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New York City Police Department

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    February 29, 2012

    Columbia University to Investigate NYPD's Muslim Spy Scheme

    Columbia University plans on investigating reports that the New York Police Department, which spied on Muslims at Northeastern universities, targeted students at the Ivy League institution, according to The Associated Press (via Wall Street Journal.) At a university meeting Tuesday, Provost John H ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    White House Helps Pay NYPD to Spy on Muslims: Report

    This just in from The Associated Press: The White House has helped pay the New York Police Department millions to spy on the city's Muslims, efforts which have gone so far as to put entire neighborhoods under surveillance. Here's the deal: The money comes from a little-known grant program called t ... More >>

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    February 19, 2012

    NYPD Spied On Muslim College Students All Across the Northeast

    Last year, the Village Voice reported on the NYPD's "spectacularly offensive smear of American Muslims" in the form of a full-length Islamophobic training video. Now the AP comes forward with their investigative report that details how the NYPD watched Muslim students at colleges all across the Nort ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Trio of Fake Cops Robs Rosedale, Queens Pay-O-Matic

    It sure looks like a good way to be a criminal in this town is to pretend to be a cop. Cops say these men pulled up to a Rosedale Pay-O-Matic check cashing store at 247-12 South Conduit Avenue around 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, identified themselves as detectives, and made off with cash. Then, they hit t ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    NYPD Quietly Revises Its Deadly Force Policy

    The NYPD has quietly revised its Patrol Guide to add a clause that gives officers more leeway in the use of deadly force, despite currently dealing with fallout from a police shooting that left an unarmed teen dead in the Bronx. The revision is based on a 2010 New York Court of Appeals ruling which ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    State Government Sets the Stage for Police Oversight Showdown

    ​Despite the fact that NYPD is one of the largest police forces in the country, neither the city nor state governments currently exercise any significant oversight over the police department. Now, a new bill introduced in the state legislature aims to change that, by creating an inspector ge ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    NYPD Blames Warm Winter for Increase in Crime Rates

    If it seems to you like there have been more crime, you're not wrong. There have already been 9,902 crimes reported in 2012, compared to 9,366 in the same period last year. Reports of burglaries, robberies, and grand larceny are all up at least 10 percent, and rapes and murders are up 5.9 percent. R ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Al Vann, Brooklyn Councilman, Says NYPD Breaking the Law By Not Releasing Audits of Crime Numbers

    City Councilman Al Vann, who has represented Bedford-Stuyvesant in some elected capacity since 1974, weighed in on the NYPD's refusal to release 11 years of 81st Precinct crime statistics, calling it "unacceptable." "Given the past controversy in the 81st Precinct, it is especially important that t ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Gun-Wielding Robbers Rip Off Cell Phone Store

    Cops want your help finding two men who robbed at gunpoint a cell phone store Friday. The NYPD says that the suspects, pictured here, busted into the Metro PCS at 350 East 14th Street, demanded money from an employee, and then fled the store with an unknown amount of cash.

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    December 13, 2011

    New York Times Lawyer Sends Stern Email to NYPD About Treatment of Photographer Yesterday

    A video came out of yesterday's OWS Goldman Sachs protest that raised a lot of eyebrows of NYPD officers preventing New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik from getting shots of arrests in progress. Stolarik told us that his press pass was "clearly visible and [the officer] was very aware," and ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Stop-and-Frisk Protesters Protest Stop-and-Frisk

    The NYPD is on track to stop and frisk 700,000 people this year.​About a hundred people gathered outside Pace University this afternoon to protest stop-and-frisk, the NYPD policy under which, over the last eight years, more than 3 million innocent New Yorkers -- overwhelmingly black and Latino ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Bloomberg Claims NYPD "7th Biggest Army in World" ... Um, That's Totally Wrong

    In the annals of political rhetoric, there are lies, damn lies and exaggeration. Well, according to Politicker NY, Mayor Bloomberg dropped himself into the third category during a speech at MIT last night, when he claimed, "I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the wor ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Eterno and Silverman, Criminologists, Say NYPD's Crime Stat Manipulation A Factor In Recent Corruption Scandals

    Criminologists Eli Silverman, of John Jay College, and John Eterno, of Molloy College, offer one of their periodic opinion pieces about the NYPD. This one is about the intersection between the recent police corruption scandals and what they call the "distorted use of and lack of transparency of Comp ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    NYPD Officers Fired Their Weapons Less Last Year Than Any Year Since 1971

