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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

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