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Border Patrol condemns secret Facebook group, but reveals few specifics

The agency won’t say how many employees have been disciplined or warned in the ongoing scandal over offensive social media posts.... Read more»0

Inside the secret BP Facebook group where agents joke about migrant deaths

The three-year-old group, which has roughly 9,500 members, shared derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers who plan to visit a controversial Texas detention facility on Monday, calling them “scum buckets” and “hoes.”... Read more»2

Denounced as 'broken' years ago, CBP discipline system still not fixed

An expert panel’s pleas for swifter, more consistent, more transparent punishment of rogue agents languish.... Read more»0

More than 200 allegations of migrant abuse, 1 case of DHS discipline

From 2009 to 2014, at least 214 complaints were filed against federal agents for abusing or mistreating migrant children. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s records, only one employee was disciplined as a result of a complaint.... Read more»0

A new generation of white supremacists emerges in Charlottesville

The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend represented a new incarnation of the white supremacy movement. ... Read more»0

Documenting hate

Police stood by as mayhem mounted in Charlottesville

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles. ... Read more»0

Hate crimes on rise — but gov't isn't keeping good track

There is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence after a bitter national election. The data kept on hate crimes won’t reassure anyone. ... Read more»0

What to look for in dueling autopsies of Michael Brown

In the next few weeks, separate teams of doctors will issue autopsy reports about Michael Brown, the unarmed African American shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. If history is any guide, they will differ, perhaps significantly, on how to interpret the gunshot wounds on his body. ... Read more»0

Key convictions overturned in killing by New Orleans police

A federal appellate court has overturned the convictions of two former New Orleans police officers imprisoned in connection with the killing of Henry Glover after Hurricane Katrina, dealing a blow to federal prosecutors' efforts to hold police accountable for misconduct before and after the storm.... Read more»0

After Katrina, New Orleans cops told to shoot looters

After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans police officers circulated orders authorizing them to shoot looters and "take back the city," but it remains unclear who issued them.... Read more»0