On December 4, 2014, two photographers found themselves in the custody of the New York Police Department. Both were arrested while documenting a protest in Times Square over the decision not to indict the police officer responsible for Eric Garner’s death.
Sam, who I met last summer, was a teenager on probation. He sported an electronic monitor strapped around his ankle then, and he likely still does. Sam attended court monthly and during one of those appearances, the judge looked down at Sam, over his reading
On the night of February 3, 2015, Kevin McKnight was driving around in his pickup truck when the police stopped him. Ostensibly, they pulled him over for turning without using his turn signal, but the real reason was more complicated. The officer who pulled McKnight
This piece was co-authored by Gilles Bissonnette, the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, and Michael Haley, currently a 2L at Harvard Law School, during Michael's internship at the ACLU-NH in summer 2017. While at the ACLU of New Hampshire,
In March 2015, federal prosecutors in the course of a corruption investigation revealed a series of shockingly racist and homophobic text messages sent between several San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers. In the wake of the scandal, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón commissioned a
A first-hand account of efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by Greater Boston Legal Services attorney Elizabeth McIntyre.
Last month, State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who represents the Orlando area counties, announced that she would not be seeking the death penalty in the prosecution of Markeith Loyd. Loyd was charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and fatally shooting an already wounded police officer. Days after
In its efforts to combat crime committed by street gangs—a societal ill that unquestionably warrants tough measures—California has pursued a range of aggressive tactics. It is axiomatic, however, that the tough measures employed must not violate the protections enshrined in the Constitution. This is particularly
While outrage over President Trump’s stance on immigration enforcement proliferates on social media, the new administration’s policies have also led to tension with an unexpected adversary: local law enforcement. The City of Los Angeles recently pushed back, with an objection that potentially has broad implications