April 14, 2017
Research Division Overview of DOJ Pattern and Practice Cases
The United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division investigates allegations into patterns and practices of police misconduct in local police departments. This overview, written by the Research Division of truth talk, outlines what a “Pattern and Practice” case is, what the goals of the investigation typically are, and the steps the department in question must take to remedy the pattern or practice or police misconduct if it is proven there is need for systemic change.
The Department of Justice released this report, entitled “The Civil Rights Division’s Pattern and Practice Police Reform Work: 1994-Present,” in January 2017. You can find a link to the full DOJ report here.
Feb 19, 2017
Protest, Paris, and Police Violence from The Telegraph
“Paris clashes: 13 arrested as scuffles break out after protest against police brutality” by
Thirteen people were arrested as clashes broke out in Paris yesterday (Sat) on the fringes of a protest against police brutality following the alleged assault of a young black man earlier this month.
Feb 14, 2017
Netflix Releases Ava DuVernay’s “13th” for Public Screenings
“Netflix Grants Public Screening Access for Ava DuVernay’s Documentary ‘13th’” by Dave McNary
Netflix has granted public screening access to Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary “13th” for classrooms, community groups, book clubs, and other educational settings.
The streaming service said Tuesday that there has been a groundswell of interest from elementary school, universities, another other educational institutions asking for permission to screen the film. “13th” — which takes its title from the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery — explores the link between slavery and the modern-day prison system.
“13th” trailer, below:
Jan 13, 2017
WEBZ’s Full Timeline of the Laquan McDonald Murder and Subsequent Case
“Caught On Video: 16 Shots That Changed Chicago,” Reported by Hunter Clauss, Michael Lansu, Shannon Heffernan and Chip Mitchell
The deadly Chicago police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald lasted only a few seconds but the fallout from the grim images, caught on a police dashboard camera, continues to this day.
Since the city released the video on Nov. 24, 2015, it has been viewed by millions, but one person has refused to watch it.
“I don’t think, to this day, that she has watched the video,” said Michael Robbins, one of the attorneys who represented McDonald’s mother, Tina Hunter. “And then of course it became wallpaper, if you will, on the 24-hour news cycle and it went on and on and it’s everywhere. And it drove home her loss.”
Hunter never wanted the video to go public, Robbins said, but she knew it was a possibility.
Attorney Jeffrey Neslund, who also represented Hunter, said the video’s release tortured her.