The results of a Justice Department (DOJ) investigation into the Newark Police Department show the police force engages in a routine pattern of unconstitutional policing. Police illegally stop thousands of pedestrians without articulating any “reasonable suspicion” for stopping them. They unconstitutionally arrest people, and the department’s lawless policing disproportionately affects black residents.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:56 am|
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 19, 2013 12:38 pm|
In response to the George Zimmerman verdict, today President Obama delivered remarks on race and racial profiling. In the speech he called on police forces to address the problem of racial profiling.
It is shocking that the same man who delivered this speech just days earlier called New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly one of the best law enforcement professionals there is and is considering appointing him to head the Department of Homeland Security.
|By: DSWright Monday July 15, 2013 6:55 am|
As the Department of Justice explores bringing charges and President Obama laments that “a jury has spoken”, the fact remains that George Zimmerman is a free man. Not just free from confinement but free to do exactly what (temporarily) endangered his own freedom.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 29, 2013 2:55 pm|
In the aftermath of the Boston bombing, US media organizations have been providing a platform to a former New York Police Department head of intelligence analyst and co-author of a heavily critiqued and rejected report on the radicalization of Muslims in the West. He has been on CNN and Fox News sharing his views and was also quoted by Judith Miller, former New York Times journalist who had a story celebrating the NYPD published by the Wall Street Journal.
Cable news appearances by Mitchell Silber, now a managing director for K2 Intelligence, have focused on what he thinks the attack by Dhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two ethnic Chechen Muslims who immigrated to America, shows about “homegrown terrorism.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 11, 2013 4:10 pm|
The Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition (MCLC), Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) have released a report, “Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims.”
The report outlines how the surveillance has created a “pervasive climate of fear and suspicion. It highlights racial and religious profiling by the police, which has effectively criminalized Muslims and effectively chilled free speech and activism in Muslim communities.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:30 pm|
On the ten year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, an Ohio mother was flying on a Frontier Airlines flight from San Francisco to Detroit. The plane landed and heavily armed agents boarded the plane and removed her. She was handcuffed, pat searched and then strip searched and locked in a cell at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. There she was interrogated and then released with no charges after being detained for four hours. She has now filed suit against Frontier Airlines and government agents and officers involved in arresting and detaining her without probable cause.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 9, 2012 6:55 pm|
In a powerful short documentary posted by The Nation, a New York Police Department (NYPD) veteran, who has been part of the department for fifteen years, says of stop and frisks, “People don’t like police because of the harassment. And what civilians don’t understand is that the police department is forcing us to do these stops or you’re going to get penalized.”
The documentary by Ross Tuttle, which is called, “The Hunted and the Hated: An Inside Look at the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy,” contains “secretly captured” audio of a stop-and-frisk action by police that is the “one of the only known recordings” of such an action.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 6, 2012 1:12 pm|
It’s sad that we have to see the injustice of a “show me your papers” law in action before invalidating it, but that’s what it’s going to take.
|By: hotflashcarol Wednesday August 1, 2012 6:10 pm|
This is video from Occupy Oakland livestreamer and hella courageous citizen Jessica Hollie (aka Bella Eiko), who was apparently downtown for the “Justice for Alan Blueford” rally that had taken place earlier yesterday afternoon at Oscar Grant Plaza. Jessica confronts police who have just detained two young black men at gunpoint. I strongly encourage anyone who has ever fantasized about standing up to the police to watch all 17-1/2 minutes; you’ll get a lesson in defending your rights and a reminder that these thugs are supposed to be accountable to us.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 22, 2012 5:58 pm|
The Obama Administration recently announced that it would begin an “interagency process” to implement commitments made on human rights before the UN Human Rights Council just over a year ago. Coinciding with the announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) put out a report on how the administration has done so far.
The report highlighted key areas of criminal justice, national security and immigration where the US must make improvements. It put forward “concrete ways that the Obama administration” could “make tangible progress in protecting and promoting human rights.” It also suggested how the administration could address “very serious violations” of human rights.”