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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.

Wrongful Imprisonment Lawsuit in New York Could Cost the City $25 Million

A false imprisonment lawsuit in New York City could cost the Big Apple $25 million-over $1 million for every year an innocent man spent behind bars. Derrick Deacon was locked up for a crime he didn't commit in 1989 after a trial that, new court documents allege, was orchestrated by officials behind the scenes. Deacon, who is now 58-years old, was arrested, tried, and convicted for a gang slaying in 1989 after several witnesses testified that they saw him running away from the crime scene. He spent 23 years behind bars before being able to convince a judge to consider all the evidence against him.

False Arrest Costs New York City $300K

An incident involving an alleged snowball has cost New York an estimated $300,000. The money will be split evenly between five plaintiffs who filed a false arrest lawsuit New York City after being held in jail for a period of time in February of 2010. The men were arrested for allegedly "bombarding" an off-duty NYPD officer with snowballs, causing him to fear for his life. The settlement will result with each man receiving $60,000 for their false arrest lawsuit.

Man Suffers 14-Year False Imprisonment for a Crime He Didn't Commit

A false arrest in New York 14 years ago has a happy ending for a Long Island man. Johnny O'Neal was falsely imprisoned 14 years ago for a rape, a rape of which he was recently cleared. Mr. O'Neal now plans to sue New York officials (including "those responsible") for mishandling the investigation and stealing 14 years of his life from him.

Are NYPD Marijuana Arrests Racially Biased?

Are loopholes in 37-year old laws leading to an increase of false arrests in NYC? If so, are NYPD officers using racial profiling to artificially boost possession charges among minorities? According to at least one public advocacy group they are. The NYPD's own arrest records show that a disproportionate number of people from minority groups are jailed for relatively minor (misdemeanor) marijuana possession when compared to Caucasians. This disparity is even more shocking when you consider that data also shows young white men and women use marijuana at far higher rates than blacks or Latinos.

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.

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