Criminal Justice Reform News
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.
LJP Update: We filed an Amicus Brief Urging the Supreme Court to protect President's Executive Action on Immigration and make sure that it is addressed in this cycle. As we wrap up the year we also encourage you to donate to LatinoJustice so we can keep advocating for rights of Latinos in the court.
That #LJPFamilia wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving. We also recap some major LatinoJustice news such as a national convening of Latinos leaders to discuss the role of Latinos in the Criminal Justice System.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) will convene a roundtable discussion on Latinos and the Criminal Justice System in Washington, D.C. this week. The meeting will be attended by some of the nation’s leading national Latino organizations, including MALDEF, LULAC, NCLR, and the Hispanic Federation, among many others.
In 2013, immediately after a jury in Florida exonerated George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, allegedly in self-defense, three Black women created a new movement on social media. This was the genesis of the digital movement called #BlackLivesMatter which was inaugurated on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
En 2013 inmediatamente después que un jurado en Florida exoneró a George Zimmerman por matar al joven afro-americano Trayvon Martin, supuestamente en auto-defensa, tres mujeres afro-americanas empezaron un nuevo proyecto por los medios sociales. Así fue que el movimiento digital #blacklivesmatter – la vidas negras importan – nació en Twitter, Instagram y Facebook.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF supports bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate as important first steps to establishing practical and important reforms that will transform a broken criminal justice system.
The court decided to allow the victims to proceed anonymously with their challenge because of their “reasonable” fears of retaliation. Second, the Court agreed that the drivers could begin discovery on their claims that the SCPD racially profiled, harassed, and failed to provide police services to Latino drivers.
Employment credit check band takes effect in New York City - Washington Governor grants rare commutation for Latino inmate and more
A federal court approves key reforms in NYC Stop-and-Frisk Case. Florida legislature redraws Congressional districts. Court reinstate Federal protections to home care workers
LatinoJustice interns tell us about their experience at the #LAW4BlackLives conference. Then we hear about two events where we reached out to young people interested in law.
In response to Governor Cuomo announcing that he will issue an executive order to authorize the appointment of a special prosecutor for police killings of “unarmed” civilians for one year, a group of the family members of New Yorkers killed by police over past decades, who had led the call for a special prosecutor in all police killings, released the following joint statement.
Dozens of community members and leaders gathered in front of the New York State Supreme Court in Central Islip today to announce the launch of Long Island United for Police Reform (LIPR), an unprecedented coalition seeking to end bias-based police practices in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Comprised of advocacy organizations, lawyers, community organizers, and families who have been victimized by police misconduct, LIPR will call for accountability, oversight, and transparency in Long Island’s police departments.
Twenty-one Latinos in Long Island filed a federal class action civil rights lawsuit Thursday, alleging that multiple officers in the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) systematically targeted them and other Latinos for unfounded, race-based stops after which they were either robbed or given unjustified traffic citations.
Eric Garner's death cannot be in vain. More so than even the Ferguson Grand Jury verdict, the videotaped killing of Mr. Garner must spur wholescale reform in addressing the use of police abuse and excessive force in our broken criminal justice system.
There is an urgent need to galvanize Latino leaders, activists, academics, and stakeholders in the justice system to acknowledge and address the intersection of Latino communities with policing, drug policy and criminal justice reform. The reality is that Latinos are disproportionally and adversely affected by discriminatory policing and criminal justice practices but rarely involved in shaping their solutions. This harm is real for Latinas and Latinos. Its salience is only dwarfed by the way our country treats African-Americans.
In the wake of a New York grand jury failing to indict a police officer in the death of a Staten Island man, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and a coalition of community advocates are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to undertake a full federal civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner, and the New York Police Department’s use of force policies.
The tragedy of Michael Brown's death, unarmed and shot by a member of the Ferguson police, is now followed by the tragic failure of the local courts to force the policeman to stand trial. This cannot stand without a measure of accountability. And on that score look no further than the prosecutor’s office.
El anuncio del Alcalde De Blasio y el Comisionado de Policía Bratton de cambiar las prácticas de arrestos por la posesión de cantidades menores de marihuana es importantísimo en el desarrollo de mejores relaciones entre las comunidades latinas y afro-americanas y la policía...