• FBI spy plane zeroes in on Dearborn area

    Profiling August 5, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Detroit News. An airplane linked to an FBI surveillance program that tracks alleged terrorists, spies and criminals has flown at least seven times over Metro Detroit, including two lengthy flights over the Dearborn area last weekend, according to public records. The 2010 single-engine Cessna Skylane is part of a small air force operated by the FBI that uses high-tech cameras and sometimes cellphone surveillance technology. An Associated Press investigation in June revealed that the FBI had flown more than 100 flights in 11 states over a 30-day period. Flight data reviewed by The Detroit News shows increased flights over Metro Detroit in the past week with prolonged surveillance over Dearborn, a city heavily populated by Muslims and Middle Eastern residents. In all, the FBI surveillance plane has flown over Metro Detroit seven times since Friday.

  • 5 Black women have been found dead in jail in the last month

    Profiling July 29, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Alternet. Though the Black Lives Matter Movement is led by black women, stories of their experiences with law enforcement have been largely overshadowed by the narratives of black men. But the national outcry over Sandra Bland’s death has been unusual. Her name trended on Facebook and Twitter for days. #JusticeForSandraBland trended on Twitter for just as long. Perhaps her own outspokenness on racial justice issues through her video series #SandraSpeaks made the story behind her death more compelling for mainstream news outlets to pick it up.

  • Counter-extremism or ethnic profiling? Congress can’t decide

    Profiling July 16, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Washington Post. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is pushing for a new office at the Department of Homeland Security to counter homegrown violent extremism. It would be funded at $10 million annually for four years.Or, as some of its critics complain, taxpayers would pay $10 million a year to formalize racial profiling in the highest echelons of government. Several civil rights, Muslim, and Arab-American organizations have spoken out against the measure, sponsored by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and passed out of that committee Wednesday evening by voice vote.

  • US police killings headed for 1,100 this year, with black Americans twice as likely to die

    Source: The Guardian. Police in the United States are killing people at a rate that would result in 1,100 fatalities by the end of this year, according to a Guardian investigation, which recorded an average of three people killed per day during the first half of 2015. The Counted, a project working to report and crowdsource names and a series of other data on every death caused by law enforcement in the US this year, found that 547 people had been killed by the end of June. When adjusted to accurately reflect the US population, the totals indicate that black people are being killed by police at more than twice the rate of white and Hispanic or Latino people. Black people killed by police were also significantly more likely to have been unarmed.

  • 40 reasons why our jails are full of black brown and poor people

    Blogs, Profiling June 2, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Huffington Post. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reports 2.2 million people are in our nation’s jails and prisons and another 4.5 million people are on probation or parole in the U.S., totaling 6.8 million people, one of every 35 adults. We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. Most of the people inside are poor and Black. Here are 40 reasons why.

  • Black people in Minneapolis nine times more likely to be arrested for petty crime

    Profiling May 28, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. Black people in Minneapolis are 8.7 times more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than white people, according to an investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The research into racial disparities in policing also found that native American people were 8.6 times more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than white people. White youth, however, while making up 40% of the city’s youth population, accounted for only 14% of youth arrests.

  • Is the online surveillance of black teenagers the new stop-and-frisk?

    Profiling April 23, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. In 2013, stop-and-frisk was found unconstitutional by a federal judge for its use of racial profiling. Since then, logged instances have dropped from an astonishing 685,000 in 2011 to just 46,000 in 2014. But celebrations may be premature, with local policing increasingly moving off the streets and migrating online. In 2012, the NYPD declared a war on gangs across the city with Operation Crew Cut. The linchpin of the operation’s activities is the sweeping online surveillance of individuals as young as 10 years old deemed to be members of crews and gangs. This move is being criticized by an increasing number of community members and legal scholars, who see it as an insidious way of justifying the monitoring of young men and boys of color in low-income communities.

  • The police are America’s terrorists

    Profiling April 8, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Concourse. For as long as there have been white people and black people and brown people in America, white people have slaughtered black people and brown people. The killings of minorities by police are instructive in this regard, not because all policemen are violent racists or murderers (the vast majority are neither) or because they are personally responsible for killing large numbers of black and brown people (they aren’t), but because they are agents of the state, and so their actions, and the consequences they face, serve as a sort of index of the public will. Police do lots of things, much and maybe most of it laudable. One thing they do consistently and consistently well is engage in what amounts to state-sanctioned terrorism against American citizens, paid for by American tax dollars. So why do we allow it?

  • TSA ‘behavior detection’ program targeting undocumented immigrants, not terrorists

    Profiling April 6, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. A controversial Transportation Security Administration program that uses “behavior indicators” to identify potential terrorists is instead primarily targeting undocumented immigrants, according to a document obtained by The Intercept and interviews with current and former government officials. The $900 million program, Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, employs behavior detection officers trained to identify passengers who exhibit behaviors that TSA believes could be linked to would-be terrorists. But in one five-week period at a major international airport in the United States in 2007, the year the program started, only about 4 percent of the passengers who were referred to secondary screening or law enforcement by behavior detection officers were arrested, and nearly 90 percent of those arrests were for being in the country illegally, according to a TSA document obtained by The Intercept. Nothing in the SPOT records suggests that any of those arrested were associated with terrorist activity.

  • Chicago not “second city” in stop & frisks

    Profiling March 30, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Dissent Newswire. Chicago police stopped innocent people last summer more than four times as much as New York City cops did at the height of stop-and-frisk there, according to a report released last week by the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union. From May through August 2014, city police stopped people they didn’t arrest more than 250,000 times, the report says—a rate of 93.6 per 1,000 people, more than four times the rate New York had for those four months in 2011. While blacks and whites each make up about one-third of Chicago’s population, 72% of the people stopped were black, and only 9% were white.