by on February 13, 2018
A case with potential large-scale ramifications for Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush. Former City Councilman Kendall Stewart and his son, Omar, filed separate lawsuits against the NYPD last week. The suits allege that the NYPD has continually tried to shut down Cafe Omar — the Stewart’s business — as part of larger-scale discrimination against West Indian nightlife operators in Brooklyn’s 67th Precinct. Cafe Omar’s troubles began in 2016 when police shut down their sold out event...
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by on January 8, 2018
A judge in Las Vegas on Monday dismissed criminal charges against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro signaled when she declared a mistrial last month that she might dismiss the case outright against 71-year-old Cliven Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and Montana militia leader Ryan Payne. The judge severely criticized prosecutors for willfully violating the due process rights ...
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by on December 26, 2017
He's reversing Obama-era steps to stop cities from targeting poor Blacks in their revenue-making schemes. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked 25 Justice Department guidance documents on a range of federal laws, including one from President Barack Obama’s DOJ that called on courts to stop trapping poor people in cycles of fines, debt and jail, The New York Times reported. “Any guidance that is outdated, used to circumvent the regulatory process or that improperly goes beyond what is ...
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by on February 3, 2018
The 9 biggest questions about the Nunes memo, answered House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., walks away after speaking to reporters after a meeting at the White House March 22, 2017, in Washington, D.C. DESPITE STRONG OBJECTIONS from the Justice Department, House Republicans released a four-page memo on Friday challenging the “legitimacy and legality” of the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page, a former adviser to the Trump campaign suspected of having ties to Ru...
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by on February 13, 2018
Two members of a rogue Baltimore police unit were found guilty Monday of corruption charges — a case that marred what was already a bleak period for the crime-plagued city. The officers, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, were convicted by a federal jury of racketeering and robbery, part of a broader conspiracy among members of the police department's Gun Trace Task force that involved holding up drug dealers, conducting illegal searches, claiming unearned overtime and trying to cover up their c...
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by on December 16, 2017
Under attack. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images Patience, I guess. Patience. On my iPhone, which I’m trying not to look at, I have three sites tucked away to check when I’m having a bad Trump day. There’s the Gallup approval chart, FiveThirtyEight’s poll of polls, and Real Clear Politics’ graphic of Trump polling. They sit there like little squares of visual Xanax whenever the anxiety of living in a country run by a delusional rage-aholic gets a bit too much. And they’re all looking good...
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by on January 9, 2018
Erica Garner became a fiery critic of the NYPD and an advocate against police brutality after her father died after being put in a chokehold by an officer   Just hours after hundreds of mourners gathered in Harlem to pay their final respects to activist Erica Garner on Monday, NYPD officers were accused of violently arresting a protester at a rally held in her honor.  Garner had become a leading advocate against police brutality in the Black Lives Matter movement after her father, E...
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by on February 3, 2018
16-year-old Bresha Meadows, a teen symbol for domestic abuse survivors punished for self-defense, will be released from a mental health facility on Sunday, according to her supporters’ Twitter account @freebresha. She has been spared from a system which arbitrarily imprisons domestic abuse victims who act in self defense. As part of a plea deal, Meadows pled “true” (essentially guilty) to shooting her allegedly abusive father at age 14, after spending ten months in Trumbull County...
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by on February 13, 2018
A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun. The lawsuit accused the Weirton Police Department of wrongfully terminating officer Stephen Mader after he chose not to shoot a 23-year-old man while responding to a domestic disturbance in 2016. "At the end of the day, I'm happy to put this chapter of my life to bed," Mader said i...
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by on December 21, 2017
Juan Ángel Napout of Paraguay, one of three defendants in the FIFA scandal on trial in Brooklyn, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn on November 15, 2017 in New York. A former Argentine football official has reportedly committed suicide after he was accused of bribe-taking in testimony to a trial of top former FIFA figures in New York. (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) BuzzFeed’s investigative reporter, Ken Bensinger, has been all over soccer’s fraud, thieve...
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by on January 12, 2018
The plea bargain trap The conversation almost always begins in jail. Sitting with your client in the visitation room, you start preparing them for the most important decision the person has ever made. Though the case is just a few days old, the prosecution has already extended a plea offer that will expire within the week. And, because local laws might require detention for certain charges at the prosecutor’s request, or because criminal justice systems punish those unable to pay bail, yo...
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by on February 3, 2018
Bianca Bennett, 27, had spent just 10 months on the police force and was months away from getting married when she was killed WHAT TO KNOW NYPD Sgt. Randolph Price has been indicted in the off-duty fiery car crash that killed a 27-year-old cop, his passenger, nearly a year ago Price, 33, faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in the Feb. 1, 2017 crash that killed Bianca Bennett Bennett was an office for just 10 months when she died...
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