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New York Editor at The Huffington Post.

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How Manspreading Arrests Highlight What's 'F**ked Up' About Broken Windows Policing

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 4:51 PM

It’s bad subway etiquette, sure, but is it an arrest-worthy offense?

“Manspreading” -- the act of a someone, usually a man, taking up two subway seats by spreading his legs -- has rankled many train passengers for years. It became enough of an annoyance that the Metropolitan...

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Police Reform Advocates Call Bratton's Remarks On Filming Officers 'Outrageous' And 'Disgraceful'

(154) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Police reform groups expressed outrage Thursday over NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's complaint that too many people are filming police officers.

Bratton spoke critically on Wednesday about the practice of filming police encounters, saying it is often “agitating situations.”

“The cameras are everywhere, but when they start...

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Rikers Island Guard Repeatedly Raped 2 Women Inmates, Says Lawsuit

(42) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:21 PM

A male guard at New York's Rikers Island jail complex repeatedly raped two female inmates, a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, accuses Correction Officer Benny Santiago of sexually assaulting the two women for years, and punishing them when they resisted his advances or...

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Attorney Asks Judge To Dismiss Charges Against NYPD Cop In Death Of Akai Gurley

(81) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 6:06 PM

An attorney for the New York City police officer indicted for killing Akai Gurley filed a motion Thursday morning seeking to have the charges against his client dropped.

New York City Police Department Officer Peter Liang, 27, has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide,...

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Half Of Cop-Killers In 2013 Were Prohibited From Having A Gun... But Got One Anyway

(835) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 8:56 AM

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Twelve of the officers killed by guns that were not their own in 2013. From left to right, starting at the top, Cuauhtemoc Estrada, Paul Kenyon Butterfield, Eugene Crum, Lance Allen McLean, Gary Morales, Frederick Albert Riggenbach, Rod. L Bradway, Sean Collier, Robert...

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New Bill Would Let New Yorkers Identify As Multiracial On Official City Forms

(24) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:20 AM

New York City has the largest population in the United States of people who identify as multiracial. Even its mayor, Bill de Blasio, and its first lady, Chirlane McCray, have two multiracial children.

And yet, on the various official city documents New Yorkers often have to fill out, there...

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Thousands Of Police Mourn One Of Their Own At Funeral For Brian Moore, A 'Cops' Cop'

(151) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Standing behind the pulpit of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, New York, on Friday, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton choked back tears.

“I posthumously promote police officer Brian Moore to detective first grade, New York City Police Department,” Bratton said, causing mourners to burst into...

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Unsheltered Population In NYC Drops 5 Percent, Even As Homelessness Crisis Continues

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:41 PM

The number of unsheltered New Yorkers fell by 5 percent during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office, the city’s Department of Homeless Services announced Thursday.

There were 3,182 people sleeping on the city’s streets, in the subway or in other public areas this February during the annual...

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Yes, It's Possible To End Homelessness In The United States

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 7:47 AM

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the next 10 years. We're highlighting causes that are near and dear to our ethos -- causes where we believe meaningful progress can be made in...

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Georgia's Lax Gun Laws Led To Two Fatal Shootings Of NYPD Officers

(487) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:13 PM

Flags in New York City are again at half-mast for a fallen police officer.

NYPD Officer Brian Moore, who was only 25 years old, was shot Saturday while on patrol in Queens. He died on Monday.

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The Fight To Release The Eric Garner Grand Jury Records Is Still Alive

(17) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 6:16 PM

With six Baltimore police officers facing criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray, many New Yorkers still want to know why there were never any charges against police involved in the death of another unarmed black man: 43-year-old Eric Garner.

This week, an effort to answer...

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Baltimore Protesters Rejoice Over Charges In Freddie Gray's Death

(61) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 3:01 PM

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It wasn’t expected -- but it was welcome.

Many Baltimore residents applauded Friday's announcement from State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that Freddie Gray’s death will be considered a homicide and that there is "probable cause to file criminal charges" against the police officers involved.

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Watch Rival Gangs Work Together To Restore The Peace In Baltimore

(125) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 10:49 AM

BALTIMORE -- The riots in Baltimore started Monday at the Mondawmin Mall. Two days later, the mall was where self-identified gang members were trying to restore peace.

Police had assembled at the mall Monday anticipating violence after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man who...

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Thousands Protest Peacefully In Baltimore, And Many Lend A Helping Hand

(65) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 10:08 AM

BALTIMORE -- At the Mondawmin Mall in West Baltimore Wednesday afternoon, members of rival gangs banded together to make sure local high school students got home from schools safely.

"We all met up today to make sure the incidents that happened in previous days don't happen again," a 21-year-old...

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Fox News Wanted To Focus On Looters, But This Baltimore City Council Member Wasn't Having It

(318) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 7:08 PM

At the end of a short interview with Fox News reporter Leland Vittert on the streets of West Baltimore Monday night, Nick Mosby, a member of the Baltimore City Council, decided he'd had enough.

"At this point, this is not productive," Mosby said, walking away from Vittert. "All you...

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Baltimore Gang Members Say They Never Formed Truce To Hurt Cops

(163) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Rival Baltimore gang members came together Monday night to say that they never formed a truce to harm city police officers in revenge for the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died last week after being injured in police custody.

“We want the people of Baltimore City to know that...

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New Bill Would Ban Police Chokeholds Under Federal Law

(95) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:31 PM

NEW YORK -- Less than a year after Eric Garner died after being put into a police chokehold in Staten Island, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is introducing legislation that would ban the often dangerous maneuver outright under federal law.

Jeffries announced his new bill, the Excessive Use...

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Hundreds Protest Baltimore Police Over Death Of Freddie Gray

(59) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 4:53 PM

BALTIMORE -- Hundreds of people took to the streets here on Saturday to demonstrate against police brutality and call for accountability for the police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who died April 19 as the result of a severe spinal injury that occurred when he...

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New Video Shows NYC Teen's 3 Years Of Hell In Rikers Island Jail

(137) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 6:32 PM

NEW YORK -- Kalief Browder spent three years in New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex on a robbery charge that was ultimately dismissed.

Browder was 16 when he was put behind bars in 2010. While his friends in the Bronx finished high school, Browder was in and...

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Can New York City Actually End Veteran Homelessness This Year?

(33) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 9:40 AM

New York City is on track to reach its goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, according to numbers from Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, a potentially remarkable achievement for a city with one of the largest homeless populations in the country.

The mayor's office has...

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