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Police Change Policies After Brown and Garner Protests

Police Change Policies After Brown and Garner Protests

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With tensions running high over the killings of Blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation. New York City plans to issue stun guns to hundreds more officers. The Milwaukee department is [...]
The End of Prisons?When it comes to locking people up, America is a world-beater. The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet accounts for 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of Whites. A number of terms have been coined to describe systems that [...]
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NYC Jails to Receive Overhaul With $130 MillionNEW YORK (AP) — The New York City mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the nation’s most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city’s troubled Rikers Island jail complex. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans, to be announced Tuesday, are [...]
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Jail Death of Homeless Marine Ends With NYC SettlementNEW YORK (AP) — The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said Friday. Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island jail on Feb. 15, eight days [...]
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Police Use of Taser on Homeless Man Leads to Penalties  DENVER (AP) — A federal jury on Oct. 14 found five Denver sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city’s downtown jail and awarded his family a record $4.65 million in damages, a verdict an attorney said should send a message to law enforcement everywhere. Marvin Booker died [...]
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A Condemned Man in Texas Gains His FreedomAt 12:32 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, Manuel Velez, my client and an innocent man, stepped out of prison and into the Huntsville, Texas air a free man. For nine years, Manuel has languished behind bars. What’s ironic about watching him walk out of this particular prison, the Walls Unit, which is often used to process [...]
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Solitary Confinement is Torture, Wis. Faith Group Says  Faith leaders in Wisconsin are boosting the public’s awareness this week about the effect of solitary confinement on humans and making the case that it’s torture. They’re not doing so by inviting the public inside a prison. Rather, they’re bringing a mock cell to the streets and asking people – and government leaders – [...]
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‘Chokehold’ Training to Stop for Seattle-Area Deputiesexcerpt
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Are Individuals at Fault? No, Institutions Have Failed Us.“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” – Martin Luther King Jr. This year is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and commemorations have occurred across the country, from Mississippi to New Orleans. I have been thinking about how far as a country we have come, and [...]
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Traffic Stops of Latinos in Fresno Area Unequal, Groups Say  Latino drivers in Fresno County, California, have a greater likelihood of being targeted for traffic stops by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and of having their cars impounded, according to a recent report  from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the ACLU of California.  The report was initiated after community members from Caruthers, California [...]
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