Instead of helping cities change police practices, the Justice Department is threatening to turn federal resources on protesters.
Vanita GuptaRead this and understand the extent to which the Justice Department under Trump/Sessions/Barr has walked away from police reform. It matters tremendously as we continue to watch what happens in Minneapolis.
Vanita GuptaGood - DOJ is investigating now. Bar for fed prosecutions of officers is very high and too limited but the video, illegal chokehold (aka the facts) should meet it. Criminal prosecution necessary but not enough. Need pattern + practice investigation of MPD.
Union president said he consulted with attorneys, who said Jacob Frey's directive was unlawful.
Vanita GuptaAbout a year ago, when Minneapolis mayor @Jacob_Frey tried to ban “warrior” style police training, the police union President Kroll (still president) called the ban “illegal” and offered free warrior training for all interested officers.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released final regulations for schools dealing with sexual misconduct, giving them the force of law for the first time and bolstering due-process rights.
Vanita GuptaBREAKING: @BetsyDeVosED just released final #TitleIX rule, which will silence sexual assault survivors & limit educational opportunity. Unconscionable to do this as students & institutions grapple with teaching & learning during #COVID19. We’ll fight this.
The safest way to cast a ballot will very likely be by mail. But with opposition from the president, limited funding and time running out, will that option be available?
Vanita GuptaGreat piece by @emilybazelon Answer: No, we won’t...so long as states put options in place so all eligible voters can vote and have their ballots counted. Congress needs to fund this massive effort in next stim package. Our democracy deserves it.
The health department's top civil rights official also defended the administration's approach to vulnerable populations.
Vanita GuptaWow. The Trump administration is close to finalizing its rule rolling back the non-discrimination protections of the ACA.
This is their priority during a pandemic: harming millions of people and worsening already existing health disparities in America.
The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement drew fire from Trump officials for saying he would focus on risky offenders during the coronavirus outbreak.
Vanita Gupta"Top Trump administration officials grew angry with Matt Albence, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, after he announced that immigration authorities would halt most enforcement efforts during the coronavirus outbreak."
Vanita GuptaBREAKING: 150+ groups have signed our letter urging Congress to include at least $2B in this stimulus package to help states prepare for elections and adopt policy measures to ensure public safety AND an inclusive & fair voting process for 2020 elections. bit.ly/2J7vDocpic.twitter.com/mynUk5LVeu
The Senate majority leader has encouraged judges thinking about stepping down to do so soon to ensure that Republicans confirm their replacements this year.
Vanita Gupta"Running out of federal court vacancies to fill, Senate Republicans have been quietly making overtures to sitting Republican-nominated judges who are eligible to retire to urge them to step aside so they can be replaced..."
This is all they care about.
On abortion, gun rights and more, the future could be determined by how fully the court’s new conservative majority embraces a rigid understanding of the Constitution.
Vanita GuptaA meticulous piece by @emilybazelon abt what’s at stake with the Supreme Court and how fully its new conservative majority embraces a rigid reading of the Constitution. Read it (and weep and then pay attention to pro-civil rights Senate candidates)
A federal judge found that four volunteers with the group “No More Deaths” were acting on their religious beliefs when they left food and water for migrants in the desert.
Vanita GuptaIt is shameful that the US Justice Department prosecuted these humanitarians for leaving food and water for migrants. It is justice that the federal judge reversed the convictions and rebuked the prosecutors.
A panel appointed by the governor acknowledged that its recommendations could not fully address what the Justice Department has called “severe, systemic” conditions.
Vanita GuptaMeanwhile in other news: people in Alabama prisons are dying, DOJ found horrific conditions a year ago, and the state is dragging its feet. DOJ needs to act now to save lives and end this human rights crisis.
Biden singled out Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg during an interview with the New York Times.
Vanita Gupta“Biden called for the internet industry’s sweeping legal immunity over user-generated content to be ‘immediately’ removed in an interview published today...” Sounds wonky but this is significant.
2019 was an experiment in extreme right-wing jurisprudence.
Vanita Gupta“The 5th Circuit today is a sneak peek of what more courts will look like once they have been fully captured by judges both Trump-appointed and Trump-aligned.”
Please read. This is terrifying.
"These are residents ... have been needlessly prevented from having a voice in the future direction of their communities," Gov. Phil Murphy said.
Vanita GuptaLifting up some important civil rights news from today that deserves more attention: @GovMurphy of New Jersey signed a bill restoring voting rights to more than 80,000 people who are on probation or parole.