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    The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that it is launching an investigation into the treatment of juveniles at five facilities run by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The agency said in a statement it will investigate whether the state provides children “reasonable protection from physical and sexual abuse by staff and other residents,” DOJ said in a statement. The...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Justice Department has opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in the five secure juvenile correctional facilities run by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The investigation, announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, will examine whether Texas provides children confined in the facilities reasonable protection from physical and sexual abuse by staff and other residents, excessive use of chemical...
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sparred with Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke in a heated exchange during a Senate committee hearing over the Justice Department’s investigation into parental critics of critical race theory. The exchange took place during a session of the Senate Judiciary Committee where Clarke, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, appeared to testify. In his opening statement, Cruz addressed...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) — The Texas Education Agency is under investigation over its recent decision banning mask requirements in schools. In a 4-page letter to the TEA, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights says it has not yet determined if the agency is in violation of any law and is leaving that to the investigation. READ MORE: Men...
    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor inside City Hall on Feb. 23, 2020.cityoftampa/Flickr On Saturday, Mayor Jane Castor announced reforms to the city’s controversial crime-free multi-housing program, which flagged Black renters for eviction and has sparked concern across the country. The announcement came after the mayor had previously doubled down on the program following the Tampa Bay Times investigation into its effect...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An interactive exhibit in Mississippi prompts visitors to speak aloud the names of people who were killed in acts of racist violence in the United States during the civil rights era — incantations in a darkened room to honor some 150 men, women and children whose lives were cut short. The names appear on lighted...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday launched a statewide civil rights investigation into Georgia prisons after at least 26 inmates were killed in state facilities last year. The investigation will focus on "harm to prisoners resulting from prisoner-on-prisoner violence," Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said during a Tuesday virtual press conference.  "We are also investigating sexual abuse of gay,...
    The Department of Justice on Tuesday kicked off a civil rights investigation into the state of Georgia and its treatment of prisoners, focusing on violence between inmates as well as the targeting of gay and transgender prisoners. “No prisoner’s sentence should include violence at the hands of other prisoners while behind bars. Our investigation will examine whether the state of...
    In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 file photo, an unidentified prisoner on death row stands in his cell at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, in Jackson, Ga.David Goldman | AP The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday said it is opening a statewide civil rights investigation of prisons in Georgia, with a focus on harm against inmates by other...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced a statewide civil rights investigation into Georgia prisons. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who oversees the department’s civil rights division, said the investigation will be comprehensive but will focus on “harm to prisoners resulting from prisoner-on-prisoner violence.” It will also look into sexual abuse of gay, lesbian and transgender...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations human rights chief on Monday said a highly awaited joint investigation into abuses in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict was unable to deploy to the site of one of its deadliest attacks, the alleged massacre of several hundred people in the holy city of Axum. Michelle Bachelet told the U.N. Human Rights Council that deployments...
    On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a victory for bad public health when a three-judge panel in the 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that the governor could continue trying to punish school districts that enacted mask mandates for their schools. The decision overruled 2nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper's ruling that the governor's ban on mask...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran (L) On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a victory for bad public health when a three-judge panel in the 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that the governor could continue trying to punish school districts that enacted mask mandates for their schools. The decision overruled 2nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge...
    Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Wednesday that his office is launching an investigation into "possible patterns or practices of unconstitutional or unlawful policing" by the Joliet Police Department, according to a news release. Raoul said the investigation follows requests made by Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and members of the city council, who sent a letter last year to request an investigation into Eric Lurry,...
                      by Mary Margaret Olohan  The nation’s largest LGBTQ rights advocacy group has fired its president for advising Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the #METOO allegations against the governor. The two Human Rights Campaign (HRC) boards terminated Alphonso David “for cause” Monday evening, The New York Times reported. David called...
    The nation’s largest LGBTQ rights advocacy group has fired its president for advising Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the #METOO allegations against the governor. Alphonso David called his termination unjust in a Monday evening statement and accused the HRC boards of lying to him about its investigation. “As a black, gay man who has spent his whole...
