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Mar
19
2015
Decision in Garner Grand Jury Records Case Adds Fuel to New Yorkers’ Distrust of System

In response to a Staten Island judge’s decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court to release to the public the Grand Jury’s transcript, as well as the evidence presented and instructions the jury was given.

Mar
17
2015
Court Orders Erie County Sheriff to Disclose Use of Stingray Surveillance Device

In a victory for the public’s right to know, a Supreme Court judge in Buffalo this afternoon ruled that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office must disclose public information “stingrays,” devices that can track and record New Yorkers’ locations via their cell phones. The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the Sheriff’s Office in November for failing to follow the law and respond to public information about how it uses the devices.

Mar
3
2015
Health Care Transparency Will Help Address Overincarceration and Violence at Rikers, According to NYCLU Testimony

Regular reporting on the physical and mental health of people incarcerated on Rikers Island and the provision of care prisoners there receive will take New York City a step closer toward addressing the violence that plagues the jail, according to testimony to be delivered today before the New York City Council.

Mar
3
2015
Community Input into Policing is Necessary for Public Safety

At a New York City Council hearing today, the New York Civil Liberties Union will testify endorsing community policing, a policing model that would entail greater community involvement and oversight of NYPD practices.

Feb
26
2015
Victory in NYPD Quota Case Protects Speech of Officers, Public Employees

In a victory for the free speech rights of police officers and all public employees, a federal appeals court this morning ruled that when an NYPD officer and whistleblower exposed an illegal quota system in his Bronx precinct that his speech was protected. The case was brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Feb
26
2015
New Records Reveal Erie County Jail Must Do More to End Abusive Conditions

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning released the first in a series of reports documenting prisoner conditions at two Erie County jails. The NYCLU won the release of the reports following a two-year legal battle with the county, and the documents reveal that while the county has made progress on conditions in the jails, improvements have been inconsistent and slow in coming.

Feb
11
2015
Speaker Outlines Progressive Reforms in State of City Address

In response to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s State of the City address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman: “Speaker Mark-Viverito has outlined an ambitious agenda that recognizes the contribution that all New Yorkers make to our city, and takes important steps to protect and promote the basic civil rights and liberties of people too often forgotten.

Jan
30
2015
Gov. Cuomo Endorses Police Accountability with Pocket Veto

In response to Governor Cuomo’s pocket veto of a bill that would have undermined the ability of local government officials across New York State to discipline police officers engaged in misconduct, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
29
2015
NYCLU Provides Body Camera Guidelines to White House Policing Task Force

On Saturday, Jan. 31, the New York Civil Liberties Union will testify on police body cameras during a White House hearing on 21st century policing. In its testimony, the NYCLU encourages police departments to adopt sensible and enforceable policies that ensure body cameras are used for the limited purpose of maximizing officer accountability, with privacy protections and oversight to prevent abuse of the technology.

Jan
13
2015
New Rules Make Rikers a Leader in Solitary Confinement Reform

The New York City Board of Correction today announced nationally unprecedented new rules governing the use of solitary confinement at Rikers Island, including ending its use on people 21 and younger and reducing solitary confinement for all prisoners to no more than 30 consecutive days. The New York Civil Liberties Union was among the organizations pressing the Board for the reforms.

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