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How East Haven, Conn., Became Synonymous With Racial Profiling

How East Haven, Conn., Became Synonymous With Racial Profiling

by Seth Freed Wessler on February 2 2012, 10:22AM

Even if the town cops’ lawlessness is fixed, questions remain that go far beyond East Haven’s city limits. The issue was not just that racist local cops wanted to deport immigrants; it’s that federal immigration authorities obliged them.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Immigration

Hazing Ruled Not the Cause of Chinese-American Marine’s Suicide ‎

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2012, 4:12PM

A Hawaii-based Marine pleads guilty to assault in hazing case, gets 30 days in jail, lower rank.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Prison Industrial (Retirement) Complex, by the Numbers Infographic

The Prison Industrial (Retirement) Complex, by the Numbers

by Hatty Lee on February 1 2012, 9:14AM

After decades of indiscriminately locking people up and throwing away the key, states are discovering yet another consequence of over-incarceration: rapidly aging prison populations.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Muslim Americans to NYPD: Enough Already, the Commish Must Go

Muslim Americans to NYPD: Enough Already, the Commish Must Go

by Seth Freed Wessler on January 27 2012, 9:48AM

This week’s revelation that NYPD leaders lied about their participation in an anti-Muslim film that was then shown to 1,500 trainees was just the latest in a growing string of evidence that the department is systematically profiling the city’s Muslim residents.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

Groups Want NYPD Chief's Job Over Anti-Muslim Propaganda in Trainings

Groups Want NYPD Chief’s Job Over Anti-Muslim Propaganda in Trainings

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 11:32AM

Propaganda included a film that described the goal of “much of Muslim leadership here in America” is to “infiltrate and dominate” the United States.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ward Connerly Being Investigated by IRS for Mismanaging Funds

Ward Connerly Being Investigated by IRS for Mismanaging Funds

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 1:50PM

Ward Connerly, the man that’s campaigned agaisnt affirmative action across the country, is being accused of mismanaging and exploiting donations made by fellow conservatives for his own benefit.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

NYPD Officers Shot and Killed a Black Man Yesterday in his Own Home

NYPD Officers Shot and Killed a Black Man Yesterday in his Own Home

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 12:58PM

Details about NYPD Officers shooting an African-American male in his home Thursday still remain unclear but neighbors claim that the victim had been innocent of any wrongdoing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Punches Mentally Ill Woman [Video]

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Punches Mentally Ill Woman [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 3:20PM

A woman, who witnesses say was not being combative, was punched in the face by a Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Pvt. Danny Chen Driven to Suicide After Racist Bullying

Pvt. Danny Chen Driven to Suicide After Racist Bullying

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 11:08AM

The 19-year-old, born and raised in Manhattan’s Chinatown, was reportedly driven to suicide after months of racist bullying and abuse.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Utica, NY Cops’ Dash Camera Caught Them Allegedly Planting Evidence in Driver’s Car

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 2:32PM

Video of a Utica police officer allegedly planting evidence in a black driver’s car has sparked a number of similar reports from the city’s black residents.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Hundreds March in Oakland on Anniversary of Oscar Grant's Killing

Hundreds March in Oakland on Anniversary of Oscar Grant’s Killing

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 12:24PM

A march and vigil was held Sunday to mark the third anniversary of Oscar Grant’s murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sen. Reid on Arpaio: Fix Broken Immigration System

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 5:07PM

The Senate Majority leader says he’s continuing to fight for immigration reform.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Arpaio Has Harsh Words for Obama, Says He'll Go to Federal Court if He Must

Arpaio Has Harsh Words for Obama, Says He’ll Go to Federal Court if He Must

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 2:16PM

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has some harsh words for, who he calls, “Obama and his merry men.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Department of Homeland Security and ICE End Sheriff Arpaio's 287(g) Contract

Department of Homeland Security and ICE End Sheriff Arpaio’s 287(g) Contract

by Jorge Rivas on December 15 2011, 5:00PM

Sheriff Joe Arpaio will no longer have the ability to hold undocumented detainees after they’ve served their time for their initial arrest.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

DOJ Confirms Joe Arpaio is a Racist Sheriff, Demands Reform

DOJ Confirms Joe Arpaio is a Racist Sheriff, Demands Reform

by Jorge Rivas on December 15 2011, 1:32PM

The Department of Justice has released key findings from their investigation that started in 2008 and their giving Sheriff Joe Arpaio an ultimatum: cooperate with us or we’ll sue you.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

NC: Governor Vetoes Repeal of Racial Justice Act

NC: Governor Vetoes Repeal of Racial Justice Act

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2011, 5:07PM

North Carolina’s governor vetoed a bill that would have repealed a law that allows death-row inmates to appeal their sentences based on statistical proof of racial bias.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Troy Davis

Antone De'Jaun Correia Writes Obituary For His Uncle, Troy Davis

Antone De’Jaun Correia Writes Obituary For His Uncle, Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on December 12 2011, 10:34AM

On the heels of mounting losses in his family, the brave 17-year-old publishes an obituary remembering his uncle for the wisdom and love he showed others while in prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Black Drivers in Milwaukee are Seven Times More Likely to be Stopped by Police

Black Drivers in Milwaukee are Seven Times More Likely to be Stopped by Police

by Jorge Rivas on December 9 2011, 12:59PM

Black Milwaukee drivers are seven times more likely to be stopped by city police as a white driver. Eventhough police found contraband items in searches involving black drivers at the same rate as whites.

Topics: Criminal Justice

What Arpaio Didn't Do This Time: Over 400 Sex Crimes Ignored

What Arpaio Didn’t Do This Time: Over 400 Sex Crimes Ignored

by Noelle de la Paz on December 8 2011, 9:50AM

While “America’s Toughest Sheriff” chased down immigrants, his office also refused to investigate child abuse claims involving the children of undocumented residents.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Joe Arpaio

Mumia Abu-Jamal Will No Longer Face Death Penalty

Mumia Abu-Jamal Will No Longer Face Death Penalty

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 2:53PM

But supporters are still fighting for the former Black Panther to be freed from prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice