One of the law professors named to an advisory council in connection with the independent federal monitor of the police department's stop and frisk strategy says she laughed out loud when she saw today's New York Post story which dubbed the panel a bunch of "clowns."
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has served the city for 11 years. Mayor Bloomberg is in the final year of his third term. Next week, the legacies of both men will be tested in a major trial starting Monday over the city's stop and frisk campaign. The case is a class action lawsuit filed in 2008 calle ... More >>
It sounded like a panel of Federal Appeals Court judges drilled lawyers with a barrage of questions yesterday during a hearing of oral arguments in the high-profile lawsuit against the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Of course, that's a bit tough to confirm c ... More >>
UPDATE: According to the New York Times, the Supreme Court agreed this afternoon to decide on the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 appeal and the Defense of Marriage Act.It is, arguably, the most significant social battle in America's courts since Roe v. Wade or even Brown v. the Board of Educ ... More >>
Disgraced Staten Island cop Michael Daragjati, 32, was sentenced to 57 months in prison on Friday, after a sentencing hearing filled with so much racist doublespeak that it would make any decent human being cringe. Daragjati was charged after being caught on a FBI wiretap bragging about how he had ... More >>
An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- inc ... More >>
Yesterday we reported that Chelsea Elliott, who along with Kaylee Dedrick was pepper-sprayed while protesting with Occupy Wall Street at Union Square on Saturday, September 24, had obtained legal counsel and would be pressing charges against Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, the NYPD officer identi ... More >>
The Justice Department says it's going to probe misconduct and poor internal oversight in the 1,300-member Newark Police Department. The announcement came just a week after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he had selected Newark Police Chief Garry McCarthy, the former NYPD Deputy Commiss ... More >>
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was challenged on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy in a recent meeting with Brooklyn politicians, the Voice has learned. In a meeting described as "somewhat tense," Kelly told a group of elected officials that the department is using stop and frisks--which have ... More >>
Thank God for Rush Limbaugh. So long as he's calling George Steinbrenner a "cracker" who "made a lot of African-Americans millionaires," there's still a white guy with power in America that Al Sharpton is free to attack. So yesterday, "Silent Al" found his voice and called Rush "repugnant." ... More >>
In the wake of the Voice's 'NYPD Tapes' series, the commanding officer of Brooklyn's 81st Precinct has been reassigned to the Bronx. Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello, who was heard repeatedly haranguing his cops to hit quotas and sweep people off corners, has been moved to the Bronx transit ... More >>
Two city council members told the Voice this week that orders given by precinct supervisors in Bedford-Stuyvesant's 81st Precinct appeared to encourage officers to violate the civil rights of local residents. Meanwhile, a civil rights organization called on the city to investigate how NYPD q ... More >>
This had to happen! The Universal Free Church is calling for a national petition drive to allow gay marriage and to ban Mormon marriage! (That should even things out. Otherwise, the chapels will be way overbooked.) Like so many people out there, they feel the Mormons have a right to say whatever t ... More >>
More bad news for Bloomberg-stoppers: the Justice Department has issued a letter to the city's corporation counsel, saying AG Eric Holder has no objection to the city council's overturn of term limits. The review was necessitated by the Voting Rights Act. The letter, signed by Justice's voting secti ... More >>
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