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 and arrests in NYC every year of poor people of color for infractions like “blocking the sidewalk”, with the fact that not a single finance executive went to prison for the pervasive and systemic fraud that took place in the years leading up to the financial meltdown in 2008, an event that caused a world-wide depression. We introduced him to a man named Andrew Brown, whose story is told in the chapter entitled “The Man Who Couldn’t Stand Up.”
Taibbi has just written two articles for Rolling Stone magazine, both of which highlight another client of ours, Jaleel Fields. Jaleel is a thoroughly decent 19 year old man who doesn’t feel like he’s particularly picked on by cops. He has only, he says, been stopped and frisked by police for no apparent reason about ten or twelve times.
The incident Taibbi wrote about, however, wasn’t just a stop and frisk. It was false charges, a perjured accusatory instrument for “blocking the elevator”, and an assault, perpetrated by Police Officer Vladimir Ravich, corroborated by video.
You can find Taibbi’s Rolling Stone article here. But if you don’t feel like reading it, take this to heart: “Imagine that they pushed around the prep-school teens in those buildings and slapped any that talked back with “OGA” charges. You’d see white people marching in numbers that would make Black Friday look like a library sale.”