While much of the protests revolving around Ferguson and Staten Island now revolve around race, there is an even more troubling dynamic and that is the perversion of the legal system in both instances to trust itself.
Did Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo receive special or unorthodox treatment from prosecutors that resulted in the return of a "no bill"? It's difficult to answer this question because the grand juries handling both of these investigations met behind closed doors.
These critical moments offer us an opportunity to consider how silence within privileged communities, such as the ones at PWIs (Predominately White Institutions), perpetuates the systemic violence we see in our world.
Thousands made it across the finish line, exhausted, though elated. And behind the scenes was an incredible demonstration of how a city like New York was able to deter acts of aggression and protect the runners, the spectators and the thousands of workers who helped pull off this major event without serious mishap.
The Staten Island Grand Jury can return an indictment. The public may expect the Staten Island Grand Jury to return an indictment. However the reality may prove to be quite different. It may come down to no indictment in Ferguson and no indictment in the chokehold NYPD case of Eric Garner.
As outrage simmered in the hours before the release of the Ferguson verdict, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton made a rare public appearance to defend his Broken Windows policing philosophy. But his remarks brought controversy from those affected by aggressive policing.
It is true that the members of the New York Police Department are underpaid and under-appreciated. But since when do we honor people for being decent human beings? Although noble, I find this very troubling.
We are asking courageous New York City Council members to exercise their oversight power by passing the Right to Know Act, which would strengthen police accountability and transparency by requiring officers who stop us to identify themselves.
When activists turned out to a 2013 city council meeting in Oakland to protest the hiring of Bill Bratton as a consultant to the Oakland Police Department, was anyone surprised?
All over the country black people have been stopped, harassed, arrested, injured and even killed at the hands of the police meant to protect them. From Brooklyn to Baltimore, Atlanta to Anaheim, cellphone videos are waking up the rest of the population to the fact that overly aggressive policing is not new in America, especially in black America.
Last week, we recognized some of the most remarkable people and animals on the front lines of that effort by bestowing our annual ASPCA Humane Awards.
Twenty years after his son was fatally shot by a police officer, Nicholas Heyward Sr stares out the kitchen window of his Brooklyn apartment, one hand distractedly placed on a stack of newspaper clippings related to the death of then-13-year-old Nicholas N. Heyward Jr, an honors student who loved to play basketball.
Sometimes, ya just gotta do what ya gotta do to get someone's attention. This is the reality in which Occupy activist Marni Halasa lives, and thrives...
With New York City voters having delivered a decisive mandate for stop-and-frisk reform in last year's mayoral election, it is time for the Second Circuit to permit the reform process to move forward without any further delay.
After being arrested on a 2005 summons warrant, the NYPD let the air out of this cyclist's bike tires.