Protest at Chicago Police Headquarters: Families of Those Killed by Cops Speak Out for Justice (VIDEO)

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 10:12 am

Family of people shot and killed by Chicago police gathered outside the Chicago Police Department’s headquarters on November 5. Somewhere around fifty to a hundred people, including activists and city residents, participated in an evening demonstration for justice and accountability.

Specifically, the action took place on November 5 because 22-year-old Rekia Boyd would have been celebrating her birthday on November 5 had she not been killed by an off-duty police officer on March 21, 2012.

Boyd was out with her friends in Chicago when an off-duty police officer named Dante Servin stopped her and her friends while they were in North Lawndale’s Douglas Park on the west side. Servin told them to “keep the noise down.” The officer continued to exchange words with Boyd and her friends and then pulled out his gun and fired “at least five rounds at the group,” according to a recent report by a local grassroots group, We Charge Genocide (WCG).

 

How Crazy Is Too Crazy to Be Executed

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 3:08 pm

In her latest piece, Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones sheds light on the case of Scott Panetti—a death row prisoner who Texas wants to execute despite a decades-long history of severe mental illness and serious questions remaining about his competency to be executed.

Susan Mellen Is Free Today After Spending 17 Years in Prison for a Murder She Did Not Commit

By: Saturday October 11, 2014 4:00 pm

After serving 17 years in prison for a crime that she did not commit, Susan Mellen is free.

Posse Comitatus and the Fourth Amendment

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:35 am

Back in pre-Constitution America, the British army would burst into the homes and businesses of American colonists.
The searches would often be destructive, and intended so. Some of the time the point was to seize incriminating “revolutionary” materials, many times the point was simply to harass and threaten people the Crown feared and wanted to send a message to. It was in direct response to such invasions of freedom that the Founders wrote in the Fourth Amendment “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…”

Court: Releasing Images of Guantanamo Prisoner Would Incite Violence, Especially Since He Was Tortured

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 4:15 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that the United States government can keep video and photos of high-profile Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani secret because it is well-known that he was tortured and abused and any future release of information depicting him could be used by terrorist groups to incite anti-American violence.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. At issue are at least 58 FBI videos “depicting Qahtani’s activities in his cell and his interactions” with Defense Department personnel. There are also two videos showing “forced cell extractions,” where Qahtani was likely removed from his cell in an abusive or aggressive manner, two videos showing “document intelligence debriefings” and “six mugshots” of Qahtani.

DNA Evidence Clears Men of 1983 North Carolina Murder but Prosecutor Is Unrepentant About His Role

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 12:12 pm

DNA evidence has cleared two African-American mentally disabled men, who were convicted of a rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina in 1983. A judge ordered the men be released from jail, and the district attorney admitted the state had no case and would not try to prosecute the men again. But the original prosecutor in the case was displeased by the development.

Mother Will March Every Day Until Chicago Police Provide Answers on Police Shooting That Killed Her Son

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 1:17 pm

More than one week after Chicago police shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh, his mother is still demanding the police provide basic information on what happened to her son. She has pledged to march to the local police station every day until she gets the answers she believes she deserves.

Podcast: Ferguson, Class Divisions & Why Community May Reject Voting as Key Answer to Injustice

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 8:30 am

The stark reality is police in America have gunned down black youth in the streets many, many times prior to Michael Brown’s death. Why did this act of police brutality lead to such a show of incredible rage and protest from a community?

‘We’re Tired of Police Judging Us’—St. Louis Resident Opens Up About Police, Protests & Mike Brown (Video)

By: Monday August 25, 2014 3:05 pm

While on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, to cover the aftermath of the killing of Mike Brown by police, I had the privilege of being introduced to Kerry, a young black man and resident of the St. Louis area. He agreed to speak to me about his experiences.

We recorded the interview on August 21, days after some of the worst and most intense police violence that had occurred.

Ferguson’s Municipal Court System Makes Millions Off Targeting Black and Poor People

By: Monday August 25, 2014 8:54 am

A small nonprofit organization, which provides “holistic legal advocacy” to poverty-stricken residents in St. Louis County, didn’t believe their clients when they claimed they were being incarcerated for not paying fines, targeted for being black and poor and denied access to municipal courts, particularly when they brought their children with them. The organization decided to conduct a “court watching” program and observed about 60 different courts. It produced a report that largely confirmed the allegations of clients.

In the aftermath of the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the report [PDF] from ArchCity Defenders has been receiving attention for the critical context it provides.

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