Latest Southern Poverty Law Center News

Officer: I quit Proud Boys over fears of ‘far-left’ attacks

Nov. 13, 2019 5:31 PM EST

A Connecticut police officer who belonged to a far-right group accused a civil rights activist who had complained to his department of trying to “silence conservative voices,” according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. In his letter, addressed to East Hampton’s police chief,...

Judge tosses lawsuit over article tying lawyer to neo-Nazis

Nov. 13, 2019 5:18 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a Baltimore attorney’s lawsuit accusing the Southern Poverty Law Center of defaming him in an article and a “hate map” that tied him to a neo-Nazi group. The First Amendment protects the law center’s publications...

SPLC: Miller pushed racist immigration coverage in emails

Nov. 12, 2019 7:22 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — White House adviser Stephen Miller sent emails that "promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda" to conservative news site Breitbart, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday after releasing excerpts. The nonprofit's Hatewatch blog published portions of emails...

City council to revisit law requiring panhandlers be jailed

Nov. 4, 2019 9:00 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Montgomery, Alabama, City Council is revisiting an ordinance that requires panhandlers be jailed for at least two days. It has been amended to criminalize passing money or objects through car windows to someone on a public road, making such acts punishable with fines or jail....

Police officer retires after far-right group ties revealed

Nov. 1, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

A Connecticut police officer has retired after a civil rights organization raised concerns about his membership in a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, a town official said Friday. Officer Kevin P. Wilcox retired from the East Hampton Police Department on Oct. 22,...

ACLU: South Carolina driving rule penalizes poverty

Oct. 31, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

South Carolina unconstitutionally suspends the drivers' licenses of people who haven't paid traffic tickets without first determining if they can afford to pay, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. The lawsuit backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center is part of a...

Chief: Officer's Proud Boys membership didn't break policy

Oct. 15, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

A Connecticut police officer's membership in the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, didn't violate department policies, the town's police chief has concluded in response to a civil rights group's concerns. The East Hampton officer, Kevin P. Wilcox, "stopped...

Groups: Migrants told to wait in Mexico faced 'bait, switch'

Sep. 26, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Julio Lopez and his family faced a decision when they reached the U.S. border to seek asylum: cross illegally or follow government instructions to stay in Mexico, even if it meant waiting for months. The Salvadoran family waited for their chance to make their case, only to find out...

'OK' hand gesture, 'Bowlcut' added to hate symbols database

Sep. 26, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The "OK" hand gesture, a mass killer's bowl-style haircut and an anthropomorphic moon wearing sunglasses are among 36 new entries in a Jewish civil rights group's online database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists. The Anti-Defamation League...

Court: First Amendment protects "hate group" label

Sep. 20, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 141-page decision issued late Thursday, threw out a complaint filed by the...