Village Voice: “The NYPD’s Poor Judgement With the Mentally Ill”, Family of Shereese Francis Represented by Rankin & Taylor

Posted on 15. Aug, 2012 by in Civil Rights, NYPD Abuse, Police Misconduct, Press, Recent Press, Section 1983, Wrongful Death

Nick Pinto of the Village Voice writes in “The NYPD’s Poor Judgement With the Mentally Ill“: On the evening of March 15, Shauna Francis called 311 looking for some information. She wanted to call an ambulance for her 30-year-old sister, Shereese, but wasn’t impressed by the quality of care at Queens General, the nearest hospital. Shauna wanted to know if she could ask [...]

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Rankin & Taylor Client Robert Bell Sues for Right to Salute Police Officers with His Middle Finger

Posted on 11. Jul, 2012 by in Civil Matters, Civil Rights, False Arrest, False Imprisonment, Malicious Prosecution, NYPD Abuse, Police Misconduct, Press, Recent Press

Rankin & Taylor client Robert Bell does not like the police, and now he has a federal lawsuit to vindicate his right to say so. When Bell saw three NYPD officers walk past him last August, he saluted them with his middle finger. A fourth officer saw Bell’s gesture and placed him under arrest. Bell was taken to [...]

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Paula Segal, Law Clerk, Featured in the NY Times for Her Work with 596 Acres

Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 by in Freedom of Information, Press, Public Space

“THE city of New York owns thousands of slivers of unused land, and about a year ago, a group of Brooklyn gardeners had an idea: identify all the vacant lots in the borough, then help neighborhood residents take them over. They built an online map, then a mobile app, with information about the plots, including [...]

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The Search for Justice and Accountability from NYPD on CNN

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by in Bicycles, Bike Law, FOIL, Freedom of Information, Press

Please click through to see a clip of Rankin & Taylor attorney Steve Vaccaro speaking with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta about NYPD’s inadequate investigations of pedestrian and bicycle crashes. “Injured Bicycles Call for Action” – via CNN The above clip will air as part of a CNN broadcast this Saturday and Sunday (4/21, 4/22) starting at 7:30am. [...]

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Family of Mathieu Lefevre Sues NYPD for Withholding Crash Information (Streetsblog)

Posted on 04. Jan, 2012 by in Bike Law, NYPD Abuse, Police Misconduct, Press, Recent Press

Rankin & Taylor attorney Steve Vaccaro has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for refusing to release information under New York’s Freedom of Information Law Family of Mathieu Lefevre Sues NYPD for Withholding Crash Information Streetsblog.org                                                                                                                        January 2, 2012 Brad Aaron The family of Mathieu Lefevre has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for [...]

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