A damning report from the city's police misconduct watchdog says the NYPD has a chokehold problem.
Our cover story this week examines the ongoing debate in New York City about the use of chokeholds by the NYPD, through the story of Angel Martinez, a young man from Brooklyn who says he was choked during an arrest in 2012.
As far as Angel Martinez was concerned, the police officer at the front desk that night wasn't much more than an inconvenience. Sure, he'd refused to take Martinez's complaint. He was even a little rude about it. But for Martinez, after a night in Queens central booking, with his face battered and w ... More >>
A Department of Justice report on the use by police of body-mounted cameras found generally positive feelings about the technology in departments across the country. A survey of 254 agencies found that most of the departments who had actually instituted a body camera program -- 63 by their count-- ... More >>
The new chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the agency charged with reviewing citizen allegations of misconduct against the NYPD, said last night that a forthcoming study would reveal "troubling" findings about the alleged use of chokeholds by police officers in the city.
Every now and then, a charge of police brutality hits the headlines. Such was the case when Staten Island police officer Daniel Pantaleo put Eric Garner in a chokehold last Thursday. Garner died. Somebody caught the whole thing on video. There has been much outrage since. But browse through civil ... More >>
After a long vacancy, New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board will have a new leader at its helm. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a city hall news conference this afternoon that longtime civil-rights attorney Richard Emery will assume the chair of the agency. The CCRB is an independent bod ... More >>
In addition to the Brooklyn D.A.'s office, the Civilian Complaint Review Board is also investigating the alleged June 2 assault by homophobic slur-spewing 79th Precinct police on a gay man in Brooklyn. Victim Josh Williams is at right.
A newly released report by human rights lawyers documents widespread police abuse of the rights of Occupy Wall Street protesters. Over 195 pages, the report offers the most detailed and comprehensive accounting yet of the New York Police Department's response to the Occupy Wall Street movement, fro ... More >>
The Battle for Union Square continues. The branch of Occupy Wall Street protesters who have colonized Union Square for the past three weeks continue their nightly standoff with the New York Police Department, which each night deploys more than fifty officers to clear the park and stand guard along ... More >>
City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn this week touted her role in the deal which expands the prosecutorial role for the Civilian Complaint Review Board against police officers accused of misconduct. But, oddly, Quinn (at right, behind Mayor Bloomberg) has left vacant the seat of ... More >>
From the department of fairly big deals, the Police Department has finally agreed to allow the Civilian Complaint Review Board to prosecute all police officers against whom a complaint has been substantiated. The agreement among City Hall, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the CCRB comes following ... More >>
Interestingly, while NYPD stop and frisks continue to rise, the number of civilian complaints fell last year, according to figures published by the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Police stopped more than 601,000 people in 2010, a jump of 25,000 people over 2009. But complaints about those ... More >>
While Rubén Díaz Sr. lobs bombs against gay rights, son Rubén Jr. and lesbian granddaughter Erica run for cover
In a follow-up to yesterday's investigation by WNYC into the often illegal, and more often minority-targeting, rash of arrests for misdemeanor marijuana possession, part two today focuses on New York City citizens' ignorance. As it turns out, we do have rights -- even as brown or black men -- ... More >>
The latest from The NYPD Tapes case files: Terrence Battle, an executive at Hot 97 and KISS FM, was pulling up to his house in a livery cab early last Saturday morning when a sergeant anad two officers from Brooklyn's 81st Precinct stopped the taxi. The cops were doing a routine check as pa ... More >>
Earlier today, right around the time that the City Council was holding a hearing on the NYPD's controversial stop and frisk practices, cops slapped a Brooklyn man with a trespassing charge for standing under an awning to get out of the rain. Vincent Mouzon, a 55-year-old telephone pollster w ... More >>
Bed-Stuy street cops ordered: Turn this place into a ghost town
Remember that guy who was pushed off his bike by a police sergeant in Times Square back in March, 2007, during a Critical Mass bike ride? Well, the city has agreed this week to pay cyclist Richard Vazquez and four other plaintiffs $98,000 in a settlement over the NYPD's handling of the incid ... More >>
The Conflict of Interest Board has given a gentle reminder to a top member of the independent board that reviews minor police misconduct not to share confidential documents with the public, in a public letter today. The question in this case -- which may have implications for whistleblower ... More >>
Damn, August already -- and we haven't paid our rent or looked at the local candidates much besides the mayoral prospects. Here's a fast look at what contenders for three big spots have been up to lately: Manhattan D.A.: Richard Aborn appeared with former NYPD Commissioner and current LAPD C ... More >>
Thankfully, there's no term limit on the Constitution and its protection of students
In this proudly cosmopolitan city, the NYPD and its leader are far from color-blind
A new watchdog will have to confront a broken cop-complaint system
Will we get another law-and-order mayor who decides on his own what the law is?
According to the NYCLU, of the 1,076 police officers who were referred to an administrative trial to face charges between 1998 and 2004, approximately 63 percent received no discipline. Photo by Surburban Cowboy via Flickr The title of the New York Civil Liberties Union report on the Civilian Compl ... More >>
Allegations of police misconduct are upagainin the latest report from the Civilian Complaint Review Board, covering the first six months of 2006. That's nothing new: The CCRB has been reporting heavier volume for years. When asked to explain the rise in cases, the agency has usually poin ... More >>
October 19, 2005, was a busy day at the Civilian Complaint Review Board. On that date one of the three-member panels that decides how to dispose of reports of police misconduct met to vote on several cases. Well, more than several: They voted on 819 cases in a single dayall the cases that had ... More >>
Bike activists are boasting of back-to-back court victories this week. On Monday, a New York City judge dismissed charges of parading without a permit for four cyclists arrested during a January 27 Critical Mass ride, reaffirming a previous court ruling that found the parade law unconstitutional. N ... More >>
Money woes, time limits mean more NYPD misconduct will go unpunished
On Ghetto Streets, It's Bloodshed and Tears All Over Again
Rescuing Protest Before Bush '04
National Protest Puts Police Brutality Back on the Agenda
Former Investigator Takes on Police-Misconduct Review Agency
A Familys Search for the Truth About an Alleged Death in Police Custody
Keeping Up the Struggle Against Police Violence
Community Alleges Excessive Force by Police at Garden Protest
When Vincent Curto was gunned down by police during a robbery nearly four years ago, no one wanted to hear his nephew's accusation that he was brutally assaulted as he lay dying. Until now.
'Single-Standard' Rudy Bows to Baseball Bigwigs and Staten Islanders
Diallo Deconstructs Rudy's Racial Rule
Giuliani's Knee-Jerk Cop Defense Is as Incendiary as It Is Inaccurate
Or, what happens when an honest citizen calls a cop an asshole