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Sep
8
2014
City Council Must Require NYPD to Disclose its Use of Force Training

The New York Civil Liberties Union today submitted testimony to the New York City Council Public Safety Committee demanding increased oversight and transparency regarding the NYPD’s use of force, officer training, and violations enforcement.

Sep
4
2014
NYPD Body Cameras Should be a Win-Win

In response to an expected announcement later today that the NYPD will soon begin a pilot program where officers wear body cameras, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Aug
27
2014
NYCLU Unveils ‘Wheel of Justice’ Game to Highlight NY’s Broken Public Defense System

At a press conference today in Washington Square Park, the New York Civil Liberties Union kicked off its Wheel of Justice NY campaign to highlight New York State’s broke public defense system. The campaign – complete with a travelling Wheel of Fortune-style game that can also be played online – calls on Governor Cuomo to end the state’s failure to provide effective attorneys to poor New Yorkers accused of crimes, and settle an NYCLU lawsuit on the matter going to trial this October. The trial will be the first of its kind in the nation.

Aug
20
2014
New NYCLU Reports Reveal Historic Failure and Bias of Bloomberg Administration’s Signature Public Safety Program

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released an analysis of new NYPD data that provides the first detailed picture of the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program throughout the totality of the Bloomberg administration, including new insights on the program’s stark racial disparities and its ineffectiveness in recovering illegal firearms. The NYCLU also released an analysis of 2013 stop-and-frisk data which shows the program last year had a gun recovery rate of only .02 percent and still overwhelmingly targeted young black and Latino men.

Aug
19
2014
NYCLU Urges Veto of Bill Protecting Rikers Guards Who Brutalize Inmates

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter urging Governor Cuomo to veto a bill drafted by the correction officers union that seeks to protect guards from prosecution for acts of brutality against inmates at Rikers Island facilities. The bill would give the Queens District Attorney exclusive jurisdiction in such cases.

Aug
8
2014
NYCLU Objects to Manhattan DA’s Grab of Facebook Users’ Activity in Court Brief

In response to the Manhattan district attorney’s sweeping warrants forcing Facebook to turn over the contents of 381 Facebook accounts, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union today submitted a friend of the court brief in support of Facebook’s appeal challenging the constitutionality of these warrants.

Aug
5
2014
NYCLU Letter Urges Reforms in the Aftermath of Garner Death

In response to the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD, the New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, Civilian Complaint Review Board Chair Richard Emery, and Inspector General Phil Eure. The letter outlines the immediate need to examine police practices and to reassess oversight of the NYPD, particularly around issues of Police Department enforcement of low-level offenses.

Jul
31
2014
NY Sheriffs Stop Unlawfully Jailing Immigrants Thanks to NYCLU Advocacy

Thanks to advocacy by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association has advised all sheriffs across the state to stop imprisoning people without a warrant just so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes. In response to the Sheriffs’ Association guidance, at least 10 counties have stopped honoring federal government requests that they jail people who have been arrested after they would have otherwise been released.

Jul
30
2014
Decision Moves City One Step Closer to Stop-and-Frisk Reform

Exactly six months after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that New York City intended to drop its appeal in two class-action lawsuits challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional and discriminatory stop-and-frisk regime, a federal court judge cleared the path for the parties to resolve these longstanding lawsuits and work together to develop remedies that will finally end stop-and-frisk abuses. The court also denied police unions’ requests that they join the cases which could have slowed the reform process.

Jul
22
2014
Stars Dazzle at the NYCLU’s 12th Annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Benefit Concert

The 12th annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom benefit concert was a bona fide smash. A cast of Broadway's finest – including Tony winners Lena Hall and nominees Celia Keenan-Bolger (Glass Menagerie), Condola Rashad (The Trip to Bountiful) and Robin de Jesus (In the Heights) – took the stage at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Monday night to celebrate the work of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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