CRT Biweekly Newsletter April 01 2016

  • A jury convicted an Iowa man of a racially motivated hate crime for attacking an African-American man because of the victim’s race.
  • The Justice Department announced a comprehensive settlement with the city of Newark, New Jersey, that will bring wide-ranging reforms and changes to the Newark Police Department (NPD).  The agreement, which is subject to court approval, resolves the department’s findings that NPD has engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional stops, searches, arrests, use of excessive force and theft by officers in violation of the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments.
  • In remarks at a press conference announcing the agreement, head of the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta said, “I know that, together, we can write a new chapter for the police officers of Newark and the residents they serve.”
  • A former Tallassee, Alabama, Assistant Police Chief was sentenced to 41 months in prison for depriving a suspect of his federally protected rights by beating the suspect with a phone book-sized packet of paper during an interrogation and then lying about the incident to an FBI agent investigating the matter.
  • A U.S. Bureau of Prisons Corrections Officer was sentenced to one year and a day in prison in connection with the beating of a federal inmate and the subsequent submission of false reports.
  • A second man pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights crime for tying a rope and Confederate flag around the neck of the James Meredith Statue at the University of Mississippi.
  • A former Tate County, Mississippi, Lieutenant was sentenced to two years in prison for unlawfully tasing a pretrial detainee, J.W., at the Tate County Jail.  The tasing, which occurred in 2012, caused the victim to fall to the concrete floor and fracture his skull.
  • The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the Wyoming Military Department alleging that it discriminated against a female former employee on the basis of her sex when it failed or refused to take timely remedial actions when she was sexually harassed by her male supervisor.
  • A Florida man was sentenced to 37 months in prison for his role in a 2012 cross burning.  He pleaded guilty last June to one count of conspiring with others to threaten, intimidate and interfere with an interracial couple’s enjoyment of their housing rights.
  • The Justice Department announced that the corporate owner and agent of Gentle Manor Estates have agreed to pay $130,000 to settle a Justice Department lawsuit alleging familial status discrimination.
  • A Texas man was sentenced to 48 months in prison for making false statements in connection to a March 2012 assault of a gay African-American man in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Vanita Gupta delivered opening remarks at the End Violence Against Women International Conference, highlighting the Justice Department’s Guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.  She emphasized that “violence against women … threatens the bedrock of civilized society: decency, dignity and humanity for all people.”
  • The Justice Department reached a historic settlement agreement with Barrios Street Realty Inc., a company based in Lockport, Louisiana.  The agreement resolves claims that the company and its agent, Jorge Arturo Guerrero Rodriguez, discriminated against U.S. workers by preferring to hire foreign workers under the H-2B visa program.

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Updated December 28, 2016

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