    Last year, police officers fired their guns the least number of times and shot and killed the smallest number of people since 1970, NYPD officials said. Cops shot and killed eight people last year, compared to 93 in 1971. They wounded 16, compared to 221 in 1971. Officers fired their weapons just 92 ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Airspace Over Zuccotti Wasn't Closed During Raid -- At Least, Not Officially By NYPD

    The Columbia Journalism Review ran a story today asserting that the NYPD did not close airspace above Zuccotti Park to news choppers during the raid. That intel has been widely reported and was originally tweeted by Reuters social media guru Anthony De Rosa: Erika Fry at CJR found that the NYPD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street National Day of Action: Live Updates From Downtown Manhattan

    Nick PintoThe NYSE, which protestors did not stop from opening today​Good afternoon, and welcome to the evening edition of the Village Voice liveblog of Occupy Wall Street's Day of Action. Today, November 17, marks the two month anniversary since Occupy Wall Street began in Zuccotti Park. Pro ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    FDNY vs. NYPD in Charity Boxing Match for Wounded Veteran

    ​This Saturday, the NYPD and FDNY are occupying (ha!) Madison Square Garden for a good cause. The NYPD Fighting Finest will fight the FDNY Bravest in the Battle of the Badges, a boxing match for charity. The boxing match is happening just a week after Veterans Day and benefits former soldiers. ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Ydanis Rodriguez, NY City Councilman, Arrested by NYPD in Zuccotti Park Raid

    ​City Council member Jumaane Williams just tweeted that his colleague on the council, Ydanis Rodriguez, was arrested this morning during the NYPD raid on Zuccotti Park. (Back in September, it was Williams who was arrested by the NYPD at the West Indian Day Parade near the Brooklyn Museum.)

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    November 14, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Vows to Shut Down Subways; NYPD Issues Plan to Mobilize 432 Headquarters Cops If Necessary

    ​Occupy Wall Street posted a notice on its website earlier today that it intends to block the subways and Foley Square, and shut down Wall Street, whatever that may mean, this Thursday. Meanwhile, the NYPD appears to be getting ready to counter a possible major push by the protesters with a ne ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Manhattan Thief on Mini-Crime Spree -- Can You Identify Him?

    The NYPD is asking for help tonight nabbing the man in this video, who went on a mini crime spree Wednesday night. Details after the jump!

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    November 1, 2011

    Union Square Subway Groper on the Loose

    ​Have you seen this man? He allegedly groped a woman on the downtown 4/5/6 platform at Union Square on October 23, around 9:30 a.m. As is common in this era of swift Internet retribution, his 19-year-old victim followed him onto the train and took his picture. The NYPD describes him as Hispani ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    All Hell Breaks Loose at Harlem Subway Station [Video]

    It's been a while since we had a good subway fight video! This one is a doozy, featuring basically an all-out melee between young-looking girls and NYPD officers at the 125th Street 2/3 station. The girls tried to jump the turnstiles; chaos ensued.

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    October 7, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street: Actually Sort of Good for the Cops?

    Along with Mayor Bloomberg's recent sentiments that "protests that are trying to destroy the jobs of working people in this city aren't productive" comes a slightly different, still employment-based, perspective, which is the NYPD's recent announcement that Occupy Wall Street has cost taxpayers $2 m ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    NYPD Passing out "Gear Guards," Marking Phones with Invisible Ink for Straphangers

    Is your gear protected? Your phone marked with invisible ink? In response to increased crime on trains, NYPD officers have been passing out "gear guards" at various subway stations this week to make sure passengers' backpacks and purses are safe from pick pocketing thieves.

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    October 6, 2011

    In Light of Brooklyn Sexual Assaults, Activists Petition NYPD For 'Sensitivity Training'

    It's been about seven months since the now-infamous south Brooklyn sex attacks began, and the NYPD still hasn't been able to finger a suspect. The police have ramped up their response after 11 crimes, but not without problems; women in the neighborhoods affected have begun to accuse police of handli ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Times Square Shut Down Over Suspicious Package on MTA Bus [Update: All Clear]

    A knapsack left on an MTA bus at 49th Street and 7th Avenue has caused a shutdown of Times Square as NYPD and the Bomb Squad investigate. NYPD tells us that the investigation is ongoing, and that people should expect streets to be shut down in at least a two-block radius of 50th and 7th.

