Tune in for two hours of news, information and commentary on 21st Century Slavery and human trafficking. September 9th 2015:
• More than two years after a class action lawsuit exposed the quota policy behind the NYPD’s rampant use of stop-and-frisk, new lawsuits filed this week allege the system requiring officers to make a certain number of arrests and issue a specified number of tickets and summons, is still in effect. And officers of color are threatened and punished for speaking out against it.
• More than 2,000 criminal cases in Baltimore could be thrown out as a result of a retrial motion accusing the state’s attorney’s office and police of “deliberate and willful misrepresentation” of their methods of evidence collection—and attorneys say there may be many more such cases.
• Baltimore officials have reached a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, an agreement they say is the right step for a city still recovering from riots and demonstrations sparked by the 25-year-old’s death from an injury suffered in police custody.
• If you’re looking to make some money, try locking up toddlers. One for-profit prison company has found that incarcerating infants, toddlers, children, and mothers—as long as they’re undocumented immigrants—is a great way to boost their revenue by upward of $49 million over the previous year..
• Black men have been killed by police in California at eight times the rate of other residents over the past decade, according to records released under the first in a series of new state initiatives to disclose data on the use of deadly force by law enforcement.
• A two billion dollar DOC budget with over 15 thousand employees. More than 100,000 people in jails, prisons and under DOJ supervision. In our Ferguson is America series, Tonight we show how Michigan is #Ferguson.
• This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is Bobby Johnson. A 16 year old boy with an IQ of 69 against a homicide detective who claimed a 100% success rate framed him and forced him into a confession. In July 2007, Johnson pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to 38 years in prison. On September 2, 2015, New Haven State’s Attorney Michael Dearington filed a motion to vacate Johnson’s conviction after it was found that critical evidence had been supressed. On September 4, 2015, the motion was granted, the charge against Johnson was dismissed and he was released.
• Our Abolitionist in profile is Reverend James William Charles Pennington. 1807 – 1870. Educator, clergyman, orator, author, and abolitionist. New Abolitionists Radio seeks to educate listeners to the glaring fact that slavery was never abolished and is still practiced by the state and federal governments constituting the United States of America along with multi-national corporations.