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Archive for November 18th, 2015

FBI, U.S Attorney, and Dearborn Police Confront Threats

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In the immediate wake of the attacks in Paris, law enforcement at all levels has confronted a surge of misguided, retaliatory threats toward others across the country. In response to recent threats in Dearborn, the FBI Detroit Field Office, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Dearborn Police Department have collaborated to ensure law abiding citizens are protected and to deter those who would threaten them.

“The FBI Detroit will aggressively work with our state and local partners to investigate and bring to justice those who would make violent threats against others in response to, or in retribution for, the terrorist attacks conducted in Paris last week,” stated David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office. “The FBI has worked tirelessly nationwide to develop and maintain relationships with a host of diverse communities across the country. Nowhere is that more true than in metropolitan Detroit, and the FBI highly values the relationships it has forged with all the communities we serve throughout Michigan.”

“Violent extremism in any form is a risk to public safety and our way of life in America,” said U.S. Attorney McQuade. “We take seriously all threats of violence against any of the residents of our community and will prosecute those that meet the legal elements of a criminal offense.”

“The Dearborn Police Department is totally committed to safeguarding the security of our 100,000 residents and 200,000 daily visitors alike,” stated Chief Ronald Haddad of the Dearborn Police Department. “We value our relationship with federal, state, and county law enforcement partners and will continue to coordinate efforts that enhance the safety of our region.”

FBI Detroit November 17, 2015
  • Public Affairs Specialist Jill Washburn (313) 965-1712

Race & Justice News: Blacks Face Cumulative Disadvantages in the Criminal Justice System

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From: The Sentencing Project

Incarceration

Blacks Face Cumulative Disadvantages in the Criminal Justice System

Black defendants in general and young black men in particular face cumulative disadvantages in the criminal justice system, according to a new study published in Criminology & Public Policy by John Wooldredge and colleagues. Their analysis of nearly 3,500 felony cases in a large, northern U.S. jurisdiction revealed that “histories of imprisonment, an inability to hire private counsel, and higher bond amounts accrue disproportionately for blacks to generate higher odds of pretrial detention relative to whites.”

Blacks were 50% more likely than whites to be sent to prison as a result of the cumulative effects of pretrial detention and prior imprisonment, and those in the 18-29 age group were 60% more likely. In order to reduce racial disparities in the distribution of prison sentences, the researchers recommend reducing the court’s reliance on money bail and/or reducing bail amounts for indigent defendants, increasing opportunities for pretrial detainees to communicate with their counsel, and creating more structured guidelines for pretrial decision making.

Policing
NC Traffic Stops: “Every Time I See a Police Officer, I Get a Cold Chill”

A New York Times analysis of traffic stops in Greensboro, North Carolina, since 2010 reveals racial disparities in a Southern city with a progressive reputation. Sharon LaFraniere and Andrew W. Lehren report that blacks represented 39% of the city’s drivers but 54% of traffic stops. Black drivers were searched twice as often as whites but were less frequently found with contraband. Officers also used force more commonly against black drivers. Many of these patterns were found across the state and some existed in six other states that collect comprehensive traffic-stop statistics.
Greensboro’s police chief, Wayne Scott, attributed racial disparities in traffic stops to more aggressive patrolling in high-crime neighborhoods that are disproportionately populated by African Americans. Yet experts question the crime-reduction effect of these stops and worry that they tarnish police relationships with law-abiding individuals.

While simply monitoring traffic stops has not reduced racial disparities, jurisdictions that have implemented reforms have seen results. In Fayetteville, a city 100 miles from Greensboro with comparable demographics, Chief Harold Medlock has officers focus on moving violations, discourages charges for resisting an officer, and requires written permission for consent searches. Greensboro’s Chief Scott and Mayor Nancy Vaughan have recently announced similar reforms.

Juvenile Justice
Black Teens’ Disproportionate Risk of Getting Arrested Grows in More Diverse Counties

By using self-reporting on offending and arrests, a new study by Tia Stevens Anderson shows that, across the nation, African American youth are apprehended more often than white youth. Moreover, after controlling for self-reported delinquency, Anderson found that while racial disparities in arrests exist in counties with low, medium, and high percentages of African American residents, disparity is most pronounced in communities with fewer African Americans. She did not find significant differences between Hispanic and white youths’ risk of arrest, or variation across communities.

