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A three-judge panel will convene in Brooklyn today to hear arguments appealing to unseal the grand jury verdict that failed to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner last year, NY1 reports. On March 19, Staten Island judge William E. Garnett determined that there was no “compelling” reason to unseal the records. […]

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The New York Civil Liberties Union will file an appeal of a Staten Island judge’s decision to not release the transcripts from the Eric Garner grand jury decision, according to a press release. Since December, the NYCLU has been asking for the release of the transcript of the proceedings and the instructions and evidence presented […]

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E-ZPass is a system that allows drivers to pay tolls via an electronic tag that’s read by scanners at toll booths in order to expedite the payment process (shorter lines, no digging for change). You would assume that they’d only be located at toll booths, since that’s what they’re for, but The New York Civil […]

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A New York Supreme Court judge has ruled against releasing evidence from the highly publicized case in which a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of unarmed black man Eric Garner. The decision was met with public outcry and nationwide protests, and several organizations including the NYCLU and […]

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It just got a little bit harder for the NYPD to stop-and-frisk you for no reason. Well, at least on paper. Earlier this week, a memo was sent out to all officers stating new rules regarding stop-and-frisk policies, effective immediately, DNAinfo reported. Officers can no longer stop people based solely on “furtive movements,” or because […]

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The city has limited the involvement of police in its new school suspension policy, but a new video by the New York Civil Liberties Union compels one to wonder how in the world this could count as reform. “I’ve had instances where we had police assigned to our building, who I believe overreacted to particular […]

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A federal court has reinstated a lawsuit brought forward by an NYPD veteran who claims he was harassed after he complained that his precinct maintained illegal quotas. Craig Matthews first filed his lawsuit against the Bronx’s 42nd precinct in February 2012. He accused supervisors of implementing quotas for arrests, summonses and stop-and-frisks, tracked by color-coded […]

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As the death of Eric Garner continues to have ripple effects throughout NYC, some activists are requesting more information be released from the grand jury proceedings. The proceedings did not bring any criminal charges against members of the NYPD. Garner died due to health complications after being detained by NYPD officers, one of whom was accused of […]

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In a decision that shouldn’t even have to be debated, New York State settled with the NYCLU today, agreeing to provide defendants with a suitable attorney if they cannot afford one. Despite the fact that it has been the law for 50 years, New York has consistently failed to provide a defense lawyer and has even gone as far […]

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The NYCLU released a report today detailing the dismal state of New York’s public defense system. The report focuses on five counties: Onondaga (Syracuse), Suffolk, Ontario, Schuyler and Washington. “In each of these counties, people too poor to afford private attorneys too often appear before judges without a lawyer by their side, or are forced […]

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