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Kamilah Brock spent 8 days in a NY mental health facility because she owned a BMW 

Kamilah Brock, a former New York banker, has filled a suit against the city after she was detained for eight days in a mental health facility against her will. Brock says she was committed after trying to pick up her BMW, which skeptical police did not believe she owned. To add insult to injury, Brock was then charged a hefty sum by the hospital.

Deaf Woman To Get $750,000 For Hellish Ordeal With NYPD

A New York City woman, who is deaf and says NYPD officers wrongfully arrested her and then ignored her pleas for an American Sign Language interpreter, has settled her lawsuit against the city for $750,000, a sum her lawyers say is the largest ever deaf discrimination settlement for a single person.

“Due to the immense barriers they face when trying to communicate with the hearing world, Deaf individuals often find themselves without a voice to assert their rights,” Rozynski and Baum added. “Deaf individuals have rights, and they do not have to tolerate discrimination and injustices of any kind.”

Diana Williams and her husband, Chris Williams, both of whom are deaf, are landlords of a building in Staten Island. On Sept. 11, 2011, when the couple were trying to evict tenants who hadn’t paid rent, the boyfriend of one of the tenants allegedly gestured that he had a gun.

Chris then called for police using a video relay service – which the couple later argued should’ve signified to police that they would need a sign language translator. But when officers arrived on the scene there was no translator, and it was only the tenant and the boyfriend, both of whom can hear, who could communicate their side of the story.

Some deaf tenants in the building later testified that the officers rejected their offers to translate for Williams, who cannot hear, speak English or read lips. Instead, Williams was arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with one of the tenants.

Panicked, Williams attempted to scrawl “HOSPITAL” in the dust on the window of the police cruiser, according to The New York Daily News. She made it to “HOSP.”

Williams was detained for 24 hours, during which a translator was never provided. She was released without charge.

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Police officers don’t like to rack brains. If they deal with unusual situation they prefer to act in a blast-it-all-manner. Cops arrest or assault people whose behavior is alien to them. But it shouldn’t be so, because the profession of police supposes that officers must provide peace and order regardless of what kinds of people they deal with. Things must be changed. Police must be trained to deal with all kinds of situations.

Model Cipriana Quann Was Wrongfully Arrested By NYPD

A model known for her trademark hair is suing the NYPD, claiming they falsely arrested her outside a Brooklyn dance club.

Cipriana Quann, a 27-year-old fashion blogger who runs the site Urban Bush Babes with her identical twin, said she was “aggressively shoved” by an NYPD lieutenant while heading into the nightspot Verboten in Williamsburg with some friends May 2, according to a Brooklyn federal lawsuit.

Officers were already on the scene arresting a drug suspect, but Quann said she had nothing to do with the buy-and-bust operation.

She said she tried to explain that she wasn’t involved to one of the cops, identified in court papers as Stephen Conforti, but he got more aggressive with her.

“Can you please watch where you are pushing? I am a woman,” she said, according to the papers.

Quann — who has appeared in Vogue magazine and was called an “influential millenial” in a 2013 Gap ad campaign — said she was promptly frisked out and then handcuffed “extremely tightly,” according to court papers.

Quann was held in police custody for 24 hours on disorderly conduct charges, which her lawyer said she “reluctantly” copped a plea to land a conditional discharge. She had her case dismissed last month.

Court papers say she suffered “fear, embarrassment, humiliation, emotional distress, frustration, extreme inconvenience, anxiety, loss of liberty and harm to reputation” from the incident over the spring.

She is suing the NYPD for unspecified damages.

A city Law Department spokesman said the complaint would be reviewed.

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24 hours for reasonable remark? The lack of respect for women is not appropriate for police or anyone else - especially considering that Cipriana Quann did nothing wrong. The lack of respect to people is a major problem of American cops. How can police support security and order when they are so rude and so fast to escalate the violence? It’s okay for cops to threaten innocent people and even to kill or beat them. I hope Quann’s lawsuit will be satisfied. Anyway the manner of policing should be changed.

Four years ago, the NYPD killed a homeless LGBT activist — and New Yorkers are still waiting for answers

It’s been more than four years since Yvonne McNeil, a 57-year-old homeless lesbian activist, was fatally shot 14 times by New York police officers. On Monday night, roughly 30 activists demonstrated at Grand Central Station to raise the public’s awareness of McNeil’s case. Some say this is part of the "a state of emergency” facing LGBT people of color in NYC.

There’s something I’ve noticed while acting as an NLG Legal Observer at Black Lives Matter actions in NYC over the last year and a half.

