December 4, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will launch a civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who was killed last summer after being placed in a choke hold by a white New York City police officer during an ...[read more]
August 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
New York City on Wednesday formally dropped the city's appeal of rulings in lawsuits involving the New York Police Department's (NYPD) use of stop-and-frisk tactics. Mayor Bill De Blasio's administration agreed to end the lawsuit against the NYPD after reaching a settlement requiring three years ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The new commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) William Bratton announced Wednesday the disbanding of a surveillance unit used to spy on Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit, established in 2003, utilized plainclothes detectives to map communities both inside and outside New ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Neil Devlin
In 1999, unarmed Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by the New York City Police Department's Street Crimes Unit. His death incited community outrage on the issue of policing and race. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a nonprofit legal organization devoted to defending constitutional ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by G. Redd
Stop, Question and Frisk is a proactive policing program, in which police officers use personal discretion in detaining individuals based on suspicion of felonious behavior. Recent claims of prejudice raised against the New York City Police Department are rooted in substantive law passed during ...[read more]
November 23, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stop and frisk program program was carried out in a discriminatory manner. The court refused to throw out the lower court ruling written by Judge Shira Scheindlin ...[read more]
November 10, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to vacate the decisions of US District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, who ordered sweeping changes to the New York Police Department (NYPD) stop-and-frisk program. It is speculated that Bloomberg ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday blocked changes to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stop-and-frisk procedures. The ruling specifically denounced the decision of district court Judge Shira Scheindlin, who initially ordered the changes, stating that the judge, " ...[read more]
September 19, 2013
by G. Redd
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday denied New York City's motion to stay her order regarding the New York City Police Department (NYPD) 'stop-and-frisk' policy. Judge Shira Scheindlin initially ruled that the methods used by the NYPD were a violation ...[read more]
September 11, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly filed an answer on Tuesday admitting that the New York Police Department (NYPD) spied in mosques and on a Muslim preacher but requesting that the court dismiss the complaint. The lawsuit was filed in June by plaintiffs ...[read more]

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