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Correction Officers and their Guardian Angels

Yesterday, I testified at a hearing at the City Council on the subject of violence in city jails.  We haven’t posted yet about the condition of jails in our city, but I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear they’re abysmal. The Department of Correction publishe
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The Ordinary Stop and Frisk

The ongoing trial of NYPD’s stop and frisk tactics has been fascinating to watch.  There was truly dramatic testimony from young men who had been stopped and frisked on numerous occasions and the effect it has had on them psychologically.  The testimony illustrated well the real
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Why Judges Never Get it Right on Rape Shield Issues

Little highlights the spinelessness and timidity of appellate courts more than “rape shield law” and other sex offense rulings. That’s at best. At worst, conservative hanging judges wet their pants at the prospect of bowing to a liberal shibboleth while eviscerating
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Rest in Peace Kimani Gray

As has been widely reported, 16 year old Kimani Gray was shot down in a fusillade of bullets from the guns of police officers Sunday night.  While standing with friends in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, police said young Kimani was moving “suspiciously”.  When
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The Cannibal Cop Case: Is Vile Internet Chat a Crime, or Just Vile?

No one will weep for Officer Gilberto Valle if he’s convicted, including myself.  The on-line conversations he engaged in with complete strangers about kidnapping, torturing and cannibalizing targeted women, including his own fiancee, are so horrifying that I just won’t fe
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Very Tall Harlem Man Arrested For — Let’s Face It — Being Maddeningly tall

Carey Norris is a polite, soft spoken guy who happens to be 6’7″ tall with an athletic build.  In fact, the night of this incident, he had just come home from tryouts being held in New York by various European basketball teams.  It was a long day, and when he got home a co
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Why Police Officers Lie

Michelle Alexander wrote one of the most important books on civil rights in the last decade, it’s titled The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness.  Last week, she wrote a lengthy article in the New York Times entitled “Why Police Officers Lie.”
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White House Memo on the Killing of Americans — Use of Deadly Force

Many Americans were disturbed to find out today some of the legal justifications the White House has offered for the drone strike killings of American citizens.  The legal debate over such matters of war and peace and international terrorism can seem remote at first.  After all, not m
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Parking Control Writes Cop Ticket, Gets Punched in the Face, Arrested

Eduardo Senderos was a Parking Control Specialist working for the New York City Department of Transportation.  Now, they for NYPD, but a few years ago some worked for Transportation.  Senderos was on his beat when he noticed a car at an expired meter.  On the dashboard of the private
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Bronx Man Falsely Arrested on Phony Prescription Drug Charge

A few months ago, our civil rights law firm had a few cases come in in succession, all in the Bronx, of people being falsely arrested for walking out of pharmacies with their own prescriptions.  Apparently, Bronx cops are under pressure to make prescription drug arrests, and are staki
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