One common tactic the protesters use during the actions is to talk to the police officers. Sometimes they ask them where they’re from, if they have any children, telling them stories of their own painful experiences or the experiences of their family members our friends, try to connect with them on a human level, try to provoke some empathy. Other times, they express frustration, telling them that their presence isn’t needed and they should go home, pointing out that it’s the officers who’ve come dressed for a riot, that they’re causing the violence their job is ostensibly to prevent. Sometimes the officers respond, and sometimes they stay silent and ignore what’s being said to them.

One thing I see protesters say fairly frequently to police officers is: “Say ‘Black Lives Matter.’” Trying to get them to participate in a very basic affirmation of the humanity of the person speaking to them.

Invariably, the police officers reply, “*All* lives matter,” as if they’re correcting them. Every single time I’ve heard a protestor try to get an officer to say “Black Lives Matter,” the officer has responded by saying “All lives matter.” As if it’s coordinated - as if it’s NYPD policy to respond that way.

And obviously, on many occasions, this happens just minutes before or after that same officer is shoving protesters into the street, throwing them to the ground, kicking and punching and bodyslamming them, treating them like animals whose pain doesn’t matter, who must be made to obey or else contained. I don’t need to tell you about what Black Lives Matter protesters suffer at the hands of the NYPD - if you don’t know by now, it’s because you’re refusing to hear.

So every time I hear someone - often a well-meaning white person - say “All lives matter,” the only thing I can think is that those words are compatible with that behavior. Those officers don’t experience a contradiction between saying “All lives matter” and the way they treat black people. “All lives matter” describes the status quo for them, which devalues and destroys black lives.

I just wanted to make sure you all know that. When you say “All lives matter,” you quite literally and without any exaggeration *sound like a cop.* Those are words and that is a sentiment that does not resist state violence, but condones it and bears it up.

Black lives are singled out for violence, punishment, and scapegoating by the systems and agents of white supremacy. Saying “All lives matter” is refusing to acknowledge and resist that separation and that violence, which allows it to continue.

“All lives matter” is not “Black Lives Matter” *light,* it’s not a less controversial or more general way of expressing the same thing. It’s exactly the opposite, and you can tell for certain that that’s the case because of how effortlessly it comes out of the mouth of an NYPD officer with a baton in his hand and a bunch of flex-cuffs hanging off his belt.

NYPD Cop Wins $15M After Fellow Cops Falsely Arrested & Beat Him at His Daughter’s Birthday

After suing his fellow officers for savagely beating and falsely arresting him at his daughter’s birthday party, an NYPD cop was awarded $15 million by a federal jury on Wednesday. Although he identified himself as an officer, his colleagues viciously struck him with batons and fired pepper spray into his face before bothering to check the badge and ID in his pocket.

On August 22, 2010, NYPD Officer Larry Jackson was off-duty at his daughter’s birthday party in Queens when an unidentified man with a gun appeared in the street breaking a bottle. Although Jackson did not have his gun with him, the off-duty cop confronted the armed man and asked him to leave while Jackson’s wife called 911. As Jackson attempted to calm down the armed man, a crowd of roughly 15 to 20 men armed with bats and sticks began to approach them.

Instead of attacking Jackson or the armed man, the crowd immediately dispersed as a marked patrol car arrived in front of Jackson’s house. Even though Jackson’s wife told dispatchers that her husband was a cop and Jackson immediately identified himself as a fellow officer, the cops ignored him while trying to assess the situation. Hearing an argument from inside Jackson’s home, one of the officers suddenly ran into his house without a search warrant.

After striking one of Jackson’s friends with a police baton, the officer ordered Jackson to step back. Standing his ground, Jackson again identified himself as a cop and informed the officer that they were in his house. Instead of requesting to see Jackson’s police ID or badge, the officer slammed the baton against Jackson’s throat and shoved him into the living room.

While repeatedly punching Jackson in the face, the officer accidentally tripped over a cooler leftover from the birthday party. As Jackson attempted to help the officer up, another cop placed Jackson in a chokehold. Unable to speak, Jackson tried to pull his police ID out of his pocket but another officer restrained his hands.

Falling backwards, Jackson and the cop choking him landed on Jackson’s 82-year-old mother-in-law, briefly knocking her unconscious. As the officer released his chokehold, Jackson again informed the cops that he was an NYPD officer when another cop struck him in the head with an ASP tactical baton. After stumbling down the front steps, Jackson remained on the ground as a group of bloodthirsty officers began beating him with their batons and pepper-spraying him in the face. While placing him in handcuffs, the cops repeatedly kicked his body and kneed him in the back.

Following the brutal assault, the officer who initially attacked Jackson asked him, “Yeah, you motherfucking dirt bag, if you are really a cop, where is your ID?”

“My ID has been in my front pocket the whole entire time,” Jackson responded. “I told you that in the house.”

