Police Reform News

Anniversary of Man Shot by Bakersfield Police While Holding a Crucifix Highlights Needed Change in Deadly District

National press conference call with the family of Francisco Serna and community members marking the one-year anniversary of his death. The press conference will take place ahead of a local community vigil on Saturday, highlighting the high number of deaths by Kern County police and the lack of accountability by the local government. Speakers will also address the role of the Latinx community, nationally and locally, in responding to issues of police violence and criminalization.

Promueve la violencia policial

En solo siete meses de gobernación la presidencia de Donald Trump ha soltado las riendas al uso de fuerza policial por medio de unos mensajes, directos y sutiles, que reflejan una rechazo al respeto de derechos constitucionales.

Transparency Victory: NJ Supreme Court Largely Sides with Police Accountability

“LatinoJustice joins with our colleagues at the ACLU-NJ in cheering the unanimous decision issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court today concerning police accountability in North Jersey Media Group v. Lyndhurst, a pivotal case that will play a large role in shaping police transparency in New Jersey.”

New Drug Policy Alliance Report: It's Time for the U.S. to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession

An unprecedented and wide-ranging coalition of powerful stakeholders is calling for an end to the widespread practice of arresting people solely for drug use or possession. A press teleconference this Tuesday will be accompanied by the release of a new Drug Policy Alliance report, endorsed by over 30 organizations, that lays out a roadmap for how U.S. jurisdictions can move toward ending the criminalization of people who use drugs.

Settlement Will End Unconstitutional NYPD Stops, Frisks and Arrests in Clean Halls Buildings

Civil rights groups announced a settlement today with the NYPD that will reform the program under which police officers patrol inside thousands of private apartment buildings across New York City. Under the settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, The Bronx Defenders, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in the federal class-action case Ligon v. City of New York, the NYPD must comply with clear standards limiting stops, frisks and arrests of people in buildings enrolled in the program. The NYPD must also train and supervise officers involved in this enforcement activity, tighten standards for building participation in the program, submit to years of monitoring, and pay nearly a quarter million dollars to the lead plaintiffs in the case. The federal court in Manhattan must still approve the settlement.

New Digital Feature Seeks to Measure Accuracy of Criminal Justice Data on Latinos

In an attempt to determine the amount of missing data that would be needed to help policymakers and advocates understand Latinos’ relationship to criminal justice, the Urban Institute has launched a new digital feature that seeks to address the lack of data available on Latinos in the criminal justice system.

Encarcelación privatizada

El anuncio reciente del Departamento de Justicia sobre la eliminación de todo contrato con empresas privadas que manejan cárceles porque que la taza de abuso y violencia contra prisioneros en esos centros es más alta que en cárceles manejadas por el gobierno ha tenido un efecto inmediato.

50 años esperando una traducción precisa

En 1966 la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos decidió el caso de Miranda v. Arizona en el área de derecho criminal. Interrogatorios de personas acusadas de crímenes en esos entonces utilizaban intimidación psicológica y/o física. La meta de la policía era procurar una confesión del delito para comprobar el crimen.

Después de Bratton

Es fácil confundir el legado de un líder con el legado de la institución que dirige. Si medimos el legado del Comisionado Bill Bratton según los criterios de su profesión ha sido todo un éxito. Trabajó dos veces en la ciudad de Nueva York y una vez en Los Ángeles. El índice de crímenes en Nueva York ha disminuido a niveles históricos. No en balde su decisión de alejarse ahora de una administración que pronto empieza una campaña electoral. Y si medimos éxito como se mide todo en este país – por dinero – el ahora Sr. Bratton es capaz de ganarse un dineral.

LJP Update: Announcing 2016 Gala Honorees, Right to Know Act in NYC Council and more

We are excited to announce our 2016 Gala Honorees! Make sure you get your tickets soon! We also have legal updates on the Right To Know Act, Racial bias in jury selection and more!

Populous, Multi-Racial And Ignored: Latinos And Police Shootings

The police officer who shot and killed Philando Castille in Minnesota, Jeronimo Yanez, was Latino. That shooting added to the narrative of yet another white officer killing a black man. In Dallas one police officer killed with four others by Micah Johnson, was also Latino, Mexican-American Patrick Zamarripa.

LatinoJustice apoya a quienes promueven una reforma policial que diga “Promovemos justicia, no asesinato”

Anoche en Dallas, Texas cinco miembros de la policía fueron asesinados en un motín que empezó pacíficamente para denunciar la muerte de dos Afro-Americanos por la policía unos días anterior.

We Cannot Continue To Live Like This

We live in a place that relies on foreign newspapers to tell us how many black and brown persons are killed at the hands of police.

Statement from Juan Cartagena on the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille

We live in a place that relies on foreign newspapers to tell us how many black and brown persons are killed at the hands of police.

LJPUpdate: Meet Jessica Gonzalez, an LJP Trailblazer; DACA recipients can apply for professional licenses and more

Meet Jessica Gonzalez, a #LatinaTrailblazer who advocates for the reproductive rights of Latinas around the country. Then, hear about a recent update that helps DACA recipients work in New York. This and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LJPUpdate: Meet Daisy, an LJP Trailblazer, Central American Refugee Rights and more

Meet Daisy M. Auger-Dominguez, a #LatinaTrailblazer who is blazing a trail for Latinas in the tech world. Then, we challenge the deportation procedures being used for Central Americans who are fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle. This and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LJP Update: Join our SE Reception, Unveiling a Public Policy Agenda for 2016 and more

Still time to sign up for our SE Inaugural reception and honor the contributions to social justice of the 2016 LatinoJustice Southeast Regional Awards honorees. You can also find out more about an amicus we filed in the SCOTUS case that will address President Obama's executive action on immigration. Find out this and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Criticizes DA Plea Bargain and Sentence of Sgt. Greene

In one of the biggest hate crime prosecutions in the history of New York State, affecting 26 Latino victims of multiple acts of larceny and racial profiling by a uniformed member of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), the Suffolk County District Attorney today failed to recommend a minimum set criminal term of imprisonment against defendant SCPD Sgt. Scott Greene.

Long Island Police Reform Group Decries Verdict in the Sgt. Greene Trial

Long Island advocates are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Suffolk County Police Department (“SCPD”) after jurors found SCPD Sergeant Scott Greene not guilty on most of the charges related to targeting Latino drivers and robbing them of money. Many advocates are now calling for the DOJ to take control over Suffolk’s police force.

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