10-01-18 “The Former DOJ Official Behind DeVos’ School Safety Report.” Politico. https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-education/2018/10/01/gubernatorial-candidates-campaign-on-school-funding-promises-357861.
08-25-18 “DeVos Taps Former Top DOJ Official for School Safety Team.” Politico. https://subscriber.politicopro.com/education/article/2018/08/devos-taps-former-top-doj-official-for-school-safety-team-752546.
08-23-17 “Swift Justice: Wheeler led Civil Rights Division at DOJ during, after turbulent transition.” Cover Story, Indiana Lawyer.
08-03-17 “Former DOJ Civil Rights Chief Pushes Back on Sessions’ Critics.” National Law Journal http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202794693308/Former-DOJ-Civil-Rights-Chief-Pushes-Back-on-Sessions-Critics?mcode=1202615432600&curindex=1&slreturn=20170727103209
07-28-17 “Pence Ally Leaves Top DOJ Civil Rights Post.” The Daily Caller http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/28/pence-ally-leaves-top-doj-civil-rights-post.
“Top Lawyer For Civil Rights At Justice Department Leaving After Roughly 6 Months.” National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/2017/07/28/539989095/top-lawyer-for-civil-rights-at-justice-department-leaving-after-roughly-6-months.
“Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division head leaves after 6 months.” Washington Examiner. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/justice-departments-civil-rights-division-head-leaves-after-6-months/article/2630015/.
07-27-17 “Justice Department says no LGBT protection in federal sex-discrimination law.” Politico. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/27/lgbt-protection-sex-discrimination-law-241039.
07-13-17 “Trump’s Office of Civil Rights Is on the Right Path.” National Review. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449422/trumps-education-department-office-civil-rights-sexual-assault-cases-campus.
06-29-17 “Trump administration details new civil rights approach to college attorneys.” Politico. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/trump-administration-officials-detail-new-civil-rights-approach-to-college-attorneys-240102.
“National Hate Crimes Summit – Chairman.” Transcript of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Opening Remarks: “Good morning, everyone. … [I] want to thank Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Robert Moossy of our Civil Rights Division for putting together this important summit. I am grateful to all of you for being here, and for your help in addressing this problem.” https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-delivers-remarks-2017-hate-crimes-summit.
06-28-17 “Trump administration’s top two enforcers of civil rights laws for education promise college lawyers timelier, fairer treatment, but vow no “retreat” on anti-discrimination enforcement.” Inside Higher Education. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/28/trump-administration-civil-rights-officials-promise-colleges-fairer-regulatory.
“College Lawyers Welcome New Clarity of Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.” Chronical of Higher Education. http://www.chronicle.com/article/College-Lawyers-Welcome-New/240456.
“Hindu American Foundation’s Annual Advocacy Forum Spotlights Hate Crimes, Terrorism, Civil Rights.” IndiaWest News. http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/haf-s-annual-advocacy-forum-spotlights-hate-crimes-terrorism-civil/article_415235da-5c2b-11e7-a03c-7fb36f81c9e8.html
06-09-17 “Authorities investigating whether Kansas triple shooting that killed 1 was a hate crime.” ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/US/authorities-investigating-kansas-triple-shooting-hate-crime/story?id=45696597.
“Kansas Man Adam Purinton Faces Hate Crime Indictment in Bar Shooting.” NBC. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/kansas-man-adam-purinton-faces-hate-crime-indictment-bar-shooting-n770541.
“Kansas man charged with hate crime in fatal shooting of Indian engineer.” CBS. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/adam-purinton-faces-hate-crime-charges-in-fatal-shooting-of-indian-engineer.
“Kansas man accused of hate crime in death of Indian citizen.” FOX. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/09/kansas-man-faces-hate-crime-indictment-in-bar-shooting.html.
“Kansas bar shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes.” CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/us/kansas-bar-shooting-hate-crime/index.html.
“Suspect In Kansas Shooting Faces Possible Hate Crime Charges.” NPR – http://www.npr.org/2017/02/24/517086504/suspect-in-kansas-shooting-faces-possible-hate-crime-charges.
