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NYPD Pot Arrests Habit Proves Tough to Break

NYPD Pot Arrests Habit Proves Tough to Break

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:20pm
The NYPD has a pot problem. For more than a decade, its officers have made a massive habit of unlawfully arresting New Yorkers for carrying small amounts of marijuana in their pockets or bags. It’s proving to be a tough habit to break, despite NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s recent acknowledgment of the problem.

NYCLU on the Scene at Wall Street Protests

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:49pm

Inspired by the Arab Spring, a group of a few hundred protesters have occupied a park right off of Wall Street for more than a week, seeking attention for what they call a greedy and unjust financial system.  The staff of the New York Civil…

Bill O'Reilly: The New Face of Stop-and-Frisk in New York

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 10:31am

The stop-and-frisk section starts at 1:58.

Bill O'Reilly thinks it is "hating America" to be concerned about a racially-biased police tactic that has stripped more than 2 million New Yorkers of their dignity over the past…

Project Liberty: Reality TV, Only Smarter

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:39pm

The New York Civil Liberties Union is making cable TV a little smarter. The latest episode of Project Liberty — the NYCLU’s very own television show — is airing in New York City. This episode focuses on the NYCLU’s 60th anniversary…

Battleground New York

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 3:01pm

They lost in Vermont. They lost in Maine. They even lost in Iowa.

And now the anti-marriage zealots are coming into New York’s backyard. Last week the National Organization for Marriage made it clear that the Empire State is the new battleground…

Make Every Vote Count

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:31pm

When presidential elections can be determined by only a few votes, we need to make sure that every vote counts. But an untold number of Americans are convinced their stay in prison will keep them from the voting booth for the rest of their lives.

That…

ACLU Lens: Wall Street Protest Enters Second Week

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 6:49pm

For the past 10 days, scores of demonstrators have occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall Street to protest what they believe are entrenched inequities in the nation’s financial system.

In response to the peaceful demonstration, the NYPD…

It's About Family

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 4:44pm

New Yorkers know that it puts all families at risk when the government gets in the business of saying that some families matter and deserve protection and some families don’t.

Marriage is a basic civil rights issue. Family is a basic civil…

New Yorkers: Apply Pressure

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 2:36pm

We are so close. This week — with a little pressure — New York may finally rid itself of its draconian and hurtful Rockefeller drug laws.

These “mandatory-minimum” drug sentencing laws require judges to lock up…

Your Papers, Please…

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 3:11pm

Having to carry an ID and show it to any government employee who demands it is a notion that was once restricted to the ravings of the tinfoil hat crowd. And if you ask most Americans today if they think such government intrusion is possible,…

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