Mugshots for all? Half of U.S. adults in police face-recognition systems, study finds

McClatchyDC WASHINGTON About half of U.S. adults – more than 117 million men and women – have their pictures entered in a law enforcement face-recognition network, according to a new report by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. “The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America” reveals that 25 percent of U.S. police departments can utilize face recognition technology, an emerging, yet almost entirely unregulated … Continue reading Mugshots for all? Half of U.S. adults in police face-recognition systems, study finds

Calls to shut down NY’s notorious Rikers Island prison grow louder

Entertainer and producer Russell Simmons speaks to protesters at a rally calling to shut down Rikers Island prison in the Queens borough of New York, U.S., September 24, 2016. © Bria Webb / Reuters RT Hundreds of activists marched through New York City calling for the scandal-plagued Rikers Island prison to be shut down over the inhumane treatment of its inmates. The protesters marched through … Continue reading Calls to shut down NY’s notorious Rikers Island prison grow louder

City settles for $3.8M in Rikers Island inmate’s soap-swallowing horror

The city will pay a whopping $3.8 million to the family of a mentally ill inmate who died in custody at Rikers Island after swallowing a toxic soap ball.

Jason Echevarria, 25, suffered an agonizing death in solitary confinement in August 2012 as his insides literally burned.

Former Rikers Island Capt. Terrence Pendergrass, 51, was sentenced to five years in June for denying Echevarria the medical care that could have saved his life. Continue reading “City settles for $3.8M in Rikers Island inmate’s soap-swallowing horror”

Hero who filmed Eric Garner chokehold video, claims food poisoning from correction officers

The Staten Island man whose smartphone video captured the police chokehold death of Eric Garner says correction officers put rat poison in his jailhouse meals. But the suit by Ramsey Orta, reportedly filed Wednesday against the city and Department of Corrections, seemingly contradicts statements from his aunt and an activist with a group that fights against police brutality, both of whom said in April that … Continue reading Hero who filmed Eric Garner chokehold video, claims food poisoning from correction officers

Bronx jail guards charged with plotting attack on inmate

The New York Daily News
September 17, 2015

A pair of city correction officers — including one with alleged ties to the brutal Bloods gang — were busted for recruiting inmates to beat another jailed man bloody, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

Officer Nakia Gales, 39, allegedly lured inmate Gilbert Bacallo into a vacant vestibule at the Vernon C. Bain Center detention center in the Bronx with the promise that he had a package waiting for him, according to court papers.

Instead, Gales locked him in a room with four other inmates who beat him so badly he lost his hearing, prosecutors claimed at Gales’ arraignment Thursday in Bronx Supreme Court. Continue reading “Bronx jail guards charged with plotting attack on inmate”