Latinos In Three Cities Are Reporting Fewer Crimes Since Trump Took Office

There is historical precedent for immigration policies’ affecting reporting among undocumented immigrants. Salt Lake City encountered similar issues when the state legislature debated a bill that would require local law enforcement to detain unauthorized immigrants, recalled Chris Burbank, the [director or law enforcement engagement at the Center for Policing Equity and] police chief at the time. “What we found was, not surprisingly, undocumented individuals would be less likely to report crimes,” he said in an interview. “We had children go missing … but their parents wouldn’t call the police. We heard about them from neighbors.”  Read more here.

Center for Policing Equity Releases Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Order of Maximum Charges for Drug Offenses

NEW YORK, NY — The Center for Policing Equity released the following statement in response to Attorney General Sessions’ order for federal prosecutors to seek maximum charges for drug offenses:

“Attorney General Sessions’ latest order is a sad confirmation of his intention to erode the progress civil rights organizations have made to advance criminal justice reform over the past several years.

“His across-the-board mandate to federal prosecutors to seek the maximum punishment for drug offenses will undoubtedly have disproportionately negative consequences on the most vulnerable communities—the communities that most need our help. It is an affront to justice, a wound to public safety, and a stunning retreat from the wisdom that science and police executives have accumulated together.”

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The 5 Scariest Things About Jeff Sessions’s New War on Drugs

Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Drug Charges Memo: “…Here’s why this matters in terms of Sessions’ order today: In an environment where you are likely to suffer brutal consequences for charging someone too lightly—and there’s really no way to suffer negative political consequences for charging someone too tough—having a federal environment that says you should be going harder rather than softer on crime might further incentivize folks to be afraid to charge too light. And that’s exactly the wrong signal to be making.” Read more here.

Black People in Florida Much More Likely To Be Shot by Police, Investigation Confirms

You know about Trayvon Martin and how he died. But you probably haven’t heard of James Estes, 46, Benjamin Dykeman, 31, or Tyler Spann, 20, who were also fatally shot by police.

Their stories are now tallied in a database compiled in a Tampa Bay Times investigation showing Florida’s police shot 827 people in a six-year period. More than half were fatal. More were Black even though white people outnumber Black people 3 to 1 in Florida. Read more here.

NEWS RELEASE: In Letter, CBC Chairman Criticizes Attorney General for Review of Consent Decrees

WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizing him for his decision to review consent decrees between the Department of Justice and police departments found to have a “pattern and practice” of violating civil rights. Read more here.

Traffic and Pedestrian Fatalities Are on the Rise; DOJ to Review Local Police Oversight; A Case for a New Better Tax System

  • Sheryl Gay Stolberg, domestic affairs correspondent for The New York Times, Jonathan M. Smith, executive director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and former Obama Justice Department attorney, and Chris Burbank, director of Law Enforcement Engagement Center for Policing Equity, talk about the memo from Attorney General Sessions ordering a review of DOJ agreements with local police departments. Listen here.