Queens Daily Eagle: Nearly every single person arrested for weed in NYC this year was black or Latinx

By David Brand
August 21, 2019

Even as New York decriminalizes marijuana possession and the NYPD significantly curtails the number of weed arrests citywide, intense racial disparities persist among those who are arrested with small amounts of bud.

Times Union: Letter: Legislation crafted to protect children

By Karen Freedman, Dawne Mitchell, Karen Simmons
August 20, 2019

The criticism of the Preserving Family Bonds Act ("Preserving Family Bonds Act holds children hostage," July 24) distorts this needed bill and disregards the great benefit it would provide to vulnerable children throughout New York.

This bill permits children to have continued contact with their biological parents when, and only when, a judge finds — after hearing from the adoptive parents, foster care agency, parent and child's attorney — that ongoing contact would be in the child's best interest. It allows this request for contact only once, at the conclusion of termination of parental rights proceedings, and allows for a modification request only if continuing contact is granted and circumstances later change substantially.

This bill is carefully crafted to protect children who have significant attachments to their biological parents, and for whom terminating all contact (even when adoption would also be in their best interest) would be devastating.

Rather than creating the uncertainty and instability that concerns Mr. Montagnino, this bill would provide adoptees in appropriate circumstances with a sense of identity, important information about their medical histories, and an understanding of the reasons they were adopted. These benefits can play an invaluable role in helping adoptees thrive in their adoptive homes.

Karen Freedman, Dawne Mitchell, Karen Simmons New York City

The writers are, respectively, executive director of Lawyers For Children, attorney in charge of The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice and executive director of The Children's Law Center. Their offices represent more than 90 percent of children in New York City foster care.

NYT: ‘If You’re Like Me, You Can’t Sit By. This Is America.’

By Tina Rosenberg
August 20, 2019

Family separations at the border are not the only crisis immigrant children face. Children who were taken from their parents, or who crossed the border alone, also go to their immigration hearings alone. And “alone” means no lawyer.

Staten Island Advance: DA McMahon says he’s legally barred from releasing Garner grand jury minutes; can’t re-present case to grand jury

By Sydney Kashiwagi
August 20, 2019

District Attorney Michael McMahon said that legally he is barred from releasing the transcripts of the grand jury that declined to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo on criminal charges in 2014 in the death of Eric Garner.

El Diario: Cuestionan al NYPD por uso de base de datos de ADN

Por: David Ramirez
18 de Agosto 2019

La base de datos de ADN de la ciudad de Nueva York ahora tiene 82,473 perfiles genéticos, casi un aumento de 19,000 o el 29 por ciento más desde julio de 2017, reveló un reporte de la Legal Aid Society, lo que, si bien es una herramienta para la aplicación de la ley, su uso indiscriminado, afecta a neoyorquinos que fueron absueltos o nunca fueron condenados por un delito y en su mayoría provienen de las comunidades más vulnerables.

Ebony: NYPD Officer Accused of Fatally Choking Eric Garner Fired Five Years After Incident

By #teamEBONY
August 19, 2019

Less than three weeks after New York’s Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado recommended job termination for Daniel Pataleo, the New York police officer accused of putting Eric Garner, a 43-year-old unarmed Black father of six, in a fatal chokehold during his July 17, 2014 arrest on Staten Island for illegally selling cigarettes, Pantaleo has been fired by the New York Police Department.

Time Magazine: 'The Correct Decision.' NYPD Fires Daniel Pantaleo, Officer Involved in Eric Garner Chokehold Death

By Josiah Bates, Sanya Mansoor and Mahita Gajanan
August 19, 2019

Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer who fatally choked Eric Garner, has been fired — more than five years after Garner’s death prompted widespread outrage over police brutality and his final words — “I can’t breathe” — became a rallying cry for protesters across the country.

NYLJ: NYPD Officer Involved in Garner Death Is Fired

By Dan M. Clark
August 19, 2019

Daniel Pantaleo—the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, who was killed five years ago on Staten Island during an interaction with police—was fired from the New York City Police Department by Commissioner James O’Neill on Monday.