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News Organizations Seek Outcomes of NYPD Disciplinary Proceedings

October 31, 2016
By Regina Wang

As the public becomes increasingly concerned with police accountability, news organizations play a crucial role in providing information about recent police misconduct-related incidents, from the use of excessive force to stop-and-frisk practices.

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New York’s Section 50-a Shields Law Enforcement Records

October 26, 2016
By Meenakshi Krishnan

In 2011, Rikers Island guard Aubrey Victor was videotaped repeatedly kicking and stomping on the head of a 16-year-old inmate as he lay on the floor. An internal investigation found that Victor had used excessive and potentially deadly force. This finding would normally have never become public because of Section 50-a, a provision of the New York State civil rights law that shields the personnel records of law enforcement officers from public disclosure.

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Overclassifying Guantánamo

October 19, 2016
By Andrew Udelsman

Twenty years ago, Senator Patrick Moynihan chaired a “Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy” to investigate the executive’s procedures of classifying information.

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