Published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, the study tracked a nationally representative sample of 2,876 youth aged 12 or 13 at the start of the study through their 18th birthday. Anderson tested for disproportionate minority contact related to drug sales, theft, assault, and vandalism and other property crimes. Her earlier co-authored paper, featured in the Washington Post, documents unwarranted racial disparities at later stages of the juvenile justice system.

Moving to Less Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Improves Outcomes for Girls but Not Boys

A new study compared whether moving away from a highly disadvantaged urban neighborhood decreased young teens’ delinquency and risky behavior. Writing in Criminology, Corina Graif reveals that girls who moved to less disadvantaged neighborhoods engaged in less delinquency and risky behavior than their counterparts who did not move. For boys, the opposite proved true: the move did not affect delinquency and increased risky behaviors. Graif shows that these differences can be explained by gendered differences in how youth relate to their extended – not just immediate – neighborhood environments.

These findings are based on longitudinal data on more than 1,500 low-income youth, primarily African American, who participated in the federal Moving to Opportunity program, which was designed in the mid-1990s to move disadvantaged families to less disadvantaged neighborhoods in the hopes of improving their outcomes. The study was featured in the Marshall Project.

School Discipline
Racial Disparities in Texas School Suspensions

In Texas, black students are twice as likely to receive out-of-school suspensions as white students, according to a Texas Appleseed study featured in the Washington Post. The analysis is based on data on over 2.5 million public school students for the 2013-2014 school year.

The report explains that by labeling children as “bad” at an early age, reducing learning time, and fostering mistrust, exclusionary discipline is linked to higher dropout rates and involvement in the juvenile justice system. These practices also damage the classroom climate and do not model effective conflict resolution techniques for other students. The report recommends reserving suspensions for the most extreme cases and training teachers on effective alternatives to exclusionary discipline that reinforce positive behavior and de-escalate confrontations in the classroom.

International
UN Report on Global Patterns of Minority Disadvantage in Criminal Justice
A recent report by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, examines the human rights of national, ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities in various stages of the criminal justice system. Based on her survey of countries including Finland, Japan, Lebanon, and Mexico, “the Special Rapporteur has identified global patterns of violations of the rights of minorities in the criminal justice process.”

The report recommends collecting disaggregated data as a starting point for addressing discrimination and increasing the representation of minorities in the administration of justice. Recommendations also include following the guidance of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on policing in multi-ethnic societies. The report will inform the Forum on Minority Issues to be held on November 24-25, 2015.

Banned Trauma Center Activists Risk Arrest to Speak at UofC

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University maintains ban despite trauma victory

CHICAGO, IL — Today at 6 pm, activists banned from the University of Chicago campus will risk arrest to attend a teach-in and speak to students about free speech and institutional racism at the University. The activists are community members and University alumni who were permanently banned from the U of C campus after their participation in a sit-in at the University of Chicago administration building last June.

The University announced that it would provide funding and personnel for a South Side trauma center in September. However, organizers continue to push for the U of C to include community input in the planning process and to honor its earlier commitment to raise the age of its pediatric trauma center to 18.

This event comes during an ongoing national conversation about racism and free speech in universities. Recent events at Yale University and the University of Missouri have drawn increased attention to racism on college campuses, and a solidarity rally last Friday at the University of Chicago drew over 200 students.

“This ban is a clear violation of the University of Chicago’s commitment to free speech and open discourse,” said Natalie Naculich, a University of Chicago student. Recently, banned community members were forced to leave under threat of arrest when they attempted to attend a private meeting with students on campus.

Just two weeks ago, Veronica Morris-Moore, one of the banned activists, was invited by a student group to speak on a panel on the U of C campus, but had to be uninvited after the group’s funding was threatened. Over 75 faculty members have signed a letter demanding that the U of C administration lift the ban.

Despite the risk of arrest, the banned activists are determined to bring their message to University students. “This ban is a continuation of the University’s desire to silence community members and keep them out of decision-making processes,” said Veronica Morris-Moore, a member of Fearless Leading by the Youth and one of the banned activists. “We are prepared to be arrested if that is what it takes for our voices to be heard.”

