During the brief appearance Thursday, Zimmerman stood up straight and wore a gray prison jumpsuit. He spoke only to answer “Yes, sir,” after he was asked basic questions about the charge against him.
Officer Julian Castellanos, head of the state police recruiting unit, said the force should ideally mirror the state population.
Groups representing minorities in New Jersey have appealed to Gov. Chris Christie to make the state Supreme Court more diverse. The Legislative Black Caucus sent a letter this month urging Christie to use his next appointment to nominate a minority.
A decade after a discrimination court settlement, the percentage of black troopers has dropped from 8 percent to 6.4 percent in a state with an almost 14 percent African American population.
A surprising coalition of the teacher’s union joined by the NAACP is suing to stop what they see as the city’s unfair direction of public school resources to charter schools.
Demonstrators gathered outside the state office building on 125th Street in Harlem to demand the NAACP withdraw from a lawsuit filed by the United Federation of Teachers.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being criticized by some community leaders over comments he made while discussing a lawsuit seeking to prevent the city from closing 22 poor-performing schools.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the lawsuit claims the city broke its promises to give failing schools the support needed to improve.
Imagine being arrested for sending your child to the school of your choice. That’s what happened to a homeless mother who faces felony charges and 20 years in prison if convicted.
Four New Jersey Yeshiva students have been charged with bias intimidation after being accused of harassing a black school bus driver.
The boys attend a private school and are about 15 years old. Lakewood police did not know which school.