Criminal Justice


A 'Black Lives Matter' mural painted in Charlotte this year. (Cardinal & Pine photo by Grant Baldwin).
After Roxboro Shooting, ‘Black Lives Matter’ Demonstrations Convene in Three NC Cities

On the same day Roxboro police released dashboard footage of David Brooks Jr.'s death, Black Lives Matter demonstrations touched off in three NC cities.

A "Black Lives Matter" demonstrator marches in Raleigh in May 2020. (Image via Shutterstock)
Report: NC Prosecutors Struck a Potential Juror Because They Backed ‘Black Lives Matter’

Advocates say the removal of a potential juror in NC for supporting 'Black Lives Matter' is evidence of systemic racism in the criminal justice system.

Protesters confront Charlotte officers during a demonstration in May. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin).
Two Days After Judge Lifts Pepper Spray Ban, Charlotte Police Deploy It on ‘Defund the Police’ Protesters

Two days after a judge dissolved a restraining order barring Charlotte police from using pepper spray, police used it on “Defund the Police” demonstrators.

A new NC study says Black drivers are more than twice as likely as white drivers to be pulled over by law enforcement. (Image via Shutterstock)
Study: Black Drivers More Than Twice as Likely as White Drivers to Be Pulled Over by Police in NC

A new state report says the rate of traffic stops for Black drivers in NC is more than twice that of white drivers and almost 1.5 times that of other races.

Police tape is seen near the scene of a shooting early Monday, June 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina, that resulted in four deaths and several more people injuries. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)
Charlotte Police Complain They Have No Witnesses to July Shooting. But Some Black Charlotteans Say They Don’t Trust Police.

How a shooting in Charlotte exposes the deep fissures between Black communities and police over past allegations of police violence.

The head of the NC Black Alliance applauded Gov. Cooper's veto of a controversial police records bill after days of protest.
NC Black Alliance Head Denounces ‘Poisoned Policies’ After Cooper Vetoes Police Records Bill

Marcus Bass of the NC Black Alliance says Cooper's veto of a controversial police records bill, weeks after George Floyd's death, sends a powerful message.

I can't breath jail death
John Neville Told His Jailers ‘I Can’t Breathe.’ Now They’re Facing Charges In His Death.

Five detention officers and a jail nurse will face involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with John Neville’s death in a Greensboro, NC jail.