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Commission Releases Plan To Close Rikers Island

The Rikers Island prison complex has had a bad reputation since it’s been open. It’s more than a black mark on New York City. Now, local officials have committed to removing it.

The New York Times reports that an independent commission on Rikers released suggestions to replace it within 10 years. There will be one facility located in each of the five burroughs.

New York Prosecutors Classify White Supremacist Attack An Act of Terrorism

Update 3/28/17: James Harris Jackson is now facing terrorism charges in addition to charges of murder as a hate crime and possession of a weapon.

“James Jackson prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a black person to assassinate in order to launch a campaign of terrorism against our Manhattan community and the values we celebrate,”Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement.

NYC Mother Killed In Park While Shielding Her Children From Gunfire

Jessica White, a 29-year-old mother from Bronx, New York City, was killed in a park this past weekend while protecting her children from gunfire. On Saturday night around 10 p.m., White and her mother noticed an individual in black approach the John Adams Houses in Longwood and open fire while her children were in the playground, according to the New York Daily News

New York Police Commissioner Blames Shooting On Rap Music

For as long as rap has existed, there’s been a population of people that look at and only see something negative. While there are absolutely some parts of hip-hop culture that are concerning and problematic, there are also many good. But, recent words from a New York City Officer is casting doubt on the entire genre.

Four people were shot in a New York City venue during a T.I. performance, including the suspect now shown on video appearing to shoot into a crowd, a New York rapper known as Troy Ave, according to The New York Times. Immediately after the incident, New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton came out to condemn rap music for creating an environment where this kind of tragedy could occur.

NYC teacher files suit for being fired for teaching about the Central Park Five

One Manhattan high school has made clear not all lessons are worth learning, particularly those that highlight the fallacies of the criminal justice system.

According to New York Daily News, Jeena Lee-Walker filed suit against the Department of Education and school administrators on Friday for being fired for teaching her students about the Central Park Five as an English teacher at the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry.

New York Post claims Eric Garner’s mother asked NYPD for special favors

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The mother of a 43-year-old New York man whose death was ruled a homicide after an encounter with police is saying that she never requested “special favors” from police.

Gwen Carr, a Staten Island resident, responded to a New York Post report that Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre arranged to have police fixed a bad headlight and the ticket connected to it for Carr. Carr is the mother of Eric Garner. Garner died in July of an apparent chokehold when police attempted to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes.