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Miami Heat Tweets Team Pic of Hoodies To Support Trayvon Martin

Miami Heat Tweets Team Pic of Hoodies To Support Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 1:59PM

LeBron James tweeted the picture Friday morning.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Comment on Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 12:44PM

The GOP Primary candidates had been silent up until Obama made his comments.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Obama: 'If I Had A Son He'd Look Like Trayvon'

Obama: ‘If I Had A Son He’d Look Like Trayvon’

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 12:24PM

Obama weighs in on Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mitt Romney Ignores Reporter's Question About Trayvon Martin

Mitt Romney Ignores Reporter’s Question About Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 11:58AM

Sam Youngman, a campaign correspondent for Reuters, says he was ignored when he asked GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney how he would handle Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

White Teen Gets Life in Gruesome Mississippi Hate Crime

White Teen Gets Life in Gruesome Mississippi Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 11:39AM

One day after Deryl Dedmon was sentenced to two life terms in prison after pleading guilty to murder under a state hate crime law, he, and two other teens were charged and pleaded guilty in U.S.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Cousin of Oscar Grant Shot By Oakland Police Files $10 Million Lawsuit

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 5:44PM

Tony Ray Jones, a 24-year-old man shot and wounded by Oakland police in February, filed a $10 million federal civil rights suit against the city Wednesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Here’s What ‘Stand Your Ground’ Gun Laws Do, Find Out if Your State Has One

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 4:24PM

Trying to figure out what a ‘stand your ground’ law is? Here’s a brief explanation alongside a list of state that have similar laws that are protecting the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sanford Police Chief Steps Down Amid Outcry for Trayvon Martin

Sanford Police Chief Steps Down Amid Outcry for Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 3:47PM

Miami Herald is reporting Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee has temporarily removed himself from office Thursday, a day after city commissioners gave him a vote of no confidence.”It is my hope the process would move swiftly and thoroughly through the…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin Petition Surpasses 1 Million Signatures, Supporters Also Sending Skittles to Police Chief

Trayvon Martin Petition Surpasses 1 Million Signatures, Supporters Also Sending Skittles to Police Chief

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 12:59PM

A two-week Change.org petition started by Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, surpassed the one millionth signature mark Thursday morning.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Thousands Take Streets in Protest for Trayvon Martin

Thousands Take Streets in Protest for Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 10:48AM

Official estimates of the number of demonstrators that made it out to demonstrations in New York and Miami have not been released but photos show several hundreds if not thousands of supporters.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Florida Refuses to Suspend Gun License of Trayvon Martin's Shooter

Florida Refuses to Suspend Gun License of Trayvon Martin’s Shooter

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 5:10PM

So not only are Florida officials refusing to arrest George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, now they’re also refusing to suspend his license to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Florida.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

100 Civil Rights Groups Call on Feds to Investigate NYPD for Spying on Muslims

100 Civil Rights Groups Call on Feds to Investigate NYPD for Spying on Muslims

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 2:41PM

Over 100 civil rights, faith, community, and advocacy groups signed a letter sent on Monday urging the Department of Justice to commence a prompt investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim Americans in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

As Supreme Court Listens, Here's a Look at What It Means to Lock Kids Away for Life Infographic

As Supreme Court Listens, Here’s a Look at What It Means to Lock Kids Away for Life

by Hatty Lee on March 21 2012, 9:43AM

The Supreme Court is weighing whether it’s fair to lock juvenile offenders convicted of murder away for life without a chance to reform. Here’s why race matters.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Trayvon Martin's Girlfriend Talks About Final Call, Justice Dept Steps In

Trayvon Martin’s Girlfriend Talks About Final Call, Justice Dept Steps In

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2012, 11:41AM

Trayvon Martin’s friend describes his last moments as a young man who was afraid to run.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin and the Deadly Legacy of Vigilantism

Trayvon Martin and the Deadly Legacy of Vigilantism

by Jamilah King on March 20 2012, 10:33AM

A historian’s new look at the legacy of lynching, and its enduring relevance today.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History, Trayvon Martin

Black Militia Plans to Make Citizen’s Arrest of Trayvon Martin’s Shooter

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2012, 5:39PM

The leader of the Atlanta, Georgia group says they’ll travel to Florida this week to attempt a citizen’s arrest on Zimmerman.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin Petition Calls for Federal Help After Fla. State Attorney Decision

Trayvon Martin Petition Calls for Federal Help After Fla. State Attorney Decision

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2012, 4:05PM

According to ColorOfChange, Sanford police have moved Martin’s case over to the State’s Attorneys office who is claiming that there is not enough evidence to support even a manslaughter conviction.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin Shooter 'Focused on Young, Black Males', Says New Report

Trayvon Martin Shooter ‘Focused on Young, Black Males’, Says New Report

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2012, 12:20PM

Zimmerman was described by neighbors as a “mild-mannered neighbor who fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

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