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Kamala Harris, Colleagues Call for DOJ Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to Investigate Attorney General Barr’s Handling of the Mueller Report
May 1, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), along with 10 of their colleagues, in urging Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility Corey Amundson to investigate Attorney General William Barr’s conduct while handling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and report. ... read more »
Nadler & Bass Express Concerns on DOJ’s Selection of the Hudson Institute to Host First Step Act Independent Review Committee
April 24, 2019
  Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) released a joint statement on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) selection of the Hudson Institute to host the Independent Review Committee (IRC) required under the First Step Act: “On April 8, ... read more »
Petition Seeks to End Practice of Charge Stacking
February 28, 2019
Turning one crime into many is easily done, and with this in mind a prosecutor can easily circumvent laws of double jeopardy in order to lump, for example, drug offenses with conspiracy – some laws like this are broad and easily manipulated to fit many cases – gun use, money laundering, and a laundry list of other charges together. ... read more »
Legislators Introduce Bills to Regulate Police Use of Force
February 14, 2019
Police killings continue to be a significant problem in California. According to the Department of Justice figures, California police killed 162 people in 2017, and half of them were unarmed. Cities such as Bakersfield, Stockton, Santa Ana, Long Beach, and San Bernardino ranked in the top 15 when it came to nationwide police killings. ... read more »
U.S. Senate’s Only Black Republican Blocks Tom Farr from Becoming a Federal Judge
December 6, 2018
"This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination," said Scott.  ... read more »
Is the FBI Underreporting the Surge in Hate Crimes?
November 22, 2018
“Anti-Black or African American” bias accounted for nearly half of all crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, which rose 18 percent according to the FBI data, while “Anti-American Indian or Alaska Native,” “Anti-Multiple Races, Group,” and “Anti-Hispanic or Latino” hate crimes all increased over 20 percent (251, 180, and 427 incidents, respectively). ... read more »
California’s Net Neutrality Legislation Hit with Lawsuit
October 11, 2018
The FCC voted last December to repeal Obama-era protections and the net neutrality rules, approved by the same organization two years earlier, prohibited Internet service providers – such Comcast and Verizon – from speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites and apps. ... read more »
Consumer Beware! Thieves are Using Gift Cards and Other New Scams to Steal Your Money
September 27, 2018
Over 1 million people filed fraud complaints with the Federal Trade Commission last year, according to its Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book.  The secure, online database is based on unverified reports filed by consumers and is available only to law enforcement.  They use the data collected to spot trends, identify questionable business practices and targets, and enforce the law, indicates the FTC.   ... read more »
Officials Tout Three-Year Effort to Reduce Crime in Compton
September 14, 2018
The reduction in crime -- including double-digit declines in gang- related shootings and killings -- was the result of a three-year partnership between the city, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which patrols Compton, and federal agencies, officials said at a news conference at Compton City Hall. ... read more »
Children on the Front Lines
August 23, 2018
I am so proud of the Freedom Schools scholars who have learned they are following in the footsteps of children and youths who were the foot soldiers and infantry of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of their stories from the Movement are well known: six-year-old Ruby Bridges in New Orleans walked through White mobs to attend school—even praying for those jeering at her; the Little Rock Nine; the four little girls killed in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Thousands of children were on the frontlines of history. Whether sung or unsung heroes, we owe all of them a debt of gratitude. ... read more »
Justice Served: McCulloch Out, Bell in as St. Louis County Prosecutor
August 16, 2018
Just over four years ago, on August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson. He was shot six times, and might have survived some of the shots, but was fatally wounded when he was shot in the head. Wilson claimed he shot in self-defense, but Michael Brown was unarmed. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch took his time convening a grand jury and announced in November 2014, three months after Brown's murder, that the grand jury voted not to indict Wilson. ... read more »
Our Children Are at Risk
July 5, 2018
A few years ago, his Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, studied school discipline data and came to a troubling conclusion: African American students in the 2011-12 school year had been suspended or expelled at a rate three times higher than White students. ... read more »
California Legislative Black Caucus Declares Victory for 2018-19 Budget
June 21, 2018
The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC), led by its Chairman, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), declared victory in securing funds related to the Caucus’ budget priorities. ... read more »
Assemblymember McCarty Applauds Assembly Budget Action to Establish Independent Investigations of Officer Involved Shootings
May 31, 2018
Similar laws requiring the independent investigations of officer involved shootings are currently in place in the states of Wisconsin, New York, Illinois and Connecticut. ... read more »
Senator Kamala Harris at National Action Network: ‘We Must Speak Truth’
April 24, 2018
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, delivered remarks at the National Action Network’s 2018 Convention. She reflected on the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and outlined the fights our country faces today. ... read more »
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