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  • Jeffries Calls Stop-and-Frisk Settlement a "Step Forward"

    3/08/11

    Last July, Governor Paterson signed into law a bill that did away with the NYPD's stop-and-frisk database.

    The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and State Senator Eric Adams, made it illegal for police officers to add the names and addresses of every person they stop, question and frisk to an electronic database used in criminal investigations.

    Nearly 90 percent of the people in that database are innocent of any crime, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

  • Civil Rights Groups Urge Florida Board Of Executive Clemency Not To Further Restrict Voting Rights

    3/07/11

    Civil Rights Groups Urge Florida Board Of Executive Clemency Not To Further Restrict Voting Rights
    Move Would Harm Voting Fairness In A State With History Of Serious Election Problems

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 7, 2011

    CONTACT:
    Mel Gagarin, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; (212) 965-2783; mgagarin@naacpldf.org

  • City Settles Stop And Frisk Lawsuits

    3/06/11
     The city will pay out more than $170,000 to settle with nine people who claimed they were illegally stopped and frisked by police at city housing projects.

  • NY Daily News: NYPD stop-and-frisk policy in public housing leads to $150K in settlements

    3/05/11

    The NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk practice inside public housing has led to nine recent settlements, the Daily News has learned.

    In February, the city agreed to shell out more than $150,000 to nine of 16 plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming they were illegally stopped on Housing Authority property because they were black or Hispanic, court documents show.

    "I'm happy with the settlement. I hope it does help, but actually, it's still happening," said Hector Suarez, 56, who will get $5,001.00, according to court papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

  • Caucus seeking more majority-black seats in Legislature

    3/04/11

    BATON ROUGE -- Members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus say they want to expand the number of majority-black seats in the Legislature and Congress, but they will be careful not to weaken existing districts.

    At an all-day event Thursday at the Southern University Law Center, state and national figures involved in drawing election districts discussed laws affecting redistricting and how the U.S. Department of Justice must approve any changes made in the state's current plan.