Law and Policy


Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on January 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. Rice discussed plans for President Biden's racial equity agenda. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
‘We Must Change’: Biden Issues Executive Orders That Aim to Advance Racial Equity

Biden said Tuesday that criminal justice reform is necessary but “isn't nearly enough.” Racial equity "has to be the business of the whole of government,” he added.

Trump supporters near the  U.S Capitol, on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. The protesters stormed the historic building, breaking windows and clashing with police. Trump supporters had gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.  (Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Experts Call For ‘Swift’ Legal Action To Deter Further Violence Around Inauguration Day

Without consequences, members of the National Task Force of Election Crises say things will get worse in the coming days.

Pro-Trump domestic terrorists flooded Washington DC to protest Trump's election loss. Hundreds breached the U.S. Capitol Building, aproximately13 were arrested and one protester was killed. (Photo by Michael Nigro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Republicans and Right-Wing Media Fueled Wednesday’s Insurrection. Now They’re Fueling the Next One.

A collective of Republican activists, lawmakers, and media figures led by President Donald Trump—with an assist from slow-to-act social media platforms—created the toxic stew that erupted into violence and chaos on Wednesday.

Police stand along Benjamin Franklin Parkway as City Hall stands in the background in 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
With Voters’ Support, Philly Moves Toward New Police Oversight Commission

“Right now, we are created by executive order. In theory, if you get a different mayor sometime in the future, the mayor could eradicate it. Now, it can’t be destroyed," said the acting executive director of the existing commission.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - August 2017: Memorial flowers and notes are left at the spot where Heather Heyer was killed and others were injured when a car plowed into a crowd of protesters during a rally. (Image via Shutterstock)
Over 15,000 Law Enforcement Agencies Don’t Report Hate Crimes. A New Bill Could Change That.

The legislation would require police track hate crimes and report them to the federal government.

A parking violation envelope is affixed to the windshield of a Hummer vehicle parked near the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes are being counted, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Philadelphia. Police said Friday they arrested two men Thursday for not having permits to carry firearms near the center. Police said the men acknowledged that the Hummer spotted by officers near the center was was their vehicle. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Body Cam Footage of Walter Wallace Jr. Shooting Sparks More Protests in Philly

Police said they shot Walter Wallace Jr. on Oct. 26 because he had a knife and ignored orders to put it down. Wallace never raised the knife or lunged or ran toward officers.

A Philadelphia police officer holds Rickia Young's son after police swarmed the SUV Young was driving, smashed the windows, beat Young and her 16-year-old nephew, and grabbed the toddler from the vehicle just after midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The National Fraternal Order of Police shared the image on its Facebook page on Wednesday, with a lie about the incident.(Screenshot)
Cops Took a Toddler From His Mother, Beat Her, and Then Said the Boy Was ‘Lost’

An attorney for the boy's mother called out the cops on their lie and said the little boy is now "terrified because of what the police did."