Posts Tagged ‘stop and frisk’

BORDC News Digest for 03/17/14

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm by

Current News 

3/17, Shahid Buttar, People’s Blog for the Constitution, Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption

3/16, Morley Safer, CBS News, Drones over America

3/15, Candice Bernd, TruthOut, From Waterboarding to “Water Curing”: Guantanamo Detainee First To Legally Challenge Force-Feeding

3/15, Nahal Zamani, Huffington Post, From Stop-and-Frisk to Guantánamo: US Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny at UN

3/13, Darren Samuelsohn, POLITICO, Intel Panel ‘Very Close’ on killing NSA phone programs

The NYPD can’t hide anymore

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:44 am by
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In 1971, a lawsuit was filed against the New York Police Department (NYPD) for engaging in unconstitutional surveillance practices against activist groups including the War Resisters League and the Black Panthers. This fight eventually brought on reform within the Department, but since the 9/11 terrorist attacks these changes have been rescinded. Now, the people are looking to the courts to, once again, curb the abuses of the NYPD.

Several lawsuits have been filed against the Department in regards to its surveillance program, which specifically targets Muslim communities. This program has allegedly classified Mosques as terrorist organizations, in order to secretly infiltrate them and spy on their members.  It has been reported that the NYPD has even created a wide-ranging map of the Muslim communities, recording intimate details of their lives, from where they pray to where they eat.


Bratton and de Blasio: an opportunity for meaningful police reform in New York as long as we don’t waste it

Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm by

Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio Announces William Bratton As City's Next Police Chief

Last week, New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the most recent addition to his administration, naming Zachary Carter the chief lawyer of the city. Carter served as United States attorney in Brooklyn from 1993 to 1999 and oversaw high profile cases like that of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was brutally assaulted and tortured by NYPD officers in 1997. Like de Blasio, Carter has expressed a commitment to creating opportunities for disadvantaged groups and fighting police misconduct. This appointment appears to be a step in the right direction towards greater fairness in policing and an end to the rampant profiling and abuse that have come to define the NYPD.


News Digest for 12/19/13

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm by

Current News 

12/19, Rocco Parascandola and Barry Paddock, New York Times Daily, Counterterrorism officials will make exit from NYPD with Raymond Kelly

12/18, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, NSA review panel stops short of concrete surveillance reforms

12/18, Mike Lee, Deseret News, Mike Lee: Senate setting dangerous precedent on defense authorization bill

12/18, Ellen Nakashima and Ashkan Soltani, Washington Post, Panel urges new curbs on surveillance by U.S.

12/17, Ben Botkin, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Clark County Commission takes symbolic stand against ‘indefinite detention’

News Digest 12/06/13

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

Current News 

12/6, Les Leopold, Huffington PostWall Street’s Police State?

12/6, Amy Davidson, The New Yorker, How to Tell When the N.S.A. Is Lying

12/6, Fred Mazelis, ICFI, US officials will no longer provide information on Guantanamo hunger strikers

12/5, Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post, NSA tracking phone locations on ‘planetary scale’

12/5,Steven Nelson, US News, NSA Can Map Your Movements, Determine Your Fellow Travelers With Cell Data

12/5, Christopher Calabrese, Huffington Post, Tell the White House to Fix ECPA and Protect Our Electronic Privacy

12/5, Fox News, Bratton to lead NYPD for second time

News Digest 08/13/2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

Ray Kelly nomination to lead DHS? A disaster for We the People

Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 9:44 am by

mobThe primary concern of the Secretary of Homeland Security is the safety of the US, and since the position’s creation, that has largely meant enlisting the country in the “war on terror.”

As Janet Napolitano steps down as Secretary of Homeland Security, President Obama has looked for a new candidate to fill the position. Raymond Kelly, Police Commissioner of New York, has been cited as a possible successor to Napolitano, but his appointment would likely exacerbate the profiling and surveillance of Muslims throughout the country.

A Secretary of Homeland Security should be able to protect this country from true acts of terrorism and harm without eroding the civil liberties of American citizens of any faith, but Kelly’s possible appointment puts this possibility into question.

Raymond Kelly served as police commissioner for the NYPD from 1992 to 1994, and again from 2002 to the present. During his second term, New York City was shaken by the attacks of 9/11, and (speaking from my own observations as a native New Yorker) stricken by a xenophobic, anti-Muslim paranoia.

Kelly fed this paranoia, developing the Demographics Unit of the NYPD (now the target of a constitutional challenge), which was specifically designed to map and track Muslim Americans in the Tri-state area absent any suspicion of wrongdoing. The unit did not notify local law enforcement or elected officials when the surveillance took place outside of New York City, essentially subverting local law by fiat.


News Digest 06/25/13

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

NYPD reform bills near vote in NYC City Council

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:13 am by

Two bills that would significantly reform oversight of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) are nearing a crucial vote. The bills are scheduled to be voted out of committee early next week will then face a vote on the floor of the New York City Council.

One bill would substantially broaden protections against profiling by police.

The other would appoint a commissioner at an independent agency to oversee the NYPD. These reforms have been championed by a broad based coalition, Communities United for Police Reform, that includes the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

The profiling bill would expand to current prohibitions on profiling based on race, ethnicity and religion to prohibit officers from relying on:

 actual or perceived race, national origin, color, creed, age, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or housing status as the determinative factor in initiating law enforcement action against an individual, rather than an individual’s behavior or other information or circumstances that links a person or persons to suspected unlawful activity.

The second bill would require that the commissioner of New York CIty’s Department of Investigations:

investigate, review, study, audit and make recommendations relating to the operations, policies, programs and practices, including ongoing partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, of the new york city police department with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of the department, increasing public safety, protecting civil liberties and civil rights, and increasing the public’s confidence in the police force, thus building stronger police-community relations.

Both bills are crucial steps forward in the struggle to make the NYPD more accountable to the people of the city that it serves. New York City residents can call their council members to encourage them to support both bills when they come to the floor.

Click here to identify your council member and find an easy script to guide your phone call, along with other action tips.

News Digest 05/09/13

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

5/9, Peter Van Buren, Salon, The government whistleblower who wouldn’t be silenced

5/9, Brian Bennett and Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times, Intelligence report identified vulnerability before Boston bombing

5/9, Alicia A. Caldwell and Eileen Sullivan, Salon, Boston police commissioner: We need more cameras

5/9, Hazel Dukes, Amsterdam News (NY), NAACP condemns Quinn’s support of stop-and-frisk

5/9, Barbara Ross, Daily News (NY), Judge backs NYPD’s refusal to detail its surveillance of Muslim community under Freedom of Information Law

5/9, VIDEO, Huffington Post, FBI Planning To Revise Wiretapping Laws