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Lambda Legal Joins Federal Lawsuit After Antigay Attack at Rikers Island

Lambda Legal has filed an amended complaint in a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of Thomas Hamm against the City of New York and New York City Department of Correction (DOC) officers and supervisors after a brutal attack on Mr. Hamm while he visited […]

New York Officer Is Charged in Arrest of Man Who Tried to Film Him

A New York City police officer who arrested a man as he tried to film him and other officers with a cellphone camera was charged on Tuesday with official misconduct and lying on a criminal complaint. The charges brought against the officer, Jonathan Munoz, highlight a trend. Conflicts between citizens and the police have become […]

Diabetic Man Died At Rikers Island When He Was Denied Medical Treatment: Lawsuit

Carlos Mercado, 45, an inmate at the jail, slipped into a diabetic coma and then died after guards were slow to respond to pleas for help, according to a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections and its health provider, Corizon Health. The lawsuit says he requested medical treatment for his condition when he arrived at […]

What Is “Qualified Immunity,” And How Does It Work?

Originally posted by Radley Balko on The Washington Post, July 14, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/07/14/what-is-qualified-immunity-and-how-does-it-work/ Editors note: As the national discussion of police shootings and use of force incidents continues, you’ll sometimes hear legal terms invoked without much context or explanation. The Watch has asked New York attorney Nathan Burney, author of The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law, to […]

R&T Client Alleges Hearing Loss From Jailhouse Beating

Correction officers in Bronx Central Booking beat up a prisoner so badly he suffered permanent hearing loss, a new Manhattan federal lawsuit alleges. Ramfis Aquino pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree on Nov. 3, 2008. He was released from prison but collared again March 28, 2013, for allegedly […]