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Family of Slain Guatemalan Immigrant Sues LAPD

Family of Slain Guatemalan Immigrant Sues LAPD

by Julianne Hing on November 2 2010, 5:38PM

The family of Manuel Jamines allege that officers violated the man’s civil rights before the infamous shooting.

Topics: Criminal Justice

America's Millions of Disenfranchised, Largely Black Voters Infographic

America’s Millions of Disenfranchised, Largely Black Voters

by Hatty Lee, Jamilah King on November 2 2010, 5:21PM

Black men have lost voting rights to criminal justice at a rate seven times that of the national average.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics

Johannes Mehserle Speaks

Johannes Mehserle Speaks

by Julianne Hing on October 29 2010, 5:02PM

Emotions build as the former BART cop awaits sentencing next week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

NPR Investigation: Private Prison Companies Helped Write SB 1070

NPR Investigation: Private Prison Companies Helped Write SB 1070

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 28 2010, 1:00PM

Industry saw model bill to create “enhanced opportunities” for driving profits.

Topics: ALEC, Criminal Justice, Immigration

Communities Remember Victims of Police Violence--and Demand Reform Photo

Communities Remember Victims of Police Violence—and Demand Reform

by Hatty Lee, Julianne Hing on October 23 2010, 12:11PM

As rallies mark National Anti-Police Brutality, we look back on this year’s high-profile killings.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Government Snoops Use Facebook. The Only Question is, for What?

Government Snoops Use Facebook. The Only Question is, for What?

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 19 2010, 10:47AM

A watchdog’s suit is jarring open the once hidden, unregulated world of online surveillance.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Luis Ramirez's Attackers Face Life for the Hate Crime Death

Luis Ramirez’s Attackers Face Life for the Hate Crime Death

by Julianne Hing on October 15 2010, 5:20PM

Justice Department stepped into prosecute after they were acquitted on murder charges.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Appeals Court Orders Sheriff Arpaio to Be Humane

Appeals Court Orders Sheriff Arpaio to Be Humane

by Julianne Hing on October 14 2010, 1:14PM

No sheriff, you can’t go back to feeding prisoners rotten food.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New Orleans Cops' Unspoken Stop and Frisk Quota

New Orleans Cops’ Unspoken Stop and Frisk Quota

by Julianne Hing on October 11 2010, 4:10PM

The more police harass civilians, the better their performance is graded.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Ex-BART Cop Mehserle Demands New Trial in Oscar Grant Killing

Ex-BART Cop Mehserle Demands New Trial in Oscar Grant Killing

by Julianne Hing on October 4 2010, 6:28PM

Says he didn’t get a fair shake from his out-of-city trial and involuntary manslaughter conviction for shooting an unarmed man.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Cases to Watch for the Most Conservative Supreme Court in Years

Cases to Watch for the Most Conservative Supreme Court in Years

by Victor Goode on October 4 2010, 10:35AM

Immigration, prison overcrowding, prosecutorial overreaching and the culture wars are all on the docket.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

It's Official: Lax Gun Control Laws Lead to More Crime

It’s Official: Lax Gun Control Laws Lead to More Crime

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on September 30 2010, 1:40PM

A new report may put programs like New York’s controversial stop and frisk under new scrutiny.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Tough Economic Prospects for Newly Released Inmates

Tough Economic Prospects for Newly Released Inmates

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on September 30 2010, 12:54PM

Black men find it more difficult than any other demographic to get moving in tough economy.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Joe Arpaio Accused of Misusing $80 Million in Taxpayer Funds

Joe Arpaio Accused of Misusing $80 Million in Taxpayer Funds

by Julianne Hing on September 23 2010, 2:24PM

And reports of Arpaio’s widespread misconduct and abuse pile up.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NOPD Cop Gets Three-Year Sentence for Danziger Bridge

NOPD Cop Gets Three-Year Sentence for Danziger Bridge

by Julianne Hing on September 23 2010, 11:02AM

Four other officers await sentencing.

Topics: Criminal Justice

“Detroit 1-8-7” Premieres as City Cops Still in Unwanted Spotlight

by Jamilah King on September 22 2010, 1:00PM

As the department courts primetime ratings, feds investigate police shooting of 7-year-old.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Danziger Bridge Cover-Up Cop's Sentencing Delayed

Danziger Bridge Cover-Up Cop’s Sentencing Delayed

by Julianne Hing on September 17 2010, 10:19AM

Former NOPD officer Jeffrey Lehrmann faces three years in prison for helping cover up the deadly post-Katrina shooting.

Topics: Criminal Justice

LAPD Cop Who Killed Immigrant is Repeat Shooter, Known as Bully

LAPD Cop Who Killed Immigrant is Repeat Shooter, Known as Bully

by Julianne Hing on September 13 2010, 4:28PM

The department watchdog said the officer used improper tactics in a 2008 shooting.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Man L.A. Cops Shot in Head Was Unarmed, Witness Says

Man L.A. Cops Shot in Head Was Unarmed, Witness Says

by Julianne Hing on September 9 2010, 6:31PM

The L.A. Weekly reports that a witness saw no knife on the Guatemalan immigrant.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Protests, Outrage After LAPD Kills Guatemalan Father of Three

Protests, Outrage After LAPD Kills Guatemalan Father of Three

by Julianne Hing on September 9 2010, 9:57AM

Man was reportedly shot twice in the head by an officer.

Topics: Criminal Justice