Speaking in New Orleans, the Massachusetts senator cited disproportionate arrests of African-Americans for petty drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; and state laws that keep convicted felons from voting even after their sentences are complete.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction against Maricopa County, Az., arising from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial profiling tactics and a contempt finding against him for willfully violating a previous order to stop the practice. The case has already cost the county more than $100 million for training and technology and to compensate victims for rights violations.
Many incarcerated individuals develop a cultural or racial consciousness they ignored when they were free—and prison authorities encourage it as a healthy way to build character. But there’s a dark underside, says a Washington State inmate.
The alt-right hopes to hold rallies in Charlottesville, Va., and Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of last year’s shocking demonstrations. But the key organizer says fear of violence and internal bickering likely will tamp down attendance.
Civil rights groups filed the suit on behalf of the advocacy group Black Love Resists in the Rust after a 2012 “Strike Force” unit established traffic checkpoints in high-crime areas in Buffalo, with what it claimed were adverse affects on minorities. These checkpoints were disproportionately placed in Black and Latino communities.
A new book examines the arrest data produced by police stops in North Carolina, and finds the public safety benefit was minimal. In a conversation with The Crime Report, co-author Frank Baumgartner says it should make police departments across the US reevaluate a practice that is often considered racial profiling.
All New York City police officers are being trained via a $4.5 million contract with Fair and Impartial Policing, a Florida company. Lorie Fridell, a criminologist at the University of South Florida who runs the firm, said the training is not meant to cure officers of biases, but to teach them to be aware of moments when an acquired bias surfaces, so that it can be managed.
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.