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    Former Reagan Justice Department official and host of "Life, Liberty & Levin" Mark Levin called for President Biden to fire Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of Naval Operations. Gilday was recently questioned by House Armed Services Committee member Jim Banks, R-Ind., who called attention to his inclusion of "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by left-wing academic Ibram X. Kendi, in recommended...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon announced Wednesday the formation of an independent team to reexamine fatal use-of-force incidents by law enforcement and recommend further action when appropriate. “Significant concerns have been raised by law enforcement officials, civil rights attorneys, activists and others regarding the handling of numerous police use-of-force cases,” Gascon said. READ MORE:...
                        State Representative Michele Rayner of District 70 officially announced her campaign for U.S. Congress in 2022 to replace the seat left vacant by Charlie Crist who is running for governor. Rayner, a Democrat and the first openly gay woman of color elected to the Florida Legislature, will join...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was slammed by a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) over her policy that barred White reporters from being granted interviews to mark the midway point of her first term in office.  In a letter sent to Lightfoot that was shared by The Daily Caller's Thomas Catenacci, USCCR Commissioner Peter Kirsanow invoked the...
    Peter Kirsanow, a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, blasted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s policy that barred white reporters from interviewing her in a letter Monday. The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch sued Lightfoot after she announced her policy on Twitter May 19. Thomas Catenacci, a foundation reporter, was denied an interview after repeated attempts...
    Mónica Ramírez Almadani, a former Department of Justice official and American Civil Liberties Union attorney, this week takes over as the new head of the pro bono law firm Public Counsel. Public Counsel’s 74 attorneys provide free and low-cost legal services to thousands of people each year and regularly file public-interest litigation, such as a suit earlier this year seeking...
    Loading the player... New nominees for the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board have just been announced by the White House. As reported by HuffPost, the selectees will be the first on this committee. The review board was originally established in 2019, created to review numerous civil rights cases, such as lynchings and race-related killings, that...
    A group of tech industry, civil society, and libertarian organizations filed two legal briefs Friday opposing a controversial Florida anti-censorship social media law. The briefs argue that the anti-Big Tech law, which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed at the end of May, harms consumers by stopping online providers from creating healthy online communities, restricts Floridians' expression, and puts domestic violence...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland gave a speech Friday on voting rights that addressed efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election and the threats election workers have received. “The protections of federal voting rights law have been drastically weakened,” Garland said in his address. He referenced a “dramatic rise in legislative efforts that will make it harder for millions...
    Demonstrators outside ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C., last year A leading immigrant rights advocacy group has filed a complaint on behalf of two women alleging unsafe, dangerous conditions while in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at an Indiana facility. They cite crowded conditions amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, guards who won’t wear masks, and insufficient soap to keep themselves...
    Loading the player... Senator Joe Manchin’s meetings on voter rights are just beginning. theGrio has learned the next round of the listening tour aimed at getting the senator’s support for voting rights is in the works. Black faith leaders in West Virginia want the hometown senator’s ear next.  “There’s a large delegation of people who support him but who...
    Joe Manchin said Tuesday that he hasn’t budged on his opposition to Democrats’ sweeping election overhaul bill following a “productive” meeting with civil rights leaders attempting to sway him. The West Virginia Democratic senator on Tuesday morning reportedly met with civil rights leaders who support voting rights and election reforms, including Al Sharpton, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund...
    Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBipartisan group prepping infrastructure plan as White House talks lag Democrats reach turning point with Manchin The Memo: Political winds shift against Biden MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Tuesday that he had a "constructive" meeting with a group of civil rights leaders but that he was unmoved on his opposition to a sweeping bill to overhaul federal elections....
    Washington — Senator Joe Manchin is meeting with leaders of several civil rights organizations on Tuesday morning, after the moderate Democrat from West Virginia announced on Sunday that he would not support an expansive but controversial voting rights and elections reform bill.  Manchin's public opposition has all but doomed H.R. 1, known as the For the People Act, which the...
                        Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Bob Woodson founder of The Woodson Center and 1776 Unites to the newsmakers line...
    Loading the player... Civil rights leaders will participate in a virtual meeting with Senator Joe Manchin to push for voting rights legislation. Derrick Johnson of the NAACP, Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, Melanie Campbell of the Black Women’s Roundtable, and Marc Morial of the National Urban League are slated to join.  Sen. Joe Manchin and Al Sharpton...
