Civil Rights

NAACP Media Advisory: NAACP announces regional training in South Carolina

BALTIMORE, MD (STL.News) –The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s foremost civil rights organization will host a press conference on Tuesday, March 6, to announce the Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (CRATI), to be held in Columbia, SC –the first nationally sponsored NAACP event to be held in South Carolina … Continue reading NAACP Media Advisory: NAACP announces regional training in South Carolina

Nebraska News: District of Nebraska’s U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $3,978,627.98 in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2018

Nebraska – United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced today that the District of Nebraska collected $3,978,627.98 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2018. Of this amount, $1,836,812.43 was collected in criminal actions and $2,141,815.55 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, The District of Nebraska worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of … Continue reading Nebraska News: District of Nebraska’s U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $3,978,627.98 in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2018

New Jersey News: Paterson Police Officer, Matthew Torres Charged With Conspiring To Violate Civil Rights

NEWARK, N.J. – A City of Paterson, New Jersey, police officer was arrested today and charged with violating the civil rights of a driver and passenger during a motor vehicle stop, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Police Officer Matthew Torres, 30, of Paterson, was arrested by federal agents this morning and charged by complaint with … Continue reading New Jersey News: Paterson Police Officer, Matthew Torres Charged With Conspiring To Violate Civil Rights

NAACP News: “Going Home” – NAACP delegation visits Ghana ahead of “Year of Return, Thana 2019” project

BALTIMORE, MD – Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, and Eris Sims, NAACP Chief of Staff, visited the West African country of Ghana, ahead of preparations for “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” project, a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia … Continue reading NAACP News: “Going Home” – NAACP delegation visits Ghana ahead of “Year of Return, Thana 2019” project

NAACP to NRA: You Can No Longer Stay Silent

BALTIMORE, MD – NAACP released the following statement: NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization released the following statement to the National Rifle Association (NRA): “The senseless killing of Emantic J. Bradford and the silence from the NRA has confirmed that the 2nd amendment does not apply to legally licensed Black gun owners.  Instead of … Continue reading NAACP to NRA: You Can No Longer Stay Silent

NAACP News: Statement on disciplinary trial of Daniel Pantaleo, officer involved in Eric Garner’s death

BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP published the following statement: “Eric Garner pleaded for his live 11 times before his death.  Those words will forever be a rallying cry against police brutality in this country, but it has not healed the wounds…by the lives that were lost to over-policing of Black and brown communities,” said Derrick … Continue reading NAACP News: Statement on disciplinary trial of Daniel Pantaleo, officer involved in Eric Garner’s death

New Jersey News: Paterson Police Officer, Roger Then Admits Concealing Civil Rights Crime In Connection With Another Officer’s Assault Of Attempted Suicide Victim

NEWARK, N.J. – A City of Paterson police officer today admitted concealing the assault of an attempted suicide victim by another police officer at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Police Officer Roger Then, 29, of Paterson, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court … Continue reading New Jersey News: Paterson Police Officer, Roger Then Admits Concealing Civil Rights Crime In Connection With Another Officer’s Assault Of Attempted Suicide Victim

Florida News: Former Biscayne Park Police Chief Sentenced for Conspiracy to Deprive Persons of Civil Rights by Ordering Officers to Make False Arrests

Florida – U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Troy Walker, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department … Continue reading Florida News: Former Biscayne Park Police Chief Sentenced for Conspiracy to Deprive Persons of Civil Rights by Ordering Officers to Make False Arrests

New Jersey News: Camden County Police Officer, Nicholas Romantino Charged With Civil Rights Violation And Obstruction Of Justice

CAMDEN, N.J. – A federal grand jury indicted a Camden County police officer for multiple offenses arising from an assault on the streets of Camden, New Jersey, United States Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Nicholas Romantino, 25, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey was charged in a two-count Indictment that was unsealed today. The Indictment alleges … Continue reading New Jersey News: Camden County Police Officer, Nicholas Romantino Charged With Civil Rights Violation And Obstruction Of Justice

Louisiana News: LAFAYETTE, Codi Dodge, Former St. Martinville deputy chief found guilty of excessive force, obstruction and conspiracy

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that the former St. Martinville, Louisiana, Police Department (SMPD) Deputy Chief of Investigations, Codi Dodge, 35, was found guilty today in the Western District of Louisiana of four felony counts, including a civil rights violation for using excessive force against an arrestee, and three counts … Continue reading Louisiana News: LAFAYETTE, Codi Dodge, Former St. Martinville deputy chief found guilty of excessive force, obstruction and conspiracy

Louisiana News: November 6, 2018, Elections

Louisiana – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Irene Gonzalez will lead the efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2018, general election. AUSA Gonzalez has been appointed to serve as the … Continue reading Louisiana News: November 6, 2018, Elections

FLORIDA News: TALLAHASSEE, Northern Floridians May Report 2018 Election Violations to U.S. Attorney’s Office

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – United States Attorney Christopher P. Canova will lead the efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2018, general election. As District Election Officer, United States Attorney Canova is responsible for overseeing the District’s … Continue reading FLORIDA News: TALLAHASSEE, Northern Floridians May Report 2018 Election Violations to U.S. Attorney’s Office

United States News: Justice Department Election Day Program

United States – United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office and the local Office of the FBI, in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters, are prepared to receive and review allegations of election fraud and voting rights abuses related to the upcoming November 6, 2018, general election. The Justice … Continue reading United States News: Justice Department Election Day Program

North Carolina News: RALEIGH, 2018 Eastern District Election Officer Appointed

RALEIGH, N.C. – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Robin Pendergraft, Chief of the Criminal Division will lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2018, general elections. AUSA Pendergraft has … Continue reading North Carolina News: RALEIGH, 2018 Eastern District Election Officer Appointed

