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Bloomberg's Fear of Muslims Helped Drive the NYPD's Shameless Spying

Bloomberg’s Fear of Muslims Helped Drive the NYPD’s Shameless Spying

by on March 15 2012, 9:28AM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s defense of the NYPD’s spying on Muslim communities shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Mayor’s had a tense relationship with Muslim and Arab communities for nearly a decade.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

Bloomberg Basically Admits NYPD Spied on Muslims For No Reason Other Than Religion

by on March 9 2012, 1:05PM

The New York Police Department has spied on Muslim New Yorkers for no other reason than that they are Muslim. Yesterday, after months of near silence from federal officials, Attorney General Eric Holder called the program “disturbing”.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Spying

Turns Out One of Anonymous' Most Notorious Leaders is a N.Y. Latino Man Who's Been Working With FBI for Months

Turns Out One of Anonymous’ Most Notorious Leaders is a N.Y. Latino Man Who’s Been Working With FBI for Months

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 2:10PM

Fox News is reporting a leader of an Anonymous offshoot, that’s believed to have caused billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations, was allegedly led by Hector Xavier Monsegur.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

McDonald's Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims

McDonald’s Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 1:51PM

On Tuesday, McDonald’s denied participating in a campaign called “Three Strikes, You’re In!” that rewarded New Yorkers who have been victims of NYPD’s stop and frisk policies with a Happy Meal.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Black Youth Disproportionately Sentenced to Life Without Parole [Report]

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 4:18PM

The report found the racial dynamics of victims and offenders may play a key role in determining which offenders are sentenced to juvenile life without parol.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ruling for First Death Row Inmate to test North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act Expected Soon

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 3:21PM

The North Carolina law lets prisoners use statistical patterns to try to prove death sentences or jury selections were racially biased.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

AP Reports White House Helped Fund NYPD Muslim Spying Programs

AP Reports White House Helped Fund NYPD Muslim Spying Programs

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2012, 1:09PM

The Associated Press reported Monday that the White House money has paid for the cars that plainclothes NYPD officers used to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods and paid for computers that stored even innocuous information about Muslim college students, mosque sermons and social events.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New York's Mostly Black and Latino Stop-and-Frisk Victims Speak Out

New York’s Mostly Black and Latino Stop-and-Frisk Victims Speak Out

by Jorge Rivas on February 27 2012, 4:43PM

New York City Police Department released new data to the City Council earlier this month revealed there were 684,330 stop-and-frisks in 2011—close to 90% of those stopped were black and Latino.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jorge Ramos Tells Sheriff Arpaio That Latinos Think He's 'Worst of America'

Jorge Ramos Tells Sheriff Arpaio That Latinos Think He’s ‘Worst of America’

by Jorge Rivas on February 27 2012, 10:55AM

Univision’s Jorge Ramos had a heated exchange with Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio on his show Sunday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Group Files Paperwork to Find Out Who Gave NYPD Money To Spy

Group Files Paperwork to Find Out Who Gave NYPD Money To Spy

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 11:19AM

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund has submitted Freedom of Information Law requests to obtain public information regarding the sources of funding for these NYPD initiatives.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Muslim Students Reeling From Shocking News of NYPD's Spying

Muslim Students Reeling From Shocking News of NYPD’s Spying

by on February 24 2012, 9:01AM

On campuses all over the Northeast, horrified students are discovering they were targets of surveillance, simply because they joined a Muslim student group. But domestic religious profiling is now routine for both NPYD and the FBI.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

UC Davis Students Peppered Sprayed by Campus Police File Lawsuit in Federal Court

UC Davis Students Peppered Sprayed by Campus Police File Lawsuit in Federal Court

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 3:50PM

Nineteen current and former UC Davis students filed a federal lawsuit against UC Davis over the University’s treatment of protesters during a Nov. 2011 demonstration in which campus police were caught on video dousing seated protesters with pepper spray.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Oakland Police Shoot Oscar Grant's Cousin

Oakland Police Shoot Oscar Grant’s Cousin

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 2:18PM

Meanwhile, police decline to file charges in the case of another unrelated shooting of a homeless man. So much for accountability.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

More Violence But Fewer Prosecutions on American Indian Reservations

More Violence But Fewer Prosecutions on American Indian Reservations

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 11:11AM

The country’s 310 Indian reservations have violent crime rates that are more than two and a half times higher than the national average.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD 2011 Data Reveals Highest Number of Stop-and-Frisks Ever

NYPD 2011 Data Reveals Highest Number of Stop-and-Frisks Ever

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 4:36PM

Eighty-seven percent of those stopped in 2011 were Black or Latino.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill Three Black Men in One Week

NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill Three Black Men in One Week

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 1:46PM

Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot and killed by a NYPD officer yesterday. It’s the third times NYPD shoots and kills a young male this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Report: NYPD Document Tells Cops to Consider Religion When Policing

Report: NYPD Document Tells Cops to Consider Religion When Policing

by Jorge Rivas on February 2 2012, 4:59PM

A document obtained by the AP stands in contrast to statements by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said the NYPD never considers religion in its policing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW

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

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

by 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