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New Orleans Cops Plead Not Guilty in Danziger Bridge Shooting

New Orleans Cops Plead Not Guilty in Danziger Bridge Shooting

by Julianne Hing on July 14 2010, 3:00PM

The Justice Department has charged a growing list officers in the post-Katrina violence and subsequent coverup.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Six More New Orleans Cops Charged in Post-Katrina Shooting

Six More New Orleans Cops Charged in Post-Katrina Shooting

by Julianne Hing on July 13 2010, 7:33PM

Federal charges just keep coming in the Danzinger Bridge shootings.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Profiling's Still the Routine for Brooklyn's Black Men

Profiling’s Still the Routine for Brooklyn’s Black Men

by Kai Wright on July 12 2010, 3:14PM

NYT investigation finds 52,000 stop-and-frisks in four years in one neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Kai Wright

Oscar Grant Family Calls Mehserle Letter A Ploy

Oscar Grant Family Calls Mehserle Letter A Ploy

by Julianne Hing on July 12 2010, 12:30PM

Ex-Bart cop’s missive dismissed as effort to get a more lenient sentence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Verdict: What's Inside the Jury's Ruling

Oscar Grant Verdict: What’s Inside the Jury’s Ruling

by Julianne Hing on July 9 2010, 11:36AM

How could a jury all but acquit a white cop for yet another killing of a young Black man?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Is An Uprising Worth It?

Oscar Grant Trial: Is An Uprising Worth It?

by Jamilah King on July 2 2010, 6:44PM

As the city of Oakland, and the country at large, sits on pins and needles waiting for a verdict in the murder trial of former police officer Johannes Mehserle, shop owners are holding their breath. Cops are ready to fight….

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

What the Grant Jury Must Decide Infographic

What the Grant Jury Must Decide

by Hatty Lee on July 2 2010, 11:27AM

A handy, graphic guide breaking down the charges and what the prosecution must prove for each.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: The Jury's Debate

Oscar Grant Trial: The Jury’s Debate

by Julianne Hing on July 2 2010, 7:37AM

A detailed breakdown of the charges Johannes Mehserle faces and the arguments jurors will weigh in deciding his fate.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Weed Arrests A 'Civil Rights Issue,' Says NAACP Infographic

Weed Arrests A ‘Civil Rights Issue,’ Says NAACP

by Jamilah King on June 30 2010, 3:39PM

In what drug policy reform advocates are calling a “landmark moment”, the California NAACP announced its support yesterday for Proposition 19, a controversial ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in the state. The group stood with leaders from the California…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Cop in Chicago Torture Scandal Finally Nailed--for Perjury

Cop in Chicago Torture Scandal Finally Nailed—for Perjury

by Juell Stewart on June 30 2010, 9:26AM

Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice and perjury—after allegedly overseeing the torture of hundreds of Black men.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Grant Family To Cop: Spare Us Your Crocodile Tears

Grant Family To Cop: Spare Us Your Crocodile Tears

by Julianne Hing on June 26 2010, 1:34PM

Mehserle’s emotional testimony outrages Oscar Grant’s family, as prosecution chips away at the defense’s argument that the shooting was an accident.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: I'm Not a Murderer

Oscar Grant Trial: I’m Not a Murderer

by Julianne Hing on June 25 2010, 12:52AM

Johannes Mehserle has finally spoken for himself. And in one compelling testimony he transformed from the anonymous symbol of cop brutality a sympathetic, imperfect human being a jury can understand.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

by Julianne Hing on June 24 2010, 1:19PM

A forensics expert the prosecution worked hard to keep out of the trial tells so many plain lies he just may tar Mehserle by association.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

by Julianne Hing on June 23 2010, 9:35AM

Johannes Mehserle’s defense kicks off with a combative, emotional exchange with Grant’s friend over what really happened on the BART platform that deadly night.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2010, 5:30PM

Keecha Williams testified that the fight on her train was typical New Year’s Eve fare, and that the fight Grant supposedly had with other people on the train was not unusually violent.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2010, 12:00PM

Bay Area police convened for a day-long training on arrest and crowd control techniques. They simulated violence by having plain clothes officers throw objects at police.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

BART Cop Pirone's Convenient Memory Lapses

BART Cop Pirone’s Convenient Memory Lapses

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2010, 7:29PM

Pirone could not remember how Grant got from his knees onto the floor of the platform. “It’s like trying to unscramble an egg,” Pirone said by way of explaining his fuzzy memories.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop's Story

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop’s Story

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2010, 9:46AM

Eyewitnesses’ cell phone videos show that Oscar Grant and his friends were compliant with transit cops and did not resist their orders.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

New York Moves to Keep Incarcerated Parents Connected to Kids

New York Moves to Keep Incarcerated Parents Connected to Kids

by Michelle Chen on June 17 2010, 10:27AM

The prison system and the child welfare system both have the power to split families apart, and too often, they are tragically linked when the state imposes its judgment that a parent is no longer worthy of her child. For…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

Fired BART Cop Pirone May Testify

Fired BART Cop Pirone May Testify

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2010, 7:29PM

Pirone was the BART police officer who had his knee pressed on Grant’s back at the moment Mehserle shot him.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial