New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants protesters calling for police reform to remain quiet until two slain NYPD cops are buried. But protest groups say their cause is not connected to the actions of the killer.
Ismaayil Brinsley, who killed himself after apparently killing two New York police officers, posted Instagram messages about Michael Brown and Eric Garner, plus a photo of his gun. ‘They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs,’ he wrote.
The 'assassination' of two NYPD cops Saturday comes as the city is rife with tension. Police officials say Mayor Bill de Blasio set the tone for the shootings by siding with protesters in the Eric Garner case.
South Carolina electrocuted George Stinney after he was convicted of killing two white girls in 1944. The trial lasted three hours, and George's lawyer had never before represented a criminal defendant.
The decline in the use of the death penalty stems from a combination of factors, including a large drop in violent crime and the fact that all states with the death penalty now offer the alternative of life in prison without parole.
The trial for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is slated to take place some three miles away from the finish line of the race. The final hearing before the trial is scheduled for Thursday.
The US Supreme Court declined to hear arguments from Arizona officials seeking to reverse an appeals court injunction temporarily blocking implementation of a state law that sought to restrict drug-induced abortions.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences for juveniles constituted 'cruel and unusual punishment.' On Friday, it agreed to take up a case that will decide whether that earlier decision should be applied retroactively, thereby giving 'hundreds' of prisoners a shot at parole.
This week, Rep. Hank Johnson (D) of Georgia unveiled a bill that prohibits the use of out-of-public-view grand jury hearings when it comes to cases where a police officer has killed a citizen. The bill also would require an outside prosecutor to investigate officers in such cases.
As a growing chorus of bipartisan critics urges the appointment of special prosecutors to investigate killings of citizens by police, New York's attorney general has asked for statewide control of investigations involving actions of police.
In the wake of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, questions have arisen regarding the grand-jury system and whether working relationships between prosecutors and law enforcement complicate the process when it comes to cases involving officers.
President Obama’s top African-American lieutenants – Eric Holder and Jeh Johnson – have had to balance civil rights ideals with national defense as new profiling rules for federal agents faced scrutiny from America’s first black President.
Eric Garner’s enough-is-enough stand when police stopped him for illegally selling cigarettes points to political and economic policies that seem to protect the powerful at the expense of the marginalized.
Protests show that perceived injustices such as the Eric Garner case create a brand of ill will that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called 'corrosive to society.' But reforms to the grand jury system could lead to unintended consequences.