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WNYC News

No Need to Tip Sponge Bob: Police

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Police have been handing out fliers letting people know they don't have to hand over a buck — or $5, or $10 — for getting a photo with a Times Square character.

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WNYC News

A Fatal Chokehold Reveals a Precinct's Troubles

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Figures show Staten Island's North Shore has disproportionate levels of summonses and stop-and-frisks.

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WNYC News

Broad Support For Municipal IDs During First City Council Hearing

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The City Council on Wednesday held its first hearing on the proposed bill to create municipal identification cards, addressing issues ranging from ensuring the card had a broad appeal, to fraud prevention.

“Obviously with the implementation of any sort of new ID there’s going to be immediate concerns regarding ...

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WNYC News

Report: NYPD's Surveillance of Muslims 'Harmful'

Monday, March 11, 2013

The New York Police Department’s surveillance of the Muslim community has had harmful consequences, according to a report being released Monday from the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition and its partners.

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Schoolbook

A Deadly Mix: Students, Trucks and a Missing Crossing Guard

Sunday, March 03, 2013

The day after a six-year-old student was killed on his way to P.S. 206 in Harlem, parents complained about the heavy volume of trucks, especially since 2009, when the East River Plaza mall opened a block away.

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Schoolbook

Group Faults Police as Overly Aggressive in Schools

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The police made 882 arrests in New York City public schools last year, according to an analysis of police data by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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Schoolbook

To Help Close the Achievement Gap, Address Stop-and-Frisk

Thursday, July 26, 2012

In an opinion article, an official of the New York Civil Liberties Union writes: "Anyone interested in increasing student achievement, and particularly in closing the achievement gap, should pay close attention to the impact of stop-and-frisk practices on the lives of black and Latino students, including on their view of authority and ability to succeed academically."

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Schoolbook

Over a Decade Later, Still Learning the Lessons of Stop-and-Frisk

Friday, June 15, 2012

A former city schoolteacher writes: During the 2000-01 school year I taught a course about stop-and-frisk and the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. With a mayoral election ahead, I stated that the days of more than 100,000 stop-and-frisks every year may be coming to an end. The students were more skeptical. Oh, how right the students were and how wrong their teacher was.

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Transportation Nation

NYPD Issued Almost 50,000 Bicycle Tickets in 2011

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The NYPD doled out 48,556 summonses to bike riders in 2011. That figure was reported by Executive Officer of the Transportation Bureau, John Cassidy at a hearing held by the NY City Council Wednesday on NYPD policies for traffic investigations.

About 250,000 people ride a bike each day in New York city, and  about 500,000 ride at least several times a month, according to the New York City Department of Transportation.

At the start of last year the New York Police Department cracked down on cyclists breaking traffic laws. Bike community protests erupted, compromise was gingerly reached, and outrage faded. The pace of ticketing, however, did not abate.

By the end of 2011, police handed cyclists 13,743 moving violations -- those are for less serious infractions like riding on pedestrian-only paths in parks, or riding on a sidewalk. Most of the summonses last year -- about 35,000 -- were the more serious criminal court summonses for infractions like running red lights.

By comparison, Cassidy said the NYPD's specialized truck enforcement units issued about 25,000 tickets to truck drivers.

Overall, police issued more than 1 million traffic tickets.  Cassidy did not specify an exact number.  More than half the tickets he said were for four categories of infraction: using cell phones while driving, not wearing a seat belt, speeding, and disobeying signs.

After an extensive crowdsouring project to map the scale and scope of the bike crackdown by Transportation Nation, NYPD leaked to the New York Post that they issued 14,000 tickets to cyclists who broke the law between January 1 and May 26, 2011. The Post reported that was more than a 50 percent jump over previous years.

In New York City, bikes count as vehicles and must obey all traffic laws unless posted signs or signals say otherwise.

 

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Schoolbook

Looking Again at Police Arrest Data

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In a video report, reaction from the New York Civil Liberties Union to a report released last month by the New York Police Department about arrests of students during a 50-day period during the summer.

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Schoolbook

'Random Scanning' by Police at New Dorp High

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A police search at the front door of New Dorp High School turned up many cellphones and other devices banned by the city's official policies, but left students and parents irate, a student journalist writes.

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Schoolbook

Reporting on Student Suspensions Is the First Step

Monday, November 07, 2011

The Department of Education complied with the new Student Safety Act by releasing data of how many students were suspended last school year. The details of their reporting shows room for improvement in how schools handle discipline problems, says Udi Ofer of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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Schoolbook

N.Y.C.L.U. to City: Let Educators Handle School Discipline

Friday, October 07, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg’s new Young Men’s Initiative identifies problems afflicting too many young men of color: high suspension and arrest rates, and low graduation and employment rates. But in an opinion article, the New York Civil Liberties Union says the mayor's own policies of using the Police Department to police the schools may be adding to the problem, instead of helping.

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The Empire

AP: With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In a story that will undoubtedly have major political ramifications across the city, the AP's Adam Goldman reports that the NYPD has been using a CIA-like intelligence unit to monitor area Muslims. From the story"

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NYPD has become one of the country's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies. A months-long investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. And it does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and domestic spying.

Neither the city council, which finances the department, nor the federal government, which contributes hundreds of millions of dollars each year, is told exactly what's going on.

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Transportation Nation

NYPD Officer Charged With Bike Hit-And-Run

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Just a month after an NYPD police officer was convicted of lying about shoving a Critical Mass bike rider, the Department is in trouble over another incident with a cyclist. Yesterday, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office released this video as it charged the officer driving in it with assault, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. The AP reports that Officer Louis Ramos allegedly "hit the cyclist on June 14, got out of the car, pulled the cyclist to the curb, handed him a tissue and then drove off without reporting it or calling an ambulance."

Ramos has pleaded not guilty. The AP reports that the cyclist was treated for cuts, bruises and a fractured wrist. -- Collin Campbell

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