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July 2015 Archives

Understanding your rights during a traffic stop: Part II

In today's post, we'll be continuing and concluding a discussion that we started last week. The death of an African-American woman named Sandra Bland has been a national news story lately. Ms. Bland was pulled over for a minor offense, had a negative interaction with the police officer and was arrested rather aggressively. She later died in jail under circumstances that many find suspicious.

Racial profiling part 2: 'It hurts and it's not OK' to fear police

In part 1 of this post, we discussed a recent situation where a 21-year-old man was confronted by four CSPD officers, with guns drawn, because he was trying to break into his own car. That's a lot of force, considering the 911 caller had specifically said the suspect was unarmed, no one was in danger, and he wasn't even sure a crime was even being committed.

Racial profiling part 1: How common a cause of false arrest?

Imagine your frustration: After dealing with a traffic ticket, you're heading back to your car when you realize you've lost your keys -- and you have to get to work. A Good Samaritan offers to call a locksmith, but in the meantime you fiddle around, trying to break into your own car.

Trying to find a better way to set bail in criminal cases

If you've ever been arrested or even seen a television crime drama, you know what bail is. That being said, the purpose of bail is often misunderstood. Many people assume that posting bail is like paying a fine in order to get out of jail before your trial - which can be months away.

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