Center for American Progress lists criminal justice system reforms
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:27
Washington, D.C. — The recent events following the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and others at the hands of law-enforcement officials have brought into national focus a debate over the persistent inequalities of America's criminal justice system—including police practices, the use of force and aggressive policing, arrest and prosecution policies, the severity of criminal sentences, and the disparate impact many of these policies have on communities of color. Today, the Center for American Progress issued recommendations to begin reforming the criminal justice system and police-community relations, which involve improved police training; data collection and accountability; repairing the fractured relationship between police and community; and, in instances where lives are taken, the promise of a diligent, independent, thorough investigation and prosecution, when appropriate.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:40
Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Special to The Informer
The protests began in Ferguson, exploding after the prosecutor announced that the policeman who killed Michael Brown would not be brought to trial. They spread across the country after the Staten Island grand jury refused to charge the policeman who strangled Eric Garner, killing him on camera. Now, as others –Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, Akai Gurley – are added to the list of casualties, the marches keep on building.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:16
Ed Felien, Southside Pride
The public attack on Mayor Hodges by John Delmonico of the Minneapolis Police Federation, in crudely trying to associate her with gang members in what became known as Pointergate, has backfired big time. It quickly became a national joke, but it laid bare the antagonism between the mayor and the many reactionary elements in the MPD. Just prior to that, Chief Harteau refused to go to a community meeting in South Minneapolis because she feared for her safety. The community in South Minneapolis was outraged.
Under high pressure, Minneapolis City Council reverses #Lattelevy vote
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:03
Katie Nelson, TC Daily Planet
Local activists obtained a rare victory Wednesday evening after the Minneapolis City Council voted to reverse their decision to cut $225,000 from a racial equity program and a clean energy initiative — a cut deemed #Lattelevy.
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:31
Soya Jung, Race Files, A project of CHANGELAB
A new generation of young Black leaders have ignited a movement. They have awakened the nation and the world to the longstanding, daily brutality of state violence against Black lives. There have been daily protests against police brutality in U.S. cities for over four months now, disrupting business as usual, shutting down intersections, bridges, tunnels, transit stations, and highways with clear demands for justice and accountability. And they won't stop soon.
Elected Black Republicans not expected to be a plus for the community
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:22
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black Republicans made history during the midterm elections in November by winning in Texas, South Carolina and Texas, but political analysts wonder if the victories will have any long-term impact on the future of the GOP in the Black community.