Garner's Grand Jury Files Will Likely Be Sealed Forever, Unlike Those in the Ferguson Case

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Demonstrators react to the Ferguson grand jury announcement.
When St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced on Monday that there would be no indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the news was not greeted warmly.

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Bail Set at $30,000 for Man Charged With Throwing Fake Blood on Commissioner Bratton

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Diego Ibanez, center, was arrested while protesting in Times Square on November 24.
Diego Ibanez, the 26-year-old activist who splattered Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his security detail on Monday, will be able to leave jail if he can come up with a $30,000 bond or $20,000 in cash for bail.

At his arraignment shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Mercer said that Ibanez threw the "unknown red liquid" at Bratton and his crew "not once but twice."

"Bratton was reviewing the situation and making sure everything was in control and safe," said Mercer. He added that two police officers got irritated eyes from being "struck by this liquid, and had to go to the hospital."

"It did, in fact, injure two people," said Mercer. "And it could have injured more."

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Ferguson Protesters March From Union Square to the Bronx

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Police on the Triborough Bridge early Tuesday morning
At least 100 people occupied the John F. Kennedy bridge from Harlem to the Bronx for nearly an hour early Tuesday, capping a protest that began at 5 p.m. Monday in Union Square over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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How Many People Are 'Unintentionally' Shot by NYPD Officers?

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Akai Gurley was descending a dimly lit staircase in the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York on November 21 when a shot rang out in the darkness.

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In Union Square, a Crowd Waits for the Grand Jury Decision on Ferguson Shooting

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Police have begun putting up barricades in Union Square, says one activist online.
As much of the country waits for an announcement of the grand jury's decision in the Ferguson shooting case, New York City activists have already begun gathering in Union Square.

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No One Knows Why the Eric Garner Grand Jury Is Taking So Long

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Demonstrators this summer at a protest march for Eric Garner
Reaction to Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9 was immediate, and not in the way journalists usually use that word.

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NYPD Can No Longer 'Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Whether It Was Spying on Muslims

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The NYPD has been going to the legal mat recently to protect records that might shed light on a now-infamous spy program targeting Muslims in the New York City area.

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Bridge-Climbing Tourist Will Face Jail Time, Because Terrorism

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So a French guy, two Germans, and a Russian climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. Stop us if you've heard this one.
Did Lonely Planet add "top of the Brooklyn Bridge" to its list of New York City attractions?

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A Brief History of the Police Unions' Campaign to Take Down City Hall Aide Rachel Noerdlinger

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It's been a rough year for Rachel Noerdlinger. New York City first lady Chirlane McCray's chief of staff has had her love life, her family, her family's friends, her home, and even her parking tickets -- pretty much everything except the actual work she did as a City Hall aide -- dragged out as evidence that she was unfit for the job.

The coup de grĂ¢ce came on Friday, when Noerdlinger's 17-year-old son was arrested and booked on a trespassing charge after he and some friends were caught drinking in the lobby of a building in Washington Heights. It was her 44th birthday. On Monday morning, Noerdlinger announced she will be taking a leave of absence from the administration.

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City Council Bill Would Create Criminal Penalties for Cops Who Use Chokeholds

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An apparent chokehold during an arrest in September.
In the months since the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner sparked an intense debate about the use of chokeholds as an acceptable police maneuver, Rory Lancman has been adamant that officers who administer chokeholds should be criminally charged. On Thursday, Lancman, a New York City Councilman from Queens, introduced a bill that would allow the city to do just that.

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