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NYPD Using Facial Recognition Software on Facebook and Instagram Photos

NYPD Using Facial Recognition Software on Facebook and Instagram Photos

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2013, 1:13PM

The New York Police Department is using facial recognition technology to match photos of suspects with images in online databases like Facebook and Instagram.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Orleans Police Chief Says Curfew Enforcement Isn't Racially Biased

New Orleans Police Chief Says Curfew Enforcement Isn’t Racially Biased

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2013, 11:23AM

Even though 93 percent of those arrested are black.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman's Brother Says His Twitter Tirade Was

George Zimmerman’s Brother Says His Twitter Tirade Was “A Mistake”

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2013, 11:45AM

Robert Zimmerman Jr. on his recent controversial tweeting: “I apologize for it and I’m sincere about that”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Video Exclusive: David Floyd on Why He Sued NYPD Play

Video Exclusive: David Floyd on Why He Sued NYPD

by , Jay Smooth on March 25 2013, 6:00AM

Hours before he left the country for medical school, Colorlines.com caught up with David Floyd, the man who put his name on the biggest stop and frisk suit around. Here’s why he put himself on the line for this federal case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

Kimani Gray's School Sent a Letter to Parents Praising His Academic Abilities

Kimani Gray’s School Sent a Letter to Parents Praising His Academic Abilities

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2013, 2:39PM

Earlier this week Kimani Gray’s high school, The Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, sent a letter to parents and staff in honor of the teen who was fatally shot by undercover cops last week after he allegedly pulled a gun on them.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Will Arming Women Prevent Rape? [Reader Forum]

Will Arming Women Prevent Rape? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on March 19 2013, 10:11AM

Zerlina Maxwell went on Fox News and put rape culture on blast. Was her message effective? The Colorlines community responds.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Dispatch From Brooklyn: Fraying Patience With NYPD's Protection

Dispatch From Brooklyn: Fraying Patience With NYPD’s Protection

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 11:03AM

As the department’s stop-and-frisk program heads to court this week, the scene in Flatbush reveals just how tired many communities have become of the city’s policing style.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Stop and Frisk

On 'Gideon's' 50th, a Crisis in Public Defense Deepens Racial Inequality

On ‘Gideon’s’ 50th, a Crisis in Public Defense Deepens Racial Inequality

by on March 18 2013, 9:30AM

Fifty years ago today, “Gideon v. Wainwright” locked in poor peoples’ right to court-appointed counsel. Too bad the public defense system it wrought has failed to keep pace with drug-war policies that have led to the mass incarceration of black and brown people.

Topics: Criminal Justice

A Two-Minute Video Explains Why Jail Is Not the Answer for Youth Crime

A Two-Minute Video Explains Why Jail Is Not the Answer for Youth Crime

by Julianne Hing on March 15 2013, 4:58PM

The youthful transgressions of yore are landing kids in jail today. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Maryland House of Delegates Votes to End Death Penalty

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 2:44PM

Maryland is now the first state below the Mason-Dixon Line to abolish the death penalty.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Family of Slain Woman Killed by Chicago Police Officer's Aimless Shots Wins $4.5 Million

Family of Slain Woman Killed by Chicago Police Officer’s Aimless Shots Wins $4.5 Million

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 1:31PM

On Wednesday, close to a year after her death, the Chicago City Council approved a $4.5 million settlement for Boyd’s family.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Kimani Gray's Mother Speaks: 'He Was Slaughtered'

Kimani Gray’s Mother Speaks: ‘He Was Slaughtered’

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 11:25AM

Carol Gray told reporters that her son was slaughtered.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Today Marks the 5 Millionth ‘Stop-And-Frisk’ by NYPD Under Bloomberg, Says NYCLU

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2013, 1:34PM

The majority of stop-and-frisks victims are black and Latino—and 89% of stops result in no arrest of ticket.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Violence Looms in Third Day of Protests for Kimani Gray [PHOTOS]

NYPD Violence Looms in Third Day of Protests for Kimani Gray [PHOTOS]

by Jamilah King on March 14 2013, 10:18AM

The teen was shot and killed by NYPD officers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Study: Harris County, Texas Juries Twice As Likely to Demand Death Penalty for Black Defendants Than White

by Julianne Hing on March 13 2013, 3:05PM

The new report was released alongside a new appeal to demand a fair sentencing hearing for death row inmate Duane Buck.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Kills Teen Who Witness Says Was Just Adjusting Belt

NYPD Kills Teen Who Witness Says Was Just Adjusting Belt

by Jorge Rivas on March 12 2013, 11:53AM

NYPD says the shot the teen 11 times because he was reaching for a gun. But eyewitnesses say the teen was just running for his life.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Report: NYPD Spy Program Traumatized Muslim Communities

Report: NYPD Spy Program Traumatized Muslim Communities

by on March 12 2013, 8:48AM

A new report documents the human impact of the NYPD’s sprawling Muslim surveillance program. Though there’s no evidence that the spying stopped acts of terrorism, the report found that it has stoked fear and mistrust in schools, neighborhoods—and mosques.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Spying, Wealth Gap

New Study Finds a Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration Rates

New Study Finds a Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration Rates

by Julianne Hing on March 1 2013, 9:00AM

Thanks to falling youth crime rates and cash-strapped states (seriously), juveniles are less likely to land in prison. But when it comes to racial disparities, the devil remains in the details.

Topics: Criminal Justice, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Florida Task Force on 'Stand Your Ground' Gives the Controversial Law a Vote of Confidence

Florida Task Force on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Gives the Controversial Law a Vote of Confidence

by Jamilah King on February 27 2013, 8:57AM

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed a task force to examine the state’s ‘kill at will’ law. Their conclusion? It works just fine.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Chuck D. On CNN: 'Since Reagan And Bush, There's Been Nothing But Guns And Drugs In The Black Community'

Chuck D. On CNN: ‘Since Reagan And Bush, There’s Been Nothing But Guns And Drugs In The Black Community’

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2013, 3:40PM

Hip hop artist Chuck D. was a guest on CNN with Carol Costello earlier today to discuss the impact that the slaying of Trayvon Martin had on the nation one year later. “The bottom line is this: back when I…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW