The Assault on New York’s Bail Reform
Police and prosecutors charge that changes to the state’s bail system are causing more violent crimes. But the people helped by the new law mostly get ignored.
High Traffic: The Cannabis DUI Conundrum
While alcohol can be accurately machine tested, there is no effective mechanical field test for weed. Instead, New York is turning to cops.
The Long Fight for Justice for Monica Goods
The 11-year-old was killed in a Thruway police crash last December. Following months of calls for justice, the trooper involved was charged with murder this week.
In Rural New York, Counties Turn a Blind Eye to Policing Problems
Police reforms mandated by Governor Cuomo fell short of addressing systemic issues in Delaware and Sullivan counties, advocates say—in part because local officials don’t see an issue with policing in their communities.
Uneven Police Reform Compliance Frustrates Mid-Hudson Communities
In Executive Order 203, Governor Cuomo gave officials a litmus test in community engagement. Their constituents say they’ve got a ways to go.
How the Poughkeepsie Police Union Tried to Defeat Reform
A monthslong dispute between the Common Council and the police department’s labor union spilled out into the public, revealing the tactics cop associations use to bully politicians.
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Deputy Under Investigation for Social Media Posts
The officer, Ryan Griffin, shared racist, offensive, and untrue material on Facebook, but has not faced disciplinary action.
‘Stop and Frisk’ Finds Few Guns, Many Critics in Kingston
A joint law enforcement campaign made over 1,300 stops, but nabbed only five firearms.
Officer Involved in Recent Killing Accused of Excessive Force in Previous Case
Involved in the shooting of Tyrell Fincher, Ricardo Rivera is also accused of nearly hitting Lakeem Thompson with a squad car, then attacking him with a canine—all for a traffic violation.
What Does It Mean to Defund the Police?
Every police reform that governments have tried has failed to address and correct what is toxic in American law-enforcement culture.
ICE in the Hudson Valley
The escalating bitterness of the national debate on immigration and recent crackdowns by ICE have caused public outcries in communities where immigrants live and work.
Police Use of Force in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley has not made waves in the national discourse as a place where local tensions are high over police use of force. But up and down the Valley communities have struggled with the deaths of citizens at the hands of police, and with the long public aftermath of a fatal use of force.