Texas News: Grapevine Man, Glenn Eugene Halfin Sentenced for Hate Crime

Grapevine, Texas – A 64-year-old Grapevine, Texas, man was sentenced today to 12 months in federal prison for a hate crime, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. In July, Glenn Eugene Halfin pleaded guilty to … Continue reading Texas News: Grapevine Man, Glenn Eugene Halfin Sentenced for Hate Crime

Florida News: Three Former Biscayne Park Patrol Officers Sentenced for Deprivation of Civil Rights by Intentionally Making False Arrests

Florida – U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Troy Walker, Special Agent in Charge, Florida … Continue reading Florida News: Three Former Biscayne Park Patrol Officers Sentenced for Deprivation of Civil Rights by Intentionally Making False Arrests

U.S. Political News: Vermont Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Advisory Memorandum on Housing Discrimination

VERMONT – The Vermont Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has issued a Memorandum examining housing discrimination in the state and whether the state is meeting its fair housing obligations.  The Committee decided to study these issues after Vermont Legal Aid released a 2014 report documenting such discrimination.  In its report, Vermont Legal Aid described a large … Continue reading U.S. Political News: Vermont Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Advisory Memorandum on Housing Discrimination

New Jersey News: Atlantic City Police Officer, Sterling Wheaten Charged with Civil Rights and Other Offenses

CAMDEN, N.J. – A federal grand jury has indicted an Atlantic City police officer for multiple offenses arising from an assault outside the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in June 2013, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. In an indictment returned Oct. 10, 2018, and unsealed today, Sterling Wheaten, 34, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, was charged … Continue reading New Jersey News: Atlantic City Police Officer, Sterling Wheaten Charged with Civil Rights and Other Offenses

Civil Rights News: Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report on Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws & Practices

NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has issued a report on the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws and practices, examining their discriminatory impact on the basis of race, color, national origin, and/or disability status, and fair administration of justice.  In 2017, the Committee convened a public briefing and received testimony from diverse … Continue reading Civil Rights News: Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report on Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws & Practices

Florida News: Former Biscayne Park Chief of Police Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Other Officers to Violate Victims’ Civil Rights by Making False Arrests

Florida – Former Village of Biscayne Park Chief of Police, Raimundo Atesiano, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with subordinate officers to violate individuals’ civil rights by making false arrests, announced U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights … Continue reading Florida News: Former Biscayne Park Chief of Police Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Other Officers to Violate Victims’ Civil Rights by Making False Arrests

Florida News: Former Biscayne Park Chief of Police Pleads Guilty to Conspiring With Other Officers to Violate Victims’ Civil Rights by Making False Arrests

WASHINGTON – Former Village of Biscayne Park Chief of Police, Raimundo Atesiano, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with subordinate officers to violate individuals’ civil rights by making false arrests, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of … Continue reading Florida News: Former Biscayne Park Chief of Police Pleads Guilty to Conspiring With Other Officers to Violate Victims’ Civil Rights by Making False Arrests

State responses to #MeToo lean toward transparency, fairness

The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has prompted many state legislatures to reconsider their internal policies and state laws on the issue. Although about half of House and Senate legislative chambers nationwide have taken no substantive action this year, the measures adopted in other states have addressed a variety of issues, including training, investigations and … Continue reading State responses to #MeToo lean toward transparency, fairness

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Federal officials will investigate Ohio State University’s response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s. The school says the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will investigate whether Ohio State has responded “promptly and … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

WASHINGTON | Trump and Omarosa spar over claim he used N-word

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman faced off in a messy clash that involved an explosive tell-all book, secret recordings, an ethnic slur and plenty of insults — reviving their roles as reality show boss and villain. Late Monday, Trump tackled Manigault Newman’s claim that she had heard an audiotape … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump and Omarosa spar over claim he used N-word

South Carolina News: Columbia, Nicole Jenice Samples, Former Department of Juvenile Justice Lieutenant Sentenced on Civil Rights Charges

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today that United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis sentenced Nicole Jenice Samples, age 36, of Columbia, to one year incarceration as a result of her conviction for deprivation of civil rights, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 242. Evidence presented … Continue reading South Carolina News: Columbia, Nicole Jenice Samples, Former Department of Juvenile Justice Lieutenant Sentenced on Civil Rights Charges

Civil Rights: NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court

BALTIMORE, MD – NAACP released the following statement regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United State Supreme Court. NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: Today, our nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of ratification of … Continue reading Civil Rights: NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court

NAACP Statement: NAACP Sees Continued Rise in Hate Crimes, Legacy of Trump’s Racism

BALTIMORE, MD – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement on June 29, 2018, regarding a new study showing a rise in hate crimes last year. According to new data “hate crimes hate crime totals for the 10 largest cities rose for … Continue reading NAACP Statement: NAACP Sees Continued Rise in Hate Crimes, Legacy of Trump’s Racism

Alabama News: Montgomery, Alex Huntley, Former Tuskegee Police Lieutenant Convicted of Civil Rights Offense for Assaulting Arrestee

Montgomery, Alabama –Former Tuskegee Police Department Lieutenant Alex Huntley, 54, was convicted Friday for beating a handcuffed and compliant arrestee, announced U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., of the Middle District of Alabama, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Jewell, and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Evidence … Continue reading Alabama News: Montgomery, Alex Huntley, Former Tuskegee Police Lieutenant Convicted of Civil Rights Offense for Assaulting Arrestee

NEW YORK | Civils rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights activists protested outside NFL headquarters Friday, calling on team owners to overturn their new national anthem policy and urging a boycott of the league and its sponsors. About 50 people gathered at the midtown Manhattan office building for a rally organized by National Action Network, a civil rights nonprofit. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Civils rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters