Photos: Several Arrested During March Against Police Brutality

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All photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice.
An NYPD sergeant scuffles with an anti-police protester in the East Village while trying to complete an arrest. During the march, the officer attempted to arrest a participant but was delayed when several other protesters attempted to pull the individual free. A melee ensued and the group was brought down to the pavement before several other officers intervened and completed the arrest.
A group of several hundred protesters gathered in Manhattan, marching late into the evening against police brutality. Marching to chants like "NYPD hey hey hey, how many kids did you kill today?" the group moved through the Lower East Side and East Village late into the night, taking to the streets throughout before ending in Union Square. At various points, individual protesters attempted to block the line of scooter-mounted police by tossing trash bags and street dividers onto the road, resulting in several arrests. Photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice.

View the full gallery of images from last night's protests here: Several Arrested During March Against Police Brutality

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Grand Jury Will Hear Evidence on Eric Garner's Death

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Photo by Caleb Ferguson
Pallbearers carry Eric Garner's coffin at his funeral in Brooklyn July 23.
The Staten Island District Attorney's office says a grand jury will hear evidence on the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old man who died in July after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold. A press release sent out this morning by Staten Island DA Daniel M. Donovan Jr.'s office didn't mention Office Pantaleo by name, saying only that "after a careful review of the recent findings of the Medical Examiner regarding the cause and manner of Mr. Garner's death," he'd decided to present the case to a grand jury.

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Manhattan Double Homicide Caught on Tape

Categories: Guns, Homicide, NYPD

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Image: NYPD video
An early morning shooting left two people dead.
The NYPD is seeking the public's help to solve a double homicide in Manhattan early Sunday morning. The shooting took place on Broadway near 151 St. in Harlem.

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Five Arrested During Citywide Marches Supporting Mike Brown, MO Teen Slain By Police

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Photo by C.S. Muncy. The Michael Brown protest in Midtown Manhattan.
Police "kettling" protesters in Times Square during the demonstration last night.
In 90 cities around the country last night, demonstrators marched in what was dubbed National Moment of Silence 2014 to honor Mike Brown, the teenager killed in Missouri by police last week, as well as other victims of police brutality. The marches were organized online in just four days by Feminista Jones, a writer and activist from the Bronx with a massive Twitter following. In New York, marchers massed in Bed-Stuy, Harlem and hundreds in Union Square; some of the Manhattan protesters made their way up to Times Square, where five men were eventually arrested during what both police and protesters alike called an otherwise fairly peaceful night.

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How Two Cops Took on a Stash House in Crack-Era Brooklyn

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HBO's The Wire
Warren Bond played college football at UCLA and hoped to play in the NFL. He made it onto the Jets in 1982, but didn't play in any games. NFL players went on strike that year and Bond did not want to cross the picket line. In the meantime, he needed a job.

His brother-in-law, who was a cop, suggested Bond sign up for the police academy. The strike lasted just two months, but by the time it ended, Bond had decided that the career path of a police officer was more appealing than that of a football player. The starting salaries were similar, and the job security was much better.

He graduated from the academy in 1983. Within three years, he rose to the narcotics unit. There, he worked one of the most dangerous jobs in policing: undercover drug busts in crack-era Brooklyn

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NYPD Releases Disturbing Video of Attempted Rape

Categories: Crime, NYPD, Rapes

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For the second time in three weeks, the New York Police Department has announced they're looking for a suspect who attempted to rape a woman in the stairwell of her apartment building. The department released a video of the most recent incident on Sunday, August 10. The crime took place at 1 a.m. on August 9 in a building in Crown Heights. The police report that the suspect approached the woman in the stairwell, tried to talk to her, then pushed her to the ground and attempted to rape her. The victim resisted and the suspect took off. The NYPD has released a version of the video that, while it doesn't show the actual attempted rape, does show the woman being attacked and beaten.

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Eric Garner's Death Dominates NYPD Oversight Board Meeting

Categories: Eric Garner, NYPD

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The Civilian Complaint Review Board yesterday held its first meeting since the death of Eric Garner.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency charged with reviewing complaints from the public about the NYPD, held its first meeting with new chair Richard Emery last night.

Emery was appointed last month by Mayor Bill de Blasio -- the CCRB had been without a chair since January, something de Blasio took some criticism for -- just ahead of wave of high profile cases of apparent police brutality by the NYPD.

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Police Union President: Ramsey Orta, Arrested Witness to Eric Garner's Death, Is "Demonizing the Good Work of Police Officers"

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Photo by Caleb Ferguson
Garner's pallbearers carry his casket after his funeral in Brooklyn July 23.
On July 17, 22-year-old Ramsey Orta filmed Staten Island police officers tackling his friend Eric Garner to the ground , watching as officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped Garner's neck in a chokehold. The New York City Medical Examiner ruled on Friday, August 1 that Garner's death was a homicide, caused primarily by compression of his neck and chest, exacerbated by his prone position as well as asthma, obesity and heart disease.

As Garner's death caused worldwide outrage, Orta told Time he faced increased harassment from the police. On Saturday night, he was arrested by plainclothes narcotics officers and charged with gun possession.

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Almost All Allegations of NYPD Brutality Go Nowhere

Categories: Eric Garner, NYPD

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Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"
Every now and then, a charge of police brutality hits the headlines. Such was the case when Staten Island police officer Daniel Pantaleo put Eric Garner in a chokehold last Thursday. Garner died. Somebody caught the whole thing on video. There has been much outrage since.

But browse through civil court dockets in any of the five borough, and you'll notice that charges of police brutality are common. Many more don't make it to court. Most are phoned in to the NYPD or the Civilian Complaint Review Board. From 2009 to 2013, the department faced 11,334 "force allegations," according to a report by the CCRB. That's more than 2,000 a year. Less than two percent were substantiated.

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Eric Garner's Death: How a Video Undermines a Police Narrative

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The NYPD's internal report about the death of Eric Garner explained what happened through the eyes of the officers at the scene. As the Daily News first reported, one officer said that Garner "resisted arrest" while being apprehended in Staten Island last week. He was "struggling" with Officers Justin Damico and Daniel Pantaleo, who "attempted to place him in handcuffs."

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