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Last night in Clinton Hill, the Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform—a community organization that tries to affect policy in the Democratic Party and encourages locals to run for office—held a public meeting to encourage discussion about police-community relations in light of recent protests over police brutality and use of lethal force. Activists, attorneys, politicians, and a diverse crowd of residents from a variety of Brooklyn neighborhoods including Fort Greene, Sunset Park, and Prospect Heights...
After two days of deliberation, a grand jury declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. The decision, which was announced at 9:30pm by St. Louis prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch, was perhaps most surprising for the simple fact that it wasn't surprising; even though grand juries have a close to 100% indictment rate (out of "162,000 federal cases in 2010, grand juries declined to return...
Video seems no match for NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's "bad apples" this year, as yet another incident of police brutality gets caught on camera. In the course of a scuffle to arrest an alleged farebeater at the Stillwell Avenue subway station in Coney Island, an undercover NYPD officer kicked a uniformed officer in the head, believing it was the suspect. But the real question is: Why was the officer looking to kick someone in the...
In what is proving to be a very disturbing—if illuminating and necessary—trend, a new video has been released documenting an instance of police brutality against a black man. Via Brooklyn Paper, the family of 17-year-old Marcel Hamer is claiming that a "police officer knocked out Clinton Hill teen with one blow after stopping him for smoking a cigarette, hitting him so hard he now has neurological problems."  The incident took place on June 4, when...