Police tend to use jaywalking tickets as a pretext to stop African American pedestrians. By decriminalizing jaywalking, this problem could be erased without making the streets any more dangerous for pedestrians.
Racism has long been a problem in American society and racial biases have long been a problem within law enforcement agencies. Sadly, it took the death of George Floyd to inspire true reforms in America’s police forces. San Diego is no different from the rest of the country in this regard, but we have the […]
Police can stop motorists for a variety of reasons, including minor issues such as not using a turn signal, having a broken tail light, having window tinting on your windows or similar issues. These stops for minor crimes are considered “pretext” stops because police usually use these issues as a pretext to hopefully find evidence […]
Falsely reporting a crime is already illegal, but given that police encounters with some groups, particularly persons of color, are more likely to end in violence, should it be a hate crime for someone to make a racist 9-11 call? This could be the case in New York if a proposed law is passed and […]
The Sixth Amendment guarantees defendants the right to a fair trial with an unbiased jury of their peers. So if one of those jurors is inherently biased due to a deep-seated racist mindset, does that mean the defendant’s rights have been violated? The Supreme Court believes a racist juror can prevent someone from having a […]