Chicago Has a Bigger Problem with Stop-and-Frisks by Police Than New York Had

By: Monday March 23, 2015 3:12 pm

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois suggests Chicago has a much greater problem with stop-and-frisks by police than New York in 2011, which is considered the “height of the practice” and two years before a court ruled the New York Police Department’s policy violated Fourth Amendment rights. A “sample of 250 [...]

Cop Slaps Man Exercising Rights

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 3:08 pm

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees your right against an illegal search by the police. Basically, you can only be searched under two conditions: a “lawful” search as defined by decades of Supreme Court decisions and with a warrant. (Of course none of this is legal advice and I am not a lawyer. Never [...]

Homeless Guy’s Sign, Four Blocks from Koch Brothers’ Apartment

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 8:52 am

There’s a homeless man I see from time to time near where I live. He sometimes begs for money. Sometimes people give him food, sometimes he forages in the trash. There’s his sign, written on the lid of an old cooler. In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a [...]

Is Forced Quarantine for Ebola Legal?

By: Monday October 27, 2014 9:17 am

New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida this week instituted mandatory confinementfor certain people exposed to ebola. Is it legal for a state (or the federal) government to detain and quarantine you against your will for health reasons? Yes. Has this sort of thing been done before? Yes. Will it be effective? No. Is it [...]

Judge Urges Firing for Officers Who Dragged, Hog Tied & Brutalized Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

By: Monday September 29, 2014 7:14 pm

An administrative law judge in New York has taken the extraordinary step of recommending that six corrections officers at Rikers Island prison be fired for dragging, hog-tying and brutalizing a mentally ill African-American inmate. On April 3, 2012, officers moved Robert Hinton, who was living in isolation in Mental Health Assessment Unit for Infracted Inmates, [...]

Once the American Dream

By: Friday September 19, 2014 6:54 am

We were once the American Dream, and now we’re just what happened to it. The people I am talking about in my book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent seem illusive here on the East Coast; in crazy New York last week, visiting the South Bronx, there are plenty of poor [...]

The Poor Door: Building Has Separate Entrances for Rich and Poor

By: Monday July 28, 2014 6:33 am

Not that America has become a divided, classist society or anything. Oh wait, it has. Poor Doors New York City approved plans for a new 33-story luxury high-rise at 40 Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that will include a separate entrance for tenants in “affordable” housing, what some have called the [...]

Prison Officers Routinely Brutalize Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island But Are Never Punished

By: Monday July 14, 2014 1:33 pm

A four-month investigation by the New York Times has uncovered a regular pattern of prison officers at Rikers Island committing brutal attacks against inmates in the New York prison. The investigation found that the vast majority of inmates who are attacked are mentally ill and in handcuffs when abused by officers. The media organization found [...]

FBI, JTTF & US Marshals Are Reportedly Visiting Political Activists About Thirty Year-Old Case

By: Friday July 4, 2014 10:37 am

Agents with the FBI, US Marshal’s Service and Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) have reportedly been making visits to over a dozen political activists in Chicago, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area to ask about a case that is more than thirty years old. The case involves Donna Borup, who the FBI believes was [...]

Stop-and-Frisk Victims Submit Challenge to Court Ruling That Removed Judge from Lawsuit Against NYPD

By: Monday November 11, 2013 12:06 pm

A motion to reconsider a ruling in a lawsuit brought by victims of stop-and-frisk against the policy and practice carried out by the New York Police Department has been filed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Federal judge Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court of New York ruled on August 12 ruled [...]

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