Latest from David Nakamura

Justice Dept. launches new effort to target discriminatory lending among banks

Attorney General Merrick Garland says redlining harms minority communities and contributes to the racial wealth gap.
  • Oct 22, 2021

Facebook to pay more than $14 million in Justice Dept. settlement over discrimination against American workers

Federal authorities had charged the company with failing to properly advertise at least 2,600 jobs and consider applications from U.S. citizens.
  • Oct 19, 2021

Justice Dept. launches civil rights investigation into Texas’s juvenile detention facilities

The probe comes after local activists and media cited reports that staff members had physically and sexually abused youths in the state-run lockups.
  • Oct 13, 2021

With Trump gone, advocates flood Justice Dept. with requests to investigate police

The Biden administration says it lacks the resources needed to probe all allegations of misconduct.
  • Oct 13, 2021

Justice Dept. won’t pursue federal charges against Wis. officer in Jacob Blake shooting

Authorities cited a lack of evidence that Rusten Sheskey used excessive force during the incident, which sparked protests.
  • Oct 8, 2021

Advocacy group launches national network to combat anti-Asian hate

The Asian American Foundation announced more than $1.5 million in grants to support communities amid a reported rise in race-based incidents during the pandemic.
  • Sep 28, 2021

FBI: Killings soared nearly 30 percent in 2020, with more slayings committed with guns

Driven mostly by shootings amid the pandemic, homicides saw the highest one-year increase since such records have been kept, according to federal data.
  • Sep 27, 2021

Asian American lawmakers want quicker action from hate-crimes law

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) say public frustration with coronavirus restrictions could again increase violence.
  • Sep 20, 2021

Justice Dept. looks to leverage federal funding for police to ensure compliance on nondiscrimination laws

Officials have launched an internal agency review to ensure better oversight of local law enforcement agencies under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
  • Sep 16, 2021

China Initiative aims to stop economic espionage. Is targeting academics over grant fraud ‘overkill’?

The rise in academic grant fraud cases, and several dismissals, boosts concerns that researchers of Chinese descent are being unfairly targeted.
  • Sep 15, 2021