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NY AG Sues NYPD for Excessive Force During Protests

Over the past year, the civil unrest that has been generated by the death of George Floyd has sparked some serious change in the ways that communities do things. In fact, the force police use, sometimes called excessive, is under the microscope in communities both large and small, and in New York, things have been taken a step further. New York Attorney General, Letitia James, has filed a lawsuit against the New York Police Department […]

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NYPD Responding to Excessive Force Protests…with Greater Force

The people of New York and across the country (and the world) are taking to the streets to make their voices heard. The problem is, police are responding – with greater force. You can see examples of police using excessive force nearly everywhere. The New York Times reported that two police SUVs ran into a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn. NBC reported that another officer flaunted his weapon at a protest in Manhattan. The list […]

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Police Violence in New York: What People are Doing to Change It

Police brutality has become a major topic on a national scale, and for good reason. In 2018, there were 998 people across the country who were shot and killed by police. Many of those deaths were likely justified – but all of them? The use of force is left largely to the discretion of police officers. Although force is sometimes necessary for safety reasons, statistics clearly show that police are much more likely to use […]

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4 Common Types of Police Brutality in New York

We turn to police officers when we want to feel protected from harm. But what happens when a police officer is the one causing you to feel unsafe?   Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, and countless others have lost their lives to a police officer. They have become household names. They are symbols for what’s wrong with the law enforcement community in our country today. Since these controversial attacks, law […]

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How the Definition of Excessive Force Has Changed In NY

In recent years, headlines around the country have been filled with stories of police officers that are facing heat for possibly using excessive force against African-Americans – including some who have been killed despite being unarmed. While police departments are getting better at holding officers accountable for excessive force, we still have a long way to go before this conflict is over. Moreover, while some cases of excessive force and police brutality are pretty clear […]

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7 Stats about Police Brutality All New Yorkers Should Know

Though it has taken a backseat to the recent goings-on in and around the White House, police brutality has been a huge story over the past few years. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Philando Castile. These names made headlines and sparked emotional debates about the power of police and whether or not we live in a country that has moved beyond racism in the criminal justice system.   Often, families of victims have stories that contradict […]

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