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Aug 10, 2009 Calif. Prison Rocked by Riot Has Troubled Past

QUOTE: A California prison badly damaged over the weekend by a riot that injured 250 inmates has a record of poor maintenance, shoddy safety protocols, dangerous overcrowding and riots, three inspection reports since 2006 show.

New York Times
Jun 20, 2009 Cities' gun restrictions begin to topple: After big D.C. case in '08, San Francisco and Philadelphia have seen setbacks for local gun controls. More laws are expected to come under fire.

QUOTE: Since last June, when the US Supreme Court struck down key parts of the District of Columbia's gun-control ordinance, cities have seen the 20,000 local gun regulations enacted over the years begin to slip from their grip, one by one.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 08, 2008 Moscow Killings Blamed on Racism: Non-Slavs Targeted, Rights Groups Say

QUOTE: The killing of [a Moscow man], which remains under investigation, is part of a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis.

Washington Post
Dec 30, 2007 So Many Crimes, and Reasons to Not Cooperate

QUOTE: discourage people from cooperating with the investigation of crimes — crimes committed against their own homes, their own neighbors, their own children....based on more than just fear of gang retaliation. It is also a consequence of their deep distrust of the local police and prosecutors and politicians.

New York Times
Nov 14, 2007 A Day After a School Brawl, a Town Asks, Why?

QUOTE: As often happens in such situations, different accounts emerged. The police said they had to fend off students who threw themselves at officers and struck them with chairs. Students, in turn, said that officers, some in riot gear, used pepper spray, brought in dogs and struck one student with a walkie-talkie.

New York Times
Oct 09, 2007 Feds use immigration charges to crack down on gangs

QUOTE: Federal agents are using immigration violations to arrest and deport scores of gang members in cities across the USA.

USA TODAY
May 30, 2006 Police Are Criticized in Wave of Gang Violence in Brazil

QUOTE: recriminations against the police and the way they handled the attacks are intensifying, fed by indications that irate officers may have sought revenge with a killing rampage that swept up lawbreakers and innocent civilians alike.

New York Times
Nov 26, 2005 As Execution Date Nears, Gang Founder Stirs Debate: As Execution Date Nears, Gang Founder Stirs Debate

QUOTE: Williams is probably the most prominent death row prisoner in the country -- co-founder of the Crips gang, convicted of killing four people in 1979 and then nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times in the past five years for his anti-gang work -- so his imminent execution also keeps him busy managing a flood of calls, letters and visits. His death date has prompted one of the most high-profile debates on capital punishment in years.

Washington Post
Aug 31, 2005 Dispatches From Haiti

QUOTE: ...just after Aristide was forced from office and violence surged through the capital, he watched the Haitian National Police execute two of the boys who lived on the street with him. Fearing for his own life amid rumors that the police were targeting street kids...

Slate
Feb 23, 2005 High Court Rules Against Segregation in Prison: Calif. Policy Targeted Racial Violence

QUOTE: The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that California must abandon its policy of assigning inmates to racially segregated cells for as long as 60 days when they arrive at new prisons -- unless the state can prove it has no race-neutral way to prevent interracial violence.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2005 N.Y. Using Terrorism Law To Prosecute Street Gang: Critics Say Post-9/11 Legislation Is Being Applied Too Broadly

QUOTE: Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the gang "terrorized" the community...civil libertarians and some terrorism experts say the case -- now underway in New York State Supreme Court -- is a misuse of state laws and should raise concern about what they consider is an ever-expanding definition of the term "terrorism."

Washington Post
Nov 03, 2004 Supreme Court Hears Racial Segregation Case

QUOTE: ...the Supreme Court turned its attention to a case of racial segregation in prison yesterday as an attorney for an African American inmate in California urged the justices to overturn a state policy that places new prisoners in cells according to their race.

Washington Post
Sep 26, 2004 TATTOOED WARRIORS: The Next Generation; Shuttling Between Nations, Latino Gangs Confound the Law

QUOTE:...many human rights advocates and community leaders worry that the aggressive measures governments are taking against gangs have not solved the problem as much as they have spread it.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2003 Investigators Say Fraud Ring Staged Thousands of Crashes

QUOTE: ... fraud, in turn, is responsible for driving up auto insurance premiums ...and is expected to cost drivers $432 million this year

New York Times
Apr 15, 2003 Mugabe's Recruits Flee Brutal Zimbabwean Past

QUOTE: Human rights groups and Western diplomats accuse President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe of turning the [National Youth Service] recruits into violent thugs and unleashing them on political opponents.

New York Times
Nov 14, 2002 Hip-hop tries to break image of violence

QUOTE: At the core of their campaign is a conviction that amounts to heresy in some quarters of the rap world: that artistic images do influence behavior, especially when it comes to young people, and that the industry has a responsibility to counter the glorification of guns and street hustling with a realistic message that empowers kids, rather than landing them in jail.

Law.com
Sep 20, 2002 Murder Charges Are Dropped in Motorcycle Gang Fight

QUOTE: Prosecutors dropped murder charges today against a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, saying he may have been justified in firing the shot that killed a member of a rival club...

New York Times