Tag: Civil Rights and Liberties

Girls as Young as 12 Were Strip-Searched in Australia

A police official said, “I’ve got young children, and if I thought that the police felt that they were at risk of doing something wrong, I’d want them strip-searched.” The Splendor in the Grass music festival in Byron Bay, Australia, in July.Credit…Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Nov. 6, 2019, 3:19 a.m. ET SYDNEY, Australia — Girls as […]

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Man Pleads Guilty in Attack on Syrian Refugee Who Was Speaking Arabic

The 17-year-old was on his way home from school, on FaceTime with a friend, when a stranger sat down next to him, pulled his earbud out of his ear and asked, “What trash are you speaking?” The teenager, a Syrian refugee who had moved to San Diego three years ago, replied, “Arabic.” The man then […]

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Death of ISIS Leader Is Scant Consolation to a Changed France

PARIS — The killing of the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was met this week with no outpouring of joy or even relief in France, even though this is the European country that suffered most from his depredations. The reason is simple: the Islamic State’s crimes, and the fear they instilled in the national […]

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The Luxury of Political Moderation

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written as a response to a group of “white moderate” clergy members who claimed to be supportive of the civil rights movement — but who had also called Dr. King’s activism both “unwise and untimely.” For these moderates, civil rights activists were not […]

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Antwon Rose’s Family Reaches $2 Million Settlement With East Pittsburgh

A $2 million settlement has been reached in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black teenager who was killed last year by a white police officer during a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh, Pa., a lawyer for the family confirmed Tuesday night. The lawyer, S. Lee Merritt, […]

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Charlottesville Lawsuit Puts Rising Intolerance on Trial

The most sweeping lawsuit against the promoters of the Charlottesville white power rally has been churning toward trial for two years, ever since hundreds of white supremacists and Nazis staged a torch-lit march that sparked a weekend of violence. In that time, lawyers have been methodically pursuing a case that could demonstrate how to use […]

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A 67-Year-Old Inmate Died in a Struggle With Guards. What Happened?

After spending nearly a quarter-century behind bars, John McMillon was counting down to the day that he would be eligible to be released on parole. “I’m going home,” a fellow inmate recalled him saying. Mr. McMillon suffered from mental illness and had had disciplinary problems over the years. He was punished for assaulting a guard […]

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Thomas D’Alesandro, 90, Ex-Mayor of Baltimore and Pelosi’s Brother, Dies

Thomas J. D’Alesandro III, a former Baltimore mayor, City Council president and the brother of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, died in his North Baltimore home on Sunday. He was 90. Ms. Pelosi’s office confirmed the death in a statement. He died from complications of a stroke, Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Ms. Pelosi’s office, said. Mr. […]

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Restricting Voting by Ex-Felons

Florida cannot prevent people with felony convictions from registering to vote if they cannot pay fines and other costs stemming from their convictions, a federal judge ruled on Friday, temporarily blocking a state law that civil rights’ groups have called an unconstitutional “poll tax.” The ruling was a rebuke to the state’s Republican governor, Ron […]

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Zuckerberg, Inflaming Debate, Asserts Facebook Stands for Free Expression

WASHINGTON — Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday gave a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression, aiming to put the social network above politics as impeachment proceedings over President Trump and the 2020 presidential election have increasingly made his company a target. In a winding, 35-minute speech at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall — […]

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Matthew Shepard’s Parents Assail Trump Administration on Gay Rights

WASHINGTON — The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student whose murder led to the passage of a groundbreaking federal law that expanded the definition of violent federal hate crimes, harshly criticized the Trump administration’s record on civil rights in a letter read aloud in their absence during a Justice Department ceremony on Wednesday. […]

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Honor the Civil Rights Movement. Hold Trump Accountable.

I have not come to support an impeachment inquiry lightly. I have been a reluctant participant in this investigation, not because I approve of the president’s conduct, his tone or his divisiveness, but because I believe that impeachment must remain a last resort, reserved for situations in which the safety of the American people and […]

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Montgomery, a Cradle of Civil Rights, Elects Its First Black Mayor

[Race affects our lives in countless ways. To read provocative stories on race from The Times, sign up here for our weekly Race/Related newsletter.] MONTGOMERY, Ala. — At a polling place not far from the intersection of avenues named for Jefferson Davis and Rosa Parks, Laura Minor spent a scorching afternoon on a folding chair […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Bias Against L.G.B.T. Workers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday on whether a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination. The court has not heard a gay rights case since the retirement last year of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinions in all four of the court’s […]

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Watch Out, America — The Supreme Court Is Back in Session

On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing cases in its first complete term since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, gave the court a newly emboldened right-wing majority. The current five-member bloc has already started overturning decades-old precedents and remaking the law in ways that align remarkably […]

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Wrongly Convicted, They Had to Choose: Freedom or Restitution

PHILADELPHIA — Outside of Jimmy Dennis’s house, on a quiet block, it was one of those perfect summer days. But Mr. Dennis preferred to stay inside, behind drawn shades, where there was little risk anyone would misinterpret what he was up to. Twenty-five years on death row can do that to a man. Since being […]

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Prison Book Bans Called ‘Arbitrary and Irrational’

A prison in Ohio blocked an inmate from receiving a biology textbook over concerns that it contained nudity. In Colorado, prison officials rejected Barack Obama’s memoirs because they were “potentially detrimental to national security.” And a prison in New York tried to ban a book of maps of the moon, saying it could “present risks […]

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Facial Recognition Technology in Public Housing Prompts Backlash

WASHINGTON — This year in Detroit, crews working for the city’s public housing authority cut down a row of bushy trees that had shaded the entryways to two public housing units known as Sheridan I and II. Their aim: to give newly installed security cameras an unobstructed view of the hulking, gray edifices, so round-the-clock […]

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With New Investigation at Duke and U.N.C., Feds Hunt Anti-Israel Bias in Higher Education

WASHINGTON — The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East Studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity […]

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