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Republican Illegal Immigration Policy Will Increase Crime

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

If we hope to prevent violent crime in the US, we cannot constantly blame our problems on newcomers to our nation.

Loretta Lynch: Sandra Bland Case Highlights 'Frustration' With Police

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics

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DOJ Watchdog Says New Opinion Prevents Him From Doing His Job

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice watchdog says a new opinion issued by the DOJ's legal office "undermines" the watchdog's independence and will...

Sandra Bland's Death is a Mystery

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Sandra Bland could've been any of us. Sadly, her name is being added to a growing list of blacks dying before their time, and the destruction of black lives must come to an end.

Journalists Want Transparency, But Not Right Away

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

It didn't take long for journalists to criticize the flaw -- for them -- in the federal government's new pilot program on making public all ...

Kate Sheppard

DOJ Announces $18.7 Billion Settlement With BP Over Gulf Spill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government and Gulf Coast states have reached an $18.7 billion settlement agreement with the oil company BP for the 2010 Dee...

Police and Prosecutors Still Foot Drag On Hate Crimes

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The slaying of nine innocents at the Emmanuel AME church almost certainly will be classified as and prosecuted as a racially motivated hate crime. It is simply too shocking not to treat it as such. However, this will still be the rare exception.

Jessica Schulberg

Muslim Congressmen Call On Obama Administration To Investigate Armed Rally At Phoenix Mosque

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and André Carson (D-Ind.) sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday requesting a Justic...

Daniel Marans

Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, ...

The Cleveland Police Department and the Consent Decree

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl Dorsey

Nearly six months after the murder of Tamir Rice, Officer Loehmann has yet to be interviewed regarding the incident. I guess the "culture change" has resulted in "less secrecy" -- not. Chief Williams, why hasn't Loehmann been interviewed?

Ryan J. Reilly

Cleveland Police Agree To Rein In Force Under Justice Department Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The city of Cleveland has reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department intended to rein in the use of force by officers in a po...

Criminalizing Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"Held captive." It was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation, and for more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn't just a metaphor.

Justice Department Launches Civil Rights Probe Of Baltimore Police

Reuters | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Friday launched an investigation into the Baltimore police department...

Paige Lavender

Baltimore Mayor Seeks Help From Justice Department To Reform City's Police

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday she is seeking help from the Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore City Police De...

Loretta Lynch Promises Police Reform In Baltimore

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes and details from attorney general and Baltimore mayor) BALTIMORE, May 5 (Reuters) - New U.S. Attorney General Loretta Ly...

But They Don't Count, or Do They?

Gerald Landsberg | Posted 06.21.2015 | New York
Gerald Landsberg

That the Justice Department database does not include information on police killings makes it much harder for advocates to fight for change effectively. Those who are not counted should be counted so an accurate number of police killings is available.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart To Resign Amid 'Sex Party' Scandal, Policy Disagreements

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will resign next month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. D...

Ryan J. Reilly

These 7 Drug Dealers Were Caught Red-Handed. Instead Of Jail, They Get A Second Chance.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

CONWAY, S.C. -- Antonio was “surprised.” Dai was “shocked.” Michael said it was “crazy.” When the three men and four others walked into th...

Ryan J. Reilly

None Of The Agents Involved In DEA 'Sex Parties' Were Fired. Some Even Got Promoted.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration defended herself on Tuesday against charges by skeptical members of Congress that the DE...

Justice Department Sides With Transgender Inmate In Georgia Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

(Fixes typographical errors) By David Ingram April 3 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday weighed in on the s...

Justice Department Defying Congress, Breaking the Law on Medical Marijuana

Bill Piper | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

A spokesperson for the U.S. DOJ recently told the L.A. Times that a bipartisan amendment passed by Congress last year prohibiting DOJ from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws doesn't prevent it from prosecuting people for medical marijuana or seizing their property.

Christina Wilkie

Justice Department Investigates Texas Prosecution Of Children For Truancy

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is investigating whether truancy courts in Dallas County, Texas, deny due process to juveniles charged with fa...

Ryan J. Reilly

Sen. Bob Menendez Indicted On Public Corruption Charges

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Wednesday was indicted on public corruption charges for allegedly accepting donations and pricey gifts ...

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Mayor Thinks DOJ Report Put Too Much Focus On Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Mayor James Knowles said this week that Ferguson city officials plan to meet the Justice Department soon to begin working on an agree...

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Must Evolve To Better Fight Terrorism, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The FBI still has work to do when it comes to how it fights terrorism in the 21st century, according to a congressionally mandated repor...