CUNY Students Arrested While Protesting Petraeus Face Charges of Disorderly Conduct

By: 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.

CUNY Student Group: Six Students Violently Arrested Protesting Petraeus Await Charges

By: 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.

Occupy Marks Two-Year Anniversary as Richest 1% in America Continue to Get Richer

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 12:50 pm

Two years ago, a group of Americans in New York City sparked a movement that redefined protest and struggle. Around one hundred people took over a park near Wall Street to call attention to income inequality and economic injustice.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Graham A. Rayman, The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage

By: Sunday September 1, 2013 1:59 pm

Adrian Schoolcraft is the whistleblowing police officer at the center of one of the more bizarre of the NYPD’s ongoing scandals.

Schoolcraft worked in the relatively high-crime 81st precinct in Brooklyn, and he was not a happy camper as a cop. A loner, he began to secretly tape recording precinct roll calls at which commanding officers ordered patrol cops like himself to make it difficult for victims of crimes to make formal complaints. Equally disturbing, cops were also ordered to downgrade felonies — serious crimes — to less serious misdemeanors so that the precinct would appear safer than it actually was.

Schoolcraft’s tape recordings might well have been ignored or forgotten, had not the police department then done something that was indeed shocking.

Beyond Stop and Frisk: Communities Organize for Deeper Reforms

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 5:00 pm

On August 22, the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act, which is composed of two bills seeking to create more levels of accountability within the New York Police Department (NYPD) and prevent discriminatory practices, such as stop-and-frisk activity, from occurring.

The Community Safety Act was passed one week after Judge Shira A. Scheindlin declared, in Floyd v. The City of New York, that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program is unconstitutional because it violates the Fourth Amendment.

Beyond Stop and Frisk: Communities Organize for Deeper Reforms

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 2:20 pm

The Community Safety Act was passed one week after Judge Shira A. Scheindlin declared, in Floyd v. The City of New York, that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program is unconstitutional because it violates the Fourth Amendment. While we should be pleased a court ruled against the department’s stop-and-frisk policy—which is said to have violated the constitutional rights of many thousands of people, almost all of them Black and Latino, with the vast majority of them not found to have violated any crime—the ruling did not go far enough to ensure people in New York are protected from being unduly harassed and violated.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Radley Balko, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 1:59 pm

“If your image of American policing is Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor, who used homespun wisdom and a deep knowledge of his community to solve their problems and keep big city crime at bay, you won’t recognize the picture Radley Balko paints of modern law enforcement in his excellent new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.”

Matthew Harwood, Counterterrorism in the Twilight Zone

By: Tuesday July 9, 2013 7:00 pm

Since 9/11, American law enforcement has taken a disproportionate interest in American Muslims across the country, seeing a whole community as a national security threat, particularly in California and New York City. But here’s the thing: the facts that have been piling up ever since that date don’t support such suspicion. Not at all.

CIA Agents Were Embedded With NYPD and Had “No Limits”

By: Friday June 28, 2013 6:47 am

According to a recently declassified Inspector General report the CIA embedded four intelligence officers inside the New York Police Department even though an Executive Order and the National Security Act of 1947 explicitly forbid the CIA from conducting domestic surveillance. The report, completed in 2011, says that officers believed there were no limitations on their activities and the scope of their work went beyond foreign intelligence.

Suspicionless Surveillance of Muslim Americans by NYPD Challenged by ACLU Lawsuit

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 1:00 pm

A lawsuit against unlawful surveillance against Muslim communities by the New York Police Department (NYPD) was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), New York Civil Liberties Union and Clear Project yesterday.

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