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06.18.15 Liam Mathews

On June 18, a disgraced Rikers commanding officer was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the Fourteenth Amendment right of a prisoner to receive attention for serious medical needs. Captain Terrence Pendergrass consciously allowed an inmate named Jason Echevarria to die after the patient poisoned himself. “A man died here, a 25-year-old man, […]

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12.18.14 Prachi Gupta

On Wednesday, a jury found former Rikers captain Terrence Pendergrass guilty of a civil rights violation in the death of an inmate two years ago. The New York Times reports that Pendergrass is the first officer to be tried for such a crime “in more than a decade.” He may serve up to 10 years […]

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08.16.13 Kyle Petreycik

Photographer as well as rights advocate Shawn Nee was detained by members of the LAPD for allegedly “interfering” with an ongoing investigation by taking photos, but from over ninety-feet away. The above video thoughtfully illustrates how the public’s basic First Ammendment right to photograph police officers doing their job is continuously being impeded upon. It also […]

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06.26.13 Nate Cepis

News Vines is our new reoccurring series in which we retell current events in six-seconds or less. In this edition, the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional in a historic 5-4 ruling. News Vines: The Supreme Court Finds DOMA Unconstitutional https://t.co/bD6TD7V34u — ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) June 26, 2013 […]

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06.20.13 Kyle Petreycik

Last Saturday afternoon photographer, Shawn Randall Thomas was arrested for photographing a police station in Bushwick. Thomas was allegedly taking photos of the station for over an hour prior to his encounter with the frustrated police officer seen in the video below. Thomas says that he was unlawfully arrested and has filed a formal complaint against the […]

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06.11.13 Marina Galperina

As Russian government just hit a new low in its systematic persecution of Russian LGBT citizens, Moscovites just hit a new low in its violent homophobia. The State Duma passed a notorious bill today that would punish any person or media company making information about the gay, bisexual and transgender community accessible to minors. That means […]

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02.04.13 Andy Cush

A new court filing by a group of civil rights lawyers alleges that the NYPD’s insistent focus on surveilling Muslims is in violation of a 1985 legal ruling. “There is substantial persuasive evidence that the defendants are conducting investigations into organizations and individuals associated with the Muslim faith and the Muslim community in New York, […]

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09.06.12 Marina Galperina

Model Zoe West has just settled her case with the city for $15,000 after she was illegally arrested following her performance in Times Square, where her body was painted by local artist Andy Golub. ANIMAL caught up with the feisty gal to talk about the experience, now that this — the public arrest, the waiting naked […]

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07.25.12 David Lumb

Audio was just released of the 911 call in New Brunswick, NJ that busted open an out-of-state NYPD safehouse in 2009–which was only made public after a lawsuit by the Associated Press. The safehouse was littered with pictures of terrorists, literature on the Muslim religion, and pictures of the neighboring buildings, according to the caller […]

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02.10.12 Marina Galperina

After banning peaceful civilian protests and investigating the “unsanctioned action” by placard-wielding toys assembled in front of a police station in Siberia, a Russian town has officially declared toy demonstrations illegal. […]

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