Civil Rights Posts

Police Officer Who Killed Walter Scott Gets 20 Years in Federal Prison

Michael Slager, Officer in Walter Scott Shooting, Gets 20-Year Sentence: (“Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case said he viewed the shooting as a murder.”)

Trump Pardons Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Why Trump’s Pardon of Arpaio Follows Law, Yet Challenges It: (“President Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio was characteristically unconventional. It came late on a Friday night as a hurricane bore down on Texas. It concerned a crime some said was particularly ill-suited to clemency, and it was not the product of the care and deliberation that have informed pardons by other presidents.”)

The Legacy of Thurgood Marshall

Fifty Years After Thurgood Marshall’s Supreme Court Confirmation, Baltimore’s Great Dismantler of Jim Crow Remains a Colossus of US History: (“The closest Thurgood Marshall came to his own lynching was in Columbia, Tennessee, near the banks of the Duck River, a notorious repository of black bodies not far from the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan.”)

Should the Police Control Their Own Body Camera Footage?

Should the Police Control Their Own Body Camera Footage? (“Body cameras are spreading fast through American policing, and they’re generating an ocean of video. Axon, a company that provides secure cloud storage for police departments, says it’s received more than 4 million hours’ worth of video uploads from its clients. Almost without exception, those videos are controlled by the law enforcement agencies that created them. Some are now challenging that practice and proposing alternatives.”)


A New GOP Bill Would Make It Virtually Impossible to Sue the Police

A New GOP Bill Would Make It Virtually Impossible to Sue the Police (“Keeping with the Trump administration’s law-and-order rhetoric, Republicans in the House and Senate recently introduced a bill they’re calling the Back the Blue Act of 2017… The bill would create new federal crimes, impose federal police over the will of local officials and voters and shield police officers from virtually any civil liability, even in cases of egregious misconduct.”)