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Activist Challenges Georgia 'Kill at Will' Law in Federal Suit

Activist Challenges Georgia ‘Kill at Will’ Law in Federal Suit

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 3:49PM

Lawsuit says African Americans have disproportionate chance to be killed under kill at will laws.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Goes Public, Launches Website to Raise Funds

Zimmerman Goes Public, Launches Website to Raise Funds

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 10:29AM

George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, has started a website and is soliciting donations.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

'The Talk' With My White Daughter: Don't Be Like John Derbyshire

‘The Talk’ With My White Daughter: Don’t Be Like John Derbyshire

by Sally Kohn on April 10 2012, 9:57AM

As the country mourns Trayvon Martin, a now-fired conservative pundit drew attention with a letter to his sons about fearing black men. Sally Kohn explains to her own daughter the perils of white privilege, and the pride of creating a true “beloved community.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman's Lawyer Cites 'Shaken Baby Syndrome' in Trayvon Martin Shooting

George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Cites ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ in Trayvon Martin Shooting

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 5:59PM

Hal Uhrig, a lawyer and former Gainesville, Florida, police officer who is representing George Zimmerman made an appearance on CBS’s “This Morning” last week and shared a glimpse of their defense.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Sources Say  Zimmerman Could be Arrested This Week

Sources Say Zimmerman Could be Arrested This Week

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 1:10PM

WFTV.com on Monday reported that two different sources have said Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman could be arrested this week, and that a Grand Jury will not meet on Tuesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Tulsa Cops Not Ready to Call Shooting Spree Racially Motivated

Tulsa Cops Not Ready to Call Shooting Spree Racially Motivated

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 11:45AM

Investigators work to determine whether the deadly Tulsa attacks were racially motivated. Police say one suspect may have been seeking revenge for his father’s death two years ago.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Police Blame Man Whose 911 Call Led Cops to Kill Unarmed Black Teen

Police Blame Man Whose 911 Call Led Cops to Kill Unarmed Black Teen

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 10:06AM

The shooting death of a black teen started out with a 911 call from Oscar Carrillo, who told the dispatcher his laptop was stolen at gunpoint by two armed men. But the men who allegedly robbed him never had a gun and now police want to charge him with manslaughter.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Orleans: All Four Danziger Bridge Cops Sentenced to 40-65 Years

New Orleans: All Four Danziger Bridge Cops Sentenced to 40-65 Years

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2012, 11:04AM

On Wednesday the Justice Department announced five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for the shootings of unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Kai Wright on MSNBC Discussing Character Assassination of Trayvon [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 3:54PM

Colorlines.com’s editorial director Kai Wright was a guest on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes” on Sunday to discuss the racial tensions being played out in media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon's Parents Accept Geraldo's Hoodie Apology, Still Must Defend Son

Trayvon’s Parents Accept Geraldo’s Hoodie Apology, Still Must Defend Son

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 2:14PM

The apology was reminiscent to an apology made last week by Rivera which apologized for causing offense but not for his initial statements.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Forensic Experts Say Screams on 911 Call Are Not George Zimmerman's

Forensic Experts Say Screams on 911 Call Are Not George Zimmerman’s

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 9:31AM

Two of the nations leading forensic voice identification experts say it was not George Zimmerman who was heard crying for help in the 911 call recordings in the moments before Trayvon Martin was killed.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Shooting Becomes First Story to Surpass Election Coverage in Media

Trayvon Shooting Becomes First Story to Surpass Election Coverage in Media

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 2:44PM

While all three sectors of media were suddenly focused on the same event their focus varied. Blogs had a lot to with the role of race being part of the story.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Media, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Despite New Video, Zimmerman's Father Still Blames Trayvon Martin

Despite New Video, Zimmerman’s Father Still Blames Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 11:20AM

Police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Worried About NYPD Spying? Go FOIL Yourself!

Worried About NYPD Spying? Go FOIL Yourself!

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 5:13PM

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund can help you file a Freedom of Information Law request to find out if the NYPD has been spying on you.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Spying

Sanford City Manager Asks Justice Department to Investigate Entire Police Department

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 2:32PM

The Trayvon Martin case is bringing more scrutiny on the Sanford Police Department.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Some Ask if Trayvon's Shooter Was Protected by Father, a Retired Judge

Some Ask if Trayvon’s Shooter Was Protected by Father, a Retired Judge

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 9:55AM

The lead investigator in the Trayvon Martin case recommended his killer, George Zimmerman, be arrested. But he’s still a free man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Thousands of Young Black Men Die in Gun Crimes Every Year Infographic

Thousands of Young Black Men Die in Gun Crimes Every Year

by Hatty Lee on March 28 2012, 9:00AM

For all the talk of hoodies and school suspensions and who punched whom first, one thing stands above the rest in Trayvon Martin’s death: There was a gun involved, and that’s a terribly common feature in the deaths of young black men.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin’s Family Files Papers to Trademark ‘I am Trayvon,’ ‘Justice for Trayvon’

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 3:26PM

Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton filed applications last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark two slogans associated with the 17-year-old: “I Am Trayvon,” and “Justice for Trayvon.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Howard University Men in Hoodies School You on Racial Profiling [Video]

Howard University Men in Hoodies School You on Racial Profiling [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 1:57PM

The Howard University men that are part of the Howard Students For Justice group created the video above that asks viewers to check their biases.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

For the First Time Ever, LAPD Probe Finds Officer Guilty of Racial Profiling

For the First Time Ever, LAPD Probe Finds Officer Guilty of Racial Profiling

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 11:47AM

A white Los Angeles Police Department officer stopped Latino drivers because of their ethnicity, an internal Los Angeles Police Department investigation has found.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW