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LA Sheriff Baca Resigns Amid Explosive Scandals

LA Sheriff Baca Resigns Amid Explosive Scandals

by Aura Bogado on January 7 2014, 1:22PM

The sheriff’s 15-year reign will come to an end in late January under deep scrutiny over abuse and corruption.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch Zimmerman's Girlfriend Detail His Violent Abuse

Watch Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Detail His Violent Abuse

by Aura Bogado on January 3 2014, 2:57PM

“I feel like he always gets off,” says Samantha Scheibe.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

'Oscar Grant Called Me Grandma'

‘Oscar Grant Called Me Grandma’

by Bonnie Johnson on January 1 2014, 3:01PM

On the fifth anniversary of Oscar Grant’s murder at the hands of a Bay Area transit cop, his grandmother Bonnie Johnson opens up about her grandson, and how she honors his memory.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

WI Families Fight to End Police Investigation of Police Custody Deaths

WI Families Fight to End Police Investigation of Police Custody Deaths

by Carla Murphy on December 13 2013, 2:15PM

“Please pass this bill,” one mother pleaded.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Miami Area Police Chief Resigns Amid Racial Profiling Charges

Miami Area Police Chief Resigns Amid Racial Profiling Charges

by Carla Murphy on December 12 2013, 10:17AM

One employee of a local convenience store was arrested 419 times for trespassing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

How it Feels to be a Whistleblower

How it Feels to be a Whistleblower

by Carla Murphy on December 12 2013, 9:34AM

Four years after making secret recordings that proved racial profiling in the New York Police Department, Officer Adhyl Polanco is still paying the price.

Topics: Criminal Justice

FBI Arrests LA County Jails Officers

FBI Arrests LA County Jails Officers

by Carla Murphy on December 9 2013, 4:54PM

The arrests follow a two-year investigation into inmate abuse and corruption

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Central Park Five Settlement is Still in Limbo

Central Park Five Settlement is Still in Limbo

by Akiba Solomon on December 6 2013, 7:00AM

During his campaign New York Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio said he’d settle the decade-old lawsuit. The question is when.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Bill 'CompStat' Bratton Is New York's Top Cop Again

Bill ‘CompStat’ Bratton Is New York’s Top Cop Again

by Carla Murphy on December 5 2013, 12:00PM

Will Bill Bratton, the pioneer of ‘broken windows’ policing and CompStat, be able to repair the NYPD’s relationship with communities of color?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

Life Without Parole for Selling a $10 Bag of Weed

Life Without Parole for Selling a $10 Bag of Weed

by Carla Murphy on December 2 2013, 2:34PM

The legacy of “tough on crime” policies lives on

Topics: Blogs List, Criminal Justice, /NOW

UCLA Will Investigate Black Judge's Complaint of Excessive Force

UCLA Will Investigate Black Judge’s Complaint of Excessive Force

by Julianne Hing on November 26 2013, 2:05PM

His attorney asked: “Do you think this would have happened if he was a white judge?”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

About Islan Nettles

About Islan Nettles

by Akiba Solomon on November 22 2013, 12:28PM

As the clock tick tocks on the Islan Nettles case a message is being sent: Transwomen of color’s lives don’t matter.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Alabama's 'Scottsboro Boys' Receive Pardon 80 Years After Arrests

Alabama’s ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Receive Pardon 80 Years After Arrests

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 4:40PM

The parole board was unanimous in its decision in the case that came to symbolize racism in the Deep South

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Congressman's Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

Congressman’s Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

by Brentin Mock on November 20 2013, 12:00PM

Rep. Radel gets slapped on writs for coke possession. Black and Latino men and women don’t get off so easy.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Drug War, Economy, /NOW, Politics

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 1:23PM

A candlelight vigil will be held this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

SF 'Batkid' Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

SF ‘Batkid’ Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 10:21AM

D’Paris “DJ” Williams was beaten and arrested following Batkid festivities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

by Brentin Mock on November 18 2013, 2:56PM

Holder brushes off calls for his impeachment to explain how he’s been helping reduce recidivism.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 2:11PM

It’s the second time in recent months that he’s been at the center of domestic violence complaints.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Second-Degree Murder and Other Charges for Man Suspected of Killing Renisha McBride

Second-Degree Murder and Other Charges for Man Suspected of Killing Renisha McBride

by Aura Bogado on November 15 2013, 11:18AM

Ted Wafer is not yet in custody.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and 'Criminalizing Black Corpses'

Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and ‘Criminalizing Black Corpses’

by Jamilah King on November 13 2013, 1:45PM

In the interview, hampton articulated what’s at the core of anger surrounding the case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW