Latest from David Nakamura

Erika Moritsugu, Biden’s new liaison to Asian Americans, fights for influence in the White House

Amid spike in anti-Asian hate, community leaders are demanding more representation in the Biden administration and greater sway in policymaking across the federal government.
  • Jun 11, 2021

With Kristen Clarke, Republicans follow playbook in opposing Democratic nominees to Justice Dept.’s civil rights post

Democrats argued that the GOP’s objections to individual candidates since Bill Clinton’s presidency are a proxy for the party’s true mission — hobbling the core agenda of the Civil Rights Division.
  • May 24, 2021

Federal probe into Andrew Brown Jr.’s shooting by deputies complicated by N.C. prosecutor’s decision not to bring charges

Civil rights advocates faulted Pasquotank County’s district attorney for attempting to “shape a narrative” at a news conference in which he defended the deputies’ use of lethal force.
  • May 19, 2021

Justice Dept. charges ex-Minneapolis police officers with violating George Floyd’s civil rights

The federal charges could add additional time in prison or other penalties for the four former officers, independent of state-level convictions.
  • May 7, 2021

Justice Dept. probes of local police prompt hopes for reform, fears of delays

Attorney General Merrick Garland has set up a potential expectations gap with civil rights activists who have warned that a mere return to Obama-era strategies to combat abusive policing is a recipe for failure and disappointment.
  • May 3, 2021

Garland announces Justice Dept. probe into Minneapolis police

The investigation comes a day after former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd.
  • Apr 21, 2021

Merrick Garland rolls back Trump-era restrictions on forcing local police reforms

The Justice Department’s new policy is likely to be welcomed by civil liberties advocates but face criticism from conservatives wary of government overreach.
  • Apr 16, 2021

Biden’s pick for top civil rights post spars with Republicans over police funding

Kristen Clarke, nominated to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division, insisted during her confirmation hearing that she does not support taking away resources from local law enforcement.
  • Apr 14, 2021

Kristen Clarke faced abuse for taking on Trump. Now she’s poised to lead Justice Department’s civil rights team.

She would be the first Black woman to hold the post, but her confirmation is expected to be contentious, as conservatives seek to portray her as extreme.
  • Apr 13, 2021