Russ Washington, acting director of DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, said the new guide “provides practical and tangible strategies to help law enforcement officers build and maintain trust with the diverse communities they serve.”
At a White House sit-down, the Congressional Black Caucus presented Trump with a 130-page policy proposal with a taunting title: “We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.”
When parents are incarcerated, children do worse across both cognitive and noncognitive outcome measures, and the incarceration issues are a key cause, says a report from the Economic Policy Institute.
Court majority says Colorado man accused of sexual battery may deserve a new trial because a juror made discriminatory comments about Mexicans such as him during private deliberations. Dissenter Samuel Alito calls the decision a “startling development” that “pries open” the privacy of the jury room.
Example found in North Carolina study: If you are black and were driving in Evanston, Il., in 2014, it was seven times more likely than if you were white that if police officers stopped your car, they would search you,
The first consent decree ordered under the Justice Department “pattern or practice” program to investigate local police departments for violations of constitutional rights was signed 20 years ago. One of the nation’s leading experts on policing draws 10 encouraging lessons from the story so far.
Five years after Trayvon Martin was killed near Orlando, the unemployment rate for young black men is down and the high school graduation rate is up, but the poverty rate is up, too. The Rev. Al Sharpton says the case “energized a renewal of civil rights activism.”
Police enforcement of minor crimes contributes to clogged courts and may exacerbate racial tensions, write John Jay President Jeremy Travis and associate professor of psychology Preeti Chauhan. Last Friday, John Jay College announced the creation of a data-driven research network aimed at helping policymakers and law enforcement authorities explore different approaches.
Alderman Roderick Sawyer of the City Council’s Black Caucus is concerned that police continue to stop people without a “reasonable suspicion” of a crime, which is required for an investigatory stop to be constitutional. “Were the reasons legitimate?” the alderman says. “Or is it still ‘walking while black?’ “
Residents of largely white Yellow Springs, Ohio, home of Antioch College, say police are too aggressive; blacks say they are racially biased. Controversy arose over the arrest of a black man on New Year’s Eve for taking an officer’s Taser.