Melissa Crawley, Woman Who Overturned “False Reporting” Law, Reveals Racist Justice System

Posted: December 30, 2010 by scaryhouse in Uncategorized

BY JAIME HOKANSON, TWIN CITIES INDYMEDIA
December 28, 2010

Beyond the headlines, many stories from communities across Minnesota tell a different tale of the criminal justice system than what we usually hear.  This September, Twin Cities Indymedia and other local media outlets reported that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Minnesota’s “false reporting” of police misconduct law, deeming it a violation of First Amendment rights.

The law had been used to effectively intimidate survivors of police brutality into silence, even convicting a survivor of rapeby Minneapolis police officers.  But while the appellate court’s supporting opinion provides a thorough legal argument citing First Amendment protections, a recent interview with the person at the center of the case shows there is more at stake than just civil liberties issues.

via FREE SPEECH ZONE | Melissa Crawley, Woman Who Overturned “False Reporting” Law, Reveals Racist Justice System | Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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