Monthly Archives: March 2013

Torture, or Mental Health Treatment? Leaked Video Shows American Prison Conditions

“Help, I can’t breathe,” a prisoner calls out through a fabric mask that was placed over his nose and mouth after pepper spray was shot into his face from inches away. “You’re Talking, You’re Breathing,” says Captain Welch, in a calm monotone. … Continue reading

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Part Four: Is Campaign Finance Driven By Cops, Courts, and Corrections?

Mayor Bloomberg is term-limited, thus the city will lose its primary supporter of the Stop & Frisk policy in 2013.  Whereas many Democrats participated in the Silent March of over 10,000 people last summer, some Republicans have suggested that NYPD … Continue reading

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Part Three: Comparing the Precincts- Is Crime Reduced by Stop-and-Frisk?

As the Floyd v. New York trial continues in federal court, we hear various rationales about why the policy’s effectiveness trumps the widespread erosion (if not clear violation) of civil rights.  The primary excuse for wholesale stopping of pedestrians, frequently … Continue reading

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In the Floyd case, the NYPD faces tough scrutiny of Stop-and-Frisk tactics

This article was originally written for The Guardian, here. The New York Police Department is on trial in Floyd v City of New York, and the public is watching. It is ironic that the policy of recording “stops, questions, and frisks” originated with the 1999 … Continue reading

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What They Don’t Tell You About NYC Crime Data

Any study on “safety” would always be subjective.  What is “safe?”  It is a feeling, not a fact.  It is relative, and highly impacted by the media’s reporting of crimes- both near and far.  Looking at the NYPD’s crime reporting, … Continue reading

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Crashing the System with Stop and Frisk

The Floyd v. New York class action suit, to hold the city accountable for hundreds of thousands of baseless harassments by the NYPD, is the affordable option for NYC taxpayers and the court system.  If each plaintiff were to bring a … Continue reading

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Is Racism Really This Blind?

UPDATE:  10 members of Congress call on the team to change their name. U.S. trademark law says that there is no commercial protection for a disparaging term or symbol.  In 1992, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed that “Redskins” … Continue reading

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