Mayor De Blasio Tells New York City It’s Time for Equality

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 12:04 pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio used his inauguration speech to distance himself from the class policies of the Bloomberg administration and reaffirm his support for promoting equality within America’s largest city.

 

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.

Richard Cohen Embarrasses Himself, NYC Is Not Unique

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 8:30 am

Since a judge declared the New York City’s stop and frisk program unconstitutional there has been a steady stream of individuals defending this clearly racist policy. Most have defended the policy by trying to claim credit for what has really been a national decrease in crime. In the Washington Post Richard Cohen takes it one step further by claiming New York City’s drop in crime is unique.

Everybody RapSync: Elon James White and Jasiri X Respond to Stop and Frisk Ruling

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 1:05 pm

In light of her decision, I checked in with Elon James White, founder of the award winning Podcast This Week In Blackness, and rapper Jasiri X, who in recent months had collaborated to give the Internet The 10 Frisk Commandments Remix, for their reactions.

Judge Rules NYC’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy Violates 4th and 14th Amendments

By: Monday August 12, 2013 8:30 am

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled today that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy violated individuals’ constitutional rights. Judge Scheindlin found the policy to be in violation of both the Fourth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Ray Kelly Steps Up Efforts to Defend Stop-and-Frisk

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 9:05 am

A sure sign New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is gunning for the Department of Homeland Security job is that he is stepping up efforts to publicly defend his more controversial policies, like stop-and-frisk. He has a new Wall Street Journal Op-ed defending the practice and went on Morning Joe to talk about the issue. While on the show Kelly didn’t deny that he was interested in the DHS job.

The Push for Ray Kelly as Head of DHS Heats Up

By: Friday July 19, 2013 9:30 am

In an interview with Univision’s New York affiliate President Obama said he would be like to know if Kelly would be interested in the position because “very well-qualified for the job.”

Why Ray ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Kelly Possibly Being Nominated to DHS Would Be So Dangerous

By: Monday July 15, 2013 10:35 am

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is on the short list to replace Janet Napolitano now that she is resigning as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. His name is being widely discussed and has the support of one of Obama’s closest Senate allies.

Forest Whitaker given the ‘stop and frisk’ inside NYC deli in false theft allegation

By: Saturday February 16, 2013 5:20 pm

God almighty, if it’s not the police it’s shopkeepers shaking down The Scary Black Man. And apparently it doesn’t matter if you’re an Academy Award winning actor. Forest Whitaker was on the Upper East Side and deigned to step into Milano Market.

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