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NYC HAS NO EVACUATION PLAN IN PLACE FOR RIKERS ISLAND DESPITE ITS BEING IN HURRICANE EVACUATION ZONE

More evidence that the City views the inmate population as expendable: According to a MAP available through the NYC Office of Emergency Management, Rikers Isalnd is in a hurricane evacuation zone.  Nevertheless, “the city does not plan to evacuate Rikers Island” for Hurricane Irene, and ”according to the city’s Department of Correction, NO HYPOTHETICAL EVACUATION PLAN for the roughly 12,000 inmates […]

Tiawanda Moore acquitted of illegally taping police

I guess the cops don’t like to be recorded breaking the law…   

First Circuit: There is a Clearly Established First Amendment Right to Videotape the Police

The First Circuit just issued a sweeping and great decision, holding that there is a clearly established First Amendment right to videotape the police.  The plaintiff in this case was arrested for openly using his cellphone to record the police making an arrest on Boston Common.  He was charged with, among other things, illegal wiretapping. Read more about […]

NJ Supreme Court: Under current system, in-court eyewitness identifications are unreliable and fail to deter police misconduct

Today, in a unanimous ruling, New Jersey’s highest court ordered changes to the way eyewitness identifications are used in court, saying “the current system is not reliable enough, fails to deter police misconduct and overstates jurors’ ability to evaluate the evidence.”  According to the Associated Press, the court has required that a system be developed “to better […]

According to Forbes, Police Abuse Remains Rampant

Forbes reports that despite a decline in urban crime, “police abuse remains rampant.”  Check out the article HERE. The article also references an Associated Press report, released today, that found that the NYPD, together with the CIA, has engaged in secretive anti-terror policies that “operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that […]