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Rest in Peace, Erica Garner

I first met Erica Garner about one year after her father, Eric Garner, was killed by police officers.  We had seen that video of Officer Pantaleo putting Erica’s father in a chokehold and hearing Eric plead “I can’t breathe” so many times in that year that it w
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Consensual Sex While in Police Custody?

You may have read about Police Officers Eddie Martins and Richard Hall and their encounter with an 18 year old woman they were charging with possession of some personal use marijuana.  In case you haven’t, well, they arrested her, put her in their police van, drove her to a secl
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Cowboy Cops Bust Into Home Without a Warrant, Shoot People in Bed

Police officers can use reasonable force against another to execute their duties as police officers.  So, for example, in the course of a lawful arrest, a cop can force your hands behind your back to handcuff you if you are not agreeing to do so.  Or, if someone is robbing a store at
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Corruption at the Top of Rikers Hierarchy

While prosecutors and investigators were finally cracking down on corrupt correction officers and their union leadership, it turns out that the Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte was feeding from the public trough with his own corrupt scheme. Not content with his $200K+ salary, he
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Ask Questions First, Get Punched Later

Herb Edwards is black, 48 years old, and when the weather’s nice and he’s home, he is known to tool around the neighborhood on his bike.  He’s never been convicted of a crime; felony or misdemeanor. One late afternoon, while pulling up to his apartment he rode a short distance against
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Grand Jury Follies, Cop Indictment Style Ep. 2-Ferguson

In Part I, we spoke about the fix in Cuyahoga County.  Today, let’s take a look at the circus of St. Louis County, Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch’s Grand Jury presentment against Officer Darrell Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. The Grand Jury is a prosecutor’s show.  The g
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Grand Jury Follies, Cop Indictment Style

Police Grand Jury Follies, a four part series: In just the last year, in Cleveland, St. Louis and Staten Island, we have watched the pathetic spectacle of District Attorneys abdicating their constitutional responsibility to prosecute crimes involving police officers.  Yet, rather than
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Laquan McDonald

Last night the City of Chicago released a video showing a Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke, murdering a 17 year old — a child — Laquan McDonald.  I will not even indulge a break down of the video because there is simply no other conclusion to draw other than this: Th
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CCRB Defends Eric Garner’Killer’s “Privacy”

The man who killed Eric Garner, Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, is a public servant.  Your taxpayer money pays him to be a police officer.  He works for government; he works for you.  In these divisive days in our politics, one thing Democrats and Republicans always agree on is Suprem
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Matt Taibbi on our Client Falsely Arrested

Matt Taibbi is a great friend to this law firm and a great friend of justice.  His reporting on the disparate application of justice based on race and wealth is second to none.  We highly recommend his book “The Divide” which juxtaposes the fact of hundreds of thousands of detentions
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