Posted inCriminal Justice, Policing

Biden Wants to Add $32 Billion to Police Funding — Is Federal Police Reform Dead?

Members of Congress have offered no shortage of ideas in recent years for reforming policing in America. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., proposed the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act in 2019 to make constricting a person’s airway a civil rights offense. The same year, Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., promoted the use of de-escalation […]

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‘Nobody’s Going to Steal That Joy’: Cory Booker’s Full Speech to Ketanji Brown Jackson, Annotated

When Black women break barriers, the reaction is often predictable. Detractors find various ways to say she doesn’t belong: She’s unqualified, she’s radical, she’s a beneficiary of affirmative action. That playbook was on display in the U.S. Capitol this week as Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme […]

Posted inCourts, Criminal Justice

What’s Behind the Wave of Convictions for Police and Vigilantes? It’s More Than Woke Jurors.

Juries in recent months have been handing down guilty verdicts against police officers and white vigilantes in a series of rare convictions for a legal system that historically has failed to render justice for Black victims.  Last month, three white men in Georgia were convicted of committing a hate crime when they murdered Ahmaud Arbery, […]

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What Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Appointment Would Mean for Black Americans

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s presence on the U.S. Supreme Court would not only diversify the nation’s highest bench with its first Black woman, it would add a perspective of the law that has rarely been heard in the court’s more than 230 years, legal experts say.  President Joe Biden’s nominee is a former public defender and […]

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Prosecutors Rarely Pursue Hate Crime Charges. Here’s Why Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder Was Different.

Two years after Ahmaud Arbery’s jog through a south Georgia neighborhood ended in his murder, the tragedy received a rare designation on Feb. 22, when the three white men who killed him were also convicted of executing a hate crime. A federal jury found that Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, along with their […]

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‘We Are Not Sub-Citizens’: Black Gun Owners Assert Their Rights after Amir Locke’s Killing

MINNEAPOLIS – In a scene that has become all too familiar to Black residents in this region, mourners gathered in a church sanctuary Feb. 17 to grieve the early death of a Black man and denounce the actions of the police who killed him. Relatives and friends of Amir Locke, who was shot by police […]

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The Supreme Court Debate Reveals the Unique Ways Black Women Are Questioned

When President Joe Biden announced last month that he will abide by his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court, it sparked a flurry of criticism, particularly among white male Republicans.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that specifying a Black woman for the role is “offensive.” Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker charged […]