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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

Seattle Demands Answers After Cop Shoots Native American Man

Seattle Demands Answers After Cop Shoots Native American Man

by Julianne Hing on September 8 2010, 1:22PM

The incident marks the city’s fifth fatal shooting in a week.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Is Obama's

Is Obama’s “Historic” Tribal Justice Reform Enough?

by Michelle Chen on September 8 2010, 9:15AM

A watershed law to improve criminal justice systems in Indian Country could help deal with violence against women, but deeper changes are needed.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

Is Time Running Out for Federal Investigations of NOPD?

Is Time Running Out for Federal Investigations of NOPD?

by Julianne Hing on September 7 2010, 1:24PM

The feds may run into time limits in prosecuting post-Katrina cop crimes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

No Hate Crime Charges for Seattle PD's Beating Caught On Camera

No Hate Crime Charges for Seattle PD’s Beating Caught On Camera

by Julianne Hing on September 3 2010, 5:21PM

The prosecuting attorney apparently doesn’t think racial profiling precipitates hate crimes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

by Dom Apollon on September 3 2010, 12:04PM

Massachusetts just became the second state to “ban the box” on job applications in both the public and private sector.

Topics: Criminal Justice

DOJ vs. Joe Arpaio: Here Comes the Lawsuit

DOJ vs. Joe Arpaio: Here Comes the Lawsuit

by Julianne Hing on September 2 2010, 6:12PM

The DOJ has been investigating the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for alleged civil rights abuses since 2009.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

It Cost BART $6 Million to Kill Oscar Grant

It Cost BART $6 Million to Kill Oscar Grant

by Julianne Hing on August 31 2010, 11:42AM

It might be legally defensible for police to kill innocent people, but it sure is expensive.

Topics: Criminal Justice

How New Orleans Plans to Clean Up Its Cops Infographic

How New Orleans Plans to Clean Up Its Cops

by Hatty Lee on August 30 2010, 11:10AM

A breakdown of the efforts to rebuild New Orleans police—and hold officers’ accountable to violence in the days after Katrina.

Topics: Criminal Justice

For New Orleans, Katrina Recovery Means Remaking Police, Too

For New Orleans, Katrina Recovery Means Remaking Police, Too

by Julianne Hing on August 30 2010, 11:02AM

With the Justice Department bearing down, the city tries to go from worst to best in holding police accountable to the communities they serve.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Katrina Recovery

Feds Talk About Prisoner Sex Abuse, But Don't Act

Feds Talk About Prisoner Sex Abuse, But Don’t Act

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 27 2010, 2:21PM

Attorney General Eric Holder regrets missing deadline to institute changes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

ACLU Confronts Denver Prison's Abusive Strip Searches

ACLU Confronts Denver Prison’s Abusive Strip Searches

by Michelle Chen on August 27 2010, 9:16AM

Allegations of abusive strip searches at a prison reflect the perverse power imbalance inherent in the system.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Marcelo Lucero's Teen Killers Sentenced for Anti-Immigrant Attack

Marcelo Lucero’s Teen Killers Sentenced for Anti-Immigrant Attack

by Julianne Hing on August 26 2010, 12:30PM

The teens admitted to taking part in the perverse sport of “beaner-hopping,” where they would prowl the streets looking for Latino immigrants to attack.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

NYPD Declines Hometown Meeting on Racial Profiling

NYPD Declines Hometown Meeting on Racial Profiling

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 25 2010, 5:09PM

Meanwhile, department’s nationwide take a step toward progressive change.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Did New Orleans Authorize NOPD To Shoot

Did New Orleans Authorize NOPD To Shoot “Looters” After Katrina?

by Julianne Hing on August 25 2010, 12:30PM

New reports allege police brass called martial law to “take back the city and shoot looters.”

Topics: Criminal Justice

Before SB 1070, Arizona Sold Prisons to Highest Bidders

Before SB 1070, Arizona Sold Prisons to Highest Bidders

by Jamilah King on August 25 2010, 11:18AM

Before SB 1070, lawmakers had all but turned the state’s prisons over to private companies. Now they’re getting cheated.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Will NOPD's Impressive 65-Point Plan Overhaul Troubled Agency?

Will NOPD’s Impressive 65-Point Plan Overhaul Troubled Agency?

by Julianne Hing on August 24 2010, 1:27PM

Many of the changes are structural reforms that include instituting weekly accountability meetings

Topics: Criminal Justice

Wisconsin Responds to Imprisoned Women's Mental Health Crisis

Wisconsin Responds to Imprisoned Women’s Mental Health Crisis

by Michelle Chen on August 24 2010, 9:10AM

The ACLU has settled a landmark lawsuit over female inmates’ mental and physical health services in Wisconsin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender