FROM Jamilah Lemieux
Was Sandra Bland's Only Crime 'Contempt of Cop?' The coroner in Waller County, Texas called it a jailhouse suicide, but authorities are investigating it as a case of murder. Since Sandra Bland was found hanged in her jail cell last week, her family says the verdict of suicide is "unfathomable." They've demanded to know how a routine traffic stop led to her arrest in the first place. Yesterday, Texas officials released video recorded from the officers dash cam. What does that evidence reveal about why the young, black woman was originally arrested? Gloria Browne-Marshall is a professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She's author of Race, Law and American Society: 1607 to the Present .
Fear and Bias from the Streets to the Courtroom Since white police officers recently killed unarmed black men and boys in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri, street protests have continued around the country and put America’s justice system on trial. There’s unequal treatment not just in the use of force but also the power of prosecutors to racially profile criminal suspects. Overt racism may be on the decline, but fear, unconscious bias and stereotyping are harder to recognize and overcome. Will sharing experiences on social media help close the gaps? Will training programs lead to reforms?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.