In a city seemingly full of churches a debate is raging over places where prayer might be off-limits. Small congregations are howling over a rule to ban organized worship in city school buildings even when there are no students in them.
In a four-page ruling, Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman said that the protesters’ first amendment rights didn’t entitle them to camp out in the plaza indefinitely.
The finding is based on an New York Civil Liberties Union study released Wednesday of 851 stun gun reports from 10 police departments, including the NYPD.
The NYCLU said in a letter to the Central Islip district that the students who walked out of class to protest budget cuts were exercising their constitutional rights and “should be praised for their idealism.”
The NYPD was ordered to hand over more than a decade’s worth of internal reports on shootings that include details from witnesses and the officers’ first-hand accounts.
The goal is to expand the DNA database to help solve open cases and reduce the rate of false convictions.