Topic: Civil Rights

Investigations Update: Mike Pompeo’s Abuses of Office, Trump’s Loyalty Purges, and Caring for Uninsured Covid-19 Patients

July 8, 2020
From voting rights to the pandemic, here's a look at our new investigations from the past week.
Mike and Susan Pompeo in January 2019

Conditions in Migrant Detention Centers

July 5, 2020
Squalid conditions, overcrowding, cold temperatures, inadequate medical care, and even tragic deaths — the emergence of disturbing reports and images from migrant detention facilities have added a troubling layer to the Trump administration’s hardline anti-immigration stance.

FOIA to DOD Seeking Options Presented to White House in Response to Protests

July 2, 2020
FOIA to the Department of Defense seeking briefings of “show of force” options presented to officials at the White House in response to protests in Washington, D.C.

Investigations Update: Family Separation, Unmarked Law Enforcement, and Trump’s Campaign Rallies

June 30, 2020
Here’s a look at the investigations our team has been pursuing through public records requests and Freedom of Information Act litigation in the last week.

FOIA to DIA Seeking Records Related to Any Potential DIA Response to Domestic Protests

June 29, 2020
FOIA to Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) seeking records regarding DIA’s potential response to domestic protests, including documents regarding intelligence reports and requests for information.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for Records Related to Unidentified Federal Police, Use of Force Guidelines, and Deployment Orders at Protests

June 25, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking records reflecting directives and guidance given to federal police forces regarding self-identification and display of badges and uniforms, use of force guidelines, or deployment orders.

Barr’s Policing Commission Undermines Community Trust and Violates Federal Law

June 19, 2020
American Oversight filed an amicus brief on behalf of current and former law enforcement leaders in support of NAACP's lawsuit against the commission.

News Roundup: The Administration’s Failure to Confront Two National Crises

June 19, 2020
The Trump administration's responses to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and to nationwide protests against systemic racism in law enforcement have been both harmful and insufficient.

FOIA to DOJ for Communications with Paula White

June 17, 2020
FOIA to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division for communications with Trump advisor Paula White and her affiliated organizations.

News Roundup: Georgia’s Disastrous Election, the Administration’s Alarming Protest Response, and Barr’s Troubling Tenure

June 12, 2020
As stirring protests against police brutality gripped the nation’s attention and as the coronavirus continued its tragic spread through multiple states, Georgia held a chaotic primary election.