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New York Daily News: Justice Dept. refers request to investigate NYPD to civil rights division

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is considering a request to investigate whether the NYPD’s controversial “broken windows” crime-fighting strategy violates the civil rights of black and Hispanic New Yorkers, the Daily News has learned. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik said the matter had been referred to the division in […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on the Resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson

New York, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) released the following statement concerning the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson in the aftermath of unprecedented security breaches surrounding President Obama and the White House. “The resignation of Director Pierson is a welcome development, but it is not sufficient. We cannot have a situation […]

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Ebony: Grading Congressional Black Caucus Weekend 2014

The issues of Black folks only take center stage a few times a year in any substantive and collective way: the annual NAACP convention, the National Action Network convention, maybe a fraternity or sorority event, (R.I.P. to Tavis’ “State of Black America”)…Alas, for the most part, our needs as a collective don’t merit a lot of large […]

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House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Boost Innovation, Expand Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Inventors & Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – In a moment of refreshing bipartisan collaboration, yesterday evening the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 5108 (327 – 22). The bill, sponsored by Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and co-sponsored by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), will benefit students, law schools and the innovation and tech community by partnering law student practitioners with […]

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USA TODAY: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

Twelve House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday demanding “the highest level of transparency” concerning how the league investigated the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. Goodell made clear in interviews Tuesday night with USA TODAY Sports and CBS that he does not feel his job is in […]

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NY Daily News: Minorities face disproportionate ‘Broken Windows’ enforcement everywhere — especially in white neighborhoods

For some New Yorkers, there are broken windows wherever they go. Critics of the NYPD’s aggressive policing of quality-of-life offenses to prevent more serious ones — a strategy known as “broken windows” — say it has created a tale of two cities, one primarily populated by whites, where minor infractions like drinking on a stoop […]