Category: Law

Justice Sonia Sotomayor honored with Du Bois medal at Harvard

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — a Bronx native — was among six people awarded Harvard University’s highest honor in African and African-American studies. Sotomayor said she was “deeply humbled” by the W.E.B. Du Bois medal. “I am always reminded . . . that I never stand alone because I do stand on the shoulders … of so many people in this room and everyone who preceded me to open the door of opportunity,” Sotomayor...

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Puerto Rico picks NYPD’s James Tuller as next police superintendent

  The Associated Press   Puerto Rico is turning to one of New York’s Finest to lead its troubled police department.  James Tuller, chief of the NYPD’s Transportation Bureau, has been selected to be the next superintendent of police by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.… Tuller was born in New York but lived in Puerto Rico as a child. He starts Dec...

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US officials crackdown on high-level drug traffickers in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Federal agents will start targeting high-level drug traffickers in Puerto Rico with intelligence gathered during a three-month blitz on criminal activity in the U.S. territory, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.  The campaign is part of a federal operation that began in July 2012 with help from local authorities that focuses on the smuggling of drugs, weapons, money and migrants.  The agency says agents have seized a total of 53,000 pounds (24,000 kilograms) of drugs, confiscated hundreds of firearms and arrested more than 320 suspected criminals who will be prosecuted at federal and...

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Philadelphia cop punching woman in the face during Puerto Rican Day parade

Video from Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Day parade over the weekend shows a uniformed cop punching a woman in the face.  The blow leaves the woman’s mouth bloody. The officer — identified as Lt. Jonathan Josey — then handcuffs her and another cop leads her away.     Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs is investigating, according to WCAU-TV. The clip shows a group of cops gathered on North 5th St. Sunday afternoon, apparently handcuffing a man pressed up against a car.  Someone in the crowd flings water from a bottle at them, and Josey turns around in the direction it came from.  He...

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Senator Dalmau Wants Another Investigation

Sen. José Luis Dalmau Santiago, Popular Democratic Party, asked the Senate to investigate the violent acts which occurred on June 30 during a protest march in front of the Capitol. Dalmau Santiago said the Senate, an institution which represents the people and which should seek the protection and welfare of its citizens, should initiate a thorough investigation into the violence that took place in front of the Capitol. “The possible violations of civil rights by police officers against protesters who were exercising their constitutional right to free speech must be investigated. We must take the necessary steps to avoid these events in the future. The Senate must abide by the words of its President who has said he will “uphold the Police Chief’s vow to guarantee the constitutional and civil rights of our citizens,” said Dalmau Santiago. The minority senate leader indicated that the videos taken by security cameras in the Capitol must be carefully studied to identify specific cases of unjustified aggression that warrant referral to the Justice department. He explained that this investigation would “assure the commitment made by the Senate President to investigate the performance of the Police Chief in the execution of his actions.” Dalmau Santiago’s petition was made under the Senate Resolution 1433, which orders both the Judicial Penal and Safety committee and the Judicial Affairs committee to investigate. The senator recalled that the...

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