• De Blasio’s weak stop-and-frisk fix: Despite the mayor’s boasts on the policing reform, his NYPD has miles to go

    Profiling November 5, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Daily News . While the absolute number of stops has declined from the all-time high of 687,000 in 2011, the data strongly suggest that racial bias continues to plague the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices. The racial composition of a neighborhood continues to be a significant predictor of NYPD stop activity, so that officers continue to make many more stops in majority black neighborhoods than they do in white neighborhoods, and that this disparity cannot be accounted for by differing crime rates. This was the very same finding that the federal court made in its landmark 2013 ruling.

  • COINTELPRO 2? FBI targets “Black identity extremists” despite surge in white supremacist violence [Video: 12 min.]

    Profiling October 16, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Democracy Now! COINTELPRO 2? FBI Targets “Black Identity Extremists” Despite Surge in White Supremacist Violence
    “The bottom line here is that we have a rampant situation where white nationalism is on the rise. And yet the FBI has chosen to use its resources to construct and fabricate a threat that does not exist, instead of addressing a threat that does exist. So, whether it refers directly to Black Lives Matter as an organization or not, it’s clear this is an attempt to criminalize black dissent, . . . “

  • The FBI’s new U.S. terrorist threat: ‘Black identity extremists’

    Profiling October 6, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Foreign Policy. As white supremacists prepared to descend on Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, the FBI warned about a new movement that was violent, growing, and racially motivated. Only it wasn’t white supremacists; it was “black identity extremists.” A former senior counterterrorism and intelligence official from the Department of Homeland Security who reviewed the document at FP’s request expressed shock at the language. “This is a new umbrella designation that has no basis,” the former official said. “There are civil rights and privacy issues all over this.”

  • Kansas bank has entire Arab-American family arrested after father tries to deposit check from home sale

    Profiling September 12, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Alternet. Kansas City resident Sattar Ali, an Iraqi-American doctoral student, was arrested along with his family after Ali attempted to deposit a check for $151,000 from the sale of their home. As he told local news station KAKE, he brought verification documents along with him, but a few minutes after he presented tellers with the check, he was in handcuffs.

  • CVE Is not our friend

    Profiling September 8, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Dissent News Wire. President Obama launched the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program in 2014 on the premise that the government should help guide people away from becoming terrorists. That sounds great, until you examine the program, which, it turns out, targets people based on protected First Amendment activities, and is based on debunked theories of radicalization. The program combines profiling, surveillance, censorship, and even thought control (if a government agent believes you are too radical and may turn to terrorism, you may be eligible for an “intervention”). The program was touted as a way to stop all types of terrorism, from animal rights activism to white supremacy. But in truth, it has focused on Muslims, and had the effect of painting all Muslims as being at risk for becoming terrorists, and also dividing the community.

  • Killings of Blacks by Whites are far more likely to be ruled ‘justifiable’

    Profiling August 14, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Upshot. In almost 17 percent of cases when a black man was killed by a non-Hispanic white civilian over the last three decades, the killing was categorized as justifiable, which is the term used when a police officer or a civilian kills someone committing a crime or in self-defense. Over all, the police classify fewer than 2 percent of homicides committed by civilians as justifiable.

  • Stepsister, yes; Grandma, no: U.S. sets guidelines for revised travel ban

    Profiling June 28, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The New York Times. The State Department issued new guidelines Wednesday night to American embassies and consulates on applying a limited travel ban against foreign visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries. Enforcement of the guidelines will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

  • Muslim Utahn — and U.S. citizen — prevented from boarding plane back to U.S.

    Profiling June 14, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Salt Lake Tribune. Yussuf Awadir Abdi, imam of Salt Lake City’s Madina Masjid Mosque, traveled to Kenya to pick up his wife and five children. While his family was allowed on the plane back to Utah, Abdi was told he couldn’t board because the U.S. wouldn’t accept him. Abdi, though, has been a U.S. citizen since 2010. And Abdi’s wife and two of his children have visas; the other three children have passports.

  • Boston police make little progress on race gap

    Profiling April 26, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Associated Press. At least 71 percent of all street level, police-civilian encounters from 2015 through early 2016 involved persons of color, while whites comprised about 22 percent, an Associated Press review of the most recently available data shows. That’s only a slight decline from the 73 percent that minorities comprised in such street-level encounters between 2011 and early 2015, according to data the city made available last year. Civil rights activists have complained for years that blacks, in particular, comprise a majority of these kinds of police interactions in Boston, despite accounting for about 25 percent of the population.

  • White House effort to justify travel ban causes growing concern for some intelligence officials

    Profiling February 25, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: CNN. President Donald Trump has assigned the Department of Homeland Security, working with the Justice Department, to help build the legal case for its temporary travel ban on individuals from seven countries, a senior White House official tells CNN. Other Trump administration sources tell CNN that this is an assignment that has caused concern among some administration intelligence officials, who see the White House charge as the politicization of intelligence — the notion of a conclusion in search of evidence to support it after being blocked by the courts. Still others in the intelligence community disagree with the conclusion and are finding their work disparaged by their own department.