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Police Misconduct

Police misconduct continues to plague New York City

Police brutality and misconduct has become an all too common occurrence across our country, but it is just now getting the attention it deserves. For years, innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to unfair, discriminatory, and hurtful practices that jeopardize their rights. One would think that the magnifying glass that is currently hovering over the issue of police brutality would deter officers from acting in an unjustifiably violent fashion, but this sadly isn't the case. You don't need to look outside of our city for an example. Mere weeks ago, two New York City police officers took...

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NYPD disciplinary records will no longer remain in the dark

The New York Police Department will no longer be able to hide records of officer misconduct from the public. The state’s governor recently signed into law a bill repealing 50-a, a decades-old policy that let police departments keep discipline and misconduct records secret. This repeal was effective immediately upon its signing on June 12, 2020, and was brought forward as part of a larger law enforcement reform package. “We know this isn’t a cure,” said one of the state senators behind the repeal bill. “We know that this is the beginning, but it’s a move to bring justice to a system that has...

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What are your rights when stopped by the police?

Being stopped by the police can be overwhelming and alarming which is why it is essential for anyone stopped by police officers to be familiar with their rights. By being familiar with  their rights, those who have been stopped by police will have the knowledge they need to  protect themselves in a difficult situation. Citizens in New York have important protections and rights when encountered by police including: The right not to speak to police officers – when an individual has been stopped by police, they are not required to answer questions the police ask them and in New York are not...

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New York law protects police disciplinary records

Recent events have raised concerns about police discipline all across the country. New York City has seen its share of police misconduct cases, including cases resulting in one or more deaths. A key difference between the Floyd case and analogous New York cases is the fate of the officers’ disciplinary records. In Minnesota, the records are public; in New York, the records are confidential. The key statute is Sec. 50-a of the New York Civil Rights law. This statute says that “all personnel records used to evaluate “performance . . . or promotion” shall be considered to be “confidential and...

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What should you know about police misconduct?

If there is anything that scares you, it's the idea of the authorities going beyond their job description and harming others. You want to know that you can rely on the police and believe that many of the officers you see are good people. Unfortunately, with more and more cases of police brutality and misconduct coming out in the news, it's hard to keep the faith that an officer you come into contact with will be respectful to you and won't overstep their boundaries. There are many different examples of police misconduct such as: False arrest Reckless driving Using excessive force Sexual...

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Plainclothes NYPD officer’s alleged misconduct caught on video

When a New York City police officer is attempting to enforce the law, it does not mean that the officer has the right to mistreat people. Police misconduct can happen in many ways and some of the worst violations involve getting overly physical and abusing a suspect. Whether the arrest or citation was valid or not, those who were subjected to mistreatment should understand their rights. An incident on a street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan resulted in accusations of violent behavior on the part of a plainclothes officer. There is a viral video of the series of events. According to...

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Black man smoking marijuana violently arrested in Brooklyn

New York police are important members of our society. Every day they put their lives on the line to help protect and help the citizens of New York. Unfortunately, while carrying out their task of keeping city residents safe, they sometimes overstep their bounds. If a police officer breaks the law, they should be held accountable for their actions. A man who was at a park in Brooklyn was arrested after a police officer noticed him allegedly smoking marijuana. The arrest involved an undercover officer who pulled a taser on the unarmed black man in a violent manner. The incident was recorded by...

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