The Day: Letitia James Responds to Stop-and-Frisk Ruling and Locals Miffed with MTV

The Day: Letitia James Responds to Stop-and-Frisk Ruling and Locals Miffed with MTV
A dance group rehearses in Fort Greene Park. (Photo by Antonia Massa)
A dance group rehearses at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park. (Photo by Antonia Massa)

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  • Manhattan Federal District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled on the controversial Floyd versus the City of New York case yesterday, saying that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy violates New Yorkers’ constitutional rights, The New York Times reported. City Council Member Letitia James, a longtime opponent of stop-and-frisk, said on her blog that, “today’s ruling reflects the urgency many of us feel about reforming stop and frisk in New York, and preserving the liberties of Black and Latino youth throughout this City. It is imperative that the administration and the police department move to make transparent the rationale for street stops, as well as define long-used terms such as ‘furtive movements’.”
  • Barclays Center neighbors are increasingly exasperated with MTV, which will host the internationally televised Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on Aug. 25, for refusing to meet publicly with community members to discuss the event and for neglecting to donate to neighborhood groups, DNAinfo reported. Locals say that although MTV released a list of street closures and traffic re-routing that will result from the event, the network owes it to the community to hold a community meeting, when residents can ask questions and air concerns.
  • Over the weekend, plywood went up at the site on Myrtle Avenue where the Silverstone Property Group will build a 240-unit residential building, Brownstoner reported. The site is expected to have retail space, as well as 20 percent affordable housing. The surrounding area will be spruced up in coming months by the Myrtle Plaza project.
  • Looking for work in the nabe? Mark’s Gourmet Burgers on 441 Myrtle Avenue is seeking a new cashier, according to Myrtle Minutes. Customer service experience is required and experience working in a food establishment is a plus. To apply, swing by Mark’s between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. any day and drop off a resume.