Mapping Police Violence

Mapping Police Violence


Key Findings:

  • Police killed at least 104 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly twice each week. (See which police departments were responsible for these deaths)

  • Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting

  • 36% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population

  • Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015

  • Only 13 of the 104 cases in 2015 where an unarmed black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime. 4 of these cases have ended in a mistrial or charges against the officer(s) being dropped and 4 cases are still awaiting trial or have a trial underway. Only 4 cases (Matthew Ajibade, Eric Harris, Paterson Brown Jr., and William Chapman) have resulted in convictions of officers involved, with a fifth case (Walter Scott) resulting in the officer pleading guilty.

  • Of the 4 cases where the officer(s) involved have been convicted and sentenced, none were sentenced to serve more than 4 years in prison. Only 1 of 2 officers convicted for their involvement in Matthew Ajibade’s death received jail time. He was sentenced to 1 year in jail and allowed to serve this time exclusively on weekendsThe officer who killed Paterson Brown was sentenced to only 3 months in jail. Deputy Bates, who killed Eric Harris, was sentenced to 4 years in prison and Officer Cobb, who killed William Chapman, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Officer Slager, who killed Walter Scott and pled guilty, has yet to be sentenced.

Syracuse Violent Crime Statistics 2010 – 2014


Violent Crime Statistics

Population coverage
Number of offenses reported
Violent crime
Violent crime total Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter Legacy rape1 Revised rape2 Robbery
2010 145,170 1,291 15 68 377
2011 145,822 1,302 11 63 388
2012 145,934 1,372 14 75 454
2013 143,834 1,192 21 75 400
2014 144,534 1,172 20 78 406

Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD) in the Town of Manlius Court

If you have to appear in front of Judge O’Leary in the Town of Manlius Court and you may need to be able to explain what the definition of an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD) is.

An ACD is “an adjournment of the action without date ordered with a view to ultimate dismissal of the accusatory instrument.”

Once the accused individual is offered and accepts an ACD, he/she has either six months or a year—depending on the charges alleged—to meet whatever conditions are imposed on him/her by the judge.

If the accused individual meets those obligations, and neither the prosecution nor the judge move to restore the case to the active criminal docket, the accusatory instrument is deemed to have been dismissed by the court in furtherance of justice. N.Y. Crim. Proc. Law § 170.55 (McKinney 2016).

Housing in the City of Syracuse

A recent report by CNY Fair Housing reported on the state of housing in Syracuse and Onondaga County, and the implications, particularly, for certain groups or “classes:” those include minorities, the disabled, seniors, refugees and immigrants, large families, and those receiving certain kinds of public assistance.

Of particular note is a previous assessment of Syracuse as “hyper-segregated,” the ninth most racially segregated metropolitan area in the country. It’s evident not only in how the city is divided, but in the school system as well. The CNYFH analysis reveals that this finding is reinforced in how and where people live here.

How do I qualify for a Free Credit Report?

Free Credit Reports

You are entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). You can request a copy from .

You can request and review your free report through one of the following ways:

Online: Visit
Phone: Call 1-877-322-8228
Mail: Download and complete the Annual Credit Report Request form . Mail the completed form to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

Although you can order all three credit reports at one time you could order them at separate times. By law, a credit reporting company can charge no more than $12.00 for a credit report.

You are also eligible for reports from specialty consumer reporting companies.

Besides the free annual report, you may obtain a free credit report if any off the following apply to you:

1. If you received a notice that you were denied credit,
2. If you received a notice that you were denied insurance,
3. If you received a notice that you were denied employment
4. If you received a notice that you experienced another adverse action on a credit report.

You must request the free credit report from the credit reporting company identified in the notice. To get the free report you must request it within 60 days after you receive the notice. Other types of “adverse action” notices you might receive include notice of an unfavorable change in the terms or amount of your credit or insurance coverage, or unfavorable changes in the terms of your employment or of a license or other government benefit.
5. You believe your file is inaccurate due to fraud.
6. You have requested a credit report from a nationwide credit reporting company in connection with the placing of an initial fraud alert (you may request two free copies for an extended fraud alert).
7. You are unemployed and intend to apply for employment within 60 days from the date of your request.
8. You are a recipient of public welfare assistance.
9. Your state law provides for a free credit report.

What does adjourned in Contemplation of Dismissal mean in New York?

Adjournments in Contemplation of Dismissal
If a case is Adjourned in Contemplation of Dismissal pursuant to §170.55 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is not considered “dismissed” until six months or, in the case of certain family offense matters, one year has elapsed following such adjournment.

