Tag: Justice-department

Sessions' DOJ Has Zero Black Senior Staff Members

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III’s poor relationship with the Black community was brought to the forefront during questioning at a House Judiciary Committee meeting. “I do not have a senior staff member at this time that’s an African American,” Sessions told Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana. Richmond, who is the…

Jeff Sessions Offered to Resign, Sources Say

The relationship between President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on the decline, and sources allege that Sessions went so far as to offer to resign from his position. It is unclear when Sessions made the offer, which the Wall Street Journal reported was not a formal…

Police Officer Slams, Beats Black Man for 'Jaywalking': Video

An unidentified Sacramento police officer has been put on administrative leave after a violent confrontation with a Black pedestrian. Police dash cams and a cell phone recorded the incident in which the officer accused Nandi Cain Jr. of jaywalking and began beating him after pinning him to the ground. The…

Justice Department to Halt Police Reform

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a review of previous police reform agreements to ensure they align with the new administration’s principles, according to a memo published Monday. “It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies,” Sessions wrote. “The misdeeds of individual…

Judges Freeze Muslim Ban

In separate rulings on Wednesday, two judges blocked President Donald Trump’s revised Muslim ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii granted a temporary restraining order, ruling that not only is the ban discriminatory but it will also negatively impact the state. He points to Trump’s very own words…

Justice Department Sends out Fewer Election Monitors Than 2012

The Department of Justice will send over 500 election monitors to 28 states to help ensure federal voting rights are enforced in 67 jurisdictions. Compared to 2012, there are fewer monitors to go around, and more states and jurisdictions are being covered. During the last presidential election, the Justice Department…

Justice Department Replaces Team Investigating Eric Garner Death

In an unusual move, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has taken New York-based lawyers and investigators off the team tasked to Eric Garner’s case, meaning the federal criminal investigation into Eric Garner’s death may finally be moving forward — two years after his death. The investigation into Garner’s 2014 death was…

Two Years After Ferguson: Has Reform Happened

This week marks the two-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by former police officer Darren Wilson, whoresigned from his position but was not charged. Twenty-four months, periods of unrest and a Justice Department investigation later, the city remains in the early stages of transition. A complete overhaul,…