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07.12.13 Marie Calloway

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has released a 37 second PSA called “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands.” According to South Florida Review, it was created over fears that riots or forms of violent protest will erupt when the jury reaches a verdict on the Zimmerman case and the slaying of black teenager Trayvon Martin. To quote […]

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03.12.13 Andy Cush

Last night a riot broke out at a vigil from Kimani Gray, a 16-year-old killed by police over the weekend, as protesters apparently angry over Gray’s death and the lack of a response from the city threw trash cans, smashed windows, and looted a Rite Aid. According to attendees, the evening began peacefully at around […]

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02.12.13 Andy Cush

The New York World created this interactive map of New York City, which compares the 2012 homicide rate of each police precinct to that of a similar international country. Astoria/Long Island City, with its 2.96 homicides per 100,000 people, is like Libya; East Harlem, with its 25 homicides per 100,000 people, is like Brazil. My […]

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02.07.13 Marina Galperina

Oh, look, Lee Hardcastle made a music video. From the claymation extraordinaire who brought us Evil Dead II with cats, here is “BLVCK MVGIC” from Kill The Noise. It’s horrifying. No, really. There’s face slicing, gut carving, crucifixions, “witch” burnings and an ironic ending. Ironic as in HORRIFYING. This is the exploitation grindhouse level of violent. I’m sorry. But […]

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12.14.12 Andy Cush

Cro-Mags founder and former bassist Harley Flanagan was arrested for stabbing and biting two members of the band at a Webster Hall show in July. Today, Sean Paramenter, Flanagan’s lawyer, announced all charges had been dropped. “This is great news for him and his family,” said Paramenter of the decision. “He feels vindicated.” Paramenter had maintained […]

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11.28.12 Andy Cush

The NYPD reported that Monday, for the first time since anyone can remember, there were no reported shootings, stabbings, or slashings in all of New York City. Good news! And also a reminder of just how violent–and how big–this city can be. And after the July weekend in which seven people were separately murdered in […]

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10.25.12 Andy Cush

Ehud Halevy, the young man who was recently beaten by police officers inside of a Crown Heights community center, made his first public appearance since the incident, in a news conference with his lawyers Wednesday. He described the incident and his subsequent assault arrest in short, careful terms, adding that there was much he didn’t […]

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09.11.12 Andy Cush

In the above video, we see 19-year-old Luis Solivan on the floor of his family apartment, with two NYPD officers on top of him, as one officer repeatedly punches him in the face. The violent, upsetting footage may play a crucial role in Solivan’s recently-filed lawsuit against the city, which alleges that the officers used […]

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09.10.12 Andy Cush

Last month, ANIMAL reported on Skateistan, an organization focused on empowering Afghanistan’s youth through skateboarding and in-classroom education. Today, Buzzfeed points to a tragic update from the organization–four of Skateistan’s students and youth leaders were killed Saturday in a suicide bombing in Jabul. “It is…with great pain and heavy hearts that we share our memories […]

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08.24.12 Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL spoke to a witness at the scene of the Empire State Building shooting. The man, who gave only his last name, describes the chaos he witnessed as the violence unfolded. The Guardian revealed the shooter’s name as Jeffrey Johnson, 53, a former employee of Hazan Imports who was laid off last year. Around 9 […]

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