    The Human Rights Campaign announced the firing of its president, Alphonso David , on Monday following an independent investigation into his reported effort to assist former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his sexual harassment scandal. The organization's investigation began last month following the release of a report from New York Attorney General Letitia James's office, which found the former...
    (CNN)The Human Rights Campaign has terminated its president Alphonso David following an investigation last month over his actions while assisting former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was responding to an allegation of sexual harassment, according to a statement from the HRC.In a response on social media, David said the termination was unjust. "As a Black, gay man who has...
    Human Rights Campaign fired its president Alphonso David on Monday following an investigation into his involvement in handling sexual harassment claims made against former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The LGBTQ advocacy group said that David, while president, assisted Cuomo's team in responding to allegations, which is in violation of the organization's policy and mission. "At HRC, we are fighting...
    The Human Rights Campaign announced Monday the firing of its president, Alphonso David, after an independent investigation into his reported effort to assist New York's Andrew Cuomo during the former governor's sexual harassment scandal. The investigation started last month and tied to the probe by New York Attorney General Leticia James’ office, a statement obtained by Fox News said.  The...
    The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has opened an investigation into states barring school mask mandates to determine whether those rules discriminate against students with disabilities who are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.  The Education Department sent letters to the top school officers in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, claiming that prohibitions...
    The Education Department announced on Monday that had launched civil rights investigations into five Republican-led states that banned schools from imposing mask mandates, claiming their stance could discriminate against students with disabilities or health problems. Education chiefs in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah have been told they are under investigation.   'It's simply unacceptable that state leaders are...
    By Douglas S. Wood | CNN The Bakersfield Police Department in California will revise its policies after a four-year state investigation determined that the department violated the constitutional rights of residents, including an unreasonable use of force. The changes include a ban of the use of electronic control weapons such as tasers on handcuffed individuals, and requiring officers to avoid...
    (CNN)The Bakersfield Police Department in California will revise its policies after a four-year state investigation determined that the department violated the constitutional rights of residents, including an unreasonable use of force.The changes include a ban of the use of electronic control weapons such as tasers on handcuffed individuals, and requiring officers to avoid restraining a subject face down whenever possible,...
    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has hired an outside law firm to look into its president’s involvement in helping Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoTop aide to Cuomo resigns Cuomo investigation returns spotlight to workplace harassment Cuomo accuser in first public interview says 'what he did to me was a crime' MORE (D-N.Y.) in his response to allegations of sexual harassment made...
    The nation’s largest LGBTQ rights advocacy group is investigating Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David’s role in helping Gov. Andrew Cuomo discredit accusers, the organization announced Monday. “This board-led investigation, with which David is cooperating, will take no longer than 30 days, and will help shed light on the events that unfolded and guide the Boards on any necessary...
    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — A criminal investigation of alleged wrongdoing by then-staff at UEFA led to police raids at the European soccer body’s headquarters, Swiss cantonal (state) prosecutors said Friday. Two people were arrested in April and detained until this week, the Vaud prosecution office said, adding it expects the investigation to continue for several months. The arrests were revealed...
    The Justice Department opened a "pattern or practice" investigation into the city of Phoenix and its police department, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday. The Civil Rights Division investigation will take a look at the police department's use of force policies and examine whether it engages in discriminatory policing, as well as whether its officers engage in retaliatory activity...
    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announces a federal investigation of the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department during a news conference at the Department of Justice on August 05, 2021 in Washington, DC.Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images The Department of Justice opened a civil rights investigation into the practices of the Phoenix Police Department, including the use of...
