Save the Date! NLG-NYC Spring Fling 2015!

By Chapter Coordinator, March 13, 2015 1:57 pm

Please Save the Date for the NLG-NYC Chapter Spring Fling 2015!

 

Learn More about Guild Sponsorships here!

Purchase Tickets & Journal Ads here!

Friday, May 29, 2015

6:00 – 10:00 pm

The Riverside Church

490 Riverside Dr., New York, NY  10027

Tickets: $125 Low Income $100. Student $50.

New this year: Sponsorships from $500-$10,000

Cocktails, Entrees and Hors D’oeuvres

Live Entertainment and Dancing

RSVP by May 15

for information call 212-679-6018

 

NLG-NYC Newsletter Winter Issue is Here!

By Chapter Coordinator, December 26, 2014 5:17 pm

The Winter issue of NYC News is here!

NLG-NYC CHAPTER ATTORNEYS DEMAND RESTRAINT, JUSTIFICATION IN NYPD USE OF “LRAD” SOUND CANNON

By Chapter Coordinator, December 13, 2014 4:38 pm

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD – NYC CHAPTER ATTORNEYS DEMAND RESTRAINT, JUSTIFICATION IN NYPD USE OF “LRAD” SOUND CANNON

CONTACTS:

Elena Cohen, Esq.
National Lawyers Guild – NYC Chapter (“NLG-NYC”) President

Gideon Oliver, Esq.
NLG-NYC President Emeritus

Mark Taylor, Esq.
NLG-NYC Vice-President

Attorneys associated with the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (http://www.nlgnyc.org) representing several people injured late last week when NYPD officers deployed a Long Range Acoustic Device (“LRAD”) in Midtown Manhattan delivered a letter to New York Police Commissioner William Bratton today demanding that the NYPD refrain from using the LRAD for crowd control purposes without first conducting thorough, independent testing, and developing appropriate written and public guidelines for training, use, reporting, and oversight requirements regarding the LRAD.

Their clients were participating in, observing, or documenting anti-police brutality protests in the wake of the Staten Island grand jury’s failure to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with the death of Eric Garner when officers from the Department’s Disorder Control Unit (“DCU”) deployed the LRAD.

According to the DCU, the LRAD can be used for communication or as an “area denial” tool, emitting a piercing sound ranging from a maximum of between 136 to 162 decibels, depending on the model. Under National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health guidelines, exposures to sounds at levels greater than 85 decibels may cause hearing loss. According to DCU documents themselves, in the “dangerous range (above 120 decibels), the device can cause damage to someone’s hearing and may be painful.”

The NYPD has had LRADs since 2004. A 2011 Freedom of Information Law request has shown that as of September 2012 the NYPD had not implemented any training standards or guidelines for use of the LRAD.

Attorneys Gideon Oliver, Elena L. Cohen, and Mark C. Taylor contend that officers utilized the LRAD unconstitutionally and dangerously, without having first conducted appropriate studies, created appropriate policies and oversight mechanisms relating to safety and appropriate use of force, and trained officers in them.

Copies of the letter and other related documents are available upon request.

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