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Justice Dept. adopts USF professor’s training program that hopes to reduce law enforcement bias

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that it will now train all of its law enforcement agents and prosecutors to recognize and address implicit bias as part of its regular training curricula, using a program developed by USF Associate Professor of Criminology, Lorie Fridell. The demand for such programs has spread in the wake of a series of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers in recent years. It comes after the DOJ was criticized for not developing its…

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Missouri football players pressure school leaders over race

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Student protests over the way leaders of the University of Missouri have responded to racial incidents on campus escalated dramatically over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they will not participate in team activities until the school’s president is removed. Head coach Gary Pinkel promptly expressed solidarity with the players Sunday on Twitter by posting a picture of the team and coaches locking arms. The tweet read: “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united.…

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Julie Delegal: Being black matters, researcher says

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Some whites’ approach to the #BlackLivesMatter movement presumes a zero-sum game: If one group is “awarded” national attention on any issue, the reasoning goes, then other groups by contrast, necessarily must lose something. But #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean that only black lives matter. It means, rather, that we can no longer pretend that institutions in our country, like our criminal justice system, are race-neutral. It means that we can’t turn a blind eye to disparate treatment for African-Americans, especially when that…

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Florida House panel OKs congressional map despite criticism

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Despite sharp criticism from a Florida congresswoman that it would disenfranchise black voters, the Florida House is moving ahead with a substantial overhaul of the state’s 27 congressional districts. A House panel split along party lines on Thursday and approved a proposed map that would substantially alter the state’s political landscape and which could lead to the defeat of several incumbents now in office. The Legislature is holding a rare August special session because the state Supreme Court ruled lawmakers…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.3.15 — Could rising crime become a political issue in 2015?

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At Rick Scott’s cattle call in Orlando yesterday (I refuse to call it the Happiest Place on the Earth), the six (potential) presidential candidates were told by the governor to stick to the economy, so the only time they could speak about other issues was generally if they came before reporters after their session on stage. But as news from the Tampa Police Department continued to trickle in on 14-year-old Edward Harris’ death on Sunday, I began to contemplate the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.5.15 — Ferguson’s gross legacy

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The question one has to ask after reading just the summary of the Justice Department report on the goings-on with the Ferguson, Missouri, police department is: How many other municipal law enforcement agencies act this way in America? If you want the headline from yesterday to read that Justice concluded that the Ferguson PD violated no federal laws in the death of 18-year-old black youth Michael Brown, well, that was expected. But the depth of anger by black residents that exploded in…

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