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Five Men Settle for $40 Million after False Imprisonment in New York

Five men unfairly convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989 have finally settled a false arrest/imprisonment lawsuit against the City of New York. The five, who became known as "The Central Park Five," were just teenagers at the time of the crime but were labelled as a "wolf pack" and "wildling" children before and during their trials. All were sentenced to years in prison but in 2002 their convictions were overturned. The men, now adults, have been fighting for monetary compensation for their false imprisonment in New York since their respective releases.

Stop and Frisk Ruling Opens Door for Civil Rights Lawsuits

District Judge Shira Scheindlin says that the New York Police Department's policy of Stop and Frisk violates civil rights afforded to American citizens and that the policy is essentially "indirect racial profiling." The controversial policy has been lauded by Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and others for its ability to allegedly prevent crimes before they happen. In fact, the mayor said in a statement that Stop and Frisk has saved thousands of lives.

Rikers Island Inmates Suffer Higher than Average Rates of Traumatic Brain Injury

A groundbreaking new study involving adolescent male and female inmates incarcerated at Rikers Island has uncovered some shocking news. These inmates suffer much higher rates of traumatic brain injury (sometimes called TBI) than the general population. After extensive medical examinations, doctors have concluded that roughly 50% of the male population inside the prison at any given time has suffered at least one traumatic brain injury (such as concussion). Female inmates were found to have even higher rates that peaked at 65%. When compared to the general population's TBI rate of just 8.5%, there is clearly an issue that law enforcement, corrections, and other legal personnel have been unaware of for decades.

Violence at vigil for teenager shot by police; another case of excessive force?

In protecting the citizens of New York, the officers of the NYPD often have to make quick decisions under stressful conditions. Often, the officers have to balance the safety and need to protect the public against other matters- such as civil rights.

NYPD Under Fire for Possible Excessive Force in Queens Teen's Arrest

The teenage victim and several eye witnesses are saying that officers of the New York City Police Department acted with excessive force when subduing the 19-year old outside a youth center in Queens last month. On January 8th, Robert Jackson was arrested outside the Flushing YMCA. He was confronted by police several officers after he allegedly became vocal and "spewed profanities" at the patrolmen.


Constitutional civil rights trumped diplomatic immunity, opening the door to a legal settlement. A settlement was announced in New York State Supreme Court in the sexual assault civil lawsuit filed against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF,) by Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel housekeeper at the Sofitel Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Alarming Trend of Arrests in NYC Public Schools

Since January 2012, the New York City Police Department has made 327 arrests and issued 555 summonses to public school students. The numbers reveal an increase compared to police data from October through December of 2011, where 279 students were arrested.

Federal Judge Declared Class Action Status in NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit

Last year there were 685,724 stop-and-frisk encounters by the NYPD, the highest total in 10 years. This year, during the first three months of 2012, officers have stopped people on the streets more than 200,000 times, putting the stops on course to break last year's record.

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