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Miami Cops Plan to Use New 90-Minute DNA Tests, Alarming Civil Liberty Groups

1 year ago by Brittany Shammas
Traditionally, police need two to three months to collect, process, and analyze DNA samples. But with a new kind of technology recently adopted by the Miami Police Department, the entire procedure can be wrapped up in less time than it takes to watch a movie. Soon enough, the agency says, it'll be able to analyze a suspect's DNA before he or she is even released from custody.
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Justice Department Appoints New Police-Misconduct Monitor to Oversee Miami PD

13 days ago by Jerry Iannelli
Throughout much of the past year, police-reform advocates in Miami have been upset with Jane Castor, the former Tampa Police chief whom the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had appointed to oversee the Miami Police Department in the wake of a scathing 2013 DOJ review that found MPD was wantonly using force against black and brown citizens.
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Florida Legislature Passes Pro-ICE Sanctuary-City Ban Despite Civil-Rights Outcry

5 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
Importantly, local cops have warned the measure will likely make Floridians less safe.
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Miami Activist Says He's Banned From Florida Capitol After Staging Civil Rights Protest

5 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
Tomas Kennedy, one of the more active civil rights organizers in Florida, helped put together a large-scale protest at the Florida capitol. In response, he's been banned from the public building for a year and can't come back for next year's session.
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Here Are Resources to Prepare for an ICE Raid in Miami

2 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
President Donald Trump's Immigration and Customs Enforcement department is, according to reports, planning on launching immigration raids on Sunday in 10 cities — Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, and Miami.
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Florida's Restrictive 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Heading Back to Trial

2 months ago by Jess Nelson
The court battle over Florida's abortion waiting period has been ongoing ever since state legislators passed House Bill 633 in 2015, requiring women to wait 24 hours after meeting with their doctor before having an abortion.
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Pro-Trump Florida GOP Chair Plans Immigration Tour That Avoids South Florida

2 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
State Sen. Joe Gruters, the chair of the Florida Republican Party, announced yesterday that he's planning an immigration tour to ask would-be voters what new policies they want the all-powerful Florida GOP to enact in the coming years.
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Liberty Square Redevelopment Will Erase Another African-American Neighborhood

2 months ago by Luther Campbell
The new Liberty Square signals the gentrification of another historically black neighborhood.
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Miami-Dade School Board Wants More Racial Transparency in Student Arrest Data

2 months ago by Joshua Ceballos
A recent study by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida shows that in Miami-Dade County, black children make up only 20 percent of the student population but account for almost 60 percent of student arrests. Following the report's release, school board member Steve Gallon III has proposed that the board itself should analyze these disparities each year...
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Black Students Disproportionately Arrested in Miami's Public Schools, Report Finds

3 months ago by Jess Nelson
For years, the Miami-Dade public school system has been aware of the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline," in which troubled students are arrested instead of being disciplined at the school level. Almost always, the kids swept into the criminal justice system are students of color. So as part of a national movement...

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