In the Media

NYPD body cam plan flawed, police reform advocates say

04/20/2017
Newsday

A coalition of police-reform groups stepped forward Thursday to ask a federal judge to stop the NYPD’s body camera pilot project — set to begin next week — claiming the plan has numerous problems that need to be fixed.

In a news conference Thursday outside the gates of City Hall, advocates said the NYPD’s plan to outfit about 1,200 cops with cameras is flawed because it doesn’t require cops to record enough encounters with the public. The advocates also objected, among other things, to officers having the right to view their recordings before making statements or writing reports.

NYPD Officers Threaten High School Students With Taser

04/15/2017
Truthout

On March 16, I videotaped two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers pushing and threatening students from Midwood High School in Brooklyn. Toward the end of the encounter, one of the officers threatened the young people with a Taser, asking them if they wanted to "ride the lightning." The officers were attempting to disperse these young people from a public sidewalk for reasons unknown to me.

Three Actions NYC Mayor and Other Public Officials Must Take to Protect Its Citizens from Police Abuses

03/20/2017
Atlanta Black Star

In the weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election and assumed office, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has sought every opportunity to present himself as opposed to Trump. While de Blasio has promoted his administration as a defender against Trump’s anti-immigrant and racist agenda, he has refused to take concrete action within his own power to protect New Yorkers.

How Cuomo's Special Prosecutor Order Is Playing Out, 19 Months Later

02/27/2017
Gotham Gazette

About 19 months ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that was hailed by many advocates and elected officials as a bold and unprecedented step towards police accountability.

Cuomo made Attorney General Eric Schneiderman a special prosecutor in certain cases of civilian deaths involving police officers. At the time, much of the country was focused on several high-profile examples of police killings of unarmed people, including Eric Garner in New York City.

Police Shooting: A Five-Year Quest for Justice

02/07/2017
The New York Review of Books

In the national conversation about police violence, the name Ramarley Graham has been far less present than Mike Brown’s, Eric Garner’s, Freddie Gray’s, or Sandra Bland’s. This may be because Black Lives Matter was not yet a national movement when eighteen-year-old Graham was fatally shot in February 2012 by an NYPD officer. In fact, it was just weeks before Trayvon Martin’s death brought the issues of police brutality and institutionalized racism to widespread national attention.

5 Years After Ramarley Graham's Death, Supporters Still Demand Justice from NYPD

Hundreds of protesters called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fire Richard Haste, the NYPD officer who fatally shot Graham in 2012.
Colorlines Screenshot of (center, with megaphone) Constance Malcolm and supporters at a rally demanding justice for Malcolm's son Ramarley Graham, who NYPD officer Richard Haste killed in 2012. Screenshot taken from Twitter on February 3, 2017.
02/03/2017
ColorLines

February 2 marked five years since New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Richard Haste shot and killed Ramarley Graham, an unarmed 18-year-old Black man, inside his Bronx home.

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