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BART Officers Kill Man at San Francisco Train Station

BART Officers Kill Man at San Francisco Train Station

by Bryan Gerhart on July 6 2011, 2:18PM

The department must now explain as much as possible to a public already wary of the officers in the wake of Oscar Grant.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYPD Caught on Tape Beating Fans at Hip-Hop Release Party

NYPD Caught on Tape Beating Fans at Hip-Hop Release Party

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2011, 1:30PM

Fans came to support hip-hop legends. Instead, they were met with a brutal cop takedown. Now they’re fighting against charges that they were the aggressors.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Next Battle for Crack Cocaine Sentence Reform? Congress

The Next Battle for Crack Cocaine Sentence Reform? Congress

by Shani O. Hilton on July 1 2011, 11:40AM

Not every crack cocaine offender will have their sentence reduced. Here’s why.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

Justice Revisited! Crack Sentencing Reform Applies to Old Convictions

Justice Revisited! Crack Sentencing Reform Applies to Old Convictions

by Shani O. Hilton on June 30 2011, 9:29AM

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to retroactively apply Congress’ 2010 reform to drug convictions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

Oscar Grant's Family Wins $1.3 Million Settlement

Oscar Grant’s Family Wins $1.3 Million Settlement

by Julianne Hing on June 29 2011, 2:43PM

The Bay Area transit agency has agreed to pay the family in its wrongful death and civil rights suit.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Trial for Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Police Shootings Begins

Trial for Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Police Shootings Begins

by Julianne Hing on June 29 2011, 10:00AM

The trial is the largest of a string of prosecutions the Department of Justice has pursued against the NOPD for fatal shootings that took place in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Paramedic: Oscar Grant Received Inadequate Treatment After Shooting

Paramedic: Oscar Grant Received Inadequate Treatment After Shooting

by Asraa Mustufa on June 28 2011, 1:27PM

A lawsuit accuses the Oakland Fire Department of covering up misconduct in the infamous police shooting incident.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Supporters Remember Vincent Chin, Still Search for Justice

Supporters Remember Vincent Chin, Still Search for Justice

by Asraa Mustufa on June 21 2011, 3:30PM

It’s been nearly 30 years since Chin was murdered amid massive deindustrialization in Detroit.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Former Transit Cop Johannes Mehserle Has Retail Dreams

Former Transit Cop Johannes Mehserle Has Retail Dreams

by Julianne Hing on June 20 2011, 9:58AM

After serving 11 months in jail for the murder of Oscar Grant, Mehserle is ready to move on with his life.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers Infographic

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

by Akiba Solomon, Stokely Baksh on June 17 2011, 11:40AM

Forty years and $1 trillion in, the war on drugs hasn’t worked—unless locking up a massive number of black and brown people was the plan all along.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Drug War

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

by Jamilah King on June 16 2011, 1:15PM

The Miami Herald reports that since 2008, at least 11 people claim that they’ve been arrested and/or had their phones confiscated by police officers.

Topics: Criminal Justice

History Repeats Itself in Peter King's Fear of Black 'Prislam'

History Repeats Itself in Peter King’s Fear of Black ‘Prislam’

by Shani O. Hilton on June 16 2011, 10:41AM

In round two of the Republican legislator’s hearings on so-called radicalization among Muslim Americans, committee members fuss over a familiar threat: black men who convert in prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

Cleveland Cops Caught On Tape Brutally Beating Suspect

Cleveland Cops Caught On Tape Brutally Beating Suspect

by Asraa Mustufa on June 14 2011, 2:53PM

Police officials insist there’s been no cover-up.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Remembering Oscar Grant on the Day of Johannes Mehserle's Release

Remembering Oscar Grant on the Day of Johannes Mehserle’s Release

by Julianne Hing on June 14 2011, 9:31AM

As the world reacts with anger, Oscar Grant’s family continues to grieve.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Miami Police Chief Defends Record, While More Horrific Footage Surfaces

Miami Police Chief Defends Record, While More Horrific Footage Surfaces

by Channing Kennedy on June 9 2011, 9:36AM

The department’s on the defensive after a scathing new report details a shocking record of violence and misconduct.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Following Police Shooting, Miami Beach Makes Bad Situation Worse

Following Police Shooting, Miami Beach Makes Bad Situation Worse

by Channing Kennedy on June 3 2011, 12:46PM

While cops continue to scapegoat black festivalgoers, are they also planting evidence to help build their case?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Dispatch from Death Row: Saving Troy Davis With a Family's Love

Dispatch from Death Row: Saving Troy Davis With a Family’s Love

by Jen Marlowe on June 1 2011, 9:00AM

While human rights advocates work furiously to stop the execution of man they say is innocent, he’s been focused on raising his sister’s son into a proud young man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Troy Davis

Police Shootings at Racially Charged Miami 'Urban Beach Week'

Police Shootings at Racially Charged Miami ‘Urban Beach Week’

by Channing Kennedy on June 1 2011, 9:00AM

The ACLU is calling for an outside investigation into a shootout that ended in the death of one alleged gunman and left three officers and four bystanders wounded — the latter possibly hit by stray police bullets.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Video Shows D.C. Cop Abuse of Elderly Man in Wheelchair

Video Shows D.C. Cop Abuse of Elderly Man in Wheelchair

by Thoai Lu on May 24 2011, 2:12PM

In the video taken outside the U Street-Cardozo Metro Station, two D.C. Metro Police officers are seen slamming Dwight Harris to the ground.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Demands California Release 30,000 Inmates

Supreme Court Demands California Release 30,000 Inmates

by Julianne Hing on May 24 2011, 9:32AM

Just how bad is the state’s prison overcrowding? More than 40 inmates had to share one toilet. And that’s just the beginning.

Topics: Criminal Justice