Alex Zimmerman

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This Pimp's Lawyer Says He's a 'Scumbag' But Not a Sex Trafficker

Brooklyn Defense Attorney Howard Greenberg concedes Karmik Grant-Byas has done "despicable" things to women, but says his client did not compel them to perform commercial sex acts against their will.
Alex Zimmerman
2.8.16
News

Inside Day One of a New York City Police Killing Trial

On Monday, prosecutors made their case against Peter Liang, the NYPD officer who shot and killed unarmed black man Akai Gurley in 2014 during a routine patrol of a Brooklyn housing project.
Alex Zimmerman
1.26.16
News

A Veteran Black Cop Talks Police Militarization and the Racial Divisions Still Plaguing Ferguson

A former sergeant in the St. Louis County Police Department who served on the Ferguson Commission, Byron Watson reflects on changes in the infamous suburb since Michael Brown's death in August 2014.
Alex Zimmerman
1.11.16
tech

This Algorithm Will Try to Predict Which Gang Threats on Twitter Turn into IRL Violence

Desmond Patton of Columbia University thinks that using an algorithm to identify which gang members are in distress or making threats could give social workers and others a chance to help them.
Alex Zimmerman
12.11.15
News

Anonymous Activists Held a Pretty Chill 'Million Man March' in Manhattan Last Night

The leak of alleged Ku Klux Klan members was not very high on the agenda for the roughly 100 people who turned out. They were more interested in everything from police brutality to income inequality.
Alex Zimmerman
11.6.15
News

This Black Man Survived a Police Shooting and Became an Activist

Leon Ford survived a 2012 police shooting after a traffic stop. Today, he feels a sense of responsibility to speak out on behalf of the many other unarmed black men whose confrontations with police end even more tragically.
Alex Zimmerman
10.12.15