Mic Check: This One Graph Explains Why Stop and Frisk Was Struck Down

1. Judge Strikes Down New York’s Stop and Frisk Program
 
Judge Shira Scheindlin sent a powerful message that racial profiling is unacceptable when she struck down New York’s Stop and Frisk program on Monday. She ruled the program violates minorities’ Fourth Amendment rights by subjecting them to unreasonable searches. New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the program has saved thousands of lives, but data shows violent crime has dropped independent of Stop and Frisk searches. Scheindlin appointed a federal lawyer to oversee the NYPD, called for public meetings on the program, and created a program requiring police officers to wear video cameras while on duty.
 
More from around the web:
This one graph explains why stop and frisk was struck down (scroll down to the third graph) (Atlantic Wire).
 
Find out what New Yorkers think about stop and frisk (NY Times).
 
More from PolicyMic:
 Stop and Frisk is a Failure, So Why Does It Exist? (Zak Cheney-Rice)
 
Stop and Frisk Isn’t Just Racist – It Doesn’t Even Work (Liz Plank) 
 
 
2. North Carolina Gov. Signs Expansive Voter ID Law
 
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed one of the country’s most extensive voter ID laws on Monday, in a move that may set up a legal battle with the Justice Department. The law requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID and strikes down a number of provisions designed to make voting easier. Gov. McCrory defended the law as a “common-sense idea,” but the numbers tell a different story. Since 2000, only one in 15 million votes in the U.S. has been cast fraudulently.
 
More from around the web:
Here’s everything you need to know about voter ID laws (ProPublica).
 
 Stephen Colbert explains why we need voter ID laws (Colbert Nation).
 
More from PolicyMic:
 North Carolina's Voter ID Bill is a Necessary Evil (Maggie O’Neill)
 
 
3. Mali Pulls Off Peaceful Elections
 
Mali took an important step towards peace when presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse conceded defeat to Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Monday. A UN representative said it is impressive the elections, the first since a destabilizing coup in 2012, remained nonviolent. Keita now faces the daunting task of working out a peace treaty with radical militants who have taken over two-thirds of the country. A French force was unable to defeat the militants in January, and a UN peacekeeping mission of 12,600 is in the process of taking over security duties.
 
More from around the web:
This infographic summarizes the situation in Mali (Al Jazeera).
 
• Will Mali’s elections bring peace? (BBC)
 
More from PolicyMic:
 France is Doing More Harm Than Good in Mali (Areej Elahi-Siddiqui)
 
 
4. Jury Finds Infamous Mob Boss Guilty On 31 Counts
 
Justice finally came for Boston’s most infamous mob boss when a jury found James “Whitey” Bulger guilty on 31 of 32 charges on Monday, after five days of deliberation. The charges included drug dealing, weapons possession, and involvement in 11 murders. Police have been trying to track down Bulger since he went on the run in 1995. They found him in a Santa Monica home with 30 guns and $822,000 hidden in the walls. Bulger’s sentencing is set for Nov. 13; there’s a good chance he’ll spend the rest of his life in jail.
 
More from around the web:
 Check out the complete guide to Boston’s most notorious killer (WBUR).
 
More from PolicyMic:
 Whitey Bulger May Be Going to Jail, But He’ll Have the Last Laugh (Nathaniel Reid)
 
 
5. Elon Musk Shows Us How We’ll Travel in the Future
 
Elon Musk, the ambitious CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, unveiled details of his new “hyperloop” project on Monday. Musk says the hyperloop could transport people, and even cars, from San Francisco to L.A. in 30 minutes by shooting them through steel tubes at speeds of up to 800 m.p.h. He says the hyperloop would cost $60 billion less than the high-speed rail California is working on, and travel four times as fast. Unfortunately, Musk doesn’t have the time to take on the project now. He’s posted the plan online so that someone else will make it a reality.
 
More from around the web:
 Businessweek has a great documentary on the world’s most ambitious entrepreneur.
 
Take a peek inside Tesla’s robotic factory (Wired).
 
More from PolicyMic:
Tesla Paid Back Its Loans 10 Years Early, Thanks to the “Best Car Ever Tested” (Maxime Fischer-Zernin)
 
 
DESSERT
• Scientists may have finally explained near-death experiences (NPR).
 
 Find out how your brain becomes addicted to caffeine (Smithsonian).
 
40 incredible maps that explain the world (WorldViews).
 
11 things we don’t see in movie theaters anymore (Mental Floss).
 
 Get to know 5 famous American atheists (PolicyMic).
 
 
Thanks for reading!
Nick
 
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