Category: Police Accountability


Court Rules Against Boston Police In Hair Drug Test Case →

Employment, Police Accountability
Court Rules Against Boston Police In Challenge To Hair Drug Test And Civil Rights Groups Call For City To Immediately Halt All Use Of Test   Massachusetts's highest court has made clear once again that the controversial "Hair Test" used by the Boston Police Department (BPD) to test for employee drug...

Civil Rights Groups Assert Black & Latinx Lives Matter →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
In First Circuit, Civil Rights Groups File Brief Asserting That Black and Latinx Lives Matter Brief Highlights The Practical and Legal Challenges That People of Color Face in Police Interactions Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Center for Constitutional Rights and LatinoJustice PRLDEF in the U.S. Court...

Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Ropes & Gray Launches Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights Legal Fellowship Builds On Successful Pro Bono Partnership in Landmark Voting Rights Case Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced the creation of the Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), a Boston-based legal...

Condemning Failure to Prosecute Hate Crime →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Condemning Failure to Prosecute Hate Crime in New Hampshire Lawyers for Civil Rights strongly condemns the failure of the New Hampshire Attorney General to classify the near-lynching of a bi-racial 8 year old boy in 2017 as a hate incident.  This abdication of responsibility means that the Attorney General will...

50 Years After Stonewall →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
50 Years After Stonewall, We Are Still Fighting for Inclusion by Kiki Tapiero and Iván Espinoza-Madrigal This month, many public spaces and storefronts are adorned with Pride banners and rainbow flags. It is tempting to believe that there is widespread support for the LGBTQ+ community and that queer people are...

Suing Boston Police Department For Diversity Data →

Employment, Police Accountability
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and pro bono counsel, David S. Godkin, of Birnbaum & Godkin LLP, filed a lawsuit against the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department (BPD), seeking public records regarding diversity in BPD and demanding timely compliance with the Massachusetts Public Record Law. Access to...

Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections →

Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights Condemns Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections  As part of its ongoing rollback of civil rights protections, the Trump Administration is directing Justice Department officials to look for ways to eliminate one of the most potent tools of civil rights advocacy: the disparate impact doctrine. Lawyers for Civil...

2018 Year-in-Review →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf" title="2018 Year in Review"] Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf

Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Mass. Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Honoring Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Bicameral Resolution Marks 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Boston Affiliate Text of Resolution (PDF) Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Stephen F. Lynch, along with their colleagues from the Massachusetts congressional delegation,...

Symposium on the Future of Civil Rights (September 20, 2018) →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Please join us on September 20th for a groundbreaking civil rights conference at Suffolk Law School. Free registration starts at noon. Lunch will be served. Event will conclude with beer/wine reception. This event is open and free to the public. The program is available here. [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SaveTheDate-Symposium.pdf"]  

Free Legal Clinic on July 16 in Roxbury →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
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Federal Court Complaint Challenges Unlawful Detention of Immigrants in MA →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawless Sheriff Will Answer To the Court Federal Court Complaint Alleges Bristol County Sheriff Unlawfully Detains Immigrants June 19, 2018 Boston, MA – The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and Latham and Watkins LLP filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court in Boston to hold Bristol...

55th Anniversary of MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Today marks the 55th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail,’’ in which the civil rights leader responded to those who had criticized him for leading street protests. In the letter, Dr. King noted that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’’ Although much has changed...

Mother Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit for the Fatal Police Shooting of Her Unarmed Son in Boston →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Mother Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit for the Fatal Police Shooting of Her Unarmed Son in Boston Lawsuit Filed on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Amidst National Protests Concerning Police Killings of Black Men Boston, MA (April 4, 2018) – Today, Hope Coleman filed...

Lawsuit Filed to Block Immigration Arrests at Courthouses →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
CIVIL RIGHTS, INDIGENT DEFENSE GROUPS ASK SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT TO BLOCK IMMIGRATION ARRESTS AT MASSACHUSETTS COURTHOUSES Cite Evidence that ICE Enforcement at Courthouses Deters Witnesses from Appearing in Court, Battered Women from Seeking Restraining Orders Today, the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Immigration Impact Unit, the Lawyers' Committee for...

Why Are Boston Public Schools Students Being Arrested by ICE? →

Education, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Why Are Boston Public Schools Students Being Arrested by ICE? The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice calls on the City of Boston to immediately investigate the growing school-to-deportation pipeline entangling Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) students with federal immigration authorities. On the heels of a widely-reported incident where...

21st Century Policing & Public Safety →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
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Dangerous Racist Elements in the Massachusetts State Police →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice calls for the immediate termination of Massachusetts State Trooper Matthew Sheehan, the racist white officer with a long history of violent bigoted online posts who discharged a rifle against a group of unarmed people of color riding all-terrain vehicles in Boston...