Someday, you'll tell your children about these past few weeks. Cops not doing their jobs. Murders everywhere. Pandemonium in the streets. Teens sneaking puffs from cigarettes and not getting knocked out cold for it. Fifth Avenue running red with the blood of innocents. But at long last, it's coming to an end.
A day after New York City agreed to a $17 million settlement with three wrongfully convicted brothers, Dewey Bozella, who spent 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder, has reached a (likely multimillion-dollar) settlement with a New York county. Investing in stronger safeguards to prevent this makes good economic sense, considering how many more victims fester in prison today.
The NYPD Inspector General—the much-discussed independent regulatory office that New York's City Council voted into existence in 2013—released its first-ever report today, and unsurprisingly, it's all about chokeholds. The IG's equally unsurprising findings: cops use the banned move too quickly, too often, and are rarely properly punished for it.
On Sunday, 3.7 million people gathered all over France to mourn the lives of those killed in last week's Charlie Hebdo attack. It was almost a moving collective stand for freedom of expression in the face of terror and fear—except that its most prominent supporters are much greater threats to a free press than terrorism.
Hey, New Yorkers. Today is the day that residents of this beautiful city can begin applying for municipal IDs. This ID program, the biggest one in the country, was introduced by Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier in 2014, and is now available to all New York City residents as of today. Go apply! What are you waiting for?