NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: DOJ Mandates ‘Implicit Bias’ Training, Harlem Election Results, NYC Schools Mishandle Sex Assault Incidents, Brexit Explained


DOJ Mandates ‘Implicit Bias’ Training For Agents, Lawyers

For more than a year, Black Lives Matter protesters have demanded change within the American justice system. It would seem as though the Justice Department has heard their plea and announced a new mandate forcing 33,000 federal agents, as well as prosecutors, to undergo training to stop their personal biases from influencing law enforcement decision.

Prior to the DOJ’s announcement, the department was scrutinized for telling local police officers to create policies against biases, while not implementing a plan of their own to combat the exact same issue within their ranks.

In a memo to Department of Justice employees, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said the program is supposed to identify implicit biases. Yates defined those biases as subtle unconscious stereotypes.

An excerpt of Yates’ memo states:

“… but implicit bias also presents unique challenges to effective law enforcement because it can alter where investigators and prosecutors look for evidence and how they analyze it without their awareness or ability to compensate the Justice Department will use a guide created by the former director of the police executive Research Forum the organization is a nonprofit that provides expertise on policing issues.”

During Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, guest host Laura Coates spoke with Kristin Clarke, CEO of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Council of the Brennan Center for Justice, about the DOJ’s move to combat “implicit bias” amongst its staff and if the move by the Justice Department is “too little, too late.”

Harlem Election Results: Who will succeed Rep. Charles Rangel?

Who will succeed Rep. Charles Rangel in NY’s 13th Congressional District. State Senator Adriano Espaillat claimed victory and Assemblyman Keith Wright refuses to concede.

Black Sexual Assault Victims Punished By NYC Public Schools

When African American public school girls in New York City report sexual abuse they were often punished instead of receiving help.

Three federal complaints filed within the last seven months on behalf of victims whose ages range between thirteen and fifteen claim after being sexually assaulted they were suspended and later forced to return to the class with the alleged assailant.

In some cases students were given the runaround when they asked to be transferred from the school.

Carrie Goldberg, the attorney who filed the complaint against New York City Schools spoke with NewsOne Now guest host Laura Coates about this extremely disturbing occurrence taking place in one of the nation’s largest school districts.

How Brexit Affects African-Americans & The U.S. Economy, Plus What You Should Do To Avoid Being Impacted By It

Brexit, the nickname of the British vote to leave the European Union, resulted in a significant amount of anxiety across the pond and here at home in the United States.

The United Kingdom’s vote in favor of leaving the EU threw the stock market into a tailspin, had individuals in the financial industry running for cover, and those who have invested in the markets scurrying for more information as to how Britain’s exit will impact their 401k plans going forward.

America’s Wealth Coach Deborah Owens stopped by NewsOne Now to discuss how Britain’s exit stage right will impact the U.S. economy and your pocket.

Owens, who considers problems potential opportunities, said, “What I want our viewers to understand is you don’t need to react to short-term volatility” in the markets.

All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast

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