceptable levels of poverty, crime and other social ills, according to Project 21, a network of black leaders from across the nation, in a report released.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson agreed to mentor the two black men arrested at the coffee chain’s location in downtown Philadelphia last month. The city also agreed to create a $200,000 fund for a pilot program that will assist public high school students who aspire to be entrepreneurs.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened on a six-acre site overlooking the Alabama State Capitol. It is dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy, marking the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror. Civil-rights lawyers have documented nearly 4,400 killings.
Police were called early Sunday by restaurant employees because a black customer, Chikesia Clemons, appeared drunk and had been asked to leave. A video of her arrest has gone viral. Police say they feared she was armed, and Waffle House said “police intervention was appropriate.”
A new report finds continued ‘horrific violence’ and racial disparity in New Orleans’ parish jail despite a 2013 DOJ consent decree. It argues the city’s racial inequities will not change without systemic reform in jail operation.