Ferguson’s exploitative municipal court system echoes the South’s history of trumped-up legal charges designed to force blacks back into servitude.
Hint: It can be a convoluted and expensive process in a city where, according to the Department of Justice, officials have consistently set maximizing revenue as the priority for law enforcement.
Ferguson police “have exclusively set their dogs against black individuals, often in cases where doing so was not justified by the danger presented,” according to a Department of Justice report investigation released Wednesday.
Paul Elam became the face of the modern men’s rights movement by rallying against false rape accusations and divorce courts that favor mothers. But exclusive BuzzFeed News interviews with his estranged daughter and ex-wife show that his pet causes are very, very personal.
A high school teacher who abused his students. A Georgia prison allegedly covering up the rape of a trans inmate. The chaotic aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. The brief life and baffling death of an unarmed man shot dead by police in a Wal-Mart. A disappearing wage thief. The downfall of Mississippi’s most progressive prison reformer. Here are a few of the most memorable crime stories published by BuzzFeed News in 2014.
The Senate’s long-awaited report on Bush-era torture techniques puts too much blame on the CIA, and not enough on the American political leadership.
The long-delayed report details the CIA’s detention and interrogation policies during the Bush administration.
Police are allowed to use lethal force under specific circumstances, when it’s reasonable to do so. Especially when it comes to black suspects, that means almost anytime.
The late mayor was a very flawed man. But he also gave Washington, D.C.’s working-class black residents a taste of the economic prosperity that racial apartheid had long denied them.
Lawyers for California Attorney General Kamala Harris argued releasing non-violent inmates early would harm efforts to fight California wildfires. Harris told BuzzFeed News she first heard about this when she read it in the paper.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party, said she had “no moral opposition” to marijuana legalization. But there are a lot of details to figure out.
Obama’s new pick to run the civil rights division is as passionate an advocate for racial justice as you could find. But will that help or hurt her nomination?
During weeks of racial turmoil in Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder visited and sent FBI agents to the town.
A new survey of more than 4,500 people shows a growing perception among Americans of all backgrounds that the criminal justice system is racially biased.
The story of violent black protest in the U.S. is an old one — it’s self-destructive but it sometimes gets results.