White Supremacists Uncloaked

Many of us watch in horror as white supremacists, neo-nazis, and racists come out of the woodwork to march. Why is our country not better than this? We inherit many original sins from our founders, but why do KKK members now find it safe to stop hiding their faces in hoods? Why are the racists now… Read More

The Victims of the Patriot Act

Since its establishment in 2001, civil rights groups have been up in arms about the Patriot Act.  Though its aim is to bolster efforts to investigate terrorism, its broad reach and ambiguous language led many to worry that warrantless wiretaps and detention without charge could be used and abused by the American government. While others… Read More

Prison Gerrymandering – Prisoner Population Counts and Their Effect on Democracy

The practice of gerrymandering—the manipulation of electoral district borders to the benefit of one political party over its rival—has been a feature of American democracy for centuries. Gerrymandering has had a profound effect on the political landscape nationwide at both the state and federal levels, tipping the scales in favor of those who draw electoral… Read More

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records of SWAT Responses to Mental Health Crises

City Refusal to Release Data About SWAT Team Deployments Since Closures of Mental Health Clinics Prompts Suit CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records about Chicago SWAT deployments responding to mental health crises. A copy of the suit can be found… Read More

Unsealed FBI Document Exposes Collusion Between Prosecutors and Detectives in Obtaining False Confessions

Recently unsealed by a federal judge, a shocking interview between an FBI investigator and a Cook County State’s Attorney reveals systemic collusion between CPD detectives and prosecutors in order to manipulate witnesses and suspects into falsely confessing to crimes. This practice has led to untold numbers of wrongful convictions, including those of the notorious ‘Englewood Four.’… Read More

The Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2017 Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup again highlights alarming patterns of intentional police misconduct resulting in tragic injustice. There are infamous individual cops who have caused tons of wrongful convictions by doing “whatever it takes” to pin a crime on a suspect rather than conscientiously investigating the crime. The result is that the officers invariably nab… Read More

Mom Sues Cop Who Killed Her Unarmed Son

After repeatedly tazing and beating a man who was begging for his life, Knox County cop shot him twice, committing “intentional homicide” LONDON, KY – A mother today sued in federal court Knox County, a Knox County sherriff’s deputy, and Knox County constable for allowing the deputy to repeatedly taze her unarmed, non-resisting son, beat… Read More