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Despite Obamacare Advances, Racial Health Disparities for Women of Color Abound

Despite Obamacare Advances, Racial Health Disparities for Women of Color Abound

From access to health care to health-care coverage and health outcomes, women of color in the U.S. have distinctly different experiences than their white female counterparts, according to a new 50-state report card released Tuesday by the Alliance for a Just Society. 

Black women have worse health outcomes than women overall in unique areas, like hypertension and infant mortality. For all 38 states that self-reported data on the topic, black women have an infant morality rate that’s at least 20 percent higher than it is for women overall, according to the report. In seven states, black women post an infant mortality rate double what women overall experience. Diabetes in particular is a problem that has a disproportionate impact on Latinas and Asian women, and Native American women experience higher rates of asthma than women overall do.

Inequities extend to access to care and healthcare coverage. In more than half of U.S. states, black women are uninsured at rates that are at least 10 percent higher than the uninsured rate for women overall, according to the report. In one-third of U.S. states black women are uninsured at rates 20 percent higher than women overall. In 17 states, Latinas are uninsured at rates double the rate uninsured rate of women overall. 

These problems stem from 21 states’ refusal to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income residents, concludes the Alliance for Justice Society, whose executive director LeeAnn Hall serves on the board of Colorlines’ publisher Race Forward. Those states that refused Medicaid expansion performed especially poorly in AJS’ report card. Boosting Medicaid expansion tops the organization’s policy recommendations. 

“While many states are making critical progress on women’s health thanks to the Affordable Care Act, this report card underscores that we must do more, starting with getting every state to cover low-income women through Medicaid,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said in a statement, echoing the report card’s findings.

For more, read the Alliance for a Just Society report card here.

How Residential Segregation Still Divides St. Louis

How Residential Segregation Still Divides St. Louis

Why do whites live where they live? Why do blacks live where they live? “In 1968, Larman Williams was one of the first African Americans to buy a home in the white suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. It wasn’t easy.” That’s the beginning of Richard Rothstein’s “The Making of Ferguson” in the fall issue of The American Prospect. As any St. Louisan will tell you, you can’t talk about what’s wrong with Ferguson without first understanding the region’s patchwork of municipal boundaries—holdovers from the Jim Crow era, Rothstein says. He emphasizes that current residential segregation is not just a result of choice or the private prejudices of white homeowners. It’s also, “the explicit intents of federal, state, and local governments to create racially segregated metropolises”—not only in St. Louis but throughout the country.

That government, not private prejudice, was responsible for segregating greater St. Louis was once widely recognized. In 1974, a federal appeals court concluded, “Segregated housing in the St. Louis metropolitan area was … in large measure the result of deliberate racial discrimination in the housing market by the real estate industry and by agencies of the federal, state, and local governments.” The Department of Justice stipulated to this truth but took no action in response. In 1980, a federal court ordered the state, county, and city governments to devise plans to integrate schools by integrating housing. Public officials ignored the order, devising only a voluntary busing plan to integrate schools, but not housing.

Read the rest, including the Jim Crow-era experiences of pioneering black homeowners, now at The American Prospect. Looking for even deeper analysis? Check out Rothstein’s paper at The Economic Policy Institute.

 

Crisis Mode at Texas Hospital, Elizabeth Peña Dies

Crisis Mode at Texas Hospital, Elizabeth Peña Dies

This is what I’m reading up on today:

  • Dallas’ Texas Presbyterian is in damage-control mode, but lax U.S. guidelines may be to blame for the hospital’s failure to stop the spread of Ebola.
  • RIP Elizabeth Peña, 1959-2014.
  • Remember that awful video of tech bros kicking brown kids off of a San Francisco soccer field? Longtime residents of the city’s Mission District rallied on Wednesday to change the city’s Park and Recreation reservation policies.
  • Lucas may be able to use Venmo to send cash to friends, but Ahmed apparently can’t.
TAGS: Morning Rush

For One Black Muslim, a Prison Sentence for Refusing FBI Informant Recruitment

For One Black Muslim, a Prison Sentence for Refusing FBI Informant Recruitment

The FBI effort to quash black nationalist “subversion” in the 1950s and ’60s set the agency up well to continue infiltrating and destabilizng black Muslim communities when Sept. 11 provided a 21st century mandate to fight the threat of Muslim “radicalization,” The Nation argues this week in its report about Ayyub Abdul-Alim.

