May 1, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The State’s Attorney for Baltimore City on Friday charged six police officers with crimes including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges almost immediately upon receiving ...[read more]
April 28, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Amnesty International (AI) USA Executive Director Steven Hawkins on Tuesday urged Baltimore police to exercise restraint during protests, prioritize non-violent means and limit the use of force. The statement comes amid protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in ...[read more]
April 26, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday said that the trial of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was "badly flawed" and compromised by due process violations. The former president was convicted on April 21 for inciting violence and ordering the killing and torturing of protesters in 2012 and ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The parents of Michael Brown filed a civil lawsuit Thursday under Missouri's wrongful death statute against the city of Ferguson, Missouri. In addition to the city of Ferguson, the complaint also names former police chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson as defendants in ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States that "a seizure justified ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian Criminal Court in Giza on Monday sentenced 22 people to death for their involvement in the storming of a police station and killing of an officer on the day Mohamed Morsi was overthrown. The defendants are alleged to be Morsi supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday criticized the mass trial of 51 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, claiming that the government presented no evidence of a crime being committed by the men other than the testimony of a single police officer. Specifically they noted that the only evidence presented ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the Maricopa County Sherrif's Office and, specifically, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, engaged in practices of racial profiling in conducting traffic stops. The court found that the Sheriff's office was improperly named as a defendant, ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
So-called "less-lethal" weapons used by law enforcement can have deadly consequences, Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation said in a briefing presented Monday to the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar. Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at AI, stated, " ...[read more]

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