Thursday, October 30, 2014

Racism in the US criminal justice system‏

Earlier this week the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee, NAACP, and the ABA participated in a hearing initiated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States. The video of the hearing is available here. The ACLU of Michigan presented a powerful video testimony of Jewel Hall, mother of Milton Hall, an African American homeless man with mental disabilities who was killed in July 2012 by 8 police officers in a firing squad-type shooting. At the hearing, the DOJ was pressed to reopen their criminal civil rights investigation and to hold police officers accountable. You can read more about this this case in the written submission of the ACLU of Michigan.

Also, in conjunction with this hearing the ACLU submitted a written statement on
racial disparities in sentencing.


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