Many times the judge will ask the defendant if they can explain what adourned in contemplation of dismissal means in their own words to make sure the defendant understands the plea that they are accepting in court.

The case will be then labeled as “170.55 DISMISSED.” Because these cases are dismissed they must be sealed.

Marijuana cases Adjourned in Contemplation of Dismissal pursuant to §170.56 of the Criminal
Procedure Law are not considered to be dismissed until the period of adjournment prescribed by the court (notto exceed one year) has elapsed. The case will then include the case disposition as “170.56 DISMISSED.”

Disorderly Conduct in New York under Penal Law Section 240.20

While disorderly conduct is not a “crime” under New York Law, it is important to treat the summons carefully to avoid any potential stigma from it.

Disorderly Conduct under Penal Law Section 240.20 is a “violation” and not a misdemeanor under the New York Penal Law which states under Section 15 that an offense has to carry a penalty of more than 15 days in Jail to be considered a misdemeanor in New York. Since Disorderly conduct only carries a maximum penalty of 15 days jail. it is classified as a “violation”. In New York, only misdemeanors and felonies are classified as crimes. Accordingly, a disorderly conduct conviction will not leave a person with a criminal record even in the unlikely event that jail is imposed.

Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor charge in New York state that can apply in a variety of situations. A resisting charge is always in conjunction with another charge (disorderly conduct, assault, etc.) which was the reason the police wanted to arrest you in the first pace. It is common for anyone who is belligerent or angry about being arrested to be charged with resisting.

Disorderly Conduct is also a charge that is commonly applied if you have done something to annoy or inconvenience the police.
For example, in the case of People v Gonzalez, the New York Court of Appeals held that a defendant who shouted obscenities at a police officer in a subway was not committing disorderly conduct even though his conduct drew provoking looks of surprise and evasive action from onlookers. The Court held that a person may only be guilty of disorderly conduct when the situation extends beyond the exchange between the individual disputants to a point where it becomes a potential or immediate public problem.

To pass a New York State Inspection your vehicle window tint cannot be too dark

To pass a New York State Inspection your vehicle window tint cannot be too dark
Since the beginning of 2017 New York State has made being window tint compliant a requirement to pass the required annual safety and emissions inspection. New York’s Window Tint Law is contained in NY VTL Sec. 375 12-a.

The particular degree of window tinting in terms of which windows must be tinted is dependent upon whether the vehicle is a passenger vehicle or a truck. Passenger vehicles are defined at station wagons, sedans, hardtops, coupes, hatchbacks and convertibles. Pick up trucks and SUV’s, even when not commercial vehicles, are considered trucks.

As part of the annual inspection the inspection station will have to inspect your windows with a light transmittance meter for the amount of light that transmits, or passes, through the window. The window tint cannot block more than 30% of light. In other words, the tint has to be light enough to allow 70% light transmittance. There are, however, exceptions to this rule.

The first exception is that for all vehicles, the top 6 inches of the front windshield is permitted to be as dark as you want. The second exception is that so long as a vehicle had duel side view mirrors the rear windshield can be as dark as you want; i.e., can block 100% light transmittance.

The next difference is for rear windows. For a passenger vehicle the rear windows must allow 70% light transmittance. However for trucks they are permitted to have as much light blockage as they want. In other words, rear window tint can block up to 100% light transmittance.

To summarize, a passenger vehicle can have all of it’s windows tinted so long as it allows 70% light transmittance. Nonetheless, so long as a passenger vehicle has duel side view mirrors the rear windshield can block up to 100% light transmittance.

For trucks the front windshield as well as the front driver window and front passenger windows can be tinted so long as it allows 70% light transmittance. However the rear windows on trucks can block up to 100% light transmittance. Moreover, so long as a truck has duel side view mirrors the rear windshield can block up to 100% light transmittance. If a truck has less then both side view mirrors then the rear windshield tint must allow 70% light transmittance.

If your windows are not tint compliant your vehicle will not pass inspection.

Citizen Review Board has new Adminstrator

Citizen Review Board has selected a new Adminstrator to replace the resigned adminstrator.  Ranette Releford will be the new  Administrator of the Citizen Review Board.

The minutes from the Citizen Review Board’s May 4, 2017 meeting contained some disturbing information on complaints filed with the board.

Ms. Mallory Livingston reported that 17 new cases were received in April. She stated the total received in 2017 is 50 and that three cases will be reviewed during Executive Session.  Ms. Livingston shared that inappropriate/illegal searches that border on sexual assault have become an issue in several cases. These cases involve strip searches in public and flesh-to-flesh body cavity searches. Body cavity searches are a medical procedure. Officers can only do a pat down after a Terry stop.