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July 22, 2013

Federal government investigates convictions made based on hair samples

  • 2,000 the number of convictions, made based on hair sample evidence between 1985 and 2000, that will be re-examined by the federal government based on accusations that the evidence was inaccurately used or exaggerated by analysts. Many of the convictions affected involve the death penalty; some of those convicted have already died in prison. source
0:14 // 9 months ago
December 11, 2012
I’m not going to let them close her casket … They’re going to have to look at what the police did to my child.
Martha Mae Williams, whose daughter was killed in Cleveland when police fired 137 shots into the vehicle she was in after the driver led police on a 25-minute car chase.  Both Williams’ daughter and the driver were killed.  According to Mansfield Frazier (see article at the link), records released after the incident suggest that police personnel violated numerous protocols, including department rules against involving more than two police cruisers in a chase, and ignoring direct orders to terminate pursuit of the vehicle. (via letterstomycountry)

… messed up. Simply, unbelievably, unspeakably messed-up. 
0:39 // 1 year ago
March 31, 2012
17:26 // 2 years ago
September 21, 2011
kohenari:

A lot of people have been mobilized by the Troy Davis case, especially in the past few days. You called and emailed elected officials; you petitioned political appointees; you demanded that people be held accountable for a decision that put proper procedure ahead of anything else. But what will all of you do tomorrow? Will you dedicate yourselves to putting an end to the system whose flaws became so apparent to so many tonight? Or will you forget about the continued injustice of the death penalty until the next Troy Davis is moved to the death house? You have many other legitimate concerns in your daily lives and many other important issues that demand your attention. But you cared so much this time; do you think you can continue to care about the brokenness of our justice system as you do right now, tonight?

FIxing a broken system requires much thought and consideration and hard work. All this organizing is easy when the emotion is there, but what happens when it comes to the hard work of social change? Ari’s words should be heeded.

kohenari:

A lot of people have been mobilized by the Troy Davis case, especially in the past few days. You called and emailed elected officials; you petitioned political appointees; you demanded that people be held accountable for a decision that put proper procedure ahead of anything else. But what will all of you do tomorrow? Will you dedicate yourselves to putting an end to the system whose flaws became so apparent to so many tonight? Or will you forget about the continued injustice of the death penalty until the next Troy Davis is moved to the death house? You have many other legitimate concerns in your daily lives and many other important issues that demand your attention. But you cared so much this time; do you think you can continue to care about the brokenness of our justice system as you do right now, tonight?

FIxing a broken system requires much thought and consideration and hard work. All this organizing is easy when the emotion is there, but what happens when it comes to the hard work of social change? Ari’s words should be heeded.

(via genericlatino)

23:27 // 2 years ago