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: Sara Haile-Mariam Thursday March 6, 2014 1:24 pm|
|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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 6, 2014 3:14 pm|
An FBI fact sheet accompanying every Freedom of Information Act response from the agency has changed, according to a Washington-based national security lawyer named Kel McClanahan.
Noticed last month by McClanahan, ForeignPolicy.com reports that the fact sheet used to list the “primary function” of the FBI as being “law enforcement.” The new fact sheet indicates that it is “national security.”
|By: DSWright Friday December 27, 2013 9:32 am|
After producing the now discredited 60 Minutes puff piece on the NSA the anchor of the piece, John Miller, is going back to his other job – apologizing for the use of state power. Miller will be rejoining the government communications profession for the New York Police Department. The announcement has not surprisingly been met with a mix of amusement and disgust.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 11, 2013 11:39 am|
A motion to reconsider a ruling in a lawsuit brought by victims of stop-and-frisk against the policy and practice carried out by the New York Police Department has been filed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 6, 2013 8:15 pm|
The president of Brown University has announced the establishment of a committee to investigate what happened on October 29, when NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly faced protest at a speaking event. The university may even choose to hold certain individuals or organization responsible for violating the “Code of Student Conduct.”
|By: Lisa Derrick Thursday October 24, 2013 10:25 am|
Rumors swirled yesterday that bluechip street artist Banksy got pinched.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 19, 2013 9:30 am|
Six students from the City University of New York were charged with multiple offenses on Wednesday night after being arrested while protesting the university’s hiring of former CIA director and ex-general, David Petraeus, who had a key role in secret detention and torture centers setup by Iraqi security forces.
The criminal complaint filed against the students indicates they were charged with disorderly conduct, riot, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:40 am|
Six student activists were violently arrested yesterday outside of a City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College fundraiser featuring former CIA Director and Honors College adjunct professor David Petraeus.