Jessica White

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

Bill Bratton

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.

New York Daily News

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. 

Study: stop-and-frisk linked to trauma in black men

 

 

According to a study released by the American Journal of Public Health, aggressive policing likely has an adverse effect on the mental health of young men, particularly young black men in New York City.

The study appears to reveal higher rates of feelings of stress, anxiety and trauma in young men who experienced multiple stop-and-frisk encounters with police.

Man sues NYC after being wrongfully imprisoned for more than a decade

 

Johnnie O' Neal says he was unjustly convicted of a rape in 1984 and was exonerated after serving more than 13 years in prison.

 

A man who spent 13 years behind bars after being wrongfully convicted is suing the city of New York.

Johnnie O’Neal, 54, was convicted in 1984 of raping and robbing a woman at knifepoint on the rooftop of the Frederick Douglass Houses on the Upper West Side. He sued the city of Monday for the shady investigation that took away more than ten years of his life. 

New York approves segregation proposal in high-rises

A view of the high-rises lining Riverside Boulevard, in New York. The city has approved an application by prominent developer Extell to install a 'poor door', or a separate door for tenants living in affordable housing to enter the building through

The City of New York approved a proposal to build a “poor door,” or separate door for residents living in affordable housing to enter their building.

The proposal, submitted by Extell, one of the most prominent developers in the city, gives the company the right to install a separate set of doors into a high-rise located on 40 Riverside Boulevard.