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Video Shows NYPD Officer Tackling, Choking, and Pepper-spraying a Skateboarder

Vice News

A New York Police Department officer tackled a skateboarder in Manhattan's Columbus Circle on Sunday, placing him in what appears to be a chokehold — a maneuver banned by the NYPD patrol guide — and then pepper-sprayed him in the face. The NYPD told VICE News that the incident is now under internal review. 

The skateboarder, Queens College student Yibin Mu, posted a video of the incident on Youtube, and provided his own account of the encounter. 

How to Build the Movement for Progressive Power, the Urban Way

 Four local politicians share their ideas for humanizing the “gig economy,” reforming the police, protecting immigrant rights, and solving the municipal budget crisis.
The Nation

 As the gears of federal government have ground to a halt, a new energy has been rocking the foundations of our urban centers. From Atlanta to Seattle and points in between, cities have begun seizing the initiative, transforming themselves into laboratories for progressive change. Cities Rising is The Nation’s chronicle of those urban experiments.


De Blasio and the homeless

Amsterdam News

He may not be responsible for the homeless issue, but it’s now New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s problem to handle.

De Blasio can no longer hang his hat on who started the homeless epidemic in the five boroughs, but he appears to be doing something about it. Will it be enough? The answer depends on who you ask.

James Blake Got An Apology From The NYPD, But Families Of Other Victims Are Still Waiting

"Black lives matter. Latino lives matter. Non-celebrity lives matter. It's high time the city acknowledged that."
Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- The violent and wrongful arrest of tennis star James Blake in New York City earlier this month prompted swift apologies from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton. Blake also got the chance to meet privately with the two officials to discuss policing reforms.

Police commissioners fight over policy

Amsterdam News

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly isn’t holding his tongue about how he feels about law enforcement in the city since he left the NYPD. Kelly believes the city would be safer if stop-and-frisk were to return.

In a recent New Yorker magazine article interview, Kelly said that Mayor Bill de Blasio and current Commissioner Bill Bratton are going about keeping the city safe all wrong. The former top cop contends that de Blasio was able to woo voters by attacking him.