Posts Tagged racial profiling

New racial profiling report highlights LGBT experiences with police profiling

Last week, the NAACP released Born Suspect, a report on racial profiling by the police and the continued fight to end it. The report includes information on the national impact of racial profiling as well as successful advocacy strategies to curb it.

Coming at a time when the national conversation on racial profiling and police violence has taken center stage after the murders of a number of black men at the hands of the police, the report provides much-needed analysis of these issues as they stand today across the nation. It is particularly refreshing to see the inclusion and highlighting of the distinct experiences of LGBT people with racial profiling, as well as LGBT communities’ participation in efforts to put ...

Last week, the NAACP released Born Suspect, a report on racial profiling by the police and the continued fight to end it. The report includes information on the national impact of racial profiling as well as ...

“Ferguson Police just executed my unarmed son.”

Stacia L. Brown has a powerful piece on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb while walking unarmed down the street on Saturday afternoon. 

Stacia L. Brown has a powerful piece on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb while walking unarmed down the street on Saturday afternoon. 

Dream Defenders take Florida Capitol, meet with Gov. Scott

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the Dream Defenders–a student collective of young people of color–has taken to the Florida Capitol. The group began their occupation on Tuesday, demanding the passage of the Trayvon Martin Act. According to Colorlines, “the bill would address racial profiling, ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and school-to-prison pipeline issues  — ‘the three pillars that led to George Zimmerman getting away with killing Trayvon Martin,’ said Dream Defender Philip Agnew on a media call.”

Despite Scott’s stated refusal to reverse “Stand Your Ground,” the Governor agreed to meet with protesters after they took over his office. The Dreamers won’t be backing down anytime soon, though: in a ...

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the Dream Defenders–a student collective of young people of color–has taken to the Florida Capitol. The group began their occupation on Tuesday, demanding the passage of ...

Supreme Court: We heart racial profiling!

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law. The good news is that it struck down key parts of the law, which is  why it is being hailed as a victory for the Obama Administration, which brought the case to the Supreme Court. The bad news is that it upheld the “show me your papers” part  that encourages racial profiling, which is why Governor Jan “Finger” Brewer is praising the ruling as a victory.

Leslie Berestein Rojas at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) lays out what the ruling does:

Strikes down Section 3, which would make it a state crime for undocumented immigrants not to carry an alien registration document. Strikes down Section 5(C), which would make ...

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law. The good news is that it struck down key parts of the law, which is  why it is being hailed as a victory for the ...

StopFriskNYC

We must end stop and frisk

Crime reduction tactics should be effective and they should facilitate people feeling safer in their neighborhoods. Stop and frisk laws, popular in many cities and recently defended by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, don’t do this. Instead they intimidate young men of color, instill fear in communities, restrict decision-making and mobility and permit racial profiling.

Don’t believe me? After Bloomberg’s defense, Think Progress gave us a run-down of numbers we should know about the consequences of stop and frisk laws. Here are a few notable points,

1. In 2011, NYC officers made 685,724 stops as part of the “stop-and-frisk” policy. Of that group, 605,328 people were determined not to have engaged in any unlawful behavior. [NYCLU]

4. More than half of ...

Crime reduction tactics should be effective and they should facilitate people feeling safer in their neighborhoods. Stop and frisk laws, popular in many cities and recently defended by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, don’t do ...