A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland explores how race plays out in claims against Baltimore police officers. Among its findings: a white resident’s complaint against a Baltimore police officer is 61 percent more likely to be upheld than a Black resident’s.
Federal investigators have arrested several white supremacists connected to the Capitol riots, and continue to probe for connections between extremist groups, but in Richmond, Va., Black gun rights activists bear the brunt of law enforcement.
As the nation honors Martin Luther King Jr., a study of the impact of New York’s controversial 2020 bail reform by the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College concluded that more than 12,000 individuals—most of them Black or brown New Yorkers—could likely have avoided pretrial detention if the legislation had been in effect a year earlier.
Setting different political priorities is at the heart of the current protests against policing, and they can’t possibly be addressed by hiring a few more Black and Latino police officers to wage an ongoing war on the poor, write two leading criminologists.
Based on FBI data and the National Crime Victimization survey for 2018, blacks accounted for 29 percent of violent-crime offenders and 35 percent of violent-crime offenders in incidents reported to police, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
In a unique conversation, singer-songwriter John Legend and Central Park Five member Yusef Salaam asserted that there is a “better way” to approach criminal justice — one that involves defunding the police, electing progressive prosecutors, and humanizing defendants.
Researchers at a webinar session on mitigating racial disparities in the justice system endorsed the approaches of “procedural justice,” training on implicit bias and de-escalation of potentially violent incidents. Members of the public tend to get along with police officers who “treat them with dignity and respect,” said Yale law professor Tracey Meares.
With liberals demanding bold action on issues of race and inequality and moderates urging caution, Biden must navigate sharp divisions in his own party, as well as the gulf between Democrats and the Republicans who retain half the Senate.
A state advisory board in California has recommended that police agencies routinely review the cell phones, computers and social media pages of police officers for racist and otherwise offensive content in an effort to weed out officers who are prone to racial profiling.