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    By Amy Forliti | Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — A magistrate judge has delayed until September the arraignment of four former Minneapolis police officers charged with federal civil rights violations in George Floyd’s death, ruling Friday that the case is complex and not subject to time restraints under the Speedy Trial Act. Prosecutors had asked for more time to prepare...
    (CNN)Members of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP met with Justice Department officials Thursday to request that they investigate the April shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr.Brown, a 42-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by Pasquotank County deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as they were attempting to serve a warrant for his arrest. Nearly a month after Brown's...
    A large coalition of advocacy groups focused on civil and human rights are pushing to ban the police from using facial recognition technology that they say could create an Orwellian surveillance state. Over 40 organizations, including civil rights groups, universities, and government and technology accountability organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil...
    (CNN)A Georgia county sheriff has been suspended following a review of his indictment on federal civil rights charges, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's office announced Wednesday. Kemp suspended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill after a commission found Hill's indictment adversely affects the administration of the sheriff's office, according to an executive order released from Kemp's office. Hill was indicted in April...
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    Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin appeared in federal court on additional charges regarding several civil rights violations, the Associated Press (AP) reported Tuesday. Chauvin appeared in court virtually from Oak Park Heights, a maximum-security prison, as he faces additional charges for alleged civil rights violations in the death of George Floyd.  The three officers present with Chauvin at the...
    Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer convicted in the death of George Floyd, made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday on civil rights charges. Chauvin was charged with the federal counts in May, several weeks after his conviction in state court on murder and manslaughter charges in the killing that prompted worldwide protests calling for racial justice and police...
    Defense attorney Eric Nelson and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin introduce themselves to potential jurors during Chauvin's trial on murder charges in Minnesota. Court TV, via AP, Pool Derek Chauvin made his first federal court appearance Tuesday on civil rights charges. The charges stem from the death of George Floyd, as well as the arrest of a...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death made his initial appearance Tuesday in federal court to face charges alleging he violated Floyd’s civil rights by pinning the Black man to the pavement with his knee. Derek Chauvin, 45, wore an orange prison shirt when he appeared in federal court via videoconference from...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with a Pennsylvania police department after launching a civil rights investigation into potential barriers for Spanish-speaking residents. The Hazelton Police Department will be required to update its operating procedures to include “appropriate language assistance” for non-English speakers and also print forms and notices in both English and Spanish, the DOJ said in a Tuesday...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ben Crump, the attorney for the families of George Floyd and Daunte Write, filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of a Black man who was arrested during last year’s unrest while working security for a CNN news crew. In a statement released Tuesday, Crump’s law firm says that Michael Cooper was arrested by the Minnesota...
    A Black female lawyer who was hired in 2019 to lead the state of Oregon’s civil rights agency has filed a $2.3 million lawsuit, claiming White subordinates dismissed her expertise and declined to follow her directives, according to a report. The alleged mistreatment included the delivery of an anonymous package of feces to her home in June 2020, the lawsuit...
    A Minneapolis Police officers unrolls caution tape at a crime scene on June 16, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images The Justice Department announced charges against a Pennsylvania police chief who threatened to arrest a man for a false crime. The police chief, Brian Buglio, allegedly told a man who published critical social media posts about him...
    Alex Lee, California's first Gen Z lawmaker, is part of a new generation of Asian Americans taking elected office and shifting the face of the AAPI electorate. Alex Lee Samantha Lee/Insider Millennial and Gen Z Asian Americans are rising up, moving from activism to political office. After a year of attacks, many in the AAPI community say they've...
    By Chris Hacker CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago family who says Chicago Police officers raided their apartment based on faulty information filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. READ MORE: When Chicagoans Are Getting Billed For Five Figures For Water Theyre Not Using, Why Is It So Hard To Get Answers? CBS 2 Asks Mayor Lightfoot In the suit,...
    DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon announced Thursday, May 27, the FBI completed its review of the deadly shooting of Darius “DJ” Tarver by Denton Police officers in January 2020. Chief Dixon said, “The FBI’s Dallas Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, and the U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division...
    (CNN)Civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging West Virginia's new anti-trans sports law, arguing that the measure banning transgender girls and women from participating in school sports unconstitutionally "discriminates on the basis of sex and transgender status." The lawsuit challenges a measure that prohibits transgender girls and women in the state from competing on sports teams at "any...