Abdul-Alim, who’s Puerto Rican and black, grew up in New York City and was living in Springfield, Massachusetts, when he was first approached by an FBI agent in 2010. The agent’s invitation to become an informant grew into harassment and hounding. Then police, Abdul-Alim says, planted a gun on him and arrested him in 2011. In custody, a police officer, also working with the FBI, offered Abdul-Alim a trade—his freedom for a lucrative contract as an FBI informant. He refused, and ended up paying dearly.

Arun Kundnani, Emily Keppler, and Muki Najaer, reporting for The Nation, put Abdul-Alim’s case in historical perspective:

Since 9/11, a key element in the FBI’s counter-terrorism tactics has been the aggressive recruitment and deployment of large numbers of informants among Muslim communities in the United States. Part of the purpose is to gather information on political or community activism, which the FBI frames as a precursor to extremist violence. But the tactics also fit a familiar pattern—one that harkens back to the FBI’s history of targeting the civil rights and Black Power movements of the 1960s, when it was likewise asserted that extremist ideologues were fueling violence.

Today, black Muslims stand at the intersection of the War on Drugs’ institutional racism and the War on Terror’s institutional Islamophobia: their race frames them as prone to gang violence, their religion as a terrorist threat. Abdul-Alim’s case shows the extreme measures the FBI is willing to use to pressure Muslims to work as informants on the terror war’s domestic front.

Read the story in its riveting entirety at The Nation.

Undocumented Harvard Student Allowed to Return to the U.S.

Undocumented Harvard Student Allowed to Return to the U.S.

According to the Associated Press (AP), an undocumented student who left to Mexico in hopes of helping his mother battle cancer will be allowed to return to the United States on temporary humanitarian parole. 

Dario Guerrero Meneses, 21, is a student at Harvard. After his mother, 41-year-old Rocio Meneses Díaz, was unsuccessfully treated for cancer in the U.S., Guerrero accompanied her to Mexico for alternative care this past summer. Nevertheless, she passed away a week later, on August 14.

Guerrero’s lived almost his entire life in the U.S., first arriving at the age of 2. And although he obtained Deferred Status for Undocumented Immigrants, which largely protects him from deportation, Guerrero was ineligible to return immediately.

Guerrero, who will soon be a father himself, petitioned for the ability to return on humanitarian grounds through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services; he was approved Tuesday. AP posted his reaction and specified that the move doesn’t carve out a permanent solution:

“Oh my God. I don’t know. I feel good!” Guerrero said as the news brought tears of joy to his aunts and cousins. Guerrero said he was excited to resume his education and take up new family responsibilities.

This parole is temporary. It lasts for two years and does not give him legal residency, let alone a clear path to U.S. citizenship.

You can read the full story over at AP

Gunshot Residue Found on Vonderrit Myers, Police Say

Gunshot Residue Found on Vonderrit Myers, Police Say

Vonderrit Myers Jr., the 18-year-old black man who was shot and killed by St. Louis police last week, had gunshot residue on his hands and clothing, according to crime lab results. The findings, reported by St. Louis’ KSDK, are an added piece of evidence as investigators and the public work to build a coherent timeline of events before a uniformed off-duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed Myers last Wednesday. The findings don’t, however, reconcile the divergent accounts of what happened before Myers was killed.

KSDK’s Kevin Held reports:

The tests confirm gunshot residue on Myers’ hand, the inner waistband of his jeans, and on his T-shirt. Investigators say the presence of gunshot residue on a person’s hands could mean that individual fired a gun, was near a gun when it was fired, or touched an object with gunshot residue on it. Also, people who are shot at close range can have gunshot residue on their person.

In the wake of the shooting, Myers’ family insisted that he was unarmed and holding a sandwich. According to police, the uniformed off-duty officer approached Myers and two others last Wednesday before they scattered. When the cop confronted Myers, police say, Myers discharged a gun three times before the cop responded with gunshots of his own, killing the teen.

Myers’ prior interactions with the criminal justice system show that he was “no angel,” the St. Louis Police Association said according to the St. Louis American. It’s a loaded descriptor though. The New York Times, in its much-criticized profile of slain teen Michael Brown, also described Brown as “no angel,” a phrase the paper reserved for convicted white rapists and murderers, a Nazi field marshal and Magic Johnson. Brown and Myers, both black and 18 years old, were shot and killed by police officers exactly two months apart.

