The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Border Patrol seeking to bar agents from making traffic stops, saying people are being pulled over and questioned for the way they look and without reasonable suspicion.
The lawsuit stems from tensions between immigrants and the expanded presence of Border Patrol agents on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, which shares no land border with Canada. (more…)
(Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Jordan Miles’ mother today offered sympathy to the family of Trayvon Martin and drew parallels between her son’s case and the Florida teen’s, saying both black males were racially profiled while “walking down the street, minding their own business.”
“They were unfairly profiled and assumed to be up to no good,” Terez Miles said at a rally that drew about 50 people to Mellon Park in Shadyside.
The Alliance for Police Accountability has held a series of rallies around the city to demand that three city officers be prosecuted for beating Mr. Miles on a Homewood street in January 2010. This time, protesters also decried the deaths of 17-year-old Trayvon, who was shot dead by a block watch captain Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., and 31-year-old Jonny Gammage, a black motorist who died of positional asphyxiation during a 1995 altercation with police in the South Hills.
“My heart goes out to them,” Terez Miles said of Trayvon’s family. (more…)
Southern Baptist expert Richard Land, the voice of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, borrowed his diatribe on President Obama’s Trayvon Martin remarks but, oops, failed to credit the sources for whole paragraphs of invective.
He even stood by his Trayvon-Obama comments when they came under fire.
But then a Baylor grad student blogger caught the quotes in Land’s regular radio br0adcast — where Land never mentioned any sources — and checked the language against the footnotes on his website where the original authors of the language were cited. (more…)
Civil rights groups are lobbying Congress to put an end to racial profiling, the practice of targeting people because of their race or religion. A bill before Congress aims to do just that. On Tuesday, a Senate Judiciary panel heard from victims, police and lawmakers.
The story begins in February 2001, when President George W. Bush delivered an address to Congress in which he promised to stop racial profiling. Then came the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“In the national trauma that followed, civil liberties came face to face with national security,” says Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin. (more…)