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…

Where Is the Diversity in Police Departments

By Sheryl Estrada Police departments around the country continue to lack diversity. On Thursday, USA TODAY released an analysis of Census estimates from 2000 to 2010. Across the nation almost three-quarters of all police officers, detectives and their supervisors are white, while the U.S. population is only about 64 percent…

Addressing the Perceptions of Law Enforcement Prejudice

Jan. 27, 2015 By Sheryl Estrada The perception of biased policing and mistrust of police officers has been prevalent in many Black and Latino communities in the U.S. The shooting death of Michael Brown, the choking death of Eric Garner, and the protests that followed were the tipping point. To…