    Kansas Sen. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallAdvancing T-cell testing can help parents can make informed decisions on COVID vaccinations House GOP leaders say vaccine works but shouldn't be mandated Rand Paul introducing measure to repeal public transportation mask mandates MORE (R) has asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday to investigate sports network ESPN’s role in University of Texas-Austin and...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Senior Lebanese officials knew of the risks posed by the highly explosive material stored for years at Beirut’s port and did nothing to protect the public against it, an international human rights group said Tuesday. In a report on last year’s massive blast, Human Rights Watch said those same officials are now trying to thwart the investigation....
    BLANTRYE, MALAWI - Malawi’s government has paid thousands of dollars in compensation to women who allegedly were sexually assaulted by police officers during post-election protests. Lawyers for victims and human rights campaigners, however, say the money alone is not enough. They want suspects to be arrested and tried in court.  Police have promised a fresh investigation.      The Malawi Human Rights...
    The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division will not be launching investigations into nursing homes in New York and other states whose governors forced facilities to admit COVID-19 patients despite their vulnerable populations, the agency informed GOP lawmakers Friday. However, an investigation by federal prosecutors into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration over their handling of the crisis...
    WASHINGTON - Human rights and press freedom groups have expressed outrage over revelations that 180 journalists around the world were targeted for surveillance by military-grade Israeli spyware. The private Israeli company NSO Group sold its Pegasus surveillance software to governments, some of which used it to target journalists and human rights activists. The software was even used against government...
    PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating the suspected widespread use of spyware made by Israel-based NSO Group to target journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement Tuesday that it opened an investigation into a raft of potential charges, including violation of privacy, illegal use of data and illegally selling spyware....
    The Japanese company is one of the textile companies targeted by a recent investigation in France. Japanese readymade garment brand Uniclo on Friday reaffirmed that there is no compulsory labor in its supply chains as it is one of the textile companies targeted by the latest investigation in France. The opening of the inquiry into allegations of use of textile...
    New York City’s Commission on Human Rights has fined Fox News Corporation $1 million for violating laws that protected workers against sexual harassment in the workplace and forms of job retaliation. The settlement, which is part of an agreement reached between the two Tuesday, is the largest penalty handed out in the commission’s history that covers four separate “willful and...
    A human rights expert has called for an independent inquiry into allegations of state-ordered executions of thousands of of political prisoners in Iran in 1988 and the role played by President Ebrahim Raisi.  Javaid Rehman, the UN investigator on human rights, said on Monday that he believes it is 'very important' to investigate what happened in 1988 now that Raisi, 60, has...
    The leaders of the Group of Seven countries called for a new investigation into COVID-19's origins in China, issuing a communique urging a renewed effort by global health authorities to probe the circumstances surrounding the emergence of the coronavirus. The group called for a "timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study including, as recommended by the...
    (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...
    The State Department has "grave concerns" about the election of Syria and Belarus to three-year terms on the World Health Organization (WHO) Assembly Executive board, according to a spokesperson.  "Members of the Executive Board each have the duty to advance public health and are expected to uphold universal values and human rights," the spokesperson told Fox News. "This includes providing...
    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...
    A Washington man saved a grandmother and her granddaughter from a violent individual armed with a metal baton by fatally shooting him, police said. Everett Police said officers responded to the scene on May 11 around 3:30 p.m. regarding an assault with a weapon. Upon arrival, officers found one man in his early 30s with gunshot wounds. The man was...
    An employee of the state of Maryland is under investigation for using a Nazi analogy during a racial equity training. Dr. Kara Hunt, the Director of Education and Outreach for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, compared police officers and the institution of policing to Nazis and Nazi Germany on two separate occasions during an April 1 racial equity training...
    What you need to know about the investigation of MPD. For Sahan Journal, Joey Peters reports: “How is this current investigation different from others the Justice Department conducted in the past? Will the Justice Department look into other police departments? … To answer these questions and more, Sahan Journal spoke with Minnesota interim U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk, whose office...
    The FBI launched a civil rights probe Tuesday into the death of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man killed by deputies in North Carolina, as his family released an independent autopsy showing he was shot five times, including in the back of the head. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called for a special prosecutor as pressure built on authorities to...