Tag: Law-enforcement

Louisiana Extends Hate Crime Protections to Police

Louisiana on Thursday became the first state in the nation to include law enforcement officers as a protected class under hate-crime law, treating attacks on public safety workers the same as attacks motivated by race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation. The “Blue Lives Matter” bill was signed into law…

Police Lieutenant Suspended for Racial Instagram Posts

By Sheryl Estrada Trudy Callahan. Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Law enforcement, school officials and even journalists have been fired or suspended for inflammatory comments on social media pertaining to race and gender, which violate many company policies. Lt. Trudy Callahan of the Jacksonville County SheriffOffice (JSO) in Florida, who was…

Maryland Police More Likely to Use Tasers on Black Men

In hundreds of instances over the course of three years, not only did Maryland police officers use Tasers against suspects who posed no immediate threat, many officers did not follow the proper safety recommendations when using the device. More than 75 Maryland police departments use stun guns. In a six-month…

Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland is Fired, Charged With Perjury

State trooper Brian Encinia, who arrested Sandra Bland on July 10, 2015 in Prairie View, Texas, was indicted by the Waller County grand jury on Wednesday for perjury.The grand jury has charged him for allegedly lying in an affidavit about Bland’s traffic stop, which ultimately resulted in the 28-year-old Black…

Cory Booker: More Data on Police-Involved Shootings 'Common Sense'

By Sheryl Estrada Sen. Cory Booker. Photo by Shutterstock. There are currently no comprehensive federal programs in the U.S. to gather data on police-involved shootings and use of force. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Police Reporting of Information, Data and Evidence (PRIDE) Act on June…