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It isn't illegal to videotape police officers on the job, and according to a new report authored by the Civilians Complaint Review Board, civilian-recorded video has substantiated a large uptick in claims of police brutality this year. In the report, Richard Emery, CCRB Chair, states plainly that "the big news in police oversight is one word: video. Video is changing everything," he writes.  To that effect, the CCRB noted that it has validated wrongdoing in...
  When the video begins, you can see several police cars arrayed like battleships, but you can hear only one siren, blaring from an unmarked cruiser that comes to a stop in the middle of Fifth Avenue, in Brooklyn. It’s the first sign that something is about to go down. It’s minutes after 2am, but a small crowd has gathered. The person filming the scene swings around to the side of another cruiser parked in the...
On Tuesday the Stop Mass Incarceration Network organized a protest in New York City (one that turned violent on the Brooklyn Bridge), as well as several more across the nation calling for an end to police violence. Carl Dix, co-founder of the organization along with Cornel West, said that "what it came down to is that the declaration for the movement that’s calling for an end to police being given a green light to...
Last November, amidst massive demonstrations of outrage at the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an NYPD officer shot and killed an unarmed black man close to home. Akai Gurley, 28, was gunned down in the stairwell of an East New York building in late November. Police Commissioner Bratton stated that Gurley's death was due to Officer Peter Liang's "clumsiness" while patrolling the Louis H. Pink housing projects. Liang was reportedly a rookie...

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