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Can cops use force with impunity after creating danger?

The Supreme Court has rejected a rule that would have held police officers responsible for provoking a response from suspects that would have given police the right to start shooting. In sending the case back to a lower court for … Continue reading

The civil rights views of Trump’s latest judicial nominees

Three of President Trump’s nominees for federal judiciary posts will appear in Senate confirmation hearings on Wednesday. Is Trump advancing an anti-civil rights agenda by appointing federal judges with questionable civil rights records? Find out more about the possibility in … Continue reading

SPLC fights alleged bias in bail system

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Having to post bail after an arrest is a generally accepted part of the criminal justice system. But is the ability to come up with bail money inherently biased against the poor? The Southern Poverty Law Center believes it is, … Continue reading

The Black family in the age of mass incarceration

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America has the largest incarcerated population in the world, thanks, in part, to the war on drugs, which has placed thousands of black men in prison for relatively minor crimes. What effect does this have on the larger population, especially … Continue reading

Follow The NBL on social media

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Are you following The National Black Lawyers on social media? If not, you’re not getting the most out of your membership experience. We regularly post news stories that affect National Black Lawyers members on social media. It’s the best (and … Continue reading

Cleveland cop who killed Tamir Rice is fired

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The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has been fired by the department — but not for killing Rice. Officer Timothy Loehmann was terminated for withholding details about his previous employment. More details in … Continue reading

How voting rights divides the nation

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Republicans will continue to make voting as difficult as possible for African-Americans for one simple reason, argues Paul Waldman at the Washington Post: because it works. Waldman  says “…every young person, urban dweller or racial minority they can keep from … Continue reading

Everything you need to know about the retrial of ex-cop Ray Tensing

The retrial of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing for shooting Sam Dubose during a traffic stop began this week with the judge delaying jury selection. Tensing pulled Dubose over on July 19, 2015 for not having a … Continue reading

Lead poisoning in New Orleans housing projects

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Lead poisoning has been affecting people living in housing projects in New Orleans for decades, with lead levels in blood sometimes reaching five times the maximum amount recommended by government guidelines. As an attorney investigating lead poisoning cases discovered, it … Continue reading

Will race be a factor in Cosby’s trial?

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Bill Cosby told a radio host that racism and “nefarious” motivations could be behind the sexual assault charges he is facing. Cosby and two of his daughters are stepping up his defense, just before jury selection next week and his … Continue reading