“Kansas Man Indicted on Hate Crime Charges in Shooting of Indian Immigrants.” NY Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/us/indian-immigrants-kansas-hate-crime.html?mcubz=3.
“Kansas man indicted on hate crime charges in shooting of two Indian men.” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/09/kansas-man-indicted-on-hate-crime-charges-in-shootings-of-two-indian-men/?utm_term=.139591f7b6cb.
“Kansas shooting suspect Purinton charged with Olathe hate crime.” BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40232484.
“Kansas man charged with hate crime in killing of Indian: Attacker allegedly yelled ‘get out of my country’ before opening fire on two Indian men, killing one of them, in a bar.” Aljazeera. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/kansas-man-charged-hate-crime-killing-indian-170610040127831.html.
05-03-17 “DOJ Closes Investigation Into Death of Alton Sterling Without Violence, After Initial Shooting Led to Riots and the Ambush Killing of Three Police Officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.” https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-officials-close-investigation-death-alton-sterling.
“Why the Justice Department didn’t press charges in the Alton Sterling case.” ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/US/justice-department-decided-press-charges-officers-alton-sterling/story?id=47176525.
“Alton Sterling Case Seen as Bellwether of Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department.” NBC. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alton-sterling-case-seen-bellwether-jeff-sessions-justice-department-n754941.
“Alton Sterling shooting death not expected to lead to federal charges.” CBS. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alton-sterling-shooting-no-charges-department-of-justice.
“Alton Sterling case: US attorney details why no charges filed in shooting.” FOX. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/03/alton-sterling-case-us-attorney-details-why-no-charges-filed-in-shooting.html.
“Why the feds did not file charges in Alton Sterling’s death.” CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/us/alton-sterling-death-federal-charges.
“Baton Rouge Officers Won’t Face Federal Charges In Killing Of Alton Sterling.” NPR. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/03/526703219/reports-baton-rouge-police-officers-wont-face-charges-in-killing-of-alton-sterli.
“Sessions Closed Sterling Case. Odds Are, His Predecessor Would Have, Too.” N.Y. Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/us/jeff-sessions-police-shooting-civil-rights.html.
“Justice Department reveals decision not to charge officers in Alton Sterling case.” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/we-need-justice-protesters-decry-decision-not-to-bring-federal-charges-in-fatal-police-shooting-of-alton-sterling/2017/05/03/56981072-2ff8-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term =.0ef16729a902.
05-02-17 “Former North Charleston, South Carolina, Police Department (NCPD) Officer Michael Slager, 35, pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights offense for his fatal shooting of Walter Scott, Jr. on April 4, 2015. Life sentence sought.” https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-north-charleston-south-carolina-police-officer-michael-slager-pleads-guilty-federal.
“Michael Slager pleads guilty in connection with killing of Walter Scott.” ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/US/michael-slager-plead-guilty-connection-killing-walter-scott/story?id=47154248.
“Michael Slager, Ex-Cop Who Shot Walter Scott, Pleads Guilty in Civil Rights Case.” NBC. https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/walter-scott-shooting/michael-slager-ex-cop-who-shot-walter-scott-plead-guilty-n753786.
“Michael Slager pleads guilty to civil rights charge in Walter Scott shooting.” CBS. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michael-slager-pleads-guilty-to-civil-rights-charge-in-walter-scott-shooting.
“Walter Scott shooting: SC ex-cop pleads guilty to civil rights violation.” FOX. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/02/walter-scott-shooting-charleston-ex-cop-to-plead-guilty-to-civil-rights-violation.html.
“Ex-officer Michael Slager pleads guilty in shooting death of Walter Scott.” CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/02/us/michael-slager-federal-plea/index.html.
“Former S.C. Police Officer Pleads Guilty In Shooting Of Walter Scott.” NPR. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/02/526580300/former-s-c-police-officer-pleads-guilty-in-shooting-of-walter-scott.
