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Feds to Probe Ferguson Cops

Civil rights investigation to be wide-ranging

(Newser) - The Justice Department is planning an investigation of the police department in Ferguson, Mo., that will go far beyond the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last month. The probe, which will look at the force's behavior over the last several years to determine whether racial profiling and excessive... More »

Barney's Coughs Up $525K Over Racial Profiling

Settles investigation, will hire anti-profiling consultant

(Newser) - Barney’s will shell out $525,000 to settle accusations that it racially profiled black and Hispanic shoppers at its Madison Avenue Store, the New York Times reports. Reached Friday, the agreement concludes a state investigation into complaints against Barney’s; state AG Eric Schneiderman continues a similar probe at... More »

Actor, Macy's Settle Racial Profiling Lawsuit

Robert Brown settles, but no terms disclosed

(Newser) - One of the people who says he experienced racial profiling at Macy's just so happens to be an actor—and his lawsuit against the company, which made headlines last summer, has now been settled. Robert Brown, who appeared on HBO's Treme, said he bought a $1,300 watch... More »

Arizona Deputy May Have Blackmailed Immigrants

Records found in Arpaio deputy's home following suicide

(Newser) - Investigators think a former Joe Arpaio deputy who killed himself recently may have been shaking down illegal immigrants, according to newly released court records. While searching Ramon "Charley" Armendariz's home last week, investigators found 900 hours worth of tapes of traffic stops Armendariz had conducted, along with hundreds... More »

Feds Set to Ban Profiling by Religion, Nationality

But national security loophole may stay open

(Newser) - The Justice Department is poised to ban federal agents from profiling suspects by religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation as well as race, reports the New York Times . Sources say Attorney General Eric Holder, who has condemned profiling in the past, revealed plans to expand the ban on racial profiling... More »

Shopping 'Bill of Rights' Targets Racial Profiling

Rev. Al Sharpton unveils plan in New York City

(Newser) - A bill of rights for black shoppers? New York retailers agree it's worth trying. Pressured by Al Sharpton and civil rights activists, and facing a slow start to the holiday shopping season, big clothing stores in New York City have approved a "Customers' Bill of Rights," the... More »

Man Arrested 62 Times for Trespassing— at Own Job

Miami-area cops constantly hassling black workers, customers: store owner

(Newser) - Over a four-year period, a Florida man has been stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times, searched 100 times, and jailed 56 times, even though his most serious conviction is for having marijuana. Earl Sampson has been arrested 62 times for trespassing, nearly always at the 207 Quickstop convenience store—... More »

Jay Z to Help Barneys With Racial Profiling Scandal

He's sticking with his holiday partnership with the store

(Newser) - Jay Z has announced he's moving forward with his holiday partnership with Barneys New York despite reports of racial profiling at the store. The rapper said in a statement he's agreed to continue with next week's launch of his BNY SCC collection. But he has one condition,... More »

Man Charged With Killing of Teen Seeking Help

Theodore Wafer accused of 2nd-degree murder in death of Renisha McBride

(Newser) - The man who shot a 19-year-old in the face after she knocked on his door seeking help after a car accident will be charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced today. Officials are asking Theodore Wafer, 54, to turn himself in, and they expect to... More »

Stop-and-Frisk Gets Potential Big Boost in Court Ruling

Federal panel puts changes on hold, rebukes judge who demanded them

(Newser) - Supporters of the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk strategy have reason to cheer tonight after a new appeals court ruling. The federal court rebuked the judge who declared the policy to be unconstitutional in August and ordered that the reforms she put in place be suspended, reports the New York Post... More »

New York Investigates Macy's, Barneys on Profiling

State attorney general's office has 4 complaints from black shoppers

(Newser) - Macy's and Barneys must provide New York state's attorney general with their polices about questioning and detaining black customers, reports the Daily News . AG Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation after receiving four complaints from black shoppers who said they got harassed for the sin of buying luxury items.... More »

Judge Wants Monitor to Keep Sheriff Joe In Line

Officers will have to say why they stopped a car before approaching it

(Newser) - "America's toughest sheriff" is about to have someone to answer to. A federal judge yesterday ordered that an independent monitor be established to make sure that Sheriff Joe Arpaio wasn't using racial profiling as a basis for traffic stops, Reuters reports. In addition, when Arpaio's deputies... More »

A Black Man in a Hoodie Shot Me; So What?

Brian Beutler tells his story

(Newser) - Five years ago, Brian Beutler was shot by a black man wearing a hoodie while walking the streets of Washington, DC. He tells the story in a compelling Salon column today for one reason: He wants people to understand that despite what happened to him, he does not support racial... More »

NYPD's Kelly: 'No Question' More Will Die Sans 'Stop, Frisk'

Meanwhile, Trayvon lawyer calls policy 'slippery slope'

(Newser) - Ray Kelly isn't soft-pedaling the effects if the NYPD's "stop and frisk" policy ends: "No question about it, violent crime will go up," he said today when asked if more people would die without it, Politico reports. "The stark reality is that violence is... More »

NYPD Chief Defends All the Racial Profiling He's Not Doing

Ray Kelly boasts of department's success

(Newser) - Ray Kelly has heard all the grumbles about the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy —which almost exclusively ensnares minorities —and its practice of spying on Muslims , and he wants you to know that those claims are sensationalized, and anyway there's nothing wrong with targeting minorities. In... More »

Case Against Zimmerman No Piece of Cake for DOJ

Feds would have to prove shooting was racially motivated

(Newser) - Amid protests and a push from the NAACP , the Justice Department is looking into the prosecution of George Zimmerman on criminal civil rights grounds—but that would be a genuinely tough case to win, the AP explains. Says a former US attorney: "They'd have to show not only... More »

Hey, Tea Party: How Does It Feel to Be Profiled?

Farhad Manjoo thinks the IRS scandal should teach the right something

(Newser) - Imagine you're an overworked IRS employee, charged with finding, in your massive stack of 501(c)(4) applications, the groups most likely to make electioneering their main focus. Wouldn't it make a little sense to focus on self-proclaimed Tea Party groups? Sure it would. And there's a word for... More »

We Profiled the Saudi Marathon 'Suspect'

Amy Davidson: There's no excuse for the way this man was treated

(Newser) - When a badly injured 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student was seen running from the site of the Boston Marathon explosions, a bystander tackled him because he looked suspicious. He was questioned by police; his apartment was searched ; his roommate was intimidatingly interrogated for five hours and hounded by reporters. Why? He... More »

NYPD Stopped, Frisked 8.6% of City in 2011

In some places, up to 98% of those stopped were minorities

(Newser) - The NYPD detained the equivalent of 8.6% of all New Yorkers as part of its controversial " stop and frisk " program in 2011, and almost all of them were minorities, according to a statistical breakdown the department released last night. All told, police stopped a record 685,724... More »

NYPD Can 'Stop and Frisk' for a Few More Months

Judge rules that practice can continue during appeal

(Newser) - A US district judge ruled earlier this month that a portion of New York City's controversial "stop and frisk" policy may be unconstitutional, but today she said the NYPD can continue the practice while her decision is appealed. Specifically, Judge Shira Scheindlin had ordered a halt to "... More »

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