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Mayor Bloomberg to Black Church: 'Stop-and-Frisk' Is Here to Stay

Mayor Bloomberg to Black Church: ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Is Here to Stay

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 12:12PM

Just after citing Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech the Mayor told the congregation at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville that ‘stop-and-frisk’ should be “mended, not ended.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New York Times Looks at the Scars of Stop-and-Frisk [Video]

New York Times Looks at the Scars of Stop-and-Frisk [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 11:04AM

On the heels of a silent march this coming Sunday, The New York Times has published a short documentary film on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policing program.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman’s Wife Arrested, Charged with Perjury

by Jorge Rivas on June 12 2012, 4:58PM

Wife of Trayvon Martin’s shooter accused of lying to a judge about their finances during his bond hearing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

75-Year-Old Milwaukee Man Kills Black Teen In Front of Boy's Mother

75-Year-Old Milwaukee Man Kills Black Teen In Front of Boy’s Mother

by Jorge Rivas on June 12 2012, 9:35AM

A 75-year-old Milwaukee man pleaded not guilty Monday in the fatal shooting of his 13-year-old neighbor.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Infographic: How Quickly 'Stand Your Ground' Spread Nationwide

Infographic: How Quickly ‘Stand Your Ground’ Spread Nationwide

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 1:17PM

MotherJones looks at how years before Trayvon Martin was killed, gun lobbyists conspired to give Stand Your Ground shooters immunity everywhere.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details

Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details

by Akiba Solomon on June 8 2012, 10:26AM

The young Minneapolis transwoman incarcerated for defending herself in a racist and transphobic attack isn’t alone in her experience. Experts say her placement in a men’s facility is just one part of a complex—and dehumanizing—process.

Topics: Gender, CeCe McDonald, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Wells Fargo Hit With Molotov Cocktail in 'Solidarity With CeCe'

Wells Fargo Hit With Molotov Cocktail in ‘Solidarity With CeCe’

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 11:37AM

An anonymous message posted on an anarchist website took responsibility for the action they called a small gesture of solidarity with CeCe McDonald.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

There's an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

There’s an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:24AM

The app allows bystanders to fully document stop-and-frisk encounters and alert community members when a street stop is in progress.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Donations to George Zimmerman Spike Since He’s Been Back in Jail

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 5:25PM

George Zimmerman went to jail on Sunday for allegedly misleading state officials on finances he raised online and since his return to jail the number of donations to his site are up.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Judge Takes Oakland Police One Step Closer to Federal Control

Judge Takes Oakland Police One Step Closer to Federal Control

by Ali Winston on June 5 2012, 9:43AM

A Colorlines.com investigation last fall found at least 20 OPD officers involved in repeat shootings. A federal judge has grown impatient with the department’s willingness to meaningfully probe that kind of violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Police Secrets

Florida: 73 Percent Who Shoot Blacks and Use 'Stand Your Ground' Walk

Florida: 73 Percent Who Shoot Blacks and Use ‘Stand Your Ground’ Walk

by Jorge Rivas on June 4 2012, 2:26PM

The state law that gained the spotlight in the Trayvon Martin case has seen a higher percentage of people go free after a black person is killed than after the victim is white.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman's Lawyers Expected to Ask for New Bond Hearing

George Zimmerman’s Lawyers Expected to Ask for New Bond Hearing

by Jorge Rivas on June 4 2012, 11:10AM

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin returned to jail over the weekend after a judge revoked his bond on Friday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Judge Revokes Bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

Judge Revokes Bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 3:04PM

Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Martin, 17, in February.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

California Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalties for Drug Possession

California Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalties for Drug Possession

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 12:03PM

The California Senate Thursday defeated a bill that would downgrade from a felony to a misdemeanor charges for simple possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Federal Agencies Use Finger Prints, DNA to Track Immigrant Communities

Federal Agencies Use Finger Prints, DNA to Track Immigrant Communities

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 11:59AM

New white paper from Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Immigration Policy Center outlines privacy and security concerns.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Convicted of Spying on Roommate Apologizes, Heads for Jail Thursday

Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Convicted of Spying on Roommate Apologizes, Heads for Jail Thursday

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 5:14PM

Dharun Ravi said in a statement issued through his lawyer he was sorry for what he called his “thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Four George Zimmerman Witnesses Change Their Stories

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 4:55PM

Three witnesses changed their stories in ways that may damage Zimmerman. The fourth witness abandoned her initial story.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

EBONY Magazine Commissions Street Artist Shepard Fairey to Illustrate Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 1:20PM

Graphic designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey, who created Barack Obama’s 2009 “Hope” poster, has illustrated a new figure: Trayvon Martin. via Fairey’s blog: I have followed Trayvon’s case closely and I think any compassionate human being can relate to Trayvon…

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, /NOW

50 Percent of Those Exonerated in National Registry are Black

50 Percent of Those Exonerated in National Registry are Black

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 11:15AM

The University of the Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law have partnered to launch a National Registry of Exonerations that keeps an up to date list of all known exonerations in the United States since 1989.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

What Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You Ask

What Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You Ask

by on May 22 2012, 9:37AM

A for-profit, Corrections Corporation of America facility holding non-citizen inmates is on lockdown after a weekend riot. Officials insist it was a gang feud. But reports from inside suggest a pattern of abuse and neglect that has recurred at privately run prisons.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration