Three years after NYPD officer Richard Haste chased unarmed Black teen Ramarley Graham into his grandmother’s bathroom and killed him for “acting suspicious and having a gun,” relatives made it clear that the $3.9 million wrongful death lawsuit they settled with the city last week will not prevent them from seeking justice and police reform.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his “Fairness for All” plan, is said to be a directive to restore and improve police-community relations.
Rank-and-file NYPD officers may soon have new bulletproof vests, under a new $7.3 million funding proposal for fiscal year 2016 by the New York City Council.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation last week that would have allowed the Queens district attorney’s office to have jurisdiction and prosecute crimes that occur on Rikers Island and in other New York City jails.
What good will the New York Police Department’s body camera program offer?
Two weeks after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, two lawmakers have announced plans to introduce legislation that would require district attorneys to publicly release testimonies and evidence presented to grand juries.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton appointed four new members, including a former civil rights lawyer, a law professor and former U.S. attorney, a retired NYPD sergeant and a retired transit police chief to sit on the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
A Brooklyn man who spent nearly 30 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of murder is expected to be released Wednesday.
The State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed sexual consent policy that will address how the university system will prevent, investigate and prosecute cases of alleged sexual assault on its campuses.
In a blunt message, the first of its kind by the city’s top cop, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department William Bratton made it clear that officers who abused their authority are “poisoning the well” and will be aggressively removed from his department.
By the end of this year, the New York City Department of Corrections will end a longstanding practice, solitary confinement of adolescents, in which 16- and 17-year-old inmates are locked in a cell for more than 23 hours a day without any human contact for months.
The family of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after being placed in an apparent prohibited chokehold by a police officer in July, plans to sue the city and the New York Police Department for $75 million.
An expert forensic pathologist hired by the attorneys representing the family of Eric Garner, whose death was ruled a homicide after an apparent police chokehold that Police Commissioner William Bratton said is prohibited, concurs with the city’s medical examiner’s autopsy report, which stated that Garner died of neck compression.
Two and a half years later and after two failed grand juries, the parents of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham may now find some solace, as they were told that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office has launched a federal civil rights investigation into the death of their unarmed son, who was gunned down in his grandmother’s bathroom because officers thought he had a gun.
Parents are being urged to sign up for after-school programs.
On the first day of the public school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned charter schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision, he will not give them space in public schools.
On the final stop of his first-day, five-borough city school tour last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear to charter schools seeking to co-locate in public schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision
Family members and friends of Eric Garner joined the Rev. Al Sharpton last Saturday morning at the National Action Network Headquarters in Harlem to celebrate what would have been the chokehold victim’s 44th birthday.
On the final stop of his first-day, five-borough city school tour last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear to charter schools seeking to co-locate in public schools that if they aren’t aligned with his vision...
Amid growing criticism from relatives of inmates and jail reformers, including the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently reported on a “deep-seated culture of violence” at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will track and limit the use of solitary confinement at the correctional facility.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will face the New York City Council at an oversight hearing Sept. 8 to discuss the department’s plans to evaluate its current training procedures and his pledge to retrain, from “top-to-bottom,” 35,000 officers, after the recent death of Staten Island man Eric Garner as a result of a prohibited chokehold applied by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo.
In the wake of recurring allegations of police brutality, racial profiling and excessive use of force, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that he’s “actively looking” to launch a program that mandates body cameras for NYPD officers.
It was after visiting solitary confinement cells at Rikers Island and being greeted by “very small cells with graffitied walls, the smelling of urine, rusted beds with mattresses with mildew on them and a very small window letting in just a little bit of light” that induced City Councilman Daniel Dromm to draft legislation that could improve conditions inmates have been enduring for years.
Thirty-two days after Eric Garner died by an apparent and prohibited chokehold from NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, 14 New York state lawmakers have expressed their frustrations in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo over what they called a “gross and deliberate failure” and “lack of progress” by Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donavan to pursue a case in Garner’s death.
It has been exactly one year since the U.S. Department of Justice promised to launch an investigation into the death of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed Bronx teen who was gunned down in his grandmother’s bathroom in February 2012 by NYPD Officer Richard Haste.
Frustration and the call for justice continues to reverberate across the country, including on college campuses, over the death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, who was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in a St. Louis suburb two weeks ago.
Bill de Blasio is now counting on “violence interrupters” to help his administration prevent gun violence in some of the city’s most crime-infested neighborhoods.
The tragic stabbing death of Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and the stabbing of his friend, Mikayla Capers, 7, last June at the New York City Housing Authority’s Boulevard Houses in East New York, Brooklyn, underscore the reason why protection and federal intervention are needed at the apartment complex.
Her message was to say, “Enough is enough,” and request that the IG’s office launch an investigation into the unjust killings of unarmed Black and Latino youths and the NYPD’s use of deadly force.
Sometimes, it takes a tragedy for something to get done.
New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit that was filed by the family of a Rikers Island inmate who was allegedly beaten to death in December 2012 by corrections officers.
The New York City Council unanimously passed “Avonte’s Law” last Thursday, which calls on the Department of Education and the New York Police Department to evaluate the need for alarms and install audible alarms on doors of public school buildings that house special needs programs.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is prepping new ways to assist low-income college students, and Tuesday he allocated the $3.2 million College Access Innovation Grant that will be used to increase college enrollment and completion rates among low-income students across the state.
Hundreds of tenants from across the city packed Cooper Union’s Great Hall last Monday, June 23 and attempted to convince the nine members of New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board to support their call for a rent freeze for those who live in stabilized apartments.
In a recent series of shootings, at least four people were killed while another 19 were injured, including a 10-year-old boy who was innocently walking to a bodega in Coney Island to get something to drink, when a gunman opened fire. The boy was shot in the leg, while another man was shot in his torso.
At a recent rally at City Hall, Brianna (who’s real name has been withheld for safety) urged lawmakers in Albany to “put aside the politics” and pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act. Her outcry aims to help prevent other women and children from experiencing what she endured. At the age of 9, she was sold to a pimp after being kidnapped by her school janitor.
Weeks after officers from the 24th Precinct in the Upper West Side swept through the Freedom House, a residence shelter on West 95th Street run by the Department of Homeless Shelters, and promised to conduct more raids after arresting 22 people, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told the cops to end the practice.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA), two unions that represent NYPD officers, have attempted to block the Community Safety Act, which was passed into law last year by the City Council despite a veto from former Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The act makes it easier for New Yorkers to sue the NYPD for racial profiling. State Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh tossed the unions’ legal challenge and said the city’s ban on racial profiling is constitutional.
Residents at Lafayette Gardens are demanding an investigation into the death of Laquan Nelson, a 16-year-old youth who was shot and killed by an unknown assailant a few yards from the 88th Precinct. They claim that “medical attention was delayed and police stood idly by.”
This is the message Shanduke McPhatter, a former member of the New York Bloods gang, delivered to gunmen at a rally in Brooklyn, pleading with them to stop the senseless killings. “It’s time for our kids to feel safe on the streets!” he declared.