On Thursday night, the capital of the smallest state in the union adopted a wide-ranging police reform measure with national and historic implications. The ordinance was inspired by our Local Civil Rights Restoration Act.
A review of FBI abuses under Director Mueller… spying, lying, conniving.
On Monday, May 18, President Obama announced that he would cut back the transfer of military weapons and equipment to local police. Our statement: Today’s announcement represents among the Obama administration’s first attempts to address police violence and misconduct after over six years in office. While long overdue, it includes at least three welcome & important… [Read More]
Recent reports suggest that Congress is turning its attention towards meager surveillance reform proposals that – despite the apparent confusion of congressional aides — would enable mass spying / bulk collection to continue. In the face of such premature compromises, here are a few reasons why Congress should refuse to accommodate the self-serving demands… [Read More]
This piece was originally posted on March 25, 2015 in The Hill. This spring, Congress will consider whether to extend three provisions of the notoriously controversial PATRIOT act set to expire in June. When it debates whether to allow mass surveillance, it will do so in the dark, with Members unaware of many crucial facts…. [Read More]
Recent evasions of justice by the NYPD officers who killed Eric Garner prove what Americans of color have long known: Police can do anything – even murder someone in broad daylight on videotape, without provocation, using methods of force already held illegal – and get away with it. Americans from all walks of life have responded with… [Read More]
Each month, BORDC recognizes an inspiring grassroots activist working to restore civil liberties. This month, we are proud to honor US Army veteran and police accountability activist Mark Kustelski from St Louis. Mark grew up in a military family in Nashville, Tennessee. His father served in Vietnam with the Marines, before Mark attended & graduated from West… [Read More]
There’s no better way for Washington to commemorate Human Rights Day this Wednesday than by letting the public finally learn the truth about torture. And there’s no better way for concerned Americans to do so than by raising our voices to challenge the compounding crimes of our lawless agencies. Long overdue transparency Washington promised that today, after… [Read More]
This December presents a rare opportunity to commemorate a series of human rights disasters driven by our nation’s intelligence agencies, which continue to evade justice and accountability. December 10 marks UN International Human Rights Day, as well as the 10th anniversary of the still unexplained death of journalist Gary Webb, both of which implicate CIA… [Read More]
Last month’s police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri revealed to many Americans for the first time how unaccountable police have grown. Around the country, local police forces are effectively militarized, widely discriminate against people of color, and suppress democratic dissent despite its constitutional protection. This week’s announcement of new forthcoming federal guidance by the Justice Department addressing… [Read More]