The New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is crying foul at the use of these devices, sending a letter to the NYPD for more information about what kind of training officers get for using LRADs and what regulatory measures govern their usage. According to research by the group, while 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, the devices can hit up to 162 decibels, using a high pitched beeping sound that witnesses claim is unbearable.
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The National Lawyers’ Guild, which represented Assata Shakur, has been highly critical of how the prosecutors handled her conviction.
Three NYC-NLG lawyers send a letter raising concerns over the use of Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) against protestors by the NYPD.
Longtime NLG member and attorney for the #EricGarner family, Jonathan Moore, revealed to Chris Hayes last night that Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan, Jr., granted all officers involved with Garner's killing (except Danny Pantaleo), immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for their testimony.
Recently, the NLG rapidly increased their capacity to provide legal support in Ferguson, marshaling teams of lawyers, legal workers and law students, and is preparing for the continued need for volunteers and resources.
Formed in 1937, The National Lawyers Guild has truly been at the forefront of progressive law since their inception both in the United States and around the world. As an alternative to the American Bar Association and as the first racially integrated bar association, the NLG has managed to both stay true to their ideals and to maintain their activist roots despite the trials and tribulations they have had to endure. Progressive Lawyer talked with Azadeh Shahshahani, the president of the NLG on what they do and why.
Mexico is the leading case in Latin America of the devastating effects of US policies related to migration, free trade and the so-called "drug war." The victims include tens of thousands of migrants who undertake the long, difficult journey toward the United States through Mexican territory from Central America and beyond. An international tribunal has recently concluded that the San Fernando Massacre of August 2010 is a crucial example underlining the convergent responsibilities of the governments of Mexico, the United States and countries of origin.
The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested.