sep 062013
 

For many years, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been a particularly influential organization that has promoted the agenda of corporate America and the political right in state legislatures nationwide, but about which the public has known little. ALEC’s members, who work together to draft model bills, consist of state legislators, who pay little to join, and corporations and trade associations, who pay hefty membership fees. These fees purchase influence over ALEC’s agenda and access to lawmakers. Because ALEC’s [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

In a settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York City Police Department agreed to stop storing the names of people who were arrested or issued a summons after being stopped and frisked — and later cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. For years, police have used the database to target New Yorkers for criminal investigations, even though it includes people who were victims of unjustified police stops. Since 2002, the police department has conducted more than five [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacts to a federal court’s decision on the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practice, and outlines the reasons for appealing. Photo: Getty Images. The New York Police Department violated the Constitution with its practice of stopping and searching people suspected of criminal activity, a federal judge ruled Monday in a decision likely to lead police departments across the country to take a close look at their crime-fighting tactics. Finding that New York City’s so-called [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. The Department’s own reports on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are stopping hundreds of thousands of law abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino. An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

In a historic ruling, a federal court has ruled the controversial “stop-and-frisk” tactics used by New York City Police officers are unconstitutional. In a harshly critical decision, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin said police had relied on what she called a “policy of indirect racial profiling” that led officers to routinely stop “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.” Since 2002, the police department has conducted more than five million stop-and-frisks. According to [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Equalities watchdog says it will investigate the operations, with one member of the public saying it was akin to ‘Nazi Germany’ The Home Office faces investigation by the equalities watchdog over stop-and-check operations condemned by new Labour peer Doreen Lawrence. The Independent revealed today that officials had conducted a series of “racist and intimidatory” spot checks to search for illegal immigrants in the wake of the Government’s “go home or face arrest” campaign. Officers wearing stab vests conducted random checks [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Police watchdog report says many forces do not understand how to use powers effectively nor their potential impact Home Office figures show that black people are still seven times more likely to be searched on the street than white people. Photograph: Stuart emmerson/Alamy The misuse of “intrusive and contentious” stop and search powers is threatening to undermine the legitimacy of the police, an official watchdog has warned. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) says that most (30) of the 43 [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

In 27 per cent of cases police did not have reasonable grounds This is the same as 250,000 people every year being stopped and searched The report warns of the potential to stir-up significant social unrest More than a quarter of police stop and searches are ‘unlawful’ and risk promoting ‘major disorder’, government inspectors warned last night. In a blistering report, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary said that, in 27 per cent of cases, police failed to show they [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Warning: IPCC says racism complaints are being thrown out on the basis of an officers denial of them The Met is failing to tackle complaints of racism properly and needs a major “cultural change” to improve the way it deals with London’s minorities, the police watchdog said today. In a highly critical report, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said that Met investigators were often wrongly rejecting allegations of racism simply on the basis of an officer’s denial. It warns that [lees verder]

jul 092012
 

Een oude man met trillende handen en een wandelstok, een oma, een meisje van 14, een moeder en een keurige meneer. Wat hadden ze gedaan? Blijkbaar iets want ze werden door de politie gefouilleerd op verboden wapenbezit. In het kader van een preventie fouilleer actie ging de politie met man en macht aan de gang om iedereen in de Pijp te fouilleren. Het was een intimiderend gezicht en niet alleen dat het voelde heel bedreigend, zoals ik zelf aan de [lees verder]

jun 132012
 

Human rights watchdog warns of ‘racial profiling’ as data reveals under 3% of stop and searches leads to an arrest Vikram Dodd A Metropolitan officer is allegedly about 30 times more likely to use section 60 to stop a black person than a colleague outside London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Police forces are up to 28 times more likely to use stop-and-search powers against black people than white people and may be breaking the law, new research from the official human [lees verder]