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New York Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Provide Legal Services To The Poor

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.02.2017 | Politics

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vetoed a bill that would have required the state to fund legal services for the poor. Cuomo struck down the bipartisan ...

NYPD Ignored Court-Imposed Rules While Spying on American Muslims

Simon McCormack | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Simon McCormack

It is difficult to overstate just how invasive, stigmatizing, and ineffective the NYPD's surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers has been. It not only alienates people from police, but it sows mistrust and fear among community members themselves.

Maybe You Shouldn't Use Public Wi-Fi In New York City

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 03.17.2016 | Technology

The New York Civil Liberties Union is disappointed in a new public Wi-Fi service. LinkNYC provides "super fast, free" Internet connections to people t...

Why Is Fox News So Afraid of Black Lives Matter?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.03.2016 | Media
Marvin Meadors

Whether it is Black Lives Matter who demand to be heard or others, Fox News will attempt to shout down the movement to protect their cherished vision of a monochrome America, instead of the messy, rigidly stratified America that so many face.

Christopher Mathias

The Fight Over Eric Garner Grand Jury Records Continues | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Nearly a year after Eric Garner died at the hands of police, an appeals court Tuesday heard oral arguments over whether to unseal records ...

Christopher Mathias

Judge Denies Request To Release Eric Garner Grand Jury Records | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.19.2015 | Black Voices

A Staten Island judge has denied a request to release records from the grand jury investigation into the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man wh...

Christopher Mathias

Judge Agrees To Consider Releasing Eric Garner Grand Jury Records | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.05.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A New York judge said on Monday that he will hear arguments later this month over whether to unseal the grand jury proceedings that result...

Christopher Mathias

Advocates Demand The NYPD Stop Handcuffing 5-Year-Olds | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Alecia Cabral says her 5-year-old son, a child with special needs, still has “faint marks” on his wrists from when school safety offic...

Christopher Mathias

Giant Settlement In New York Promises 'More Humane Justice System' For The Poor | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement that will bolster the state’s public legal counsel for the...

Christopher Mathias

Holder Backs Lawsuit Against Cuomo For Failing To Provide Legal Services To The Poor | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder, who will reportedly announce his resignation on Thursday, has lent his endorsement to a class-action lawsuit that accuse...

Christopher Mathias

In New York, Justice 'Only Available To Those Who Can Afford It,' Says New Report | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

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-...

Free to Be... Anonymously

Andrew Tucker Avorn | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Andrew Tucker Avorn

On Thursday, a federal court struck down a New York City Transit Authority rule that permitted police officers to ask anyone on Transit Authority property for their ID. The right to anonymity is not mentioned in the Constitution, but it fits with established American ideals of privacy.

Woman Sues NYPD Over Arrest

| Posted 12.18.2012 | New York

By Jess Wisloski, DNAinfo Weekend Editor NEW YORK CITY — A Bedford-Stuyvesant woman who was arrested after taping a stop-and-frisk in her neighbo...

'Wanted' Stop-And-Frisk Protesters Beat NYPD Charges

| Posted 11.29.2012 | New York

By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer HARLEM — The Harlem couple who had their faces and home address displayed on "wanted posters" after being...

NYCLU Report: Sex-Ed In New York Rife With Inaccuracies

Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

According to a recent report by the New York Civil Liberties Union, numerous public school districts across New York State are providing their student...

Fighting For The Right To Give Cops The Finger

| Posted 07.12.2012 | New York

By Andrea Swalec, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer MANHATTAN — He's fighting for his right to flip the bird. A 26-year-old man who was arrested last ...

Hipsters Get Stopped-And-Frisked Too

Posted 03.26.2012 | New York

The New York Civil Liberties Union recently compiled the top 10 neighborhoods for NYPD stop-and-frisks. Unsurprisingly, the stops occurred more freque...

New York City and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.28.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Metal detectors at school entrances make many New York City schools feel more like prisons than places where young people want to be and contribute to the sense that these are not a place where people are respected.

John Rudolf

NYPD Testing Long-Distance Gun Detection Device | John Rudolf | Posted 01.18.2012 | Crime

The New York Police Department, with assistance from the Pentagon, is testing a scanning device that can remotely detect concealed firearms, Police Co...

Who's the Real Chicken?

Len Levitt | Posted 03.18.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

Rupert Murdoch may have called Gov. Cuomo "chicken" for refusing to take on the city's teacher's union. But judging from his latest State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg sounds like the real chicken for refusing to take on Ray Kelly.

4 Million New Yorkers Have Been Stopped-And-Frisked

Posted 11.30.2011 | New York

2011's seen a 13 percent increase in New Yorkers getting patted down by cops. As of September the NYPD has stop-and-frisked 514,000 people. And accor...

94 Percent Of Arrested Students Are Black Or Latino

Posted 12.01.2011 | New York

An average of 1 New York City student is arrested by the NYPD every day, according to a new report. And of those arrested, 88 percent are male and 94 ...

Discourse on Intercourse: An Opportunity to Teach Sex Education the Right Way

Lily Gellman | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Lily Gellman

Imagine a scale from one to 10. One marks abstinence-only-until-heterosexual-marriage education, while 10 represents safer sex-positive, LGBTQ-inclusive education. My high school's curriculum up until this year falls somewhere in the scale's middle, but tips precariously toward its lower end.

No Rise Out of Stop and Frisk

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Is police commissioner Ray Kelly being pro-active or provocative after his stop-and-frisk databank was legislated out of existence?

No Longer God

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Governor David Paterson's decision to scrap Ray Kelly's databank of people not arrested in police stop-and-frisks is the latter's first public smack-down in eight years as police commissioner.