Watch: Stop-and-Frisk and Police-Community Relations in the U.S.

Watch: Stop-and-Frisk and Police-Community Relations in the U.S.

Addressing an audience of prosecutors and policymakers gathered in New York City late last month, U.S. attorney general Eric Holder said, “As you’ve noted, what gets measured is what gets funded and what gets funded is what gets done.” In 2013, the federal government sent nearly $4 billion in criminal justice grants across the country to places including St. Louis. States and cities depend heavily on federal funding to augment slashed police and prosecutorial budgets. Resistant-to-change institutions also use federal funds to test new policies. “Federal grants,” according to a new Brennan Center report, “have an outsize impact on state and local criminal justice practices.” And grant money typically flows to agencies and organizations that quantify impact, damage, harm or success. Dollars flow, as Holder says, to what gets measured—and today’s panel being livestreamed out of Washington, D.C. is an insider’s look at what’s getting measured.

Can “evidence-based criminal justice research” improve policing in high crime or urban communities of color? To find out, watch “Stop and Frisk: The Role of Police Strategies and Tactics in Police-Community Relations,” livestreamed today from noon to 1:30 p.m. EST at The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Panelists include: Cathy Lanier, chief of police, D.C.; Ronald L. Davis, community oriented policing services, U.S. Department of Justice; Tracie L. Keesee, Center for Policing Equity, UCLA (which had been evaluating the St. Louis County PD’s traffic stops in the months before Michael Brown’s murder).

Watch above.

And ICYMI, check out video from last night’s Town Hall on Race, Policing and Civil Rights, for activist and community leaders’ perspectives on the pace and possibility of stop-and-frisk and police accountability reform.

Second Hospital Worker Infected with Ebola, Hong Kong Police Attack Protestors, BET Hip Hop Awards

Second Hospital Worker Infected with Ebola, Hong Kong Police Attack Protestors, BET Hip Hop Awards

Here’s what I’m reading up on this morning: 

  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels a talk after security measures aren’t taken to address the threat of a mass shooting. 
  • More than 100 black candidates fill November’s ballots—a record high
TAGS: Morning Rush

Watch: Town Hall on Race, Policing and Civil Rights in the U.S.

Watch: Town Hall on Race, Policing and Civil Rights in the U.S.

Keep the national policing conversation sparked by the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, John Crawford and more going. They’re the subject of a town hall panel in Brooklyn tonight that will livestream for two hours, beginning at 7 p.m. E.S.T. Panelists include: Esmeralda Simmons, Center for Law & Social Justice, Medgar Evers College; Lumumba Bandele, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Jumaane Williams, City Council Member; Rinku Sen, Race Forward (publisher of Colorlines); Linda Sarsour, Arab American Association; and Anthony Miranda, Latino Officers Association.

Watch livestreamed video above. Join the online conversation and Tweet questions to panelists: #BHeard.

And read ProPublica’s latest on police killings and black men: in recent years, young black men were 21 times more likely than young white men to be killed by police.

LAUSD Asks Judge to Reveal Child Sex Abuse Victims’ Immigration Status

LAUSD Asks Judge to Reveal Child Sex Abuse Victims' Immigration Status

The Los Angeles Unified School District is asking a judge to reveal the immigration status of children who were sexually abused by their Miramonte Elementary schoolteacher, Mark Berndt. The request claims that if children seek monetary damages for future earnings losses, their status should be weighed.

In a motion first reported by NBC 4 News Los Angeles and obtained by Colorlines today, LAUSD attorneys outline the argument:

Thus, to the extent the plaintiffs in this lawsuit seek loss of earnings or lost wages, their immigration status is directly relevant to the determination of their potential for future earning capacity and, thus, is relevant to the determination of damages. 

As Colorlines has reported, immigration status has been a central theme in this case—with parents expressing deportation concerns. Then-Sheriff Lee Baca issued a letter to parents in 2012 assuring them that there wouldn’t be questions about status.

