June 14, 2010

Video from an Austin activist who was visited by FBI agents. A good lesson about how to handle yourself in such a situation.

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May 19, 2010

From the Chronicle:

“A federal appeals court upheld $3.7 million in damages Tuesday against the city of Oakland and two police officers who, according to a jury, planted an assault rifle on a parolee’s property.

Jurors found in November 2007 that the officers had violate...

May 16, 2010

From IndyBay:

“During Cinco de Mayo celebrations, residents of San José faced daytime checkpoints, citations, and arrests on a scale not matched by any other festival of the year. By 10 pm the focus appeared to be diverting cars and mostly-Latino youths from the downtow...

May 13, 2010

From the Sacramento Bee here and here:

“A Bee investigation into the behavior units, including signed affidavits, conversations and correspondence with 18 inmates, has uncovered evidence of racism and cruelty at the High Desert facility. Inmates described hours-long str...

May 12, 2010

From the NYT:

“According to the analysis of the 2009 raw data by the Center for Constitutional Rights, nearly 490,000 blacks and Latinos were stopped by the police on the streets last year, compared with 53,000 whites.

But once stopped, the arrest rates were virtually th...

April 28, 2010

From AZCentral:

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced another illegal-immigration enforcement operation for this weekend in Phoenix, marking Arpaio’s 15th concerted effort to root out illegal immigrants but the first since Gov. Jan Brewer signed a controversial new immigration-...

April 23, 2010

From the Post-Intelligencer:

“A drunken street golf game with foam balls has led to a serious civil rights issue, pitting computer geeks against police practices.

Eric Rachner, a Seattle cyber security expert and one of the golf players, wasn’t satisfied when the city di...

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