After finally checking his pockets, the crowd of cops immediately dispersed upon the realization that they just brutalized one of their own without justification. Despite the fact that he had his police ID and did not commit a crime, Jackson was detained at the police station for 20 hours before being transported to a local hospital. According to his medical records, Jackson’s face and torso were covered in large bruises while his right hand was fractured due to numerous baton strikes.

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The story shows the lack of trust to black people, the stupidity and recklessness of police and finally the lack of justice. NYPD Officer Larry Jackson got $15 million (!) while families of other victims of police are still fighting for compensations or receiving lower amounts of money. That’s America!

attn: black folk in nyc

police officer was shot in e. harlem tonight. he’s currently in critical condition, rushed into surgery at harlem hospital. the fdr is shutdown in certain spots & lots of police presence in harlem.

be safe my black & brown folks uptown. especially with the myth around the “war on police” being all over conservative news lately.

y'all know nypd are always on 100 anyhow. certain the next few days, weeks are going to be in overdrive.

extra care, extra caution.

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“I’m obviously talking about specific cases where it is murder, as far as I’m concerned.”

After Quentin Tarantino’s appearance at an anti-police brutality rally earlier this month, police labeled the director as cop-hating, and the NYPD and LAPD reacted by calling for a boycott of his films. Tarantino took to Real Time with Bill Maher on Sunday to defend his claims, citing that he is not anti-police but the largest problem within the institution needs to be discussed, rather than avoided by police defending themselves over the citizens they pledge to protect when becoming officers of the law. [x]

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NYPD debuts stop-and-frisk 'receipts' and new rules for cops
Would you like a receipt with that stop-and-frisk?

The NYPD has formally introduced the “receipt” cops will now be required to issue to anyone they question during street stops, the Daily News has learned.

Patrick Lynch, head of the largest NYPD union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called the new paperwork “another nail in the coffin of proactive policing” and predicted a rise in retaliatory complaints against cops.

“Instead of improving community relations, these receipts will accelerate an increase in crime and disorder, which will damage the city’s economic health while hurting those crime-ridden communities who need our protection the most,“ Lynch said.

The “What Is A Stop?” slip will go to those stopped but not arrested. It requires officers to give their name and check one or more of six factors that led to the stop, such as a person being near a crime scene or matching a suspect’s description.

The form also explains the legal authority officers have to conduct stops in the first place.

In addition, a Sept. 21 internal NYPD order underscores that two factors police were previously able to cite — a suspect making a furtive movement or being in a high crime area — are not cause enough for a stop.

And in the strongest acknowledgment that racial profiling is a problem, the order says people can’t be stopped “because they are members of a racial or ethnic group that appears more frequently in local crime suspect data.”

Critics have said too many innocent minority men were stopped because they live in a rough area, and that furtive movements as a rationale became a catchall when cops couldn’t come up with a legitimate reason.

Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, called the changes “important first steps in reducing illegal and discriminatory stops,  while the new receipt will improve accountability and hopefully de-escalate tensions.”Street stops reached a record high of nearly 700,000 in 2011 but are on a pace for about 42,000 this year. 

Cops already complaining about this slowing down the policiing process cause they gotto now find ways to legally legitimize on paper what illegal shit they do to us smh

Despite being the master of high-velocity onscreen blood splatter, Tarantino is no fan of offscreen violence, telling a crowd in Washington Square Park Saturday: “When I see murders, I do not stand by…I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

Standing in front of a collage of the faces of victims of police brutality, Tarantino proclaimed: “This is not being dealt with in any way at all. That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges.”

After he spoke out against police brutality this weekend, the police union urges a boycott of his work

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Mom Arrested for Selling $1 Candy Bars for Son's School Trip, Lawsuit Says
A Bronx mother was forced to abandon her learning-disabled son when an NYPD officer arrested her last year near Bryant Park for selling $1 chocolate bars as part of a school fundraiser, a new lawsuit charges. Roberts, 49, said her son — whose name is being withheld because of his age — was using the bathroom at a nearby Duane Reade pharmacy when officer Stephanie Hlapatsos arrested her for selling candy without a license and hauled her away before he returned.
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POLICE OFFICERS ARE BOYCOTTING QUENTIN TARANTINO FILMS 

The reason? Tarantino marched in an anti-police brutality rally Saturday, October 24th, 2015 in New York City. At the rally he was quoted as saying:
 
“I’m a human being with a conscience and if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”

Needless to say, the NYPD was furious, calling the director ‘anti-cop’ and condemning his actions and even the LAPD joined in on the boycott.

But, from an honest stand point, it’s pretty much impossible to get people to not watch Tarantino films. Have you met a college freshman? 

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