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Nuisance Abatement

The NYPD’s Aggressive Enforcement of a Little-known Law

How New York City police are using little-known laws to kick people out of their homes, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime.

New York City Set to Pass Sweeping Nuisance Abatement Reforms

An investigation by the New York Daily News and ProPublica prompts changes that guarantee residents and businesses targeted in NYPD nuisance actions more due process rights.

New York City Police Receptive to Some Reforms of Nuisance Enforcement

At a City Council hearing, police brass show flexibility on controversial tool for quality of life actions.

New York City Council Moves to Overhaul Nuisance Abatement Enforcement

The Council speaker will put forward a package of bills aimed at better protecting tenants and businesses targeted by police.

After Mayor Pledges ‘Due Process,’ NYPD Renews Aggressive Nuisance Abatement Enforcement

Police in New York pursue civil cases against homes and businesses despite concerns about fairness and in the face of lawsuits.

Lawsuit to Seek Rollback of NYPD’s Controversial Nuisance Abatement Efforts

A legal move in federal court will ask for class action status to protect renters and business owners from alleged unconstitutional police enforcement.

Officials Were Warned of Trouble With NYPD Lockout Orders, And Then Police Kicked Out Wrong Family

A letter from legal groups to the New York City’s Law Department warned city officials that “vulnerable tenants” are often ensnared in nuisance abatements.

NYPD Chief: Police ‘Will Continue to Aggressively Enforce Nuisance Abatement’

In response to an investigation by the Daily News and ProPublica, New York City’s police commissioner Bill Bratton insists nuisance cases remain a critical tool for keeping neighborhoods safe.

Groups Mull Suits Over Police Stings Aimed at Immigrant-owned Stores

Advocates, trade groups and lawmakers respond after an investigation by the New York Daily News and ProPublica shows the NYPD disproportionately targets businesses in minority neighborhoods for nuisance abatement actions.

Recap: Chat with The Lawyer Who Wrote the Nuisance Abatement Law

Sidney Baumgarten commissioned the drafting of the Nuisance Abatement Law in the 1970s to clean up Times Square. He says the way the NYPD uses it today violates the constitution.

NYPD Gets Sued After Kicking Wrong Family Out of Home

The suit challenges the NYPD’s use of controversial nuisance abatement actions. It cites ProPublica and The Daily News’ investigation into the issue.

Insiders Say NYPD’s Nuisance Unit Skirts the Law and Relies on Unconfirmed Allegations

The NYPD is kicking people out of their homes, even if residents haven't been charged with a crime. Lawyers who have worked in the unit say cases are “rubber-stamped.”

NYPD to Change How Police Use Nuisance Abatement Law

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said New York City is retreating from the practice of locking out tenants before they even see a judge.

Officials Outraged After ‘Shocking’ Report on NYPD Kicking People Out of Homes

New York City officials said reforms were needed after our investigation showed that the police have been locking out residents who haven’t been charged with a crime.

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