Following in the footsteps of Chris Brown, Jhené Aiko, Snoop Dogg, T.I., and more, Meek Mill has donated $10,000 to athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick’s million-dollar pledge initiative. The incarcerated rapper chose to make the donation to Youth Services Inc., an organization that works with families, at-risk teens, and children.
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Meek Mill may still be behind bars, but the Philadelphia rapper is doing his best to be an upstanding citizen.
Following in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg, T.I., Chris Brown, Jhene Aiko and more, Meek has donated $10,000 to Colin Kaepernick's million-dollar pledge campaign. The rapper chose to make his donation for Youth Services Inc., an organization that works with families, children and at-risk teenagers.
In New York City, bills are passed by city council members and signed by the mayor. But when the legislation is about policing, there is another, de-facto branch of government that must sign off: the New York Police Department. Though its leaders are not elected to office, the police bureaucracy acts as an unofficial gatekeeper that must be appeased before bills become law.
The mother of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man killed in a police chokehold, says Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill do not need to wait for the U.S. Department of Justice to take action against the officer who killed her son—and blasted them for preventing the city’s independent oversight entity from prosecuting him.
A civilian police misconduct board is prepared to move forward with charges against the cop who killed Eric Garner — but the NYPD is blocking the move, his mother charged.
Gwen Carr said officials at the Civilian Complaint Review Board told her in a meeting that the department has used an administrative maneuver to block the case from proceeding against Daniel Pantaleo, by refusing to issue a case number.
“We’re tired of waiting. We’ve been waiting for almost four years,” Carr said at a press conference outside City Hall Thursday.
The de Blasio administration is telling “lies” to prevent the NYPD’s civilian watchdog from bringing discipline charges against the cop who the medical examiner said put arrestee Eric Garner in a banned fatal chokehold more than three years ago, Garner’s mother said Thursday.
After a 10-day donation drive, Colin Kaepernick said he met his goal of $1 million in donations to social justice organizations, as part of his ongoing protest of racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says President Donald Trump’s immigration authorities engaged in a “provocative action” when they detained a prominent Trinidadian-American immigrant activist last week and appeared to defend the NYPD amid criticisms over its treatment of protestors and elected officials rallying in support of the activist.
Civil rights groups are asking for oversight hearings into the NYPD’s policing of protests after cops’ tactics at an immigration demonstration drew criticism last week.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Communities United for Police Reform and others say City Council hearings should also probe the role of the Strategic Response Group, created in 2015 to handle large protests as well as anti-terrorism security.
The mayor hastily added a hearing for a controversial police reform bill to his schedule Monday — at a time when many of the activists opposed to it were mourning Erica Garner.
Mayor de Blasio added the Right to Know Act to a slew of other, less contentious, bills getting hearings Monday — slipping the bills into an updated advisory he issued two hours before the event was to begin. Meanwhile, a funeral was being held for Garner, whose father Eric Garner was killed as a police officer used a chokehold while trying to arrest him on Staten Island in 2014.