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Brooklyn Teen Was Charged With Assaulting A Cop Until This Video Proved The Police Were Lying

Bklyn teen attacked by NYPDProsecutors are dropping charges against 17-year-old Enrique Del Rosario related to assaulting a police officer after video contradicted their claims.

The incident took place at Brooklyn’s Puerto Rican Day parade on June 8. Dennis Flores, founder of the neighborhood police watchdog group El Grito De Sunset Park said police descended on the revelers in the evening, something that’s become expected. “We’ve been documenting this every year,” Flores told ThinkProgress. “The neighborhood gets flooded with police officers. Young kids are marching, waving flags, and cops are corraling them, pushing them around, like it’s a nuisance to have them out celebrating their culture.”

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Papa John’s franchisee ordered to pay New York City workers more than $2 million

Papa JohnBetter ingredients, better pizza, bad pay.

A Papa John's franchisee must pay hundreds of pizza delivery workers over $2 million, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joan Kenney ruled this week.

Ronald Johnson, who owns five uptown Papa John's, didn’t pay workers fractions of hours, overtime or reimburse workers for costs associated with delivery bicycles, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday.

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Appeals court voids gag order in coal executive's trial

Don BlankenshipA federal appeals court Thursday overturned a judge's order gagging participants in the trial of a former coal mining executive facing criminal charges in connection with a 2010 mine disaster that killed 29 people in West Virginia.

The judge was acting at the request of five media organizations.

The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger in connection with the prosecution of former Massey Coal CEO Donald Blankenship ran afoul of constitutional guarantees of public access to criminal proceedings.

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New York's LaGuardia airport closed after plane mishap: FAA

Delta plane skids LaGuardiaAn aircraft skidded on the runway at LaGuardia Airport and crashed into a fence as it tried to land amid a blinding wintry mix Thursday morning, Port Authority officials and sources familiar with the situation tell NBC 4 New York.

It wasn't clear how many people were on the Delta plane, an MD-88 headed to New York from Atlanta, Georgia, when it slid off the runway around 11 a.m. MD-88 planes seat 149 passengers. The airport shut down all of its runways immediately after the skid.

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DOJ says Ferguson police violated African-Americans' free speech rights

Ferguson cops violated free speech of African AmericansThe scathing Department of Justice report that says the Ferguson Police Department (FPD) routinely violated the rights of African-Americans also includes evidence that freedom of speech was regularly denied to anyone who dared to talk back to an officer.

The six-month investigation concluded that officers in the St. Louis suburb denied people their First Amendment rights, making arrests for offences often referred to as “contempt of cop’’ cases — in which people are taken into custody for talking back to officers, for recording public police activities or for lawfully protesting perceived injustices. All are activities protected by the Constitution.

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Darren Wilson will not face federal charges in Michael Brown shooting

darren wilsonDarren Wilson, the white police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, led to months of unrest and revived a debate on race and law enforcement in the US, will not face federal criminal charges.

The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that after a six-month inquiry it has concluded no civil rights charges should be brought against Wilson for killing Michael Brown. A grand jury in St Louis decided last November not to indict Wilson on state charges.

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Slashing a Safety Net: The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

worker's compOver the past decade, state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ comp system with disastrous consequences for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer serious injuries at work each year, a ProPublica and NPR investigation has found.

The cutbacks have been so drastic in some places that they virtually guarantee injured workers will plummet into poverty. Workers often battle insurance companies for years to get the surgeries, prescriptions and basic help their doctors recommend.

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