Texas Civil Rights Project http://kut.org en Report: Law Officers May Violate U.S. Constitution When They Don't Knock http://kut.org/post/report-law-officers-may-violate-us-constitution-when-they-dont-knock <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Civil Rights Project</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says law enforcement officers may be violating the U.S. Constitution when they execute warrants without knocking. The organization released a report Tuesday that says 70% of surveyed jurisdictions do not have written “no-knock” policies and that many other counties and cities may have inadequate policies or do not effectively implement those they have. Jim Harrington, </span>TCRP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;director, says that is putting citizens and officers at risk.</span></p><p>“It’s dangerous both ways. We have to get away from this idea, well, we just don’t [knock]. You know any time we say it’s a narcotics warrant, we just don’t do it,” Harrington says.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:35:38 +0000 Lynn Romero 9803 at http://kut.org Report: Law Officers May Violate U.S. Constitution When They Don't Knock Nonprofit Says Austin Schools Don't Address Inequality Among Students http://kut.org/post/nonprofit-says-austin-schools-dont-address-inequality-among-students <p>A nonprofit legal foundation says the Austin Independent School District isn’t addressing education inequalities between high and low-income students.&nbsp;</p><p>The Texas Civil Rights Project released an updated report Tuesday on equal opportunity in the district. It's urging the district to start an independent equity foundation, which would direct private money to schools in low-income neighborhoods and create a level playing field between students regardless of their parents' income.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The foundation would promote equal access to things like books and quality teachers and how schools spend their money.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:27:39 +0000 Kate McGee 9720 at http://kut.org Nonprofit Says Austin Schools Don't Address Inequality Among Students Montopolis Residents Battle Alleged Housing Scam http://kut.org/post/montopolis-residents-battle-alleged-housing-scam <p>The <a href="http://www.texascivilrightsproject.org">Texas Civil Rights Project </a>is calling on local authorities to investigate a string of suspicious housing deals that could cause seniors to lose their homes.</p><p>A company called Castro has been approaching&nbsp;Montopolis residents to see if they qualify for free home repairs paid for by the government. According to homeowners, the solicitors urged them to sign contracts granting Castro full legal rights over their homes.</p><p>Texas Civil Rights Project attorney <a href="http://www.texascivilrightsproject.org/brian-mcgiverin/">Brian McGiverin </a>says the Travis County District Attorney and the Texas Attorney General must investigate immediately.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:51:09 +0000 Syeda Hasan 9418 at http://kut.org Montopolis Residents Battle Alleged Housing Scam