Posted on 2010 December 15 by BBVM
Four Queens men claim they were locked up for more than 30 hours by cops seeking revenge on a crowd of men who laughed at an officer who couldn’t catch a fleeing drug suspect.
The men insist they didn’t even laugh, says their lawyer Gabriel P. Harvis, who filed suit against the NYPD and 10 unidentified officers in Brooklyn Federal Court. They believe they were arrested because cops wanted to take their frustration out on them, he said.
“The cops knew my clients had done nothing wrong, but they didn’t care,” said Harvis, who represents Abdul Kabba, Isaiah Barnes, Hasan Allen and Ishmial Deas. Police “were embarrassed, so they abused their power by locking them up anyway.”
The four were held for 27 hours in the 103rd Precinct stationhouse before the Queens district attorney’s office dropped the charges.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, Drugs, Free Speech, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: 103rd Precinct, Abdul Kabba, Civil Liberties, civil rights, fascism, Gabriel P. Harvis, Hasan Allen, human rights, Isaiah Barnes, Ishmial Deas, Jamaica, marijuana, New York, New York City Police Department, police state, Prohibition, Queens, Rufus King Park | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 February 23 by BBVM
New York, February 20 (RHC)– Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Bailey “Bernie” Kerik has been sentenced to four years in prison. Kerik pleaded guilty in November to lying to the White House when he was nominated to head the Department of Homeland Security.
The former Commish admitted to tax evasion and receiving renovations from a construction firm linked to organized crime. Bernard Kerik will remain under house arrest until he begins his sentence in May.
Filed under: DHS, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: Bernard Kerik, Department of Homeland Security, fraud, New York City, New York City Police Commissioner, New York City Police Department, organized crime, perjury | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 February 21 by BBVM
A 12-year-old girl from New York has been handcuffed and arrested by the police for doodling on the classroom desk, an incident that has shaken the US education system to its core.
Alexa Gonzales, a seventh grader at the Junior High School in Forest Hills, had written the words “I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :)” on the classroom desk with a green marker when the school principal decided to have her arrested by the New York City Police Department.
Consequently, Alexa’s hands was cuffed behind her back while she was escorted from school to the police precinct across the street in front of her teachers and her classmates.
“They put the handcuffs on me, and I couldn’t believe it,” Alexa told CNN. “I didn’t want them to see me being handcuffed, thinking I’m a bad person.”
Alexa missed three days of school because of the psychological ordeal she faced. Her mother said she spent those days throwing up, and she found it difficult to catch up on homework when she eventually returned to school.
The case has cast a dark shadow over the use of so-called zero tolerance policies adopted in schools in the US.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, Education Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: Alexa Gonzales, Children's Defense Fund, Emma Jordan-Simpson, Joe Rosenthal, Margie Feinberg, New York City Department of Education, New York City Police Department, police state, racism, youth | 1 Comment »
Posted on 2010 January 20 by BBVM
ACLU: Racial element present in creation of ‘school-to-prison pipeline’
A lawsuit filed Wednesday by five students in the New York City school system against the New York City Police Department paints a picture of school officers who routinely abuse students and arrest them for non-criminal activities.
The lawsuit (PDF), brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and New York Civil Liberties Union on behalf of five students aged 13 to 18, says that school safety officers “have a long-standing pattern of abuse, unlawful arrests and excessive force against minority students who commit even minor infractions like talking back, being late for class or having a cell phone in school,” Courthouse News reports.
“Aggressive policing is stripping thousands of New York City students of their dignity and disrupting their ability to learn,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU said in a statement. “Despite mounting evidence of systemic misconduct by police personnel in the schools, the NYPD refuses to even acknowledge any problems with its school policing practices. We are confident that the courts will compel much-needed reform.”
One of the plaintiffs in the suit was 11 years old when she says she was “handcuffed and perp-walked into a police precinct for doing nothing more than doodling on a desk in erasable ink,” a lawyer for the students said.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, Education Industrial Complex, Immigration, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: American Civil Liberties Union, Civil Liberties, civil rights, human rights, New York City Department of Education, New York City Police Department, New York Civil Liberties Union, racism, youth | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2009 December 26 by BBVM
A Supreme Court of the State of New York judge has ordered the New York City Police Department to turn over to the New York Civil Liberties Union data concerning the race of all people who were shot at by police officers between 1997 and 2006.
The NYCLU sued the NYPD in August 2008 for access to racial data about police shooting victims. In response to the lawsuit, the NYPD agreed to disclose the race of people who were shot by police officers between 1997 and 2006. It refused to release racial data about people who had been shot at by police officers but not struck by the bullets.
In an opinion dated Dec. 15, Supreme Court Judge Joan A. Madden ruled that the NYPD had not met its burden under the state’s Freedom of Information Law to withhold the data.
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Drugs, Immigration, Information, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: Christopher T. Dunn, Civil Liberties, civil rights, Donna Lieberman, Joan A. Madden, New York, New York City, New York City Police Department, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York State Freedom of Information Law, racial profiling, racism, Sean Bell, secrecy, Supreme Court of the State of New York | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2009 December 22 by BBVM
NEW YORK — On December 4, the Raging Grannies and the Granny Peace Brigade created a wonderful holiday peace event at the crossroads of the world, Times Square. The purpose was to send the message: No more war toys and no more war.
They met near the Recruiting Station where two New York City Police Department officers, polite but not particularly interested in the First Amendment, told them that they had to move on. Debate was futile. So, they moved to the huge Broadway Toys “R” Us where several grannies had entered minutes earlier, got on the three story high Ferris wheel in the store, and unfurled large yellow banners that read “No More War Toys — No More War.”
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Free Speech, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: First Amendment, Fran Korotzer, Granny Peace Brigade, New York City Police Department, Raging Grannies, recruiter, Times Square, Toys "R" Us, youth | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2009 December 7 by BBVM
In refusing to dismiss a lawsuit against New York City brought by two brothers arrested on trumped-up drug charges, Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein had some harsh words for the city’s police department. From the NY Daily News:
“Informal inquiry by [myself] and among the judges of this court, as well as knowledge of cases in other federal and state courts … has revealed anecdotal evidence of repeated, widespread falsification by arresting officers of the New York City Police Department,” Weinstein wrote.
He said that while the vast majority of cops don’t engage in crooked practices, it was common enough to be an institutional problem.
The judge said that despite better training for recruits and tough disciplinary action for bad cops, “there is some evidence of an attitude among officers that is sufficiently widespread to constitute a custom or policy by the city approving illegal conduct.”
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Drugs, Information, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: Jack Weinstein, Jose Colon, Maximo Colon, New York City, New York City Police Department, Rochelle Berliner | Leave a comment »