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After Trayvon: Acts of Kindness, Courage and Resistance

After Trayvon: Acts of Kindness, Courage and Resistance

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2013, 9:25AM

One year ago, unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot to death by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. A look at how people from all walks of life came together to support his family and call for justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Obama's Fatherhood Meme Ruffles Otherwise Ardent Supporters

Obama’s Fatherhood Meme Ruffles Otherwise Ardent Supporters

by Jamilah King on February 20 2013, 10:43AM

Critics are asking why the president sees family structure as the gun problem in Chicago, but not in Newton.

Topics: Chicago, Criminal Justice, Guns

Another Black Ex-LAPD Cop Writes Manifesto, Says He Understands Dorner

Another Black Ex-LAPD Cop Writes Manifesto, Says He Understands Dorner

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2013, 11:19AM

Joe Jones wants to make it clear he doesn’t support Chris Dorner, he just wants to share his own experience working for the LAPD. On Monday, the former officer posted a note on Facebook detailing experiences he had while in…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

5  Things You Probably Didn't Know About Drones in the U.S.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Drones in the U.S.

by , Jamilah King on February 13 2013, 10:33AM

No, the LAPD didn’t use a drone to track and kill Christopher Dorner. But the devices are still being used in some very unsettling ways to track U.S. citizens on American soil.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

LAPD 'Had No Idea' Who They Were Shooting At in Dorner Pursuit, Says Victims' Lawyer

LAPD ‘Had No Idea’ Who They Were Shooting At in Dorner Pursuit, Says Victims’ Lawyer

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 11:09AM

The search for the man dubbed the “LAPD Cop Killer” has led to three different innocent people being shot at by Southern California police. All three victims looked nothing like Chris Dorner, the target in the manhunt that’s gone on…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month

Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2013, 3:44PM

The CEO of the largest private corrections company in the United States wants to wish you a happy Black History Month.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Breaks Down 'Stop-Frisk' Data by Precinct and Race

NYPD Breaks Down ‘Stop-Frisk’ Data by Precinct and Race

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2013, 11:47AM

Earlier this week the New York Police Department released a report that breaks down its controversial stop and frisk policy by precinct and race.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence...But How?

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence…But How?

by Jamilah King on February 7 2013, 8:42AM

As the city becomes the face of urban gun violence, those working directly with the youth being killed struggle for satisfying answers.

Topics: Chicago, Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Guns, Schools & Youth

How Immigration Reform Could Expand Incarceration of Immigrants

How Immigration Reform Could Expand Incarceration of Immigrants

by on February 6 2013, 9:47AM

On it’s face, reform would mean fewer immigrants locked up. But House GOP and private prison operators are working to make sure that’s not the case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration Reform

Trayvon Martin Would Have Turned 18 Today

Trayvon Martin Would Have Turned 18 Today

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 6:17PM

Supporters mark Trayvon Martin’s 18th birthday in Sanford , Fla on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. The Orlando Sentinel captured video of supporters celebrating his birthday….

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

L.A. DA: Chris Brown Likely Faked His Community Service Hours

L.A. DA: Chris Brown Likely Faked His Community Service Hours

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 2:17PM

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey says Chris Brown has given no “credible, competent or verifiable” evidence that he has completed any of his court-ordered community labor LA Times reports: > Prosecutors noted “significant discrepancies” and are asking that…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

What Other Conversations Should We Be Having Alongside Gun Control Talks?

What Other Conversations Should We Be Having Alongside Gun Control Talks?

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 11:49AM

Colorlines.com’s editorial director Kai Wright was a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on Sunday for a discussion on gun control.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

What's in Store for Oakland With 'Supercop' William Bratton on the Beat?

What’s in Store for Oakland With ‘Supercop’ William Bratton on the Beat?

by Ali Winston on February 5 2013, 8:48AM

The city is struggling with violent crime and police scandal. But is Bratton’s reputation for cleaning up both things earned, or just saber-rattling and good PR.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

Man Who Killed Latino For Pulling in to Wrong Drive Way Out on Bail

Man Who Killed Latino For Pulling in to Wrong Drive Way Out on Bail

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2013, 11:29AM

Phillip Walker Sailors, the man who shot and killed 22-year-old Rodrigo Diaz for pulling in to his driveway is out on bail.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Where Do You Draw the Line Between Privacy and Public Safety? [Reader Forum]

Where Do You Draw the Line Between Privacy and Public Safety? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on January 28 2013, 9:03AM

Readers sound off on the policing of people of color everywhere, from the streets to between the sheets.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Health

Oakland Hires Former LAPD Chief Who Says Cities Without 'Stop-and-Frisk' Are Doomed

Oakland Hires Former LAPD Chief Who Says Cities Without ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Are Doomed

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2013, 1:07PM

Bratton also served as the New York City Police Commissioner and Boston Police Commissioner.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

'Gun Appreciation Day' Founder Says Slavery Wouldn't Have Happened if Slaves Were Armed

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ Founder Says Slavery Wouldn’t Have Happened if Slaves Were Armed

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 5:23PM

The chairman of Gun Appreciation Day Larry Ward is taking ‘Django Unchained’ a little too seriously.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

N.Y. Judge Rules Part of 'Stop-and-Frisk' is Unconstitutional

N.Y. Judge Rules Part of ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ is Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2013, 2:40PM

Manhattan Judge Shira Scheindlin said the practice of stopping people suspected of trespassing outside private buildings in the Bronx was unconstitutional.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Inmate Dies in Arpaio's Tent City

Inmate Dies in Arpaio’s Tent City

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 3:58PM

Authorities believe the inmate died of natural causes but an investigation has been launched into his death.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Homicides Increase After States Adopt 'Stand Your Ground' Laws, Study Finds

Homicides Increase After States Adopt ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws, Study Finds

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2013, 12:34PM

The study by Texas A&M economist Mark Hoekstra also also found the laws have “zero deterrence” effect.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW