Wrongful Convictions

Lack of sleep can lead to false confessions

Posted by Andy Henion Michigan State University Sleep-deprived people are much more likely to sign false confessions than rested individuals, according to a new study that has important implications for police interrogation practices. The odds of signing a false confession are 4.5 times higher for people who have been awake for 24 hours than for those who had slept eight[Read More…]

Central Park Five call for passage of legislation

Three members of the New York’s Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted in 1989 for the rape of a woman jogger in Central Park due to false confessions, have joined with the Innocence Project to help pass long-stalled New York legislation requiring police to record interrogations and implement eyewitness identification reform to protect against misidentification and false confession. Some[Read More…]

Los Angeles police shot to death higher numbers of the mentally ill and disproportionate numbers of blacks

The Los Angeles police last year fatally shot a higher number of people suffering from mental illness compared with previous years, according to the LAPD’s “Use of Force Year End Review and Executive Summary for 2015.” Fourteen of a total of 38 LAPD fatal shootings involved men with signs of mental illness. This number is up from five in 2014,[Read More…]

75 black men and women were exonerated in 2015

A record 149 individuals exonerated; the majority were black By Frederick H. Lowe The National Registry of Exonerations at the University of Michigan Law School reported that 71 black men and four black women were exonerated in 2015 for crimes they didn’t commit. Last year, a record 149 individuals from 29 states, the District of Columbia, the federal court and[Read More…]

$5.5 million in reparations for torture victims

  Black Lives Matter and other groups receive credit   by Frederick H. Lowe The City of Chicago in January began paying $5.5 million in reparations to 57 black men who were tortured into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit by disgraced former Chicago Police Department Commander Jon Burge and his notorious “midnight crew.” Their violent interactions with Chicago’s black[Read More…]

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials seeks to hire a project coordinator

  by Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO — Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, which successfully lobbied Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to provide an unprecedented $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured by Chicago police into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit, is seeking to hire a project coordinator to manage a community center on[Read More…]

Scene of Detention

  Chicago police held mostly blacks at a secret jail location In the 1981 movie “Prince of the City,” an undercover narcotics detective asks a Mafia guy if one the criminal organization’s members is involved in a high-profile New York crime. The “made” man is clearly offended by the question. “What’s the matter? Don’t you have enough niggers to lock[Read More…]

Chicago Approves $5.5 Million for Black-Male Victims of Police Torture

By Frederick H. Lowe Chicago has become the first city in the nation to approve $5.5 million in reparations for black men who were tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit by disgraced former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his so-called “midnight crew.” Chicago City Council on Tuesday approved a sweeping reparations package that also includes an[Read More…]

NYT Report: 1.5 Million Black Men Missing from American Society

There are 1.5 million African-American men between the ages of 24 and 54, the critical earnings age range, missing daily from American life because of mass incarceration, higher death rates and overseas military deployment, according to a report released by The New York Times. The study, headlined “1.5 million Black Men, Missing From Daily Life,” notes, however, the gender gap[Read More…]

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