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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

Sean Bell Community Center Opens in New York

Sean Bell Community Center Opens in New York

by Asraa Mustufa on May 23 2011, 11:20AM

Five years after Sean Bell was killed in a hail of police gunfire, a community center named in his honor opened Friday in the Queens neighborhood where he grew up.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Still More Questions Than Answers in Aiyana Stanley Jones' Killing

Still More Questions Than Answers in Aiyana Stanley Jones’ Killing

by Jamilah King on May 18 2011, 9:35AM

The Detroit police’s shooting of a 7-year-old girl has generated a lot of outrage, but a year later there’s been no demonstrable change.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Arizona SWAT Team Shoots Latino Former Marine Dozens of Times

Arizona SWAT Team Shoots Latino Former Marine Dozens of Times

by Thoai Lu on May 17 2011, 4:11AM

Now, authorities won’t release information on what led to the raid on 26-year-old Jose Guerena’s Arizona home.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Oakland Prepares for Johannes Mehserle's Potential Summer Release

Oakland Prepares for Johannes Mehserle’s Potential Summer Release

by Julianne Hing on May 12 2011, 2:27PM

The former transit cop is due back in court June 1.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYPD Filmed in Bloody Arrest of Elderly Chinese Musician

NYPD Filmed in Bloody Arrest of Elderly Chinese Musician

by Channing Kennedy on May 11 2011, 11:34AM

Residents say this is part of a larger trend of gentrification and police negligence in Chinese neighborhoods.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Black Juror to Court: Justice Impossible With Confederate Flag Flying

Black Juror to Court: Justice Impossible With Confederate Flag Flying

by Thoai Lu on May 9 2011, 2:25PM

A Louisiana man who refused to serve in a death penalty trial now challenges the conviction, too.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Prison Reformers Push to Stop Troy Davis's Execution

Prison Reformers Push to Stop Troy Davis’s Execution

by Asraa Mustufa on April 28 2011, 10:21AM

The NAACP, Amnesty International, and Color of Change are circulating action items urging the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole to grant Davis clemency.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Mumia Abu-Jamal Gets New Sentencing Hearing

Mumia Abu-Jamal Gets New Sentencing Hearing

by Jamilah King on April 27 2011, 11:41AM

A U.S. Appeals court has ruled that the prolific writer and activist must be granted a new sentencing hearing within six months.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Transgender Inmate Sues State for Sex Reassignment

Transgender Inmate Sues State for Sex Reassignment

by Asraa Mustufa on April 21 2011, 1:36PM

California inmate Lyralisa Stevens says that the surgery could save her from being harassed and sexually assaulted in a male prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Second Sikh Man Dies After Suspected Hate Crime Attack

Second Sikh Man Dies After Suspected Hate Crime Attack

by Julianne Hing on April 19 2011, 9:28AM

Gurmeh Atwal passed away from injuries he sustained in March. Police are still trying to determine whether the attack was a hate crime.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NAACP and Newt Gingrich Agree: Too Much Money for Prisons

NAACP and Newt Gingrich Agree: Too Much Money for Prisons

by Asraa Mustufa on April 7 2011, 4:58PM

A bevy of conservative politicos line up alongside the NAACP to talk about criminal justice reform.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Gov. Haley Barbour Won't Hold His Breath for Scott Sisters Pardon

Gov. Haley Barbour Won’t Hold His Breath for Scott Sisters Pardon

by Asraa Mustufa on April 4 2011, 3:25PM

Gladys and Jamie Scott, two sisters who served nearly 17 years in prison for an $11 armed robbery, will not be granted a pardon from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. “I wouldn’t hold my breath,” Barbour told the Associated Press, when…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Trial Begins for Two NOPD Cops Accused of Fatal Beating

Trial Begins for Two NOPD Cops Accused of Fatal Beating

by Julianne Hing on April 4 2011, 2:25PM

Veteran cop Melvin Williams and his rookie partner Matthew Dean Moore have been accused of fatally beating Raymond Robair in 2005.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Michelle Alexander: More Black Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved in 1850

Michelle Alexander: More Black Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved in 1850

by Thoai Lu on March 30 2011, 10:00AM

Clearly, colorblindness hasn’t gotten us very far.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Miami's Spate of Cop Shootings of Black Men

Miami’s Spate of Cop Shootings of Black Men

by Julianne Hing on March 25 2011, 3:16PM

Seven black men have been killed by Miami cops in the course of eight months.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Weighs Rights of Parents Facing Jail Over Child Support

Supreme Court Weighs Rights of Parents Facing Jail Over Child Support

by Jamilah King on March 23 2011, 5:07PM

Are child support lockups becoming debtors’ prisons?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Oakland's Still Crawling Toward Police Reform

Oakland’s Still Crawling Toward Police Reform

by Jamilah King on March 21 2011, 5:00PM

Two years after Lovelle Mixon shot and killed four cops amid a climate of deep hostility in Oakland, what’s changed?

Topics: Criminal Justice