Berndt was originally investigated by the district in December 2010—but it didn’t suspend the teacher until the following February. He wasn’t arrested until January 2012. Parents and guardians weren’t told about the initial investigation and didn’t hear about it until about a year later. Berndt pleaded no contest in 2013 to molesting 23 children and is serving 25 years. 

Black and Latino Engineering Graduation Rates Don’t Match up With Tech Industry Hiring

Black and Latino Engineering Graduation Rates Don't Match up With Tech Industry Hiring

Blacks and Latinos graduate with degrees in computer science and engineering from top universities at rates that aren’t reflected in the tech industry’s hiring practices, a USA Today investigation found.

Elizabeth Weise and Jessica Guynn report for USA Today:

On average, just 2% of technology workers at seven Silicon Valley companies that have released staffing numbers are black; 3% are Hispanic.

But last year, 4.5% of all new recipients of bachelor’s degrees in computer science or computer engineering from prestigious research universities were African American, and 6.5% were Hispanic, according to data from the Computing Research Association.

The USA TODAY analysis was based on the association’s annual Taulbee Survey, which includes 179 U.S. and Canadian universities that offer doctorates in computer science and computer engineering.

Diversity, and the lack thereof, has been the talk of the tech industry this summer as top companies including Twitter, Google, Pinterest, eBay, Facebook, and Microsoft slowly succumbed to public pressure and shared the racial and gender breakdowns of their staff. Unsurprisingly, the tech world is a white- and Asian-male dominated industry.

Amidst the hand-wringing, the USA Today investigation findings should quell one common rejoinder, which is that there just aren’t enough talented black and Latino applicants, The New School professor Darrick Hamilton tells USA Today

Getting more women and people of color into technical positions isn’t important merely to fill out a company’s diversity profile. Some science and technology educational programs argue that getting girls of color into the tech pipeline is a matter of equity and economic sustainability. 

In Ferguson, a Secretive, Federal Team of Racial Conflict Mediators

In Ferguson, a Secretive, Federal Team of Racial Conflict Mediators

They were dispatched to Seattle in 2010 after police shot and killed a Native American woodcarver. They were sent to the 2009 Oakland protests sparked by Oscar Grant’s shooting death. And then to Sanford, Florida, in 2012 after protests erupted in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s killing. They’ve been in the St. Louis area since even before Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. And they’re in Ferguson now, a team of under-the-radar federal mediators known as the Community Relations Service, overseen by the Department of Justice, who are sent to the scene of bubbling racial conflicts.

This weekend the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explored the limits and powers of the agency, which operates under a cloak of privacy and secrecy. As in: minimal contact with press, closed door community meetings, and peacekeeping but no investigative authority. 

The Post-Dispatch’s David Hunn reports:

[I]ts goal, said Director Grande H. Lum in an interview last week with the Post-Dispatch, isn’t to make arrests or file lawsuits, but to give all sides a private place to talk, and, hopefully, solve their own problems.

“Those are the longest-lasting solutions — when the people themselves resolve their own disputes,” Lum said. His unit, he said, allows “people to speak.”

Lum wouldn’t discuss the details of his agency’s work in Ferguson. He said mediators are trained to identify underlying causes, parties involved, and those who need to be included.

“We are going to be there,” Lum said, “as long as it is needed.”

That could be a very long time. Read the rest of the Post-Dispatch story.

Actress Khandi Alexander Discovers Racial Violence Victim in Her Family Tree

Actress Khandi Alexander Discovers Racial Violence Victim in Her Family Tree

Tonight on PBS’ “Finding your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” actress Khandi Alexander learns that her grandfather may’ve been killed by white coworkers in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1935. Neither her mother nor grandmother ever talked about her grandfather’s, Joshua Masters,’ death at age 25 while working at a rosin factory. “Maybe it was too painful,” Alexander says, at first in a questioning voice. Then she’s sure: “Maybe it was too painful.”

Masters had worked as a factory distiller. It was a job normally reserved for white men whom Gates, after some investigation says, may have resented having a black boss.

Watch Alexander’s reaction in the clip above and her full story during tonight’s episode of “Finding your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” 

Karen Lewis Pulls Out of Chicago Mayoral Race

Karen Lewis Pulls Out of Chicago Mayoral Race

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is putting aside her mayoral ambitions while she battles a brain tumor, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. The charismatic firebrand was set for a hotly anticipated standoff with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in his bid for re-election. 

