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.
As Starbucks plans to close 8,000 stores for an afternoon of training on racial bias, the Philadelphia case raises questions about how businesses and police are supposed to distinguish between customers and illegal interlopers.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says officers acted appropriately when they took two men into custody for asking to use a restroom without making a purchase. Critics said the incident was racially motivated; Starbucks apologized.
Fifty years after the Kerner Commission set in motion a national effort to fix racial inequities in the justice system, a draft strategic plan crafted by the Attorney General threatens to reopen all our old wounds—and perhaps create new ones, say two reform advocates.
Black students, boys, and students with disabilities are disproportionately disciplined in K-12 schools across the U.S., says a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Some 15.5 percent of public school students are black but they make up 39 percent of those suspended.
One reason Louisiana leads the nation in sentences of life without parole is that it allows 10 of 12 jurors to agree on a conviction. If two blacks make it onto a jury, their votes don’t matter, The Advocate reports.
Experts hope that the reform will address rampant racial disparities in sentencing that were reported by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Records kept by court clerks, state attorneys, public defenders, jail operators and law enforcement will be centralized, and the results will be published through a new database updated weekly.
Gov. Philip Murphy favors legalization, but Sen. Ronald Rice, a fellow Democrat, opposes it. Rice believes that legal pot would proliferate in black communities and would produce a new generation of drug abusers.