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Christopher Mathias
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New York Editor at The Huffington Post.

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In New York, Justice 'Only Available To Those Who Can Afford It,' Says New Report

(18) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 3:26 PM

NEW YORK -- On Aug. 11, 2013, Donald Telfair says, he was brutally assaulted by three men who thought he had robbed them earlier that evening. The 46-year-old spent the night at a hospital in Suffolk County, New York, where doctors had to wire his broken jaw shut. Then, he...

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A Gondola From Brooklyn To Manhattan Might Be Expensive And Impractical, But We WANT IT

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:38 PM

A new plan would have New York City commuters riding high between Brooklyn and Manhattan, instead of sweating it out in cramped subways underground.

Daniel Levy, the president of New York-focused real estate search engine City Realty, wants the Big Apple to build a multi-million dollar, high-speed...

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Another School Bus Crash In New York City Injures 11

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Eleven people were injured in a school bus crash in New York City early Tuesday morning, PIX11 reports.

Nine children and two adults were taken to a hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening after the school bus crashed around 7:20 a.m. at Liberty Avenue and 183rd Street...

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Restaurant Takes Down Sign Advertising 'Straight Ice Cream' Amid Backlash

(37) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:56 PM

NEW YORK -- A New York City restaurant has taken down a sign advertising its "big STRAIGHT ice cream" that raised eyebrows over the weekend.

Owners of the beloved Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, which is across Seventh Avenue from Gallo Nero, first tweeted a photo of...

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New Yorkers Remind Us That 9/11 Is Much More Than Just A National Tragedy

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:47 AM

On Thursday, family members of September 11th victims gathered to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the attacks. The annual ceremony brought together city officials and New Yorkers alike for a citywide moment of silence and reading of names to honor those who lost their lives.

Below are images and...

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NYPD Commissioner Defends 'Broken Windows' At Breakfast Costing $1,250 A Table

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 4:49 PM

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton delivered a full-throated defense of “broken windows” policing Wednesday morning, but said the police department is reviewing how it enforces low-level offenses.

“In the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, we as a country, and a police profession, drifted away from the emphasis on...

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At Hearing On NYPD Force, The '5,000-Pound Elephant In The Room' Is 'Broken Windows'

(49) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:27 AM

NEW YORK -- It took two hours during Monday’s packed City Council hearing with NYPD Commissioner William Bratton for someone to mention “broken windows.” It was council member Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn) who finally broached the subject, calling the controversial policing strategy the “5,000-pound elephant in the room.”

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The Central Park Five's Long Legal Nightmare Ends As Judge Approves $41 Million Settlement

(34) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 4:36 PM

NEW YORK -- A federal judge officially approved New York City's $41 million settlement with the Central Park Five on Friday, bringing to an end a decades-long legal battle for the five men wrongfully convicted in a high-profile sexual assault case in 1990.

"It's a long time coming...

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We Still Don't Know What Happened To Ramarley Graham

(82) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:02 PM

NEW YORK -- Ramarley Graham is a name the country should know, but doesn't. For New Yorkers, Graham's case is reminiscent of Michael Brown's in Ferguson, Missouri. Both were unarmed black men fatally shot by white police officers. As in Mike Brown's case, we are still waiting for...

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Most New Yorkers Want To See Criminal Charges In The Death Of Eric Garner

(15) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 6:03 PM

NEW YORK -- A majority of New Yorkers think criminal charges should be brought against police officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop most directly involved in last month's death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, a new poll shows.

According to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, 64 percent...

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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'

(8) 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.

On...

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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

(113) 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

(72) 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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