The community’s demand for trauma care was sparked by the death of Woodlawn youth leader Damian Turner, and is led by the Woodlawn-based Fearless Leading by the Youth, along with the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Students for Health Equity at the UofC, National Nurses United and many faith groups including the United Church of Christ.

The South Side is currently a trauma desert for adults, meaning that victims of shootings and other serious injuries must be taken over ten miles away, to the Near North Side or south west suburbs. The call for trauma care is also supported by a new study by the Illinois Department of Public Health which states that longer travel times to a trauma center increases the likelihood of dying, the study also states that the U of C is best positioned to expand access to trauma care, and that the U of C could further raise the age limit of their pediatric trauma center.

When/where: Stuart Hall (basement), UofC campus, 5835 S. Greenwood Ave

What: Teach-in with trauma center banned protesters on free speech and race

Who: Members of trauma care coalition — South Side youth, mothers, doctors, nurses, clergy, students

For more information, contact:
Natalie Naculich, 207-231-1819,
natalie.naculich@myfairpoint.net

Keeping Americans Safe from ISIS

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From: U.S. Senator Mark Kirk

This week, I urged President Obama  to ensure no refugee related to the Syrian crisis is admitted to our country unless the U.S. government can guarantee, with 100 percent assurance, that they are not affiliated with ISIS. A copy of the letter is below .

Sincerely,

Senator Mark Kirk

Dear Mr. President:

We stand in solidarity with the people of France and against the terrorists who carried out the horrific attacks of November 13th that clearly were designed deliberately to kill as many innocent people as possible.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.  As we mourn the loss of life and provide France all the support and assistance it needs, the U.S. government must redouble its efforts to keep the American people safe.  We believe that an essential component of that effort is ensuring that no refugee related to the Syrian crisis is admitted to the United States unless the U.S. government can guarantee, with 100 percent assurance, that they are not members, supporters, or sympathizers of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Daesh or ISIL.

It is already clear that ISIS is responsible for the barbaric attacks.  Reports indicate that at least one of the attackers apparently utilized the flow of refugees to infiltrate into Europe.  These facts require a serious and objective reexamination of the Administration’s policy toward Syrian refugees to avoid unnecessary risks.

While our country has a long history of welcoming refugees and has an important role to play in the heartbreaking Syrian refugee crisis, our first and most important priority must be to ensure that any refugee who comes to the United States does not present a threat to the American people.  Compassion for Syrian refugees is important, but a fierce determination to protect the American people is also important.

The fact that ISIS may have utilized the flow of refugees to infiltrate Europe and potentially the United States is not a surprise.  In September, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, publicly warned the U.S. intelligence community has a “huge concern” that ISIS may seek to infiltrate Syrian refugees who are flowing into Europe and potentially the United States.  “As they [refugees] descend on Europe, one of the obvious issues that we worry about, and in turn as we bring refugees into this country, is exactly what’s their background?”  DNI Clapper added:  “We don’t obviously put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees.

On October 21, 2015, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey told the House Committee on Homeland Security that the U.S. government may not have the ability to vet thoroughly all Syrian refugees coming into the United States.  He explained that if a Syrian person is not already in the FBI’s database, that person is unknown to the agency, leaving an inadequate basis for the person’s background to be screened for terrorism risk.  “We can only query against that which we have collected,” Director Comey cautioned.  He also said, “So if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home but we are not going to—there will be nothing … because we have no record on that person.

”Given DNI Clapper’s stated concern that ISIS may try to infiltrate Syrian refugee movements as well as FBI Director Comey’s public acknowledgment of the U.S. government’s limitations in thoroughly vetting all Syrian refugees, we respectfully request your Administration:

  • List comprehensively the challenges, prior to the November 13th terrorist attacks, in the process for checking the background of Syrian refugees and checking potential risks to national security, including potential terrorism risks;
  • Detail what special or enhanced measures will be added to the screening process for Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the November 13th terrorist attacks; and
  • Describe how it plans to address the vetting challenges that Director Comey describes.

We ask that your Administration immediately share this information with the American people. We look forward to a timely response.  We cannot imagine a more urgent or higher priority.

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