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Law Enforcement Uses StingRays To Spy On Americans And Lies About It

Kris Hermes | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Kris Hermes

In this relatively uncharted tech landscape, the state can easily and indiscriminately spy on us, invade our privacy, and push the limits of democracy with little regard for the consequences of such widespread abuse.

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.

Lucky for Us Apple Chair Treasures Privacy

Eddie Borges | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics
Eddie Borges

The Feds saying they want Apple to create new software to unlock an iPhone "just this once" is almost as good as, "you can't get pregnant from just doing it once," "it'll cure your acne," and "I'll be gentle."

After 19-year Probe, Feds KO Complaint Against NYC's All-girls School

Michael Meyers | Posted 11.02.2016 | Education
Michael Meyers

It only took 19 years -- for the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to approve as legal East Harlem's Young Women's Leadership School (YWLS) which began in 1996 as a middle school for girls and which is now a middle and senior high school.

Don't Lose Sight of the Good Cops

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 05.22.2016 | Crime
Anthony Hatcher

Recent events in Baltimore, Ferguson, New York or wherever an unarmed black man has died in police custody remind me of something I learned long ago when I was on the police beat: There is nobody better than a good cop. There is nobody worse than a bad cop.

Students Tell Mayor de Blasio, Turn Off the Metal Detectors!

Alan Singer | Posted 04.25.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The existence of the metal detectors is a constant irritant to the Black and Latino students who attend these schools, a repeated statement about their second-class educational citizenship, and a reminder of police repression of minority youth and the school-to-prison-pipeline that infects American society.

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...

Yes, It's Legal To Film The Cops -- And What's Been Filmed In Recent Months Is Appalling

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- It's becoming clearer and clearer that smartphones have ushered in a new era of police accountability. Since mid-July, when a bystander on...

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-...

Matt Sledge

NYPD Oversight Chair Considers Punting On Stop-And-Frisk | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The new chairman of the New York City board that investigates alleged police misconduct suggested on Tuesday that the panel may stop probi...

The Salvation Army's White-Flag Surrender to Secularism

Dan Arel | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

This week the Salvation Army caved, and a settlement has been reached that upholds the separation of church and state and will no longer allow the organization to hold those they serve or those they employee to any religious standards while receiving taxpayer dollars.

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

If Only Billionaires Were Stopped and Frisked

Nida Khan | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Nida Khan

The amount of taxpayer money spent on these incidents is enough to make anyone's head spin. It's simply out of control. And it might be time for the Mayor and Police Commissioner Kelly to accept the reality that police officers need to be retrained and an outside monitor must be established.

NYPD Made 400,000 Stops Of Innocent Blacks, Latinos In 2012

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.23.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A new analysis of the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk practice found that it resulted 400,000 stops of innocent black and...

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.

WATCH: NYPD May Soon Be Able To See Through Your Clothes

Posted 01.24.2013 | New York

The NYPD is currently testing a portable device that enables officers to scan for concealed weapons. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly provided detail...

Judge Orders Controversial Stop-And-Frisk Policy In Bronx Building To Halt Immediately

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 01.09.2013 | New York

In a blow to the NYPD's controversial use of stop-and-frisks, a federal judge has ordered an "immediate cease" to some police stops conducted under "O...

Lawsuits Against NYC Cost $70 Per New Yorker

Posted 12.27.2012 | New York

In the 2011 fiscal year alone, New York City paid out a staggering $550.4 million-- or about $70 per New York resident-- to settle a litany of lawsuit...

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...

Katherine Bindley

Inside The Extreme Isolation Cells Of New York Prisons: NYCLU's Report | Katherine Bindley | Posted 10.04.2012 | New York

For 23 hours a day over the course of four months, a 21-year-old inmate at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, N.Y., shared an isolation cell the...

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...

96% Of Students Arrested In NYC Schools Are Black Or Latino

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 08.15.2012 | New York

A new report conducted by the NYCLU and released on Monday reveals the NYPD arrested 882 students in 2011. Ninety-six percent of students arrested...

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 ...