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15 Arrested After Amusement Park Calls Cops on Muslim Women

15 Arrested After Amusement Park Calls Cops on Muslim Women

by Jorge Rivas on September 1 2011, 12:52PM

The women were banned from going onto a ride that didn’t allow headgear. It all went downhill from there.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYC's Non-Plan for Rikers Inmates During Irene Reminds Many of Katrina

NYC’s Non-Plan for Rikers Inmates During Irene Reminds Many of Katrina

by Julianne Hing on August 30 2011, 9:38AM

While city officials claimed that the island that houses 12,000 prisoners wasn’t in immediate danger from Hurricane Irene, they also admitted that there’s no evacuation plan. Period.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Twitter Rages as NY Announces No Evacuation Plan for Rikers

Twitter Rages as NY Announces No Evacuation Plan for Rikers

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2011, 2:30PM

Major publications avoided the biggest story in New York’s battle against Hurricane Irene. Twitter played a critical row in bringing the news to the masses.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Environment

NYPD Has Been Spying on Muslims, Even When No Crime Is Involved

NYPD Has Been Spying on Muslims, Even When No Crime Is Involved

by Jorge Rivas on August 25 2011, 4:36AM

In a bombshell investigation, the AP uncovers an NYPD spying ring that would put the CIA and FBI to shame.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New Details in Violent Mississippi Murder of James Craig Anderson

New Details in Violent Mississippi Murder of James Craig Anderson

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2011, 12:25PM

Family members remember the man who loved his church choir, his partner, and the four-year-old girl they raised as their own.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Feds Probe Los Angeles Sheriff Racial Profiling in White Suburbs

Feds Probe Los Angeles Sheriff Racial Profiling in White Suburbs

by Bryan Gerhart on August 23 2011, 10:51AM

Antelope Valley deputies are accused of profiling and harassing public housing residents in an effort to chase away a growing black and Latino population.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy

Black and Latino Parents Lose Child Custody Over Marijuana Charges

Black and Latino Parents Lose Child Custody Over Marijuana Charges

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2011, 1:05PM

The New York Times reports on a startling trend that’s seeing black and Latino parents lose their children because of minor drug possession, even though whites use drugs more often.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The U.S. Is Still Recovering from 'Supercop' Bill Bratton's Policing

The U.S. Is Still Recovering from ‘Supercop’ Bill Bratton’s Policing

by Jamilah King on August 17 2011, 10:00AM

Activists say that the man who led New York and Los Angeles’s police departments into the days of zero tolerance on crime is a bad choice to lead London’s recovery.

Topics: Criminal Justice, London Riots

Deadly Secrets: What Calif. Residents Can't Know About Police Misconduct Play

Deadly Secrets: What Calif. Residents Can’t Know About Police Misconduct

by Ali Winston on August 17 2011, 9:55AM

A dramatic rollback in transparency laws left Californians with no way to monitor police misconduct complaints—and thus prevent future violence. Ali Winston investigates.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

by Ali Winston on August 17 2011, 9:54AM

A dramatic rollback in transparency laws five years ago left California residents with no way to monitor police misconduct complaints—and thus prevent future violence. A Colorlines.com investigation finds Oakland is one of the cities left most vulnerable.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Police Secrets

Toddler's Murder Begs Hard Questions About Violence--and Policing

Toddler’s Murder Begs Hard Questions About Violence—and Policing

by Julianne Hing on August 17 2011, 9:50AM

East Oakland has long been plagued by gun violence, and many in the community have demanded more cops. They’ve also demanded more respect and less violence from the police who protect them.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Protestors Interrupt San Francisco Bay Area Transit System (BART) Service

Protestors Interrupt San Francisco Bay Area Transit System (BART) Service

by Jorge Rivas on August 16 2011, 12:29PM

Transit agency had to temporarily close all four downtown stations during the evening commute, but not before cutting cell phone service to people protesting the police shooting of Charles Hill.

Topics: Criminal Justice

'Reverse Racism': A Sad Misnomer for a Tragic Mississippi Murder

‘Reverse Racism’: A Sad Misnomer for a Tragic Mississippi Murder

by Terry Keleher on August 16 2011, 9:24AM

The family of a white teen charged in a horrific anti-black murder says he is the victim of “reverse racism.” Sadly, we must again point out that power, more than prejudice, is the foundation of racism. Terry Keleher breaks it down.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Hundreds Remember Mississippi Hate Crime Victim James Anderson

Hundreds Remember Mississippi Hate Crime Victim James Anderson

by Jorge Rivas on August 15 2011, 1:55PM

The crime has shocked the nation and put local officials in the hot seat.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Video

BBC (Sort of) Apologizes for Accusing Darcus Howe of Rioting in London

BBC (Sort of) Apologizes for Accusing Darcus Howe of Rioting in London

by Jorge Rivas on August 11 2011, 11:48AM

As outrage continues to mount in London, the country’s news agency apologizes for a shady interview.

Topics: Criminal Justice, London Riots

“Have Some Respect,” 68-Yr-Old Man Tells BBC Anchor on London Riots

by Jorge Rivas on August 9 2011, 11:37AM

Black British columnist Darcus Howe offered meaningful context on the conditions of London’s poor. And he didn’t hold anything back.

Topics: Criminal Justice, London Riots

London Unrest Continues for Third Night After Police Shoot Black Male

London Unrest Continues for Third Night After Police Shoot Black Male

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2011, 2:50PM

Residents display outrage as police violence goes unchecked and social programs are slashed due to severe budget cuts.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Video Shows White Teens Driving Over Black Man in Mississippi Hate Crime

Video Shows White Teens Driving Over Black Man in Mississippi Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2011, 12:43PM

The group was allegedly out to find, hurt, and kill the first black person they saw. James Craig Anderson, 49, became their victim.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Jezebels, Welfare Queens--And Now, Criminally Bad Black Moms

Jezebels, Welfare Queens—And Now, Criminally Bad Black Moms

by Julianne Hing on August 8 2011, 10:30AM

Raquel Nelson’s shocking prosecution reveal a new caricature in the centuries-long demonization of black women. “The thread that joins them is the idea of total sexual immorality and irresponsible reproductive responsibility,” says scholar Dorothy Roberts.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, Raquel Nelson

From Heroes to Villains: NOPD Verdict Reveals Post-Katrina History

From Heroes to Villains: NOPD Verdict Reveals Post-Katrina History

by Jordan Flaherty on August 8 2011, 9:30AM

The Justice Department’s victory is a decisive rejection of the idea that chaos in the days following Katrina justified the violence of the New Orleans Police Department. It’s a win for police accountability nationwide.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Katrina Recovery