Brandon Busky, Mister Chauvin, Ruski discussed on All Things Considered


Going to get to closing a very painful chapter as we just heard for this city also for the Floyd family for the country for all of us Yeah these two cases state and federal were rare moments of accountability in one killing at the hands of police I spoke to Brandon busky the director of the ACLU criminal law reform project about what today meant As a sign that there were negotiations between mister Chauvin and the federal prosecutors and they were able to resolve this in a way that would give this case some measure of closure even if it will never bring back towards Floyd or promise brought a reform in the broader effort to reform police Ruski says a federal charge like this the willful violation of someone's civil rights is typically very difficult to prove So this plea agreement indicates the government had a strong case and as much as this was a moment of accountability it was as I said rare Legal experts say one case can't solve the systemic issues that led to the killing of a black man George Floyd by police I spoke to Paul butler a Georgetown law professor and a former federal prosecutor about this It matters that we are seeing high profile prosecutions of police officers of committed violent illegal acts against communities of color especially black men But he says these individual cases are not tools of social transformation that comes with policy change It's a law that's important that we're seeing individual officers brought to justice for criminal acts against black men We have to keep in mind that every year U.S. police officers kill about 1000 people in 2021 with these high profile prosecutions of police officers U.S. cops are right on track to kill about 1000 people And most of these killings are deemed lawful uses of force and a disproportionate number of people killed are people of color NPR's Leila fal thank you Layla Thank you In Ohio a chapter of a leading Muslim civil rights group has fired its top leader claiming he shared information about the organization with an anti Muslim hate group from member station wv X in Cincinnati Tana weingartner reports In an astonishing announcement the Columbus Cincinnati board of the council on American Islamic relations says it has proof its executive director Roman iqbal has long been passing information about its national organization to an anti Muslim hate group It is a complete act of betrayal Whitney sadiki is car Ohio's community affairs director she alleges that iqbal secretly recorded meetings and shared them and emails with a group called the investigative project on terrorism founded by Steven Emerson He is known for spreading hate vitriol and anti Islamic rhetoric Emerson and IPT have a history of promoting conspiracy theories about Muslims Carol Ohio officials say the allegations follow an independent third party investigation by its national headquarters They say iqbal admitted to leaking information to the other group when contacted iqbal's attorney declined to comment for this story Care alleges that IPT has spent years using moles trying to infiltrate and spy on prominent mosques and Muslim American organizations including the Columbus Cincinnati chapter Car Ohio also reportedly found $4000 worth of suspicious purchases from weapons retailers on a work issued credit card iqbal administered In another twist officials say a package containing parts for an AR-15 rifle was mailed to its Columbus office earlier this week Hussein Rashid studies Muslims in American popular culture at the new school in New York He finds the allegations troubling but not surprising Groups like the investigative project on terrorism seem to be dedicated to tearing Americans apart where you have one group of Americans paying another group of Americans to spy on their own communities I think that's deeply troubling and deeply upsetting Car Ohio official Whitney sadiki calls the allegations heartbreaking but says it won't stop them from continuing their efforts to protect and defend Muslims.

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