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07.17.15 Liam Mathews

Norte Maar settled in Bushwick in 2005, back when the property boom was just a gleam in a developer’s eye and long before Bushwick Open Studios was an enormous corporate-sponsored block party. The not-for-profit arts organization, which promotes and presents multidisciplinary artistic collaborations, set up a permanent location in an apartment on Wyckoff Avenue in […]

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05.14.15 Prachi Gupta

Aleah, 17, has just discovered that she’s pregnant. But she has no good options: Her abusive boyfriend, who runs with a gang, is also cheating on her. Her mom called her a “hoe” and kicked her out. Before Aleah can figure out where to go from there, she’s caught in a shootout in front of […]

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05.07.15 Prachi Gupta

Men in blue today get a bad rep, but they look like schoolyard bullies when compared to Michael Dowd, the ex-NYPD officer who slung crack cocaine in Brooklyn’s murder capital, East New York, at the height of the drug’s epidemic. Dowd, who served the 75th Precinct for a decade, made up to $4,000 a week […]

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03.05.15 Raven Rakia

Three months after Akai Gurley’s killing and three weeks after the indictment of Officer Peter Liang, some residents of the Pink Houses public housing building in East New York – where Akai Gurley was killed – aren’t convinced the indictment will bring about a change in how the police operate in their community. “I don’t […]

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01.29.15 Prachi Gupta

The domestic partner of Akai Gurley, the unarmed East New York man who was fatally shot in a stairwell by NYPD in November, plans to sue the city for $50 million for his death. The New York Daily News reports that Kimberly Ballinger, whose two-year-old daughter was fathered by Gurley, is taking the “first legal […]

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12.29.14 Rhett Jones

Protesters gathered in East New York on Saturday to demand justice for Akai Gurley, a resident of the Pink Houses who was shot in a darkened stairwell by a rookie cop. More than 200 protesters reportedly gathered at the site of the shooting before making their way to the 75th Precinct. After arriving at the station, protestors […]

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12.05.14 Rhett Jones

According to sources speaking with the Daily News, the cop who shot Akai Gurley in an East New York stairwell decided to text his union rep instead of helping the dying man. After the rookie officer entered a darkened stairwell in the Louis H. Pink Houses with his gun drawn, the officers have said there […]

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11.24.14 Rhett Jones

Akai Gurley, 28, was shot and killed by a rookie cop while descending the unlit staircase of East New York’s Pink Houses on November 20th. He was unarmed. According to Gurley’s female companion, Melissa Butler, the two residents decided to take the staircase after the elevator had taken too long to arrive. When the couple […]

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11.21.14 Bucky Turco

Its been a few months since city cops have killed an unarmed black man, but New York’s Finest ended that streak Thursday night. Rookie officer Peter Liang fatally shot Akai Gurley, 28, in the chest reports the Daily News. The incident took place in what the NYPD is characterizing as a “dimly lit stairwell of […]

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07.28.14 Bucky Turco

Despite a 1993 ban on chokeholds by the NYPD and all the media attention that Eric Garner’s death has amassed (along with other instances of police misconduct over the past few days), photos surfaced from this weekend that appear to show yet another cop using the prohibited tactic and this time it was on a […]

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