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Pollack-and-TruhauWhen an accuser or or an accused  in a criminal investigation is a pre-teen or an adolescent, the unpreparedness of law agencies can lead to miscarriages of justice resulting in traumatic impacts.  In a recent article in the New York Law Journal, LISA H. THURAU, an executive director of Strategies for Youth and DANIEL POLLACK a professor at Yeshiva University’s School of Social Work  recommend that law enforcement agencies provide training and guidance on how to better handle cases with youths. Too often in criminal cases, law enforcement officers are not proprely trained to interact with children. This can result in traumatic experiences for the children and their loved ones. Additionally when families try to sue for abuse, the court’s decision is often biased in favor of the defendants.

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Police brutality is at the origin of the death of Freddie Gray and the 6 police officers involved in the arrest of the 25 year old black man and recklessly drove him unbuckled in a police wagon until he suffered a severe and critical neck injury will face criminal charges. ” The most serious charges were brought against Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., who was driving the van that carried Mr. Gray to a police station after his April 12 arrest. Along with involuntary manslaughter, Officer Goodson, 45, was charged with “second-degree depraved heart murder,” which means indifference to human life.” Read more in New York Times. This morning in a press conference, Baltimore State Attorney Marylin Mosby said that after her team investigated the death of Freedie Gray, they came to the conclusion that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide and that they have probable cause to file criminal charges. See video below

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Cleveland%20Police.jpgA 12 year old boy who was killed by a Cleveland Police Officer is the last victim of a long history of police brutality in the city of Cleveland. A year and half ago the feds launched an investigation of the Cleveland Police Department after several high profile use of force incidents and numerous public demands for a federal investigation by civic leaders and local politicians. The Justice Department released their report Thursday afternoon. The report found that officers used on a regular basis unjustifiable force not only against criminals but also against innocent victims of crime. Among the allegations, the feds report that Cleveland officers in recent years punched a handcuffed 13 year old boy who was shoplifting. They also shot an unarmed kidnapping victim who was only wearing his underwear.

Read more in the Huffington Post.