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Trial ends as judge determines whether NYPD’s ‘stop and frisk’ policy is unconstitutional

Judge did not provide timeframe for when ruling will be given but said landmark federal trial is ‘timely and pressing matter’ Civil rights attorneys called for sweeping changes to the New York City police department’s controversial street-stop practices in the closing arguments of a landmark federal trial. US district court…

Judge questions efforts of NYPD’s stop-and-frisk ‘all-star’ Kha Dang who was ‘wrong 95 percent of the time’

Kha Dang, who made just six arrests out of 127 stops in summer 2009, insists officers were not stopping people without cause In late summer 2009, few New York City police officers could match Kha Dang in street stops. Working with an aggressive plainclothes unit in Brooklyn’s 88th precinct, the…

NYPD faces class-action lawsuit over controversial stop-and-frisk policy

A landmark trial challenging the New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy began in a lower Manhattan court on Monday. The class action suit accuses the NYPD of violating the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of innocent New Yorkers on a widespread and systemic basis. New York city police…

NYPD surveillance had ‘devastating’ impact on Muslim communities: report

A new report on the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims suggests the program has impacted nearly every facet of Muslim life in a negative way. “This report provides a powerful rebuttal to the NYPD and its supporters’ assertion that surveillance is harmless and victimless,” Diala Shamas, a Liman…

NYPD officer threatened to shoot grandmother of killed teen, lawsuit claims

After shooting dead an unarmed teenager in his bathroom, a New York City police officer threatened to kill the boy’s distraught grandmother, a newly filed lawsuit alleges. Filed Friday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, the suit accuses the NYPD of improperly training…

New York police officers defy order to cut marijuana arrests

Survey shows nearly half of people charged with marijuana posession were not displaying the drug when they were stopped. Police officers in New York are “manufacturing” criminal offenses by forcing people with small amounts of marijuana to reveal their drugs, according to a survey by public defenders. Nearly half of…

Suit: NYPD conducting illegal stops in private buildings

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Wednesday, alleging that in addition to stopping primarily black and Latino residents in public spaces as part of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, officers are illegally searching people in private buildings. According to…

NYC mayor Bloomberg defends monitoring of U.S. Muslims

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday defended police surveillance of Muslims who travel between the Big Apple and nearby New Jersey, whose governor has lambasted the controversial scheme. “A lot of the World Trade Center terrorists that took 3,000 people went back and forth to New Jersey,” said Bloomberg,…

NYPD’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ searches increased over 600 percent under Bloomberg

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) revealed Tuesday evening that the New York Police Department (NYPD) stopped and interrogated more people under Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) in 2011 than ever before, with minorities being a regular target. The NYPD detained 684,330 people under a stop-and-frisk procedure, a 600 percent…

NYPD proposed spying on Muslims based solely on their religion

The New York Police Department proposed spying on more than a dozen Shia mosques despite any evidence of wrongdoing, secret police documents obtained by the Associated Press revealed. The May 2006 NYPD intelligence report, titled “US-Iran Conflict: The Threat to New York City,” recommended targeting a dozen mosques based solely…

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