More than 50,000 people gathered at Washington Square Park on Dec. 13 for Millions March NYC, which was organized by 23-year-old Synead Nichols and 19-year-old Umaara Iynaas Elliott. The march was organized in response to the recent lack of indictments against officers Daniel Pantaleo and Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, respectively. However, [...]
|By: Brandon Jordan Tuesday December 16, 2014 10:59 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 4, 2014 11:09 am|
New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, according to his attorney, told a Staten Island grand jury that he was aware while he was taking Eric Garner down with a chokehold that he was being recorded. However, he was certain he was not committing any misconduct so it did not bother him that someone was filming [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday December 4, 2014 9:00 am|
A grand jury will bring no charges against a white New York City cop who strangled an unarmed African-American man to death. Watch him die in the video. Daniel Pantaelo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold on Staten Island on July 17, will not face charges for the killing, a grand [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 3, 2014 3:23 pm|
The Staten Island grand jury’s decision to not indict white New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner, an unarmed black father of six children, is a savage reminder that there are certain lives in the United States that do not matter. Garner’s death was captured on video and showed Pantaleo employing an illegal chokehold that made it impossible for Garner to breathe. The brutality captured on video apparently did not move grand jury members to hold Pantaleo accountable.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 31, 2014 6:43 am|
Former CIA analyst and activist Ray McGovern was arrested as he attempted to attend an event in New York City featuring former CIA director and retired military general, David Petraeus. He was charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
|By: DSWright Monday July 21, 2014 1:18 pm|
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: 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.