9/11 Review Commission Suggests FBI Expand Spying on Entire Racial or Ethnic Communities

By: Wednesday March 25, 2015 5:38 pm

A 9/11 Review Commission report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to implement recommendations the commission issued in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks was released. One of the report’s key aspects is how it suggests the agency should expand its domestic spying operations on entire racial or ethnic communities in the United [...]

Chicago Has a Bigger Problem with Stop-and-Frisks by Police Than New York Had

By: Monday March 23, 2015 3:12 pm

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois suggests Chicago has a much greater problem with stop-and-frisks by police than New York in 2011, which is considered the “height of the practice” and two years before a court ruled the New York Police Department’s policy violated Fourth Amendment rights. A “sample of 250 [...]

Family of Young Black Man Killed by Chicago Police Sue City of Chicago, Challenge ‘Code of Silence’

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:24 pm

A civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit was filed in federal court against Chicago police officers and the city of Chicago for the killing of Roshad McIntosh. He was fatally shot by police on August 24, 2014. “I lost my son, he was taken from me,” Cynthia Lane, Roshad’s mother, stated. “I’m really hurt. Roshad’s [...]

Rally Connects Reports of Chicago ‘Black Site’ to Push for Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Tuesday March 3, 2015 1:21 pm

Young organizers in Chicago held a downtown rally on March 2 to communicate to Mayor Rahm Emanuel that the outcome of a recent primary was a message from marginalized communities in the city. That message involves dissatisfaction that Emanuel has failed to support a reparations ordinance for police torture survivors. But organizers also sought to [...]

Inspector General Report: DEA Doesn’t Keep Data on Racial Profiling in ‘Cold Consent Encounters’

By: Saturday January 31, 2015 1:26 pm

The Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department conducted a review of Drug Enforcement Agency “cold consent encounters” at mass transportation facilities after receiving complaints from two African American women about a practice that has been associated with racial profiling. The review found that the DEA does not collect the appropriate racial and [...]

Black Lives Matter: A Movement Keeping the Dream Articulated by Martin Luther King Jr. Alive

By: Monday January 19, 2015 1:53 pm

A new grassroots movement against institutional racism sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, has rekindled discussion about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Co-founders of Black Lives Matter describe the effort to “Reclaim MLK.” Individuals around the world over the last few days have been “engaging in radical acts of civil disobedience, by [...]

Former Chicago Cop, Shot 28 Times by Police & Found Guilty of Attempted Murder, Has 40-Year Sentence Commuted

By: Tuesday January 13, 2015 4:01 pm

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, in his final day as governor, commuted the forty-year sentence of Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was shot 28 times by four white police officers. Morgan was accused of shooting the police officers. A jury acquitted him of two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated [...]

Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on Islamophobia & the Myth of the Liberal Anti-Racist

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 1:39 pm

[Editor's Note: With the recent terrorist attack in Paris against Charlie Hebdo, once again there is debate about whether Islam is a violent religion. There is little to no evidence that Islam alone radicalizes people and transforms them into terrorists or religious fanatics. On November 7, I spoke with Arun Kundnani, a journalist and a [...]

Some Perspective as Officials Exploit Execution of NYPD Officers to Discredit Movement for Police Reform

By: Monday December 22, 2014 11:54 am

Two New York police officers were killed by a mentally ill African-American man on December 20. The man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had chosen the officers as targets as a kind of revenge for police, who had killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Although there is little evidence that these [...]

Officer Who Killed Eric Garner with Chokehold Told Grand Jury Being Filmed Didn’t Bother Him

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 2:02 pm

New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, according to his attorney, told a Staten Island grand jury that he was aware while he was taking Eric Garner down with a chokehold that he was being recorded. However, he was certain he was not committing any misconduct so it did not bother him that someone was filming [...]

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