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January 2017 Archives

Inmate released after 20 years of unjust imprisonment

Over 20 years ago, a teenager was shot and killed in the streets of the Bronx. Several states away, the New York Law Journal reports, Richard Rosario learned that he had been named as the murderer in the case. Despite the fact that Rosario was in Florida at the time of the altercation and there was no physical evidence to tie him to the case, two witnesses named him as the murderer after seeing his picture in a police photo book, and Rosario was convicted of second-degree murder and sent to jail. In June, 2016, investigators took the time to travel to Florida and interview a dozen alibis that Rosario named in the case originally and found that he was not guilty, allowing him to finally leave prison.

14-year-old pedestrian struck by driver after road rage incident

There's no excuse for road rage. This senseless behavior of anger out of control is dangerous for drivers, pedestrians and anyone else we share the road with. Drivers with anger problems need to do everything they can -- and get psychological help when needed -- in order to prevent their reckless emotions from hurting the fellow citizens with whom they share the road.

When is a police officer allowed to shoot?

When an officer-involved shooting results in a death, there is sometimes a public outcry and divide of support for either party. When the victim is unarmed and not exhibiting aggressive behavior, the sense of injustice felt by many is even greater. With the increase in this type of incident being reported in the news in recent years, more people are left wondering when a police officer is justified in using his or her gun and when that action is unlawful.

4 kinds of police misconduct cases

Section 1983 -- originally included in the Civil Rights Act of 1871 -- is the most important statute that protects the victims of police misconduct. Now, it is featured as Title 42 in the United States Code. This law says that it is unlawful for police officers to deprive individuals of their Constitutional rights or the rights afforded them under federal law.

Were you hurt by a police officer in New York?

Let's imagine you're a law-abiding factory worker. After a long day at work, you're driving home and get stopped by the New York City police for a seemingly minor speeding infraction. However, something goes terribly wrong while the officer is talking to you through your car window. Suddenly, you're being dragged out of your vehicle, and the officer is beating you with his bully club before he puts handcuffs on you and lugs you off to jail.

Are you a victim of traumatic brain injury?

When it comes to traumatic brain injuries, one of the most dangerous aspects is that many people do not realize they have one. While severe injuries are obvious, sometimes damage can be less noticeable and overlooked. Providing education about the different forms of damage is one key to providing better services for traumatic brain injuries.

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