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07.02.15 Bucky Turco

With its oversized Stars and Stripes draped across the stock exchange, sacred skyscraper that stands 1776 feet tall, and giant statue nicknamed “Lady Liberty,” NYC is widely portrayed as a bastion of patriotism and freedom. But when it comes to July 4, the nation’s most chest-thumping, independence-promoting holiday, it’s illegal to light what the law […]

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09.21.11 Bucky Turco

According to the latest FBI data, way too many Americans are getting arrested for weed. In 2010, police busted over 850,000 people on pot-related offenses. As NORML notes, that accounts for “more than one-half (52 percent) of all drug arrests in the Untied States,” of those, 46 percent were for possession. It’s no wonder law […]

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09.06.11 Bucky Turco

Showing restraint is not what the NYPD is typically known for. Time after time, poorly trained officers needlessly escalate situations that could otherwise be resolved without physical force. […]

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07.25.11 Bucky Turco

The NYPD continues to play by its own rules and recently, detained a videographer for refusing to show his identification to an officer who observed him shooting footage of an arrest in Times Square. […]

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07.01.11 Bucky Turco

Last year, Congress voted to reduce the federal sentencing guidelines for crack-related offenses and bring them a little bit more inline with the penalties for powdered cocaine. But how about all those inmates currently in prison? Thankfully, a governmental body known as the U.S. Sentencing Commission moved to apply the law retroactively. […]

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06.27.11 Bucky Turco

Late last week, Buju Banton was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for conspiracy charges related to a cocaine deal the DEA says he set up. If credited with good behavior, his defense attorney, David Oscar Marus, thinks the dancehall superstar will end up serving a little more than half that time and that’s […]

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05.26.11 Bucky Turco

On Wednesday, dozens of activists gathered in front of Mayor Bloomberg’s posh townhouse on the Upper East Side—a neighborhood which only accounted for 34 of 50,383 low level pot arrests—to draw attention to the NYPD’s War on Weed and its many casualties. […]

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04.20.11 Bucky Turco

Thank goodness for the ACLU. The defenders of the Constitution are calling attention to the Michigan State Police for using a gadget that can download personal data from the cell phones of persons they pull over… even if they haven’t been charged with a crime. Called “extraction devices,” the gizmos are capable of capturing “text […]

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04.15.11 Bucky Turco

The NYPD’s prolonged battle with bikes is starting to take its toll on officers as they continue to lose their mental bearings when it comes to any incident involving a cyclist, even if circumstantially related. […]

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10.28.10 Bucky Turco

Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was recently granted bail with some of the most oppressive conditions ever and yet, two weeks later, he’s still in custody. How’s that possible? The short answer: the government is going out of its way to screw him over. In addition to Bob Marley’s son Stephen putting up his $300k […]

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