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Rankin & Taylor Files Suit On Behalf Of The Family Of An Inmate Who Tragically Died At Rikers Island

A Rikers Island inmate didn’t have drugs in his system when he died, contradicting claims made by city officials, a lawsuit charges. Richard Gonzalez, who was being held on misdemeanor trespassing and drug possession charges, was found dead with vomit around his mouth while in a holding pen at the Anna M. Kross Center on […]

Public Advocate Letitia James Declares Win In Suit Against City Over Air Conditioned School Buses For Special Needs Students

The dog days of summer may be coming to an end, but Public Advocate Letitia James is still fighting the city for failing to cool more than 400 school buses that transport kids with special needs. On Tuesday, James claimed a legal victory when the State Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit James brought against […]

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 […]