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Brooklyn Man Fatally Shot by Police Was Unarmed, Bratton Says

Posted on Nov 21 , 2014 in News

Brooklyn Man Fatally Shot by Police Was Unarmed, Bratton Says, The New York Times, Marc Santora and Nate Schweber, November 21, 2014.

Excerpt: “Rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night, according to the police. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the shooting appeared to be unprovoked. “We don’t know enough yet, but it does appear to be an accident,” the mayor said at a news conference on Friday. “This is a tragedy.”The victim was identified as Akai Gurley, and the officer, Peter Liang, has been placed on modified assignment and was relieved of both his badge and gun.” Continue –>

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ACLU goes back to court over right to record law enforcement during Ferguson protests

Posted on Nov 21 , 2014 in News

ACLU goes back to court over right to record law enforcement during Ferguson protests, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jennifer S. Mann, November 17, 2014.

Excerpt: “The ACLU of Missouri has gone back to federal court over citizens’ right to record public events during protests in Ferguson and elsewhere. In a motion for a preliminary injunction filed Friday in St. Louis federal court, the ACLU said authorities were still trying to prevent the news media and members of the public from recording law enforcement, despite an agreement reached in the same court on Aug. 15.” Continue –>

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Mayor de Blasio Urges ‘Culture Change’ at Rikers Island

Posted on Nov 21 , 2014 in News

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Activists Wield Search Data to Challenge and Change Police Policy

Posted on Nov 21 , 2014 in News

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More Judges Question Use of Fake Drugs in Sting Cases

Posted on Nov 21 , 2014 in News

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More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

Posted on Nov 19 , 2014 in News

More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations, The New York Times, 

Excerpt: “Some agency officials say such operations give them a powerful new tool to gather evidence in ways that standard law enforcement methods do not offer, leading to more prosecutions. But the broadened scope of undercover work, which can target specific individuals or categories of possible suspects, also raises concerns about civil liberties abuses and entrapment of unwitting targets. It has also resulted in hidden problems, with money gone missing, investigations compromised and agents sometimes left largely on their own for months.” Continue –>

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Fatal Encounter in Ferguson Took Less Than 90 Seconds, Police Communications Reveal

Posted on Nov 19 , 2014 in News

Fatal Encounter in Ferguson Took Less Than 90 Seconds, Police Communications Reveal, The New York Times, November 15, 2014.

Excerpt: “The police radio communications, including remarks by Officer Wilson, reveal that the encounter with Mr. Brown on Aug. 9 was brief — less than 90 seconds from start to finish. Though the time was short, questions remain about the encounter: Were Mr. Brown’s hands raised in the air in a motion of surrender when he was shot, as some witnesses have said? Was Officer Wilson punched and scratched in a struggle with Mr. Brown, as he has told the authorities? Did Officer Wilson view Mr. Brown as a suspect in a theft that had just occurred at a store?” Continue –>

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Police killings highest in two decades

Posted on Nov 14 , 2014 in News

Police killings highest in two decades, USA Today, Kevin Johnson, November 11, 2014.

Excerpt: “The number of felony suspects fatally shot by police last year — 461— was the most in two decades, according to a new FBI report.The justifiable homicide count, contained in the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, has become increasingly scrutinized in recent months as questions continue to be raised about the use of lethal force by law enforcement.” Continue –>

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NY lawmakers probe care for mentally ill inmates

Posted on Nov 14 , 2014 in News

NY lawmakers probe care for mentally ill inmates, Associated Press, Michael Virtanen, November 13, 2014.

Excerpt: “The head of the troubled New York City jail system said Thursday it’s critical to send mentally ill inmates to treatment programs instead of a lockup. Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte told state lawmakers that Rikers Island is poorly equipped to be a mental health treatment center. The primary goal, one he shares with the medical staff, is to keep staff and inmates safe, he said.” Continue –>

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A Claim of Innocence Is No Longer a Roadblock to Parole

Posted on Nov 13 , 2014 in News

A Claim of Innocence Is No Longer a Roadblock to Parole, The New York Times, Stephanie Clifford,

Excerpt: “Three times, the parole board rejected Mr. Cox, even though a co-defendant — who admitted to the murder, and has said Mr. Cox was innocent — was granted parole three years ago. The predicament that had confronted Mr. Cox is known as the parole paradox: Admitting guilt has historically given inmates a better shot at parole. “Claiming to be innocent was, in the past, considered to be denial,” said Daniel S. Medwed, a professor at Northeastern School of Law.But now, as New York and other states confront a growing number of wrongful-conviction claims, lawyers, inmates and parole experts say the beginnings of a change are occurring.” Click Here for full article.