“Ex-Officer Who Shot Walter Scott Pleads Guilty in Charleston.” NY Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/us/michael-slager-walter-scott-north-charleston-shooting.html.
“Former S.C. police officer pleads guilty in fatal shooting caught on video.” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/former-sc-police-officer-to-plead-guilty-in-fatal-shooting-caught-on-video/2017/05/02/9a235afe-2f35-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.439a6c318b06.
“Michael Slager, officer who fatally shot Walter Scott in South Carolina, pleads guilty in federal case.” L.A. Times. http://www.latimes.com/nation.
04-21-17 “U.S./Israeli Man Charged in Connection with Threats to Jewish Community Centers.” https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/usisraeli-man-charged-connection-threats-jewish-community-centers-conveying-false-information.
“U.S.-Israeli teen charged with threatening Jewish centers.” USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/21/us–israeli-teen-charged-threatening-jewish-centers/100758732.
“Israeli-American man, 18, is charged with threatening Jewish centers, schools and flights across the US with a ‘bloodbath’.” UK Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4437384/Israeli-American-charged-threatening-Jewish-centers.html#ixzz4rXqISVW9.
“Justice Dept. Charges Man in Threat Hoaxes to Jewish Community Centers.” NBC. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/justice-dept-charges-man-threat-hoaxes-jewish-community-centers-n749601.
“Dual US-Israeli citizen charged with threatening Jewish community centers, DOJ says.” FOX. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/21/dual-us-israeli-citizen-charged-with-threatening-jewish-community-centers-doj-says.html.
“Feds say JCC bomb threat suspect ran paid service on Dark Web.” CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/politics/court-filing-unsealed-michael-kadar.
“Israeli American teen suspected of Jewish center bomb threats faces federal charges.” LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-federal-charges-filed-against-1492811985-htmlstory.html.
04-13-17 “Arson Awareness Week – ‘Arson against houses of worship is a serious crime that the Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law,’ said Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.” Indianapolis Recorder. http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/religion/article_3f0aa3d2-1fce-11e7-90bd-a322e3ae1868.html.
04-10-17 “Cross-burnings Still a ‘Tool of Fear’ Used by Racists.” Southern Poverty Law Center. https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/04/10/cross-burnings-still-%E2%80%98tool-fear%E2%80%99-used-racists.
04-09-17 Statement to the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe – “United States Mission to the OSCE: Hate Crimes in the United States – As delivered by Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Kate M. Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna.” http://www.osce.org/permanent-council/305991?download=true.
“In keeping with the U.S. practice of openly discussing challenges our country faces in upholding our common OSCE commitments, we are reporting to the Permanent Council on recent hate-related violence in the United States. * * * Acting Assistant Attorney General Thomas Wheeler stated that Mr. Jones had ‘made violent threats in an attempt to extinguish people’s economic livelihood simply because of their religion,’ and reaffirmed the Justice Department’s commitment to vigorously prosecute the federal laws that prohibit such conduct.”
04-07-17 Post Freddie Gray Entry of Baltimore Police Consent Decree. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-district-courts-entry-baltimore-consent-decree.
“Mandated police reform could make Baltimore ‘less safe,’ Attorney General Sessions says.” ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/US/mandated-police-reform-make-baltimore-safe-attorney-general/story?id=46657265.
“Justice Department Cites ‘Grave Concerns’ About Baltimore Police Reform.” NBC. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/justice-department-cites-grave-concerns-about-baltimore-police-reform-n743376.
“Judge approves Baltimore police reform despite Trump DOJ calls to delay.” CBS. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/judge-approves-baltimore-police-reform-despite-trump-doj-calls-to-delay.
“DOJ expresses ‘grave concerns’ over Baltimore police deal with Obama administration.” FOX. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/07/doj-expresses-grave-concerns-over-baltimore-police-deal-with-obama-administration.html.
“Federal judge in Baltimore approves sweeping plan for police reforms.” CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/07/politics/baltimore-police-justice-department-reforms/index.html.
