Black Lives Matter

April 6, 2017
NYPD officers at a #BlackLivesMatter protest in NYC

New Documents Show NYPD Infiltrated Black Lives Matter

Undercover officers with the New York Police Department (NYPD) not only infiltrated Black Lives Matter protesters, they become so embedded within the group as to have access to text communications available only to a limited number of organizers. And, they continued their undercover operations despite a lack of any evidence of criminal wrongdoing
February 9, 2017
Black Lives Matter Protest

Preventing Violence Against Police or Silencing Dissent?

It goes without saying that no one should ever be the victim of a violent crime, but violent crime is not out of control nor is there a spike in violent crime against police officers, who already receive a number of special protections from such offenses.
January 31, 2017
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 8 2014: several hundred demonstrators filled Barclay's Center during a visit by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in a "Shut it down!" protest against alleged police brutality.

Berkeley Settles Lawsuit Over Police Brutality at 2014 Black Lives Matter Protest

The settlement, which is expected to be approved at the February 14, 2017, Berkeley City Council meeting, includes policy changes intended to prevent a recurrence of the police misconduct, and $125,000 for seven plaintiffs. Two other plaintiffs settled earlier with the City of Hayward, whose police provided mutual aid at the protest, for an undisclosed amount.
December 12, 2016
Women and gender non-conforming NYers rally at city hall

130 Leaders to NY City Council: Pass #RightToKnowAct to Protect Women & Gender Non-Conforming NYers from NYPD Harassment & Abuses

Women, trans and gender non-conforming New Yorkers rallied at City Hall on Monday to demand swift action from the New York City Council to pass the Right To Know Act. I
November 29, 2016

What Does Jeff Sessions Mean for Civil Liberties?

Sessions has a long and documented history of opposing the rights of vulnerable populations, disregarding the First Amendment, and championing torture. As Attorney General, Sessions would be head of the department in charge of overseeing the protections of civil rights and the most powerful law enforcement in the nation. Given his historic hostility to civil liberties this is unacceptable. Sessions was rightfully rejected as a judicial nomination and should be similarly rejected for Attorney General.
November 22, 2016

What Does Steve Bannon’s Appointment Mean for Civil Liberties?

Bannon’s appointment also has to be viewed in the context of Trump’s other appointments thus far, which have been varying degrees of horrific when it comes to condoning and promoting what the BORDC/DDF stands against
October 18, 2016
cover of The Perpetual Lineup report shows group of african americans with their faces being photographed as they are just standing on the sidewalk clearly doing nothing wrong

Report: Law Enforcement Face Recognition is Unregulated and In Many Instances Out Of Control. But Here’s What You Can Do About It.

Math isn’t colorblind and algorithms don’t care about free speech, but police and the FBI are treating face recognition technology as if it is divorced from the realities of centuries of repressive policing.
October 18, 2016
cover of The Perpetual Lineup report shows group of african americans with their faces being photographed as they are just standing on the sidewalk clearly doing nothing wrong

Ten Questions to Ask Your Police Department About Face Recognition

Community leaders should press state and local agencies, and the FBI, to be fully transparent about how they use face recognition; if those agencies refuse, advocates should use state and federal Freedom of Information laws to take them to court. Advocates should also press city councils, state legislatures, and law enforcement for laws and use manuals that protect individual liberties and civil rights.
September 27, 2016
NYPD officers making an arrest

Trump and Clinton Debate the Bill of Rights

The candidates took up “stop and frisk,” the terror watch list (“no fly, no buy”), racism, and Islamophobia.
September 27, 2016
charlotte (queen city) skyline on a bright sunny day

Charlotte: No More Footnotes or Asterisks?

Last year, the Charlotte City Council unanimously passed a civil liberties resolution that was supposed to prevent the kind of police encounter that ended Keith Lamont Scott’s life. It was supposed to ensure that there are no “footnotes or asterisks” to the phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance “with liberty and justice for all.”
September 23, 2016
charlotte (queen city) skyline on a bright sunny day

BORDC/DDF Calls for Immediate Release of Police Video of the Killing of Keith Lamont Scott

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee & Defending Dissent Foundation today called for the immediate release to the public of dash cam videos showing the killing of Keith Lamont Scott that are currently in the possession of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
September 20, 2016
six people with boxes of petitions to deliver

88,000 Americans Demand Congress Investigate FBI Political Spying

In response to revelations that the FBI and DHS have been spying on Black Lives Matter, Occupy, anti-pipeline activists and peace and solidarity activists, individuals and 131 civil society organizations asked the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to find out the true extent of improper spying.
September 12, 2016
an LAPD badge with giant ears and antaennae

Suspicious Activity Reporting: State Sanctioned Racial Profiling

An audit by the Inspector General shows that 79% of LAPD Suspicious Activity Reports were written on non-whites
September 8, 2016
three women hold up Black Lives Matter signs

BORDC/DDF Joins Amicus Brief Calling for Transparency in Eric Garner’s Death

Believing that the public has a right to know about police misconduct, BORDC/DDF has joined with Communities United for Police Reform and other civil society groups in filing an amicus brief in Luongo v. Records Access Officer. Luongo concerns an
August 26, 2016
NYPD Officer

NYPD Broke the Rules Over and Over Again, Investigation Finds

The Inspector General found that the NYPD broke the rules on surveillance of political activity, doing it for too long without a reason. Also, 95% of those spied on were "individuals associated with Islam."