Tag: civil rights
The FBI is helping investigate a disturbing finding – a noose and Confederate flag were found on a statue of the first black student at the University of Mississippi, the New York Times reports.
Authorities are searching for two men who are believed to have committed the act of vandalism early Sunday on the main campus in Oxford.
The men were yelling racial slurs while they men defaced the statue of James Meredith, who was admitted into the school amid violence in 1962.
“These individuals chose our university’s most visible symbol of unity and educational accessibility to express their disagreement with our values,” the university’s chancellor, Daniel W. Jones, said in a statement. “Their ideas have no place here, and our response will be an even greater commitment to promoting the values that are engraved on the statue — courage, knowledge, opportunity and perseverance.”
Posted: February 19th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: civil rights, Confederate flag, James Meredith, noose, racial slurs
The FBI has finally confirmed that a civil rights activist who disappeared while supporting Native Americans in South Dakota four decades was murdered, the Buffalo News reports.
Roy Robinson went missing after arriving at Wounded Knee to support the American Indian Movement’s fight against the federal government.
The discovery wasn’t easy for his wife, Cheryl Robinson.
Two lawyers were forced to file Freedom of Information Act requests to access the information, which shows the FBI suspected AIM was behind the murder.
“They confirm the rumors that have been floating out there for years,” said Michael Kuzma, one of the Robinson family’s lawyers. “The only missing part of the puzzle is where Ray’s buried.”
Posted: February 18th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: AIM, civil rights, FBI, FOIA, Native Americans, South Dakota, wounded knee
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.
In a move to address decades of concerns about the protection of civil rights, the Justice Department plans to expand its definition of racial profiling to alleviate discrimination by religion, nationality, gender and sexual orientation, the New York Times reports.
Although the Bush administration banned racial profiling in 2003, it provided exclusions for national security cases and Latinos for immigration probes.
Attorney General Eric Holder wants that to change, the Times wrote.
“Putting an end to this practice not only comports with the Constitution, it would put real teeth to the F.B.I.’s claims that it wants better relationships with religious minorities,” said Hina Shamsi, a national security lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.
It’s unclear when the new rules will go into effect.
Posted: January 16th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: ACLU, civil rights, DOJ, gender, Justice Department, nationality, racial profiling, religion, sexual orientation
By Editorial Board
The Arizona Republic
You might shrug off concerns about how the Border Patrol operates. After all, it’s just the border. Migrants. Smugglers. Lawbreakers.
It’s not about you and me.
Well, yes it is.
We hold police to high standards to protect everyone’s civil rights. Exempting the nation’s largest police force undermines decades of work to increase the professionalism of your local cops. What’s more, the lethal power of the Border Patrol is not limited to migrants and smugglers.
They’ve killed citizens, too.
A lack of transparency and accountability raises red flags about human rights and public safety.
It raises questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of an agency that has grown rapidly in recent years and would double in size under the Senate’s immigration reform plan.
To read more click here.
Posted: December 23rd, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: accountability, Arizona, Border Patrol, CBP, civil rights, immigration reform, police, transparency
Border fence along Juarez-El Paso border/istock photo
Two Border Patrol agents have been sentenced to two years in prison after forcing suspected trafficking to eat marijuana and run around the Arizona desert, RT reports.
The agents, Dario Castillo, 25, and Ramon Zuniga, 31, were convicted of violating the civil rights of four Mexican men who were in the U.S. legally.
Both agents were fired shortly after the incident.
They told authorities they were overworked at the end of a long day.
“I allowed these individuals to get the best of me that night,” Zuniga said to the judge, according to Reuters. “I’ve regretted those actions every single day for the past five years.”
Posted: November 13th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: Border Patrol, civil rights, marijuana
Civil rights supporters are calling for the FBI and Justice Department to reopen the investigation into the 1985 killing of a prominent Palestinian American leader, Democracy Now reports.
Alex Odeh was killed by a powerful pipe bomb placed at the offices of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination in Santa Ana, Calif., where he served as group’s western regional director.
The FBI’s focus was on the Jewish Defense League, according to Democracy Now.
But no one has been arrested.
“Despite 28 years of knocking on the doors of justice, we have not found it yet. Alex was a very peaceful man,” says Albert Mokhiber, former president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. “He was known as an activist, in not just the Arab-American movement and Palestinian issues, but civil rights in general.”
Posted: October 18th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: activist, Alex Odeh, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination, california, civil rights, DOJ, FBI, Jewish Defamation League, Justice Department, pipe bomb, Santa Ana
Charleston civil rights supporters are calling for an investigation into a “troubling and outrageous trend” lethal police force against black men, the Post and Courier reports.
Don Scott, president of the city’s NAACP, said Saturday’s shooting of a black man is one of four police-involved shootings since March 2012.
Scott said officers have declared “open hunting season on black men.”
Justice Department officials would not comment on the request for an investigation.
Posted: October 17th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: black men, Charleston, civil rights, DOJ, Justice Department, lethal police force, police-involved shooting
New documents reveal more about the FBI’s cell phone surveillance group, which has the technology to listen to anyone’s calls, Slate reports.
The surveillance method was revealed in new documents received by the civil rights group, Electronic Privacy Information Center, using the Freedom of Information Act.
The technology, most commonly referred to as “Stingrays” are portable surveillance transceivers that trick phones into transferring onto a fake network, Slate wrote.
The FBI maintains it uses the phones to track information of individual suspects, but the group believes the surveillance may violate the federal Communications Act because it interferes with the cellphone signals.
Posted: October 9th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: cell phone surveillance, civil rights, Electronic Privacy Information Center, FOIA, freedom of information act