“Baltimore, DOJ Reach Agreement On Consent Decree For Baltimore Police.” NPR. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/12/509479934/baltimore-doj-reach-agreement-on-consent-decree-for-baltimore-police.
“Judge Approves Consent Decree to Overhaul Baltimore Police Dept.” NY Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/us/baltimore-justice-department-police-consent-decree.html.
“Federal judge approves Baltimore police consent decree.” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/federal-judge-approves-baltimore-police-consent-decree/2017/04/07/acda85f4-1ba9-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html?utm_term=.f83eed44f9c3.
“Federal judge approves Baltimore policing consent decree, denying Justice Department request for delay.” Baltimore Sun. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city.
04-06-17 “Justice Department Considering Reopening Emmett Till Murder Case, Family Says.” NBC News. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/justice-department-considering-reopening-emmett-till-murder-case-n743591.
“Wheeler said ‘the Department is currently assessing whether the newly revealed statement could warrant additional investigation,’ in a letter to Thompson this week, provided to NBC News by the congressman’s office. But reminded him it would not be an easy task. ‘We caution, however, that even with our best efforts, investigations into historic cases are exceptionally difficult, and there may be insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers to bringing federal charges against any remaining living persons,’ he wrote.”
04-05-17 “Assistant Attorney General Wheeler Appointed by Attorney General Sessions to Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety and Asked to Chair the Hate Crimes Subcommittee.”
“On April 5, 2017, Attorney General Sessions released details about the Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The Attorney General highlighted the importance of combating hate crimes by creating, as part of that overall Committee, a Hate Crimes Subcommittee. The Attorney General stressed in the statement he made announcing the Subcommittee’s creation:
“We will not tolerate threats or acts of violence targeting any person or community in this country on the basis of their religious beliefs or background. Accordingly, the Hate Crimes Subcommittee will develop a plan to appropriately address hate crimes to better protect the rights of all Americans.”
The Hate Crimes Subcommittee is led by Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler, and is made up of subject matter experts including career prosecutors in the Civil Rights Division, United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. The Hate Crime Subcommittee also includes FBI agents with supervisory authority over hate crime investigations and FBI agents who oversee FBI’s hate crime data collection.
03-02-17 “Assistant Attorney General Visits Naval Aviation Technical Training Command.” United States Navy Military Times. http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=99129.
02-27-17 United States Air Force – “Seminar to teach Air Commandos to ‘Know your rights’.” http://www.hurlburt.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1094987/seminar-to-teach-air-commandos-to-know-your-rights.
02-22-17 “Withdrawal of Title IX Transgender Bathroom Dear Colleague Letter.”
“The Department of Justice has a duty to enforce the law. The prior guidance documents did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice therefore have withdrawn the guidance. Congress, state legislatures, and local governments are in a position to adopt appropriate policies or laws addressing this issue. The Department of Justice remains committed to the proper interpretation and enforcement of Title IX and to its protections for all students, including LGBTQ students, from discrimination, bullying, and harassment.”
“Trump administration reverses transgender bathroom guidance.” ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-administration-issue-guidance-transgender-bathrooms/story?id=45663275.
“White House Reverses Obama-Era Transgender Bathroom Protections.” NBC. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-reverses-obama-era-transgender-bathroom-protections-n724426.
“Transgender bathrooms: Trump administration to issue new guidance.” CBS. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transgender-bathrooms-trump-administration-to-issue-new-guidance.
“Trump administration revokes Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools.” FOX. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/22/trump-administration-revokes-obama-era-transgender-bathroom-guidance-for-schools.html.
“Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students”. CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/22/politics/doj-withdraws-federal-protections-on-transgender-bathrooms-in-schools.
“Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Rule On Transgender Students’ Bathroom Use.” NPR. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/22/516664633/trump-administration-rescinds-obama-rule-on-transgender-students-bathroom-use.
“Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students.” NY Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/politics/devos-sessions-transgender-students-rights.html.
“Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students.” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-administration-rolls-back-protections-for-transgender-students/2017/02/22/550a83b4-f913-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html?utm_term=.f697e0330877.
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