This month's legal and civil rights news.
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The American Sociological Association recently released a report on police use of force and citizen reporting in Black communities. 

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Negligence and the authorities: Lewis v. the City of Enumclaw. We address the motivation of one of our ongoing cases, which claims that authority negligence is directly responsible for multiple counts of sexual assault of an underage girl. You can also watch the full investigative report from KING 5's Chris Ingalls here.
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13TH.  If you haven't yet, be sure to watch Ava DuVernay's new documentary on Netflix. The film argues that the clause in the 13th amendment that reads "except as punishment for crime" led to mass incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex. 

Reducing both gun violence and incarceration. "The gun violence and high incarceration rates are largely occurring in the same areas. That means those who worry about their own safety and that of their neighborhood, like Diane McManus, are sometimes the same people who wind up anguished and angry when a family member is sent to jail in answer to the call for safer streets."
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Upcoming Events

Seattle, WA: Jacqui Patterson of the NAACP will speak about environmental justice at the University of Washington. November 7. Register for free here.

Seattle, WA: Shouldn't we care more about Black lives than Black Friday deals? The third annual Black Lives Matter Friday will take place at Westlake Park, beginning at 1pm. November 25. More info here.

A new era of civil rights lawyers. The Los Angeles Times addresses the recent increase in private personal injury law firms that are taking on police shooting and misconduct cases. In fact, the number of big-money settlements has increased as a result.

The Fourth Amendment in the age of email. A Washington Post op-ed asks: Do we have a constitutional right to be free from preservation letters, which have email providers work for the government?

We should all care about abortion. In Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt discussed the impact of Roe v. Wade on crime rates in the 1990s. Today, it remains critical to reinforce the truth that the right to abortion is a constitutional civil liberty and that protecting it has far-reaching impact.

The meaning of 'hostile work environment.' We take an in depth look at the most common form of workplace sexual harassment. The sooner you are aware that you are being sexually harassed, the sooner you can take steps to discontinue it.

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