police brutality

In the Face of Chronic Police Brutality, What Is A "Good Cop?"

In the Face of Chronic Police Brutality, What Is A "Good Cop?"

2016-07-19 00:00:00

Slave patrols were committees of white men established to monitor, track, capture and torture enslaved Africans. Eventually, these groups supplanted local sheriffs and constables as the primary law enforcers, and they became what we now know as police departments. It is perhaps impossible to count the number of African and African-descended people who have died at the hands of slave patrols and police since the slave era. What we do know is that in the aftermath of each highly publicized act of police brutality, there are many who sing the refrain of a popular song in this country.

Ending Police Violence Against African-Americans Means Embracing Black Humanity

Ending Police Violence Against African-Americans Means Embracing Black Humanity

2016-01-07 00:00:00

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. detested violence. Nevertheless, during the month when we commemorate his birth, we must face the fact that black males between the ages of 15 and 34 were the victims of more than 15 percent of all deaths at the hands of police officers in 2015—even though they constitute only two percent of the total U.S. population.

It is a police-related death rate that is five times higher than that of young white males.

Campaign to End Police Abuse & Discrimination

We realize that excessive policies and actions of the police are instrumental in deciding who gets stopped, searched, arrested, and funneled into the criminal justice system. Indeed, the United States’ over-incarceration crisis begins at the front end of the system, especially for communities of color. Meanwhile, often under the guise of our failed drug war, abuse of civil asset forfeiture is rampant, while federal grant programs enable the increasing militarization of local police departments.

Prosecutor's Decision to Clear Agent Who Killed Kellom Underscores Need for Police Reform

Prosecutor's Decision to Clear Agent Who Killed Kellom Underscores Need for Police Reform

2015-09-09 00:00:00

At a highly publicized press conference last month, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy (pictured above) cleared federal immigration agent Mitchell Quinn in the killing of 20-year-old Terrance Kellom, an American citizen whom Quinn had been authorized to arrest on a fugitive warrant. Quinn claimed Kellom attacked him with a hammer—a story that Kellom’s father has passionately disputed. 

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Responds to Decision to Clear Agent in Kellom Case

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Responds to Decision to Clear Agent in Kellom Case

2015-08-19 00:00:00

Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, issued the following statement today after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced her decision to clear an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the controversial April killing of Detroit man Terrance Kellom:

Tucker: Can the U.S. Constitution Save Black Lives?

Tucker: Can the U.S. Constitution Save Black Lives?

2015-08-04 00:00:00

I attended the first Law for Black Lives Conference in New York last week. The Conference—filled with attorneys, law students, legal-aid workers and others affiliated with the legal community—had one theme: How do we use the law to protect black lives?

As a civil-rights lawyer, I spend every day trying to figure out how to use the law to obtain rights for (insert group here). So, when I heard that question posed, it did not immediately occur to me just how radical—and incredibly important—it was to frame the question in that way.

Racially Disproportionate Traffic Stops in Ferndale

Racially Disproportionate Traffic Stops in Ferndale

2015-02-24 00:00:00

After receiving multiple complaints from African American motorists who felt that they had been the targets of racial profiling by police officers conducting traffic stops in Ferndale, the ACLU of Michigan requested traffic stop data from the Ferndale Police Department pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

Citing Alarming Statistics, ACLU of Michigan Asks Ferndale to Investigate Possible Racial Profiling of Black Motorists by Police

Citing Alarming Statistics, ACLU of Michigan Asks Ferndale to Investigate Possible Racial Profiling of Black Motorists by Police

2014-09-30 00:00:00

DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in a letter today urged the Ferndale Police Department to hire an independent firm to investigate why black motorists are being issued traffic citations at a rate grossly disproportionate to their presence in the local population. After receiving multiple complaints from the public regarding possible racial profiling in Ferndale, the ACLU of Michigan obtained public records from the Ferndale Police Department that indicate that black drivers are far more likely to be ticketed in Ferndale than white drivers.

Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, issued the following statement today after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced her decision to clear...
After receiving multiple complaints from African American motorists who felt that they had been the targets of racial profiling by police officers conducting...
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. detested violence. Nevertheless, during the month when we commemorate his birth, we must face the fact that black males between the...
At a highly publicized press conference last month, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy (pictured above) cleared federal immigration agent Mitchell Quinn in the...
I attended the first Law for Black Lives Conference in New York last week. The Conference—filled with attorneys, law students, legal-aid workers and others...
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in a letter today urged the Ferndale Police Department to hire an independent firm to investigate why...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider its decision to not prosecute the Saginaw police...
In an Alice in Wonderland turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to criminally charge six Saginaw...
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