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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

Five NOPD Cops Guilty in Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Shootings

Five NOPD Cops Guilty in Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Shootings

by Jorge Rivas on August 5 2011, 5:03PM

Five officers are found guilty of civil rights violation, but not murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Dispatch From Angola: Faith-Based Slavery in a Louisiana Prison

Dispatch From Angola: Faith-Based Slavery in a Louisiana Prison

by Liliana Segura on August 4 2011, 10:03AM

Angola is the largest maximum-security prison in the country. At least 90 percent of its inmates will die there. And Evangelical Warden Burl Cain has made sure their lives look as much like “slavery times” as possible.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches

Raquel Nelson's Absurd Prosecution Was Common For Black Women

Raquel Nelson’s Absurd Prosecution Was Common For Black Women

by Julianne Hing on August 2 2011, 11:37AM

“Black women are seen as harmful to their children and to society rather than as caregivers and as nurturers, except insofar as they do it as paid work, as nannies,” says UCLA scholar Sarah Haley.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Raquel Nelson

Chicago Police Shooting Spree? 43 Shot Already in 2011; 16 Dead

Chicago Police Shooting Spree? 43 Shot Already in 2011; 16 Dead

by Asraa Mustufa on August 2 2011, 9:31AM

Chicago police have already shot nearly as many residents as all of last year—most recently a 13-year-old boy. Cops argue it’s because residents have “a total lack of respect and fear.” Residents say cops are “targeting black children.”

Topics: Criminal Justice

Death Row Reform: 'We Can No Longer Pretend Courts Are Colorblind'

Death Row Reform: ‘We Can No Longer Pretend Courts Are Colorblind’

by Jamilah King on August 1 2011, 9:45AM

A North Carolina inmate will this summer be the first to invoke a state law that allows appeals based on racial bias in capital punishment sentencing.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Raquel Nelson and the Aggressive Prosecutions of Black Mothers

Raquel Nelson and the Aggressive Prosecutions of Black Mothers

by Julianne Hing on July 28 2011, 1:13PM

The criminal justice system has been especially quick in recent years to slam poor, black mothers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Raquel Nelson

From Attica to Pelican Bay: A Brief History of Prison Rebellions

From Attica to Pelican Bay: A Brief History of Prison Rebellions

by Bryan Gerhart on July 27 2011, 10:00AM

With news that California’s prison hunger strike may have ended, we take a look back at seminal prison rebellions that have called for similar changes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

SFPD Defense of Cop Shooting? Victim's Fatal Wound Was 'Self-Inflicted'

SFPD Defense of Cop Shooting? Victim’s Fatal Wound Was ‘Self-Inflicted’

by Bryan Gerhart on July 25 2011, 10:30AM

While community outrage continues to run high and video of the shooting spreads across the Web, residents want real police accountability.

Topics: Criminal Justice