NYPD Officer Convicted for 2014 Shooting Death of Akai Gurley On Thursday, a Brooklyn jury convicted NYPD Officer Peter Liang of manslaughter and official misconduct for the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley in 2014. On November 20, Mr. Gurley, a black, 28-year-old father of two entered
The Racist Legacy of Woodrow Wilson Dick Lehr, in The Atlantic, looks at the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson with a particular focus on President Wilson’s “unprecedented segregation in federal offices”. Mr. Lehr’s piece coincides with arguments made by the Black Justice League at Princeton University.
Supreme Court Heard Black Juror Exclusion Case Timothy T. Foster, a black man, was charged with murdering Queen Madge White, a white woman and subsequently convicted by an all-white jury. Decades after this case, Foster challenged the striking of prospective jurors because of their race. The
Developments at Spring Valley High School A federal civil rights investigation has been opened by the Department of Justice following the violent arrest of a student caught on video at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Deputy Ben Fields, the officer seen violently pulling the student
Lawmakers’ Debate on Gun Control Measures After another mass shooting last week, President Obama expressed frustration with the current gun control narrative, stating “our thoughts and prayers are not enough.” Some reformers are seeking solutions in existing legislation and public health policies. Others seek more drastic measures in hopes of
Harsh conditions in immigrant detention facilities The U.S. Civil Rights Commission released a report this month detailing potential violations of human rights in immigrant detention facilities. In particular, the report highlighted concerns about sexual assault and access to nutritious food. Due to these conditions, the report