by on February 27, 2018
EFF’s “Street-Level Surveillance” project shines light on the advanced surveillance technologies that law enforcement agencies routinely deploy in our communities. These resources are designed for members of the public, advocacy organizations, journalists, defense attorneys, and policymakers who often are not getting the straight story from police representatives or the vendors marketing this equipment. Whether it’s sophist...
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by on May 15, 2018
City Councilman Rory Lancman said he’s appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. The head of the City Council's justice committee is asking the city's five district attorneys to refuse to prosecute people arrested for low-level pot possession for misdemeanors. Councilman Rory Lancman said he's appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. Lancman (D-Queens) says DAs should automatic...
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by on March 14, 2018
It took about five seconds from the time Siale Angilau grabbed a pen from his defense attorney’s table for him to run across the federal courtroom floor and sail headfirst into the witness stand, where he was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal. On Monday, Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court released courtroom video of the 2014 shooting, nearly four years after the 25-year-old defendant was shot four times. Angilau, a member of Salt Lake City’s Tongan Crip Gang, was on trial for racketeering A...
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by on December 31, 2017
Michael Picard, formerly of East Hartford, is seen here warning motorists about a state police DUI checkpoint in West Hartford on Sept. 11, 2015. Former East Hartford resident Michael Picard, who gained fame for his confrontation with state police while protesting a drunken driving checkpoint in West Hartford in 2015, was arrested this month in New York City while protesting outside a courthouse. According to Picard, 29, on Dec. 4 he was standing outside the Bronx Hall of Justice on Ea...
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by on February 24, 2018
A Bronx lawmaker is demanding that state corrections officials conduct a “comprehensive review” of all violent incidents committed by correction officers. State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat, demanded the review Friday in response to Daily News reports about a correction officer — Lt. Troy Mitchell — who’s been accused of waterboarding inmates and brutally beating their genitals. Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay, has also cost New York State $877,637 in legal payouts over ass...
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by on March 13, 2018
Former high-end hooker Gabi Grecko traveled to Las Vegas in 2013 at the request of Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, both major contributors to de Blasio's campaign, prosecutors have alleged. A former high-end hooker at the center of a corruption scandal could testify against a bigtime de Blasio donor and a cop he stands accused of bribing, according to new court documents. Gabi Grecko traveled to Las Vegas in 2013 at the request of Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, both major cont...
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by on February 2, 2018
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance will decline to prosecute most cases of subway turnstile jumping starting Thursday, his office said. In September, Vance's office began offering diversion programs and adjournments for most cases of subway fare evasion, but the NYPD continued making arrests at a pace greater than the DA had hoped. Under the new policy, Vance's office will still prosecute if the person is on a list as a known public safety risk, but hopes to significantly tamp down arre...
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by on May 3, 2018
Samples and a swab containing DNA sample on genetic testing results. The state Attorney General’s Office recently asked a Manhattan judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to nullify New York’s familial DNA testing policy, saying the plaintiffs in the case lack standing to bring the complaint and the concerns outlined in it are “fully speculative and hypothetical,” according to court documents. Plaintiffs Terrence Stevens and Benjamin Joseph, Bronx and Westchester residents, respectively, f...
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by on February 5, 2018
Ten unsolved homicide and rape cases are among the first being considered in New York State for use of the innovative familial DNA searching techniques in the hunt for possible suspects, law enforcement officials said. By using family members' DNA, police may be able to track down a potential suspect or evidence, law enforcement officials said. Eight of the 10 cases came from the NYPD and are the first in which police and local prosecutors are attempting to use the DNA process since it...
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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 May 17, 2018
Although cops allege that rapper T.I. was drunk and disorderly during his recent arrest, in a newly leaked jail video it appears that the rapper was quite lucid when he was questioning a police officer as to why he was arrested in the first place. On Wednesday morning, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) was arrested after trying to enter his gated community. In an interview with TMZ, T.I. said the guard was sleeping at his post when he tried to gain entrance, and when the guard phoned his w...
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by on December 31, 2017
The year began with a burst of announcements by the Obama Administration of cases it rushed to resolve before leaving office. In the period between election day and the inauguration, the Justice Department and various agencies announced more than $30 billion in fines and settlements. That flurry of activity disappeared once Donald Trump took office. Agency enforcement activity soon resumed,  thanks to the efforts of career officials, but it appears that the volume of cases has declined co...
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