Stop, frisk, and strangle? Eric Garner, a 43 old New Yorker, was choked to death on video by officers with the New York Police Department. Garner was killed when one of the officers used a chokehold in the process of arresting him – the chokehold is an illegal maneuver and the police officer who performed it has been put on leave pending an investigation. Garner was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, something he had been charged with previously.
|By: DSWright Monday July 21, 2014 1:18 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 11, 2014 9:01 am|
A number of organizations and individuals have decided to support an appeal in a lawsuit against spying against American Muslims by the New York Police Department.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 2, 2014 12:15 pm|
Cecily McMillan, a New York activist, who was sentenced to ninety days in prison for “felony assault of a police officer” after an incident at an Occupy Wall Street event, was released from prison. She delivered a statement to the press and took the opportunity to read a statement that she and the women of Rikers Island drafted together.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday June 15, 2014 8:45 am|
It appeared that victories in the struggle against the New York Police Department were being achieved prior to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election and Bill Bratton’s appointment as NYPD chief. Organizations relentlessly fought against then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-NYPD chief Ray Kelly, who they knew were champions of racist policing, such as stop and frisk. But then de Blasio and Bratton are now in control and it seems like major organizations pushing for reforms have decided to give them both space to advance their own agendas because of a belief that they may be on their side.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:17 pm|
Social media engagement!
Everybody’s doing it, but some are definitely doing it better than others.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 28, 2014 2:59 pm|
There was apparently quite a competition amongst news organizations over who would get to have the privilege and honor of fawning over former New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly on a regular basis, but ABC News won.
The New York Times reported, “Several television news organization had been seeking to hire Mr. Kelly.” But he ultimately decided to go work at ABC News as “consultant and expert commentator on law enforcement issues” and will be appearing “on all ABC News programs.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 21, 2014 9:41 am|
A group of Muslims in New Jersey, who are represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Muslim Advocates, have appealed a decision in a lawsuit against spying by the New York Police Department.
In February, federal Judge William J. Martini of the United States District Court of Newark accepted most if not all of the government’s arguments and dismissed a lawsuit alleging surveillance targeting Muslims explicitly was unconstitutional.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Thursday March 6, 2014 1:24 pm|
Essam Attia, the NYC artist who gained prominence through a fake NYPD drone campaign in the fall of 2012, was informed in a court appearance this past Monday that all charges would be dismissed. Attia faced five charges, three of which were felonies, and 56 counts for possessing a forged instrument. Attia faced possible jail time.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 21, 2014 8:19 am|
A lawsuit alleging the New York Police Department’s surveillance programs had involved discrimination because the department targeted Muslims at mosques, schools and restaurants in New Jersey was dismissed by a federal judge.
|By: Nat Parry Thursday January 16, 2014 12:24 pm|
After nearly a decade of legal wrangling, there is finally some justice for more than 1,800 peaceful protesters arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The $18 million agreement announced Wednesday is the largest protest-related civil rights settlement in American history, and sends an important message to police departments around the country about the constitutional rights of assembly and free speech.