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City Council bill requires officers to get consent before they search

NYPD officers may soon have to identify themselves first and then explain why someone is being stopped and questioned under a new bill introduced last week in the City Council.

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Mayor de Blasio opposes bill to make chokehold illegal

A day before Queens Democratic City Councilman Rory Lancman introduced a package of bills that would criminalize the use of chokeholds by NYPD officers, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not support such move, because there are some “extreme situations” in which an officer may be justified in using the maneuver.

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New weed rules, summonses—not arrests

Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said officers will no longer arrest and charge New Yorkers for low-level marijuana possession, but will instead issue a summons for violation

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City Council bill to make chokehold illegal

Queens Democratic City Councilman Rory Lancman plans to introduce a package of bill on Thursday, that aims to criminalize the use of chokeholds by NYPD officers and provide guidelines on how the tactic can only be used.

Report: Federal civil rights charges unlikely in Michael Brown’s death

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, is unlikely to face federal civil rights violation charges because there’s not sufficiently strong evidence, a federal law enforcement official told the Washington Post.

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Federal court clears way for stop-and-frisk reforms 

New York City can now move forward and implement its reform measures to overhaul the NYPD’s controversial practice of stop-and-frisk after a federal appeals court rejected police unions’ motions last Friday to block the changes. 

De Blasio adds three new members to watchdog group after jail chief resigns

A day after Commissioner of Correction Joseph Ponte announced the sudden resignation of his department chief, William Clemons, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed three new members to the Board of Corrections to provide an independent oversight role over the Department of Correction amid growing criticisms and concerns over how inmates are treated at Rikers Island. 

City Council bills tackle segregation in NYC public schools

Three city lawmakers introduced a package of legislation that they say will ensure the New York City public school system, among the most segregated in the country, increases diversity.

City Council passes bills to ignore some requests to detain immigrants

New York City will soon start rejecting some requests from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain immigrants for deportation, except in limited circumstances, under a package of bills the City Council passed overwhelmingly last week.

CUNY to vote on new campus sexual assault policy

The City University of New York’s board of trustees will vote to enact a new policy that will determine how its 24 schools across the city will address cases of sexual assault and harassment amid growing concerns nationwide over college officials failing to investigate alleged cases.

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