Kathleen Foody, Associated Press Updated 6:47 pm CDT, Thursday, May 16, 2019 In this undated photo provided by lawyer Siddhartha Rathod, Zayd Atkinson poses for a photo. Atkinson was picking up trash outside his dormitory when a white police officer in Boulder, Colo., detained him in March, 2019. The officer, John Smyly, resigned this week under an agreement with city officials who found he had violated department policies. (Siddhartha Rathod via AP) less In this undated photo provided by lawyer Siddhartha Rathod, Zayd Atkinson poses for a photo. Atkinson was picking up trash outside his dormitory when a white police officer in Boulder, Colo., detained him in ... more Photo: Siddhartha Rathod, AP Photo: Siddhartha Rathod, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this … [Read more...] about Officer quits after confronting black man picking up trash
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POLITICS 01/06/2019 02:06 pm ET Xiyue Wang has been gone for two and a half years. He and his wife worry their son will forget about him. By Jessica Schulberg One summer evening a couple years ago, Hua Qu’s son’s preschool teacher pulled her aside. Shaofan, Qu’s son, had been pretending that bad guys had locked his dad in a dungeon inside of a big castle that was guarded by scary dragon. Was Shaofan just playing around? Qu had tried to be discreet. But for months, she had been working nonstop to bring home her husband, Xiyue Wang, a Ph.D. student at Princeton who had been arrested and imprisoned in Iran. Now Shaofan had finally pieced together — in his 3-year-old mind — why his dad had disappeared. Shaofan had been close with his father. Before Wang disappeared, he would walk Shaofan to daycare in the morning and pick him up in the afternoon. As a student, he had a flexible schedule. This allowed Hua to commute from New Jersey to New … [Read more...] about Her Husband Was Detained In Iran. Now She’s Raising Their Child On Her Own.
U.S. Donald Trump Immigration President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, oversaw a program that saw as many as 12,000 Haitian asylum seekers detained at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military base in Cuba, creating what was condemned at the time as "the world's first and only detention camp for refugees with HIV." In 1991, the same year that Barr began serving as attorney general for the late President George H.W. Bush, Haiti was rocked by a military coup that led to mass executions targeting supporters of deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The violence forced thousands upon thousands of Haitians to flee their home country, with many making their way to the U.S. in hopes of asylum. Read more: Who is William Barr? Trump reportedly set to appoint former George H.W. Bush attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions Rather than welcome them, the U.S. began to intercept Haitians' boats at sea, conducting preliminary screenings of asylum seekers … [Read more...] about Trump’s Attorney General Pick Saw Thousands of Refugees Fleeing Violence Locked up in Guantanamo Bay
Kids accused of crimes in the Bay Area are being confined in secure detention facilities at high rates pre-trial, even when “risk assessments” find they’re eligible for release, an NBC Bay Area investigation found. Probation departments refer to those cases as “detention overrides,” and since 2017, nearly 2,000 juveniles determined to be safe for release based on their risk assessment score were locked up nonetheless across four Bay Area counties with the highest override rates. Most juvenile probation departments in the Bay Area use a “Detention Risk Assessment Instrument” (DRAI) to determine whether juveniles who are arrested should be held in detention while their cases move through the court system. Kids are scored using the same criteria, mostly to determine if they pose a threat to the community or themselves. Depending on the score, the risk assessment gives a recommendation to either detain or release them. Juvenile justice reform … [Read more...] about Kids Detained in Bay Area Juvenile Justice System Despite Release Eligibility
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Border Patrol agents detained an Ohio woman for eight hours and falsely accused her of human smuggling. The woman said she and her husband were leaving a funeral in California when agents stopped them at a checkpoint.For nearly 40 hours, Reina and her husband made the 2,000-mile drive from their home in Columbus, Ohio to Calexico, California. The couple was taking in the scenic views state-by-state, "Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma until we got to California," recalled Reina.The two were attending a funeral in the border city for a family friend. However, the quick trip would turn into a frightful and long ordeal, Reina said. She would eventually be left stranded in the California desert."I said 'I'm in trouble, I have to find my way home,' " said Reina.Her troubles all began on their way home. Reina and her husband were driving up Highway 86 when they came across a toll-like booth under a white canopy. It was a Border Patrol checkpoint near the … [Read more...] about Ohio woman detained by Border Patrol agents, wrongfully accused of ‘alien smuggling’