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  • Second Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict for Wrongfully Arrested Man
    https://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/, July 1, 2020
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the
    lower court’s finding that a jury verdict totaling $377,500 in damages was
    legitimate and not excessive.
  • City Pays in Cop ShootDaily News, City Pays In Cop Shoot
    New York Daily News, September 29, 2019
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  • New York: $655,000 Award after State Found 100% Responsible for Prisoner Assault
    Prison Legal News, Aug 6, 2019
    A New York Court of Claims held the state was 100% responsible for a prisoner-on-prisoner assault that resulted in severe injuries, and awarded $655,000 in damages.
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  • As bosses did little, Syracuse cop coerced women for sex, they say; ‘I was terrified’
    Syracuse.com, Jun 10, 2019
    Syracuse, N.Y. — When police officer Chester Thompson was arrested for having sex with women on the job, his bosses in the Syracuse Police Department couldn’t have been surprised.
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  • New York: Liability Established in Claim Over Assault by Prison Guard
    Prison Legal News, May 3, 2019
    On November 28, 2018, a New York Court of Claims found the state liable in a claim filed by a prisoner over an assault by a prison guard.
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  • Syracuse cop Chester Thompson is ‘a sexual predator,’ columnist says
    Syracuse.com, May 17, 2017
    Syracuse, NY — A New York Daily News columnist is outraged at sexual misconduct by Syracuse cop Chester Thompson in a scandal originally reported on Syracuse.com.
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  • Ex-prisoner awarded $400,000 after correction officers repeatedly kicked his head during upstate prison transfer
    New York Daily News, April 7, 2017
    A federal jury Friday awarded a former prisoner $400,000 for injuries he suffered after a group of state correction officers beat him bloody while he was fully restrained.
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  • ‘I Was Terrified’: Inmates Say They Paid a Brutal Price for a Guard’s InjuryInmate in a dark jail cell
    New York Times, November 15, 2016
    The inmates were just starting their day on July 6 when dozens of corrections officers burst into their dormitory, shouting for everyone to get down on the floor.
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  • $7 Million Lawsuit Filed In Disturbing Police Rape Case
    NewsOne, May 18, 2016
    A stipulation allowed for the assault to be considered police misconduct and not a sexual assault.
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  • CHESTER THOMPSON: OFFICER ACCUSED IN RAPE GETS PROBATION, VICTIM FILES $7 MILLION LAWSUIT
    Inquisitr, May 17, 2016
    Former Syracuse police officer Chester Thompson pleaded guilty to two counts of having sex while on duty and was subsequently sentenced to three years probation.
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  • EXCLUSIVE: Woman sues after upstate N.Y. cop avoids rape charges, says she was forced into having sex
    New York Daily News, May 16, 2016
    She’d called the police to report her teenage daughter missing and hours later Maleatra Montanez was being compelled by the responding officer to have sex with him in her living room.
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  • KING: This New York cop may be a sexual predator
    New York Daily News, May 16, 2016
    This past January, Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, a white man, was sentenced to 263 years in prison for sexually assaulting 13 vulnerable African American women in the inner city.
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  • City Must Pay Man $2.4M Settlement for Wrongful Arrest in Stabbing 
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  • Making a Murderer: Two takeaways for those falsely accused of crime
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  • Malicious prosecution in criminal matters in New York
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  • Inmate abuse in correctional facilities needs to be properly addressed
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  • Privacy rights favored in recent SCOTUS ruling on cellphone searches
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  • Civil rights: NY police under scrutiny for some instances of gunfire
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  • Common factors that can lead to wrongful convictions
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  • Wrongful convictions bring about change in New York
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  • Police brutality concerns
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  • Woman sues after cop avoids rape charges, says she was raped in front of her son
    The Grio, May 16, 2016
    A woman who says she was forced into sex with a New York police officer is suing after the officer avoided rape charges and received what amounts to a slap on the wrist.
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  • New York State Corrections Dept. Takes On Guards’ Union Over Brutality
    New York Times, April 11, 2016
    For decades, the union has held the power in disciplinary decisions and whether guards accused of wrongdoing can be transferred.
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  • PRISON OF ABUSE
    New York Daily News, March 20, 2016
    Jail guards out of control. Multiple suits at upstate lockup.
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  • HORROR STORIES FROM NEW YORK STATE PRISONS
    New York Times, Dec. 18, 2015
    Sustained and vigorous pressure from federal and state leaders will be needed to change this deplorable system.
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  • A BRUTAL BEATING WAKES ATTICA’S GHOSTS
    New York Times, Feb. 28, 2015
    A prison, infamous for bloodshed, faces a reckoning as guards go on trial.
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  • A FORMER INMATE, BEATEN, NOT BROKEN, GETS A CHANCE AT RENEWAL
    New York Times, Dec. 11, 2015
    An inmate was brutally assaulted by guards at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York in 2011. The efforts of a stranger have since allowed him to attend barber school.
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  • FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AGAINST ONEIDA PRISON GUARD PAYS OFF 
    New York Daily News. Sept 18, 2008
    Everyone Angel Martinez talked to over the last five years urged him to forget about his crazy lawsuit against guards and officials at the Oneida state prison in upstate Rome.
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  • SHOT BY EX, SHE WINS $10M SUIT
    New York Daily News. April 11, 2006
    A Bronx jury has awarded a woman and her two sons nearly $10 million after she charged in a lawsuit that police failed to protect her from an abusive ex-boyfriend.
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  • MAN BEATEN BY POLICE GETS $3 MIL
    New York Daily News. Jun 19, 1998
    A Haitian immigrant who was dragged from his car and beaten by unidentified cops during the Crown Heights riots won a $3.14 million award yesterday from a Brooklyn jury that found he was falsely arrested and brutalized.
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  • RABID MOB THIS TIME WORE BLUE
    New York Daily News. Jun 18, 1998
    For eight days the jury had listened to a parade of witnesses relive the night of the Crown Heights riot nearly seven years ago.
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  • IT’S TIME: READ COPS THE RIOT ACT
    New York Daily News. Jun 11, 1998
    After seven long years, Pierre Regis walked to the witness chair in Brooklyn Supreme Court yesterday afternoon to tell his story to a jury.
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  • FORMER INMATE WINS SUIT AGAINST SOUTHPORT CORRECTION OFFICERS
    Elmira Star-Gazette. April 29, 2013
    A former inmate at Southport Correctional Facility who accused correction officers of beating him in 2008 while he was in handcuffs has won a lawsuit against the officers.
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