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ICYMI: Loretta Lynch Gives Speech on Recent Rise in Hate Crimes

“When one of us is threatened, we all have to speak out, regardless of the discomfort it might call upon us. When one of us is in harm’s way, we’re all in harm’s way.”

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DOJ Replaces Team Investigating Eric Garner's Killing

The federal civil rights investigation into Garner’s killing by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was apparently slowed down by disputes between FBI investigators and Justice Department prosecutors over whether or not to bring charges against the involved officers. 

President Obama Commutes Sentences of 111 More Incarcerated People

The announcement came as the Justice Department said it will consider each of the thousands of petitions from people serving prison time for drug-related offenses before the president leaves office.

Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson delivers the 500,000 petitions to the Department of Justice on Aug. 3, 2016.

DOJ Petition Gains 500K Signatures, Heads to D.C. to Demand Police Reform

There is also a demand for justice in the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.  

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Federal Judge Seals Alton Sterling's Autopsy Report

The parish coroner William “Beau” Clark says this is the first time a judge has sealed a report from his office.

DOJ Forces Overhaul of Newark's Racially Biased Police Department

The agency just reached an agreement with the city that calls for reform in 12 areas, including body-worn camera and use of force policies.

Cleveland Commits to Broad Changes to its Police Practices

By signing a U.S. Department of Justice Department consent decree, the city’s police department is agreeing to address officers’ excessive use of force, implicit bias, treatment of people who are mentally ill, and a range of other problems.

DOJ's Awful Ferguson Report, K-Cup Waste, 12-Person Kidney Swap

Some of the morning’s headlines

DOJ Declines to Charge George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

The news come almost exactly three years after Martin’s death.

In Ferguson, a Secretive, Federal Team of Racial Conflict Mediators

They’re called the Community Relations Service.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely for George Zimmerman

A long quest for elusive justice.

Holder Releases Millions for Criminal Defense of the Poor

Holder also endorses criminal justice reform ideas from newly minted U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

DOJ To Sue Texas Under Voting Rights Act 'Bail-In' Provision

As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act’s Section Five, Texas could still face “preclearance” – federal review of election changes to ensure disenfranchisement won’t result –  under the Section Three “bail-in” provision.

Georgia Marks First Conviction for Federal Hate Crime Targeting a Gay Person

Two African-American men from Atlanta plead guilty today to attacking a man outside of a store because he is gay.

What the DOJ Can't Do on School Discipline Reform

The Department of Justice could push the Meridian, Miss., school district to dismantle its school-to-prison pipeline. How will a history of racist violence

SunTrust Settles Lending Discrimination Suit for $21 Million?

DOJ reaches $21 million settlement to resolve lending discrimination allegations by the nation’s 11th largest bank.

Sheriff Arpaio Unfazed by DOJ Lawsuit: 'I Can be Re-elected on Pink Underwear'

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against him is all politics.

Latinos Accused of Voter Fraud Feeling the Willie Horton Ill Effect

What we can see so far is that Republicans are ramming photo voter ID laws down states’ throats by drumming up fake scares about “voter fraud” caused by “illegal aliens” who are terrorizing the polls by voting and cancelling out the votes of legitimate voters. It’s all bunkum, but plenty of campign mileage miles are racking up off this racket by Republicans

Department of Justice Cuts Off Negotiations With Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has cut off negotiations with Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Sanford City Manager Asks Justice Department to Investigate Entire Police Department

The Trayvon Martin case is bringing more scrutiny on the Sanford Police Department.