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Activists win access to NYPD’s Black Lives Matter surveillance files

  • A New York judge has ordered the New York Police Department to divulge files showing how it surveilled Black Lives Matter demonstrations two years ago, a group of activists announced Wednesday.
  • According to a written decision by Judge Manuel Mendez, the NYPD must release records of the undercover surveillance it conducted on BLM protests related to the police-involved death of Eric Garner
  • The activists, whose initial request seeking the records was initially denied by the NYPD, learned through court documents in September that officials have files that match their request, as well as records of communication between the undercover officers assigned to the demonstrations and officers’ handlers. Read more

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After her NYPD arrest, Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr says its her duty to fight Trump

  • Gwen Carr’s daughter teased her, once she learned her mother had been arrested protesting outside of Trump Tower in New York City.
  • “You’ve been around 67 years — you wait until you get 67 years old to get arrested?” her daughter joked.
  • Carr was among more than a dozen National Action Network demonstrators arrested by the NYPD on Tuesday night for blocking traffic on a busy and highly surveilled street in Manhattan.
  • But Carr says that, given the threat Trump poses to civil rights, policing reform and other social justice causes, her arrest was necessary.
  •  In July 2014, Carr’s son Eric Garner, was killed in an interaction with New York City police that’s slated for a Justice Department review under the new administration. As such, she said she will keep up the pressure on the people who make the decisions. Read more

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NYPD sergeant kills Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old black woman who neighbors say was mentally ill

A black woman said to be living with a mental illness was shot and killed by a New York police sergeant in her Bronx, New York, apartment Tuesday evening. Police officials say the woman allegedly wielded a bat at a police sergeant. Commissioner James O'Neil admitted the officer didn’t follow protocol.

The recent brutal murder of two Brooklyn police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, is a national tragedy that should inspire nationwide mourning. Both my grandfather and father were police officers, so I appreciate what a difficult and dangerous profession law enforcement is. We need to value and celebrate the many officers dedicated to protecting the public and nourishing our justice system. It’s a job most of us don’t have the courage to do.

At the same time, however, we need to understand that their deaths are in no way related to the massive protests against systemic abuses of the justice system as symbolized by the recent deaths—also national tragedies—of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and Michael Brown. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the suicidal killer, wasn’t an impassioned activist expressing political frustration, he was a troubled man who had shot his girlfriend earlier that same day. He even Instagrammed warnings of his violent intentions. None of this is the behavior of a sane man or rational activist. The protests are no more to blame for his actions than The Catcher in the Rye was for the murder of John Lennon or the movie Taxi Driver for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Crazy has its own twisted logic and it is in no way related to the rational cause-and-effect world the rest of us attempt to create.

Those who are trying to connect the murders of the officers with the thousands of articulate and peaceful protestors across America are being deliberately misleading in a cynical and selfish effort to turn public sentiment against the protestors. This is the same strategy used when trying to lump in the violence and looting with the legitimate protestors, who have disavowed that behavior. They hope to misdirect public attention and emotion in order to stop the protests and the progressive changes that have already resulted. Shaming and blaming is a lot easier than addressing legitimate claims.

—  KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, writing in Time magazine, “The Police Aren’t Under Attack.  Institutionalized Racism Is.”
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Bronx man Ariel Galarza dies after being Tasered by NYPD

New York City police stunned 49-year-old Bronx man later identified as Ariel Galarza to death Wednesday after he allegedly threatened officers with a glass bottle. An upstairs neighbor told the Daily News the man was a deli worker and “a real good man.”

The incident marks at least the second time in recent weeks that an NYPD officer has killed someone reported to be experiencing a mental health crisis.

The death of a police officer is never something to be celebrated, let alone as retribution for a totally unrelated crime. Putting a target on the back of all police officers because of the poor judgement of some members of the force is no better than making unfair and unreasonable assumptions about an entire group people because of the color of their skin. Black lives matter, but so do the lives of police officers.

Those who are celebrating the shooting of the New York City cops as a win for #BlackLivesMatter are missing the point of the movement for police reform entirely. The goal of the protests isn’t to eliminate the police force, or to exact bloody vengeance from every police officer who walks the streets. It’s to reform an inherently broken system that’s plagued by institutionalized racism, inequality and the frequent use of unnecessary force by officers who aren’t held accountable by their superiors or the courts. It’s to ensure that we have more good cops than bad, not to make sure we have no cops at all.
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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When Jason Disitso saw Officer Jonathan Munoz walk up to his friend and begin inappropriately touching her, sticking his hand in her pockets and frisking her, he did what anyone concerned with her safety might do in the 21st century: He asked another friend for his cell phone and began recording Munoz.

Minutes later, Disitso was being driven away in cuffs. According to sworn testimony from Munoz, the March 12, 2014, incident escalated quickly when Disitso tried to punch him. But as the full video shows, that’s not what happened.

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According to the Free Thought Project, Copwatch Patrol Unit member Michael Barber said he saw two undercover officers attempting to arrest a 14-year-old girl around 7 p.m. Thursday on the corner of 140th St. and Hamilton Place in Harlem. The incident was “reportedly over allegations that a child who was with her, who witnesses say appeared to be around 7-years-old, had pushed the button on a police call box." That’s when her fellow New Yorkers stepped in.

Deborah Danner lived with schizophrenia, and knew police would kill her for it. In a 2012 essay that was obtained from Danner’s attorney by the New York Times, Danner described the obstacles faced by people living with mental illness when they encounter law enforcement. Danner ended her letter with now haunting words.

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The DOJ has replaced the team reviewing Eric Garner’s death

The Department of Justice recently moved to replace the New York-based team of agents and lawyers investigating Eric Garner’s case. The FBI agents handling the case were swapped out for agents from outside New York. In order to mount a civil rights case, the investigating agents need specific evidence.

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Erica Garner speaks out on the DOJ’s investigation into her father’s death

Erica Garner hasn’t ever minced her words in expressing dissatisfaction about how federal, state and New York City authorities have handled the investigation of her father’s 2014 police chokehold death. But she is now more hopeful that justice is still possible.

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The NYPD commissioner just unintentionally revealed the racism of the criminal justice system 

In light of the national debate over the frayed relationship between the police and African-American communities, police departments across the country have set about recruiting more non-white officers into their ranks. But at least in New York, the issue has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Sgt. Kizzy Adonis charged internally in Eric Garner's death.

Kizzy Adonis had been recently promoted to Sergeant last summer when she responded to officers arresting Eric Garner.  Adonis was nearby and went to the scene to help or observe, and what she did was stand idly by while Officer Daniel Pantaleo murdered Garner in broad daylight in the middle of the sidewalk.

So far, Sgt. Adonis is the only person who has been officially accused of wrongdoing in the murder of Eric Garner and it’s almost comical at this point.  The NYPD and the City of New York has spent the past 18 months bending over backward to not find the actual murderer responsible of anything at all, while at the same time bending over backward to charge the only Black official nearby with a breach of procedure.

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NYPD officer found guilty of killing unarmed black man Akai Gurley

After three days of deliberations, a jury of seven men and five women has found New York City police officer Peter Liang guilty of second degree manslaughter for the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man who was fatally wounded while walking up a stairwell in a Brooklyn housing project. Liang faces up to 15 years in prison. The unlikely coalition that formed in pursuit of justice.