In a criminal justice system that processes misery day in and day out, there is a question whether the new Bronx district attorney, criticized as a former judge in the Kalief Browder case, can truly bring reform. (The Undefeated )
Advocates have renewed efforts to train residents how to avoid deadly encounters with police – while awaiting reform. (The Atlantic)
Lezley McSpadden goes on a tour to discuss her memoir about losing her son, who was shot and killed by police, “to represent,” she says, their side of the story. (The New Yorker)
For as long as Paola Ramirez has journeyed through her gender identity, she has been haunted by housing insecurity — first as a pained young boy living with her parents in Guatemala, then on her own as a gay man and, finally, as a transgender woman in New York. (Al Jazeera America)
At the memorial service, family and friends remembered Mr. Shabazz as a reflection of his grandfather. They also sought to celebrate the man he was becoming, looking beyond the troubles of his youth, and his own violent end. (The New York Times)
Joseph Hayden is a familiar presence with his video camera on the streets of his native Harlem, ready to document interactions between the police and the residents. But Hayden, 71, recently found himself on the receiving end of police scrutiny, arrested on charges of weapons possession after a traffic stop. (The New York Times)
Community residents gather late into the night on violence-plagued corners to send a message and a plea: Enough is enough. (The New York Times)
A group of voluteers, called the Philadelphia Criminal Record Expungement Project, holds monthly clinics to help those arrested but never convicted establish a clean slate. And, they hope, secure the lives their criminal records have held back. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
There it was. The picture of Laguna Beach that Alan Horowitz snapped while on vacation, the turquoise water staring at him from the screen of his stolen GPS. Records would reveal his GPS was one of many sold within days to the same pawnshop. (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
As with other cases of alleged police misconduct, this one has two disparate accounts. However, it is significant because the two officers involved are under investigation by Internal Affairs for a similar encounter that occurred last month. And there is no court record of defendant who said they arrested him, and the disposition of his case remains a mystery. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
NFL star Michael Vick told the students how he woke up one morning with a single thought: “How do I want to be remembered?” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
For neighbors on Port Richmond’s Almond and Schiller Streets, the intersection where police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was shot and killed two years ago, today was verdict day. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)