Thousands of people gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the important civil rights event known as “Bloody Sunday.”
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday sharply criticized law enforcement in Ferguson. Holder said he was willing to dismantle the city’s police department.
“There is no adequate justification for such a discriminatory and injurious exercise of state power,” the Obama administration urges the Supreme Court. More than 200 congressional Democrats also weigh in to support marriage equality.
The scathing report Justice Department report found an endemic racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department, as well as a focus on generating revenue, rather than public safety.
The attorney general promotes Ben Mizer to Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. A high-profile role for an out gay appointee.
The officers who killed Hunt on Sept. 10 were eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but in a letter Friday the Department of Justice said it plans to look into the case.
After a months-long investigation, the DOJ reportedly is preparing to sue the Missouri city if it doesn’t voluntarily change discriminatory police tactics.
The attorney general suggested a nationwide hold on executions pending a Supreme Court review of Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol. Alabama, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee have halted executions recently over drug issues, and activists called for Oregon’s outgoing governor to take action on the issue as well.
Public statements from top officials indicate the White House will keep sending military hardware designed for the battlefield to local police forces after Ferguson.
“I think that people need to actually think about that and think about really, are we having this conversation about words as opposed to what our actions ought to be?”
“Discrimination against an individual based on gender identity is discrimination because of sex,” Justice Department lawyers assert in court. Saks, earlier Monday, withdrew its argument that transgender people aren’t covered by Title VII’s sex discrimination ban.
The new policy will “return assets to victims,” Eric Holder said on Friday.
Eric Holder, in a speech Thursday, said it was “unacceptable” that there is not accurate data on use of force either by police officers or against officers.
The Justice Department had been pushing James Risen to reveal the confidential sources he used for his 2006 book on the Bush administration, State of War. But on Monday, the New York Times reported that prosecutors withdrew the subpoena.
The task force is expected to meet amid heightened tensions between protesters, politicians, and police officers following the murder of two New York City police officers.
The long-awaited policy announced Monday expands who is covered and ends a broad exemption for “national security” concerns. The ban will still not apply to most activities of the Border Patrol or the Transportation Security Administration. [Update: The guidance has been issued.]
Inside the Justice Department’s shocking and appalling report on the Cleveland Police.
A more than yearlong investigation reveals that Cleveland Police engaged in “a pattern or practice of using excessive force — in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
Eric Holder released a video calling for calm Friday. Top White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer tells BuzzFeed News there’s “nothing planned” for Obama so far.
While several progressive, particularly civil rights groups, praised Obama’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, the American Civil Liberties Union was silent.
If confirmed by the Senate, Lynch will be the first black woman to hold the post.
Will the president keep liberalism on the table by nominating Tom Perez?
Locations chosen based on department’s “independent and nonpartisan consideration and expertise,” Attorney General Eric Holder says.
Groups including National Council of La Raza and League of United Latin American Citizens join the push to have Labor Secretary Tom Perez replace Eric Holder.
Officials in St. Louis County said Thursday that someone hacked a Twitter account and tweeted about the grand jury investigation into Michael Brown’s death.
The Department of Justice has tried to compel reporter James Risen to reveal his sources.
Citing a case revealed by BuzzFeed News, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said it’s “appalling” that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent created a fake Facebook page using a real woman’s name and photos — without her knowledge.
“[T]he harms of ineffective and un-American profiling are of clear concern and importance to the LGBT community,” more than two dozen groups tell Attorney General Eric Holder. A BuzzFeed News exclusive.
Progressives, for the most part invigorated by the work of the attorney general, look for a steady hand to take the reins at the Justice Department.
Former California judge Lisa Foster to head office aimed at increasing availability of lawyers for those who cannot otherwise afford counsel. A BuzzFeed News exclusive.