• Confessing while Black

    Profiling December 12, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The Marshall Project Confessing while Black By: Andrew Cohen Daniel Jackson was a murder suspect, and knew it, when he sat down to be interrogated by two Peoria, Illinois police detectives on March 2, 2010. He first declared, on videotape, that he understood and would waive his Miranda rights […]

  • The long, halting, unfinished fight to end racial profiling in America

    Profiling December 9, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The Washington Post: George W. Bush promised to end racial profiling a decade ago. Now Eric Holder is still trying. More than a decade later, with a rare moment of bipartisan momentum long past, Bush’s promise remains unfulfilled. Communities across the country still chafe at the profiling they perceive in state immigration laws that allow police to disproportionately challenge the status of Hispanics, in surveillance of local Muslim communities, and in statistics showing that blacks are still interrogated by police on the street at a far higher rate than other groups. Black drivers, nationwide, are twice as likely as whites to be arrested during a traffic stop.

  • Wave of protests after grand jury doesn’t indict officer in Eric Garner chokehold case

    Profiling December 5, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The New York Times, A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday ended the criminal case against a white New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man led to the man’s death, a decision that drew condemnation from elected officials and touched off a wave of protests. The fatal encounter in July was captured on videos and seen around the world. But after viewing the footage and hearing from witnesses, including the officer who used the chokehold, the jurors deliberated for less than a day before deciding that there was not enough evidence to go forward with charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, 29, in the death of the man, Eric Garner, 43. Officer Pantaleo, who has been on the force for eight years, appeared before the grand jury on Nov. 21, testifying that he did not intend to choke Mr. Garner, who was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. He described the maneuver as a takedown move, adding that he never thought Mr. Garner was in mortal danger.

  • Outrage about Ferguson grand jury decision grows

    Profiling November 28, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The Philadelphia Tribune. A Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer for the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has left many here and around the nation expressing disappointment and calling for a federal investigation.

  • Racial gap in U.S. arrest rates: ‘Staggering disparity’

    Profiling November 19, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: USA Today. When it comes to racially lopsided arrests, the most remarkable thing about Ferguson, Mo., might be just how ordinary it is. Police in Ferguson — which erupted into days of racially charged unrest after a white officer killed an unarmed black teen — arrest black people at a rate nearly three times higher than people of other races. At least 1,581 other police departments across the USA arrest black people at rates even more skewed than in Ferguson, a USA TODAY analysis of arrest records shows.

  • Ohio woman sues FBI, airline for racial profiling

    Profiling January 22, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: USA TODAY. A 36-year-old Ohio woman, who is half-Jewish and half-Arab, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the FBI and other federal agencies, saying she was yanked off an airplane at Metro Airport in Detroit on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, strip-searched, and jailed more than four hours in a dirty cell because of her ethnic background.

  • Artist Hasan Elahi meticulously documents life after FBI investigation

    Profiling January 22, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: Baltimore Sun.

  • Safe Communities Start With Each of Us

    Profiling January 7, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: HuffPo. In our country, we have a tendency to condemn racist sentiment and actions, but then often leave it to others to confront it — usually, the racial or ethnic group that is at the receiving end. But all the organizing and advocacy within the so-called post-9/11 affected communities can only go so far in changing the climate in our country. Rather, all Americans must see hate violence as part of a history, past and present, of racism and xenophobia in our country, and make it clear that we cannot and should not tolerate in any shape or form.

  • Muslim and Former Marine Added to No Fly List, Recruited to Become FBI Informant

    Profiling May 15, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: Tikun Olam. U.S. Muslim and Former Marine Added to No Fly List, Recruited to Become FBI Informant By RICHARD SILVERSTEIN. Mashal served seven years in the Marines, where he was in the K-9 unit. After leaving the service, he began his business and flew regularly around the country to train dogs for clients. Suddenly, one day while checking in for a flight from Chicago to Spokane, he was told he could not board because he was on the No Fly list…. No reason was specified for being on the list or why the government refused to remove him from it. During this entire period he could not fly nor could he pursue any business prospects that required him to fly…. Mashal believes, and I find this entirely credible, that the FBI may’ve added him to the No Fly list because it wanted to pressure him into becoming an informant.

  • Secure Communities Program Takes Effect In Massachusetts

    Profiling May 15, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: CBS/WBZ. Secure Communities Program Takes Effect In Massachusetts.
    Supporters say it will help identify illegal immigrants arrested for crimes in Massachusetts. But the Democratic governor has expressed concerns of it opening the door to racial profiling. Patrick said the program will result in increased fear in minority communities.