    Former Executive director Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET) It’s always hard to be the first. But in some instances, the first is usually the most obvious person to blaze the trail. So is the case of the newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke. Clarke, who...
    The ACLU is suing to overturn a new state law that bans gender-affirming health care. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Arkansas over a law that bans gender-affirming health care, including hormone treatments and puberty blockers, for transgender youth. The ACLU filed the complaint on Wednesday with the U.S....
    Vice President Kamala Harris (right) swears in Kristen Clarke as assistant attorney general for civil rights Tuesday at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Kristen Clarke, a longtime voting rights advocate, is officially the first woman and the first Black woman to lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division since it was created in 1957. Clarke was confirmed...
    The Senate confirmed Kristen Clarke to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division with only one vote from Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). Clarke was confirmed as the first black woman to run the Civil Rights Division with a close 51-48 vote Tuesday afternoon. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) did not vote. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reportedly called this vote “particularly poignant...
    LEIMERT PARK (CBSLA) – Civil rights leaders, clergy and community members took a knee for nine minutes and 29 seconds Tuesday to commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of George Floyd. Local clergy said Floyd’s murder has caused communities everywhere to take a closer look at what’s going on in their cities. READ MORE: Joseph Mekhi Knowles, Tanaj...
    More On: justice department NJ man who railed against ‘tyrannical’ gov’t charged in Capitol riot Psaki cites ‘Holder model’ as standard despite Obama AG’s phone-dump woes Cooks, nurses guard inmates with US prisons down 6K officers Matt Gaetz associate to cooperate in investigation The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kristen Clarke as the head of the Justice Department’s Civil...
    KRISTEN Clarke made history on May 25, 2021, when the US Senate voted to confirm her as assistant attorney general for civil rights. The 46-year-old lawyer had been nominated by President Joe Biden earlier this year to serve the crucial role. 3Joe Biden looks on as Kristen Clarke delivers remarks in January of 2021 after being nominated to be assistant...
    Loading the player... Longtime civil rights attorney Kristen Clarke was confirmed on Tuesday as the next assistant attorney general of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and making history in the process. Kristen Clarke delivers remarks after being nominated to be civil rights division assistant attorney general by President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Clarke, whose...
    By Sarah N. Lynch | Reuters WASHINGTON – A divided U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Kristen Clarke to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, where she will oversee two high-profile investigations into possible patterns of police misconduct in Minneapolis and Louisville. Clarke, a longtime civil rights attorney and Justice Department veteran, was confirmed in a vote of...
    He's the firebrand civil rights attorney who has been center stage in the aftermath of a string of racially charged police shootings in America, but Ben Crump's rise to prominence is a story with humble beginnings. Indeed, the Florida-based lawyer has become a headline maker in the past year, stirring up public opinion amid a succession of high-profile civil cases...
    The Senate confirmed President Biden’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division, bypassing GOP objections over the nominee’s past support for defunding the police. Kristen M. Clarke, 46, will become the first black woman to head the division at a time when the nation is struggling with civil unrest over the deaths of black people at the...
    The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Kristen ClarkeKristen ClarkeSenate narrowly advances Biden civil rights nominee OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court sides with oil companies in Baltimore case| White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects | Biden administration to develop performance standards for federal buildings Approving Kristen Clarke's nomination should be a no-brainer MORE as the...
    (CNN)Democrats are poised to confirm Kristen Clarke Tuesday as the first Black woman to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights division, a historic step that would come on the anniversary of George Floyd's killing -- and after a vitriolic campaign by Republicans over her stance on policing. If confirmed, she will break barriers in a department that was established in...
    The Senate Tuesday is poised to confirm Kristen M. Clarke to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division with the support of Democrats who say she is the right choice “to meet this moment of reckoning for racial justice.” Lawmakers will consider the nomination thanks to a special Senate vote which was required to advance it to the floor....
                        Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Gabrielle Clark, the Nevada mother who successfully sued her biracial son’s charter school for...
    (CNN)We lost civil rights icons. They lost friends.The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Xernona Clayton and Andrew Young are some of the last remaining members of a generation of civil rights activists who reshaped the US and challenged their country to become a genuine multiracial democracy.But they are also survivors who have witnessed some of their closest friends in the movement die...