Her mayoral bid was an outgrowth of the political momentum Lewis, a former chemistry teacher, gained when she and the Chicago Teachers Union took on Emanuel in an historic 2012 citywide teachers strike. In that fight, Lewis and the union refocused a mainstream education reform conversation typically depicted as one between self-interested teachers unions and everyone else into a conversation about equity and children’s educational rights in a constrained, anti-labor climate. 

It’s little coincidence that their showdown happened in Chicago, President Obama’s hometown and a testing ground for the school-reform policies championed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and now executed by Rahm Emanuel. Among the most controversial of those policies has been school closures, which advocates argue disproportionately impact black and Latino students. Last year Emanuel shuttered 49 schools. Polls conducted by the Chicago Tribune in August show that voters have been siding with unions instead of Emanuel when it comes to handling schools.

Without Lewis in the race, Emanuel’s lost his most formidable opponent, the Chicago Tribune reported this morning.

New Ebola Patient Identified, Kim Jong Un Returns to Public, Moon Volcanos

New Ebola Patient Identified, Kim Jong Un Returns to Public, Moon Volcanos

Here’s what I’m reading up on this morning:

  • What would marijuana legalization look like in Washington, D.C., where roughly half the population is black?
  • August is a $250 smart lock connected to your phone through an app. Not like hackers would ever want to figure out how to break into your house or anything. 
  • Wow. Volcanos on the moon seem to have erupted much more recently than first thought—maybe within the last 50 million years (estimates were in the billions before that). 
TAGS: Morning Rush

What is ‘The Whiteness Project?’

What is 'The Whiteness Project?'

A new PBS series presents, as millennials site .Mic* notes, an “unironic” look at how white Americans experience their racial identity. Last week’s first installment of the 22-episode series by filmmaker Whitney Dow* is a little more than a minute of interviews with residents of Buffalo, New York, one of the country’s most segregated cities. Expect more as Dow will interview more than 1,000 people around the country. Some of his goals, as shared in his artistic statement:

“…to engender debate about the role of whiteness in American society and encourage white Americans to become fully vested participants in the ongoing debate about the role of race in American society.. …The Whiteness Project hopes to bring everyday white Americans, especially those who would not normally engage in a project about race, into the racial discussion—to help them understand the active role their race plays in every facet of their lives, to remove some of the confusion and guilt that many white people feel around the subject of race and to help white Americans learn to own their whiteness—and everything positive and negative it represents—in the same way that every other ethnicity owns its ethnic identity.

The project has elicited strong opinions, positive and negative. Watch the video above and read more at .Mic, The Whiteness Project and on Facebook.

Check your local PBS station for showtimes.

*Post has been updated since publication to  to reflect that PolicyMic.com has changed its name to .Mic and to correct the misspelling, “Down.”

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, New Ebola Case, Evo Wins Again, Nobel in Economics

Indigenous Peoples' Day, New Ebola Case, Evo Wins Again, Nobel in Economics

Here’s what I’m reading up on this morning: 

  • A high school in Sayerville, New Jersey, cancels football season after allegations that seven players sexually assaulted four of their teammates. 
  • The Nobel Prize for economics goes to Jean Tirole, probably best known for his work on the ways in which regulators can tame privatized industries.
TAGS: Morning Rush

Weekend Reads: Ferguson, Young Black Men And Resistance

Weekend Reads: Ferguson, Young Black Men And Resistance

Not many people know the modern history in the video above. Head into the weekend with actor Jeremy Renner on “The Daily Show” discussing “Kill the Messenger,”the new film about the CIA’s role in bringing crack-cocaine to urban America. The opening clip about which kids America cares about is particularly prescient given the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations’ War on Drugs policies, in particular harsh sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders, of course.

But this week also saw St. Louis’ third deadly police shooting of a young black man in two months. As Ferguson’s Weekend of Resistance gets underway, a related selection of reads all in the vein of #BlackLivesMatter:

Faith leaders are among those most capable of bridging stark racial divides in St. Louis. Ahead of an interfaith dialogue this Sunday at St. Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena, evangelical Christian and founding editor of Sojourners magazine, Jim Wallis, touched on the most segregated spaces in America in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

…I think white Christians and white churches have to pay attention here. There shouldn’t be some terribly different conversation going on in our white churches and black churches. So, this is a challenge to the white churches to pay attention, to listen to our brothers and sisters, to care as much about our brothers and sisters who are black, as much as we care about our own kids who are white…. [When] we divide along racial lines — that’s a denial of the Gospel.

