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New York Editor at The Huffington Post.

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How A Massive March For Justice In Staten Island Was Not Anti-Police

(31) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 12:06 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Thousands of protesters marched in Staten Island on Saturday to call for justice in the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man killed earlier this summer after NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him into a banned chokehold.

In anticipation of the event, the New...

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With All Eyes On Ferguson, New York Protesters Say 'We Can't Forget Ramarley Graham'

(7) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:57 PM

NEW YORK-- Constance Malcolm and Franclot Graham are still waiting for their day in court. It’s been over two and a half years since NYPD Officer Richard Haste shot and killed their unarmed 18-year-old son, Ramarley Graham, after breaking into Malcolm’s Bronx apartment without a warrant.


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Ray Kelly Thinks Police In Ferguson Are Out Of Hand

(516) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly once boasted that his department-- which he described as a "quasi-military organization"-- had “some means to take down a plane" if necessary.

It was this same militarized police force that, under Kelly, conducted a midnight raid on Zuccotti...

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Subway Dancers Protest Arrests, Call Out 'Broken Windows' Policing

(8) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Zenon Laguerre says he was the first breakdancer to start performing in New York City's subway cars some 20 years ago. He characterizes his dancing style as "popping," which includes the acrobatic pole dances so many New York straphangers have grown accustomed to seeing. "What time is it?"...

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Ramarley Graham Was Killed By The NYPD Over Two Years Ago, And Nothing Has Happened

(111) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:54 PM

It’s been two and a half years since NYPD officers barged into the Bronx home of Ramarley Graham without a warrant, fatally shooting the unarmed teen in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother.

It’s been a little over two years since officers cheered fellow...

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These Mothers Lost Their Sons To The NYPD, And They Vow 'This Has To Stop'

(59) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 7:35 AM

They all know each other, having met at this rally or that funeral. For years, these women -- all black or Latino -- have stood in front of cameras, holding photographs of their sons. The NYPD, they say, murdered their children, and the officers involved have never been held accountable....

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Here's More Evidence That New York's Largest Jail Is An Utterly Horrific Place

(38) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:06 PM

A scathing report released Monday details the "culture of violence" imposed upon teenage inmates at New York City's Rikers Island, the second largest jail facility in the U.S. The report, a product of a two-and-a-half-year investigation by the Justice Department, describes the "rampant use of unnecessary...

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How 'Broken Windows' Could Stand In The Way Of Real Change For The NYPD

(69) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Keeshan Harley is only 19 years old, but he says he’s been stopped by New York City police more than 100 times. Last year, cops apprehended him for riding his bike on the sidewalk in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

“I was handcuffed and threatened by undercover officers for riding my bike on...

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New York Lawmaker Wants To Outlaw Police Chokeholds Once And For All

(30) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:20 PM

NEW YORK -- It's been almost two weeks since Eric Garner died on Staten Island after being put into a chokehold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. Since Garner's death, photo and video evidence has emerged showing New York City police officers using apparent chokeholds to apprehend two other...

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De Blasio: Times Square's Costumed Characters Are Spiraling Out Of Control

(34) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:24 PM

All those costumed characters in Times Square need to be regulated, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

"I think this has gone too far,” the mayor said during a press conference. “It’s time to take some real steps toward regulating this new reality.”

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Eric Garner's Family And Friends Call For Justice At Funeral That 'Never Should Have Been'

(188) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 10:15 AM

NEW YORK -- Eric Garner was a son, husband, father of six and grandfather of two. As his family wept over his coffin Wednesday evening, the Rev. Al Sharpton took to the pulpit.

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Esaw Garner, wife of Eric Garner, cries...

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Chokehold Death Puts New York's Controversial Police Chief Back In The Spotlight

(112) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:31 PM

NEW YORK -- On a freezing day this past winter, a small group of protesters gathered outside police headquarters in downtown Manhattan. They were barely noticed by the throngs of reporters who streamed through the doors of 1 Police Plaza to watch a celebrated cop be sworn in...

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The NYPD Has A Long History Of Killing Unarmed Black Men

(341) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Eric Garner was a 43-year-old father of six and grandfather of two. The tall, 400-pound man, who was known around his Staten Island neighborhood as a "gentle giant" nicknamed "Big E," was approached Thursday outside a New York City store by a group of NYPD officers who accused...

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Meet The First Woman To Make It Into The FDNY's Sexy 'Calendar Of Heroes'

(69) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 8:49 AM

There are over 10,000 New York City firefighters. Only 41 of those firefighters are women -- the highest number of women on the force in 30 years -- and only one of those women made it into this year's sexy FDNY Calendar of Heroes. In fact, she's the...

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West Nile Virus Detected In New York City Mosquitoes

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:57 AM

The West Nile Virus has been detected in New York City mosquitoes for the first time this summer, the city's Health Department announced Monday.

Mosquitos collected from the Douglaston and College Point neighborhoods in Queens and Old Town in Staten Island tested positive for the virus.

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This Is How The FDNY Mourns One Of Its Own

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Thousands of firefighters gathered outside Church of St. Clare in Staten Island, New York, Thursday to mourn one of their own.


Lt. Gordon "Matt" Ambelas' casket was carried to and from the service in the back of a fire truck. Ambelas, 40, had...

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New York Could Decriminalize Pot For More Than Just White People

(22) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 7:26 PM

NEW YORK -- A comprehensive new bill would ensure that marijuana in New York state is decriminalized not only for white people, but for all people, a group of progressive lawmakers said Wednesday.

Under the Fairness and Equity Act, those arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana would not...

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You Can Thank This 14-Year-Old Boy For Helping To Legalize Medical Marijuana In New York

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:43 AM

Fourteen-year-old Oliver Miller suffered a stroke in utero that left him significantly handicapped, and still causes him to have hundreds of debilitating seizures every day.

His mother, Missy Miller, says Oliver needs access to medical marijuana, which has been shown to ease seizures in children. Oliver, she

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GOP Candidate Makes Terrible Joke About Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

(32) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino made a tasteless joke Tuesday about the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.

Astorino was accusing incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of keeping his running mate Kathy Hochul out of the campaign spotlight when he made the gaffe, Lohud reports.


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Ice Cream Truck Jingle Is Driving New Yorkers Crazy

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:57 AM

For all the joys of summer in New York City, there's also that pervasive and maddening melody blasted out of so many Mister Softee ice cream trucks prowling the city's streets.

Turns out the city has received thousands of complaints regarding the jingle. The...

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