Justice Department

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How Civil Rights Groups Feel About Sessions' Confirmation in 9 Tweets

“The man in charge of enforcing hate crimes laws doesn’t think they should exist.”

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BREAKING: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Jeff Sessions for Attorney General Spot

The vote is expected to move to the full Senate later this week.

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3 Things You Need to Know Right Now About the Current DOJ Drama

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Jeff Sessions’ attorney general nomination today.

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DOJ: Chicago PD Uses Excessive Force in Communities of Color

The Department of Justice’s investigation was sparked by the death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of former officer Jason Van Dyke.

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WATCH: Senator Cory Booker to Testify Against Jeff Sessions

It’s the first time a U.S. senator has gone on the record against a colleague during a confirmation hearing.

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ICYMI: Denver Sheriff Department Settles Discriminatory Hiring Lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the department for discriminating against work-authorized undocumented immigrants during the hiring process.

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Joe Arpaio Charged With Criminal Contempt for Racial Profiling

The Maricopa (Arizona) County sheriff allegedly ignored a federal order to stop targeting Phoenix-area Latinxs.

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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. 

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DOJ Announces Plan to Track Police Use of Force

The agency plans to launch a pilot program by early 2017.

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DOJ Report: San Francisco PD Targets People of Color

The Justice Department’s COPS Office just made 272 recommendations aimed at revamping the department.

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Video Shows Michael Sabbie Told Officers He Couldn't Breathe 19 Times Before He Died

Newly released video shows what happened in the hours leading up to the 2015 jail cell death of the 35-year-old Black man.

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Federal Government to Educators, Law Enforcement: Cops Are in Schools for Safety, Not Discipline

Can the Justice and Education Departments’ new guidance help local and state officials effectively—and safely—employ school resource 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.

ICYMI: Justice Dept. Aims to Shut Down Debtors' Prisons

From recently filed brief: “Incarcerating those who cannot afford to pay the bail amounts, without meaningful consideration of alternatives, infringes on equal protection and due process requirements.

Justice Department to Phase Out Federal Private Prisons

But the policy change will not impact immigration detention centers.

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Filmmakers Demand DOJ Investigate Arrests of People Who Record Police Violence

More than 40 documentarians—including the minds behind “Chisholm ‘72: Unbought and Unbossed” and “Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution”—say that citizen journalists have the #RightToRecord and Black lives matter.

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DOJ: Baltimore Police Department Systemically Discriminates Against Black Citizens

BPD … uses enforcement strategies that unlawfully subject African Americans to disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests.”

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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.

Court: North Carolina Voter ID Laws Targeted Blacks With 'Almost Surgical Precision'

The appeals court decision repeals provisions put in place under the guise of reducing voter fraud.

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FBI, DEA, U.S. Attorneys to Receive Mandatory Implicit Bias Training

Attorney General Loretta Lynch: “Today’s announcement is an important step in our ongoing efforts to promote fairness, eliminate bias and build the stronger, safer, more just society that all Americans deserve.”