“It was total entrapment,” says one storeowner. More »
And it’s happening almost exclusively in minority neighborhoods. More »
All 14 Stories (0)updates since last visit
At a City Council hearing, police brass show flexibility on controversial tool for quality of life actions.
The Council speaker will put forward a package of bills aimed at better protecting tenants and businesses targeted by police.
Police in New York pursue civil cases against homes and businesses despite concerns about fairness and in the face of lawsuits.
A legal move in federal court will ask for class action status to protect renters and business owners from alleged unconstitutional police enforcement.
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.
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.
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.
“It was total entrapment,” says one storeowner.
The suit challenges the NYPD’s use of controversial nuisance abatement actions. It cites ProPublica and The Daily News’ investigation into the issue.
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.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said New York City is retreating from the practice of locking out tenants before they even see a judge.
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.
By Sarah Ryley for ProPublica and the New York Daily NewsFeb. 5, 2016, 8 a.m.
The New York Daily News and ProPublica looked at lawsuits brought by the City of New York targeting businesses and homes that the City claims are being used for illegal activities.
And it’s happening almost exclusively in minority neighborhoods.