“[A] path can be traced from slavery to the killing of Michael Brown,” Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts writes in “The Worth of Black Men, From Slavery to Ferguson.”

Just out today, ProPublica’s analysis of 32 years of “[more than 12,000] killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.” Note: That number is a “minimum count” of police homicides as violence researchers have long complained that the FBI’s database of police shootings “is terribly incomplete.” Read ProPublica to learn how.

And ahead of the midterms (and in the long lead-up to 2016), labor leader Richard Trumka continues to speak up about racial justice. He talked about race and Mike Brown in St. Louis last month and today, in California, he discussed drawing down mass incarceration. On the state ballot this November will be Proposition 47, which reduces harsh penalties for simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor.

‘Kill The Messenger’ Movie Revisits the CIA and How Crack-Cocaine Exploded in the US

'Kill The Messenger' Movie Revisits the CIA and How Crack-Cocaine Exploded in the US

I came of age in New York City overhearing older folks who’d lived through the crack era, ask a series of open-ended questions that began like this: “We didn’t own no planes. How you think crack got here?” How, indeed. That’s the subject of a new film opening tonight called “Kill The Messenger.” Actor Jeremy Renner plays investigative journalist Gary Webb whose controversial 1996 three-part newspaper series opens like this:

For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury New investigation has found. 

The drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia’s cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the “crack” capital of hte world. The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America and provided the cash and connections needed for L.A.’s gangs to buy automatic weapons.

The series rocked the country. One 1997 article described it as, “the most talked-about piece of journalism in 1996 and arguably the most famous—some would say infamous—set of articles of the decade.”

So what happened after? Three major newspapers—The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times—some in collaboration with the CIA, The Intercept reports—set out to discredit Webb. They did. In December 2004, Webb, an award-winning investigative journalist and 49-year-old father of three who reportedly suffered bouts of clinical depression, took his own life.

“Kill the Messenger,” largely viewed as a vindication of Gary Webb, opens nationwide tonight. It’s sure to stir memories for familes displaced by civil war in Nicaragua and those in the U.S. who not only came of age under crack-cocaine but, who also sought to rebuild their communities in the decades after.

As for the truth of Webb’s claims, from Nick Schou, author of the biography on which the movie is based, in The Intercept:

“I think it’s fair to take a look at the story objectively and say that it could have been better edited, it could have been packaged better, it would have been less inflammatory. … But these are all kind of minor things compared to the bigger picture, which is that he documented for the first time in the history of U.S. media how CIA complicity with Central American drug traffickers had actually impacted the sale of drugs north of the border in a very detailed, accurate story. And that’s, I think, the take-away here.”

 

Brooklyn D.A. Investigates Video Showing Cop Taking Money from Man

Brooklyn D.A. Investigates Video Showing Cop Taking Money from Man

In a video posted on the New York Times, an unnamed, white Brooklyn police officer appears to take a handful of money from a black man’s pocket. The officer then appears to indiscriminately pepper-spray the man, Lamard Joye. When his sister, Lateefah Joye, asks the officer for his name, she too is pepper-sprayed.

According to the Times, Joye was hanging out with friends celebrating his birthday in Coney Island in the early hours of September 16. The NYPD says it received a call about a man with a gun. Officers arrived on the scene. What happens next and was caught on video is now the subject of investigations by the Brooklyn district attorney, the Internal Affairs Bureau and the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Joye wasn’t arrested—and he never got his money back. Joye’s lawyer, Robert Marinelli, says what happened to the money remains a mystery:

Mr. Marinelli said he has submitted pay and bank records to the district attorney showing his client, who works in construction, had earned a few thousand dollars in early September and had withdrawn a couple of thousand dollars, intending to celebrate his birthday with his wife.

“I believe that this officer made an assumption that any money Mr. Joye possessed was obtained illegally and therefore he would not report the theft,” Mr. Marinelli said. “This assumption was wrong. Mr. Joye is a hardworking taxpayer. An incident like this would never occur in a more affluent section of the city.”

You can read the full story over at The New York Times

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