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Video: Cops knock out teen for smoking cigarette

The family of a 17-year-old New York teen has released a clip of a cell phone video showing a plainclothes NYPD officer hitting the teen while he lies in the gutter pleading with him. Lawyers for Marcel Hamer say their client was suspected of smoking marijuana, but was just charged with disorderly conduct. 

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Eric Garner’s family files $75 million civil suit against NYC, NYPD

The family of Eric Garner, a black New York resident who died as a result of a chokehold performed on him by a New York police officer, has filed a $75 million civil suit against the city and police department. The notice of claim was filed by lawyers at Rubenstein and Rynecki on Tuesday. It […]

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Black youth told to leave Park Slope by NYPD

According to witnesses, on September 22, NYPD officers turned on their lights and via the police car’s loud speaker told a group of black teenagers walking down the street to leave the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn. The issue was brought up during a Community Council meeting by Sara Bennett, who saw the event.

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Video: 5-month pregnant woman thrown belly-first by NYPD

The New York Police Department’s Internal Affairs unit is investigating claims that an officer tackled and slammed a five-month pregnant woman in Brooklyn. A video recording shows Sandra Amezquita, who is 5-foot-4, being grabbed by the arm and thrown to the ground with a cop on her back in the early morning hours in Sunset […]

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Pathologist who reviewed Michael Brown’s body to look at autopsy on Eric Garner

An expert forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown will also take a look at the final autopsy report for Eric Garner. The Staten Island man died after being put in an illegal chokehold by New York police on July 17. 

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Petition calls for police to wear on-body cameras

A Change.org petition is calling for NYPD mayor Bill de Blasio to require that police officers carry an on-body camera that records their interactions. 

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Wife of man who filmed Eric Garner incident arrested

Chrissie Ortiz, the wife of Ramsey Orta, the man who taped the NYPD’s assault of Eric Garner has been arrested for assault. 

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Spike Lee erects memorial in memory of Eric Garner

Film director Spike Lee has erected a memorial outside his Fort Greene studio for Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father of six who died while being arrested by police in Staten Island. Garner died on July 18 after police placed him in a chokehold, an illegal move, for selling loose cigarettes. 

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Report: more proof that the NYPD is unfairly targeting blacks and Latinos

According to data compiled by staff at New York Daily News, the controversial crime-fighting strategy known as “broken windows” policing disproportionately targets blacks and Latinos.  From the 1990s, when “broken windows” was implemented, the number of summonses issued each year has soared from 160,000 in 1993 to a peak of 648,638 in 2005.

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Eric Garner death ruled a homicide

The death of a Staten Island man who was put into a choke hold by members of the NYPD was ruled a homicide by the city’s medical examiner. The incident provoked outrage last month after a witness filmed police placing Eric Garner in an illegal choke hold while arresting him for selling cigarettes illegally. 

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