Freedom of Information Law

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'Police Files on Radicals Are at Center of a Lawsuit'

The NY Times by Colin Moynihan

August 11, 2014

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Johanna Fernández has dug up decades-old court documents and Federal Bureau of Investigation reports from the Hoover era, including one recommending that agents create friction among members of Puerto Rican nationalist groups “through the use of informants and anonymous letters.”

photo credit: Christopher Gregory for The New York Times


photo credit: Christopher Gregory for The New York Times

'Old New York Police Surveillance Is Found, Forcing Big Brother Out of Hiding'

The NY Times by Joseph Goldstein

June 16, 2016​

An article on the recovery of the “lost” Handschu files, the largest repository of police surveillance documents in the country, namely over one million surveillance files of New Yorkers compiled by the NYPD between 1954-1972, including those of Malcolm X.

Johanna Fernández says the files tell “the story of thousands of people and organizations in New York City who fought to make the city more just and democratic and were systematically obstructed by the police.”


photo credit - From left: Ernie Sisto/The New York Times; Librado Romero/The New York Times; John Sotomayor/The New York Times