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LAS in the News 01.08.21

At The Legal Aid Society our Civil, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Rights, and Pro Bono practices work tirelessly in and out of the courtroom to defend our clients and dismantle the hidden, systemic barriers that can prevent them from thriving in New York City. We seek to be a beacon of hope for those who feel neglected —regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. Our experienced teams provide comprehensive services, support, and advocacy that protect rights, keep families and communities together, and in many cases, saves lives. We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week:

LAS decries NYPD use of knee-on-neck hold on client

Queens Daily Eagle: Queens cop kneels on man’s neck during arrest
Gothamist: Video Shows NYPD Officer Kneeling On Man’s Neck During Arrest In Queens
Patch: NYPD Officer Seen Using Apparent Chokehold On Queens Man: Video
AMNY: Video of NYPD officer placing knee on man’s neck echoes arrest and death of George Floyd
Pix 11: Video shows NYPD officer placing knee on man’s neck during arrest
NYDN: NYPD officer accused of pressing knee to ATV driver’s neck during reckless driving arrest
1010Wins: VIDEO: NYPD officer seen placing knee on man’s neck during arrest over ATVs in Queens
CBS2: NYPD Investigating Video Appearing To Show Officer With Knee On Man’s Neck During Arrest
Newsday: Queens DA probes video alleged to show NYPD officers using banned restraint
NBC4: Video of NYPD Officer Kneeling on Man’s Neck During Arrest Sparks Investigation
Jackson Heights Post: Video of NYPD Cop Kneeling on Man’s Neck Surfaces
NYDN: De Blasio demands ‘immediate answers’ about reports cop kneeled on suspect’s neck

LAS pushes for decarceration as COVID-19 rates rise at local jails/prisions 

Sullivan Times: Woodbourne Cases Up To 195 As; 2nd Most Cases of COVID At State Prisons
NYLJ: COVID-19 Active in Dozens of New York Prisons, With More Than 800 Active Cases
Gothamist: Growing Concerns Over City Jails’ Handling The Pandemic’s Second Wave

LAS calls on City to immediately fix DOC inmate lookup

NY Daily News: NYC system used to access vital info on inmates is down for at least two weeks
Gothamist: Weeks-Long Website Outage Makes It Harder For Rikers Island Detainees To Post Bail

More LAS in the news

NYT: New York Halted Evictions. But What Happens When the Ban Ends?
El Diario: Extensión de moratoria es un alivio, pero hay que estar listos porque la pandemia
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: NYC Correction Dept. is concealing records related to heat wave safety
Crain’s: Homeless May Remain at Lucerne Hotel, Appellate Panel Rules
Caribbean Life News: Myrie honors community leaders with Senate Commendation Awards