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    October 4, 2011

    Transport Workers Union Denied Injunction Against City's Use of Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Protesters; Suit Not Dismissed

    Today the Transport Workers Union, which last week voted unanimously in support of Occupy Wall Street, went to court to fight against the city's use of city bus drivers to transport arrested protesters. Following the Brooklyn Bridge arrests on Saturday, the Union said the NYPD had commandeered numer ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Second Council Member Alleges NYPD Mistreatment

    A second City Council member has now come out with claims of bad treatment by rank-and-files police officers at a parade. In a remarkable letter sent today to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's office and with Speaker Christine Quinn's office copied, Upper West Side Dem. Gale Brewer recounts her own "rec ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Are Cops Telling Women Not to Wear Skirts Because of the Brooklyn Rapist?

    According to this piece in the Wall Street Journal, cops have been telling women in the areas affected by the Slope Sex Fiend (or whatever it is we're calling him/them) to avoid wearing skirts and shorts because it's "easy access." A young woman named Lauren is quoted saying that she and two friends ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    NYPD Probably Couldn't Take Down a Jet Plane After All

    ​Sunday night's 60 Minutes interview with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly included the slightly frightening, maybe sort of soothing information that, if necessary, and in a very extreme situation, the NYPD had the "means and training" to take down an aircraft. But after speculation that he m ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    NYPD Officer of NYPD Officer: 'He Just Fucking Maced Us'

    From Animal NY comes this video of Saturday's pepper-spraying of Occupy Wall Street protesters by a uniformed NYPD officer (who may have been identified by Anonymous). This clip shows the pandemonium from a slightly different angle. The cop who sprayed the protesters, as Elliott indicated to us on S ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Responds to Release of Pepper-Spraying Cop's Information

    Rosie GrayNYPD congregated across the street from Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon.​Anonymous has leaked the personal information of the cop who, according to photographs and video, is thought to be responsible for pepper-spraying young women during the Occupy Wall Street protest on Saturday. ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn Councilman, Detained for Walking on Sidewalk

    Yesterday afternoon during the West Indian Day Parade, in the midst of various incidences of gun violence, there was another incident involving the NYPD. Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, along with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's aide Kirsten John Foy, was handcuffed and briefly detained by ... More >>

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    September 4, 2011

    Police Horse and Bulldog are Best Friends [VIDEO]

    Animals: When they aren't killing us or each other, they can be pretty damn cute. The above video shows Eddie, an NYPD horse, licking the face and body of his new best friend, an English Bulldog named Potato. Here's hoping they go on many adventures together and realize that friendship comes in all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    NYPD Commander Pressured Me On Ticket Quotas, Cop Claims

    ​ A second police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging his former precinct commander demanded ticket quotas and punished officers for not attaining them, the Daily News is reporting. Sgt. Christopher Groben is also alleging that Inspector Donald McHugh often make racist remarks and ordered Gr ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Men Wanted In Inwood Robbery

    One of the suspects​The NYPD is looking for a group of men wanted in connection to a robbery that took place in Inwood on August 7. At about 10:20 p.m., five young men got into 55 Cooper Street by one of them posing as a food delivery guy; once they were inside, suspect #3 forced a victim into ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal May Mean "More Carnage On The Streets," Advocates Say

    ​The ticket fixing scandal and a resulting crackdown by the NYPD has caused an major side effect: police officers are writing fewer tickets, a fact that has transportation advocates concerned that the slowdown will cause "more carnage on the streets." NYPD Internal Affairs personnel are close ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    NYPD Moves 200 Officers Out Of Higher Crime Areas To Staff World Trade Center; Nabes Screwed Again

    ​The 206 police officers transferred last week to the new World Trade Center Command are coming largely from higher crime precincts outside of tourist-heavy, monied southern Manhattan, documents show. Just three cops are coming from the lower Manhattan's 1st Precinct, which includes the trade ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    NYC Trash Can That Housed Improperly Discarded NYPD Docs Found in Trash

    ​Bucky Turco at Animal NY, who is either the most vigilant police precinct passerby (or, if you listen to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, something of a dumpster diver) has noted on two separate occasions that the NYPD might not be discarding their police paperwork properly. In one case, the very ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    NYPD Once Again Dumps Police Documents in Public Trashcan

    via​Back in May, Bucky Turco over at Animal NY discovered a bunch of seemingly rather sensitive NYPD documents -- just a counterterrorism plan and whatnot -- plopped in a garbage can in front of NYPD's Manhattan South Task Force station at 42nd Street. He wrote about it (and so did we) hoping ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Williamsburg's 475 Kent Facing Trouble Again?

    ​According to various sources, residents of South Williamsburg's 475 Kent, a loft building housing more than 150 people that has something of a history of code violations -- and an eviction due to such in 2008 -- woke to FDNY and NYPD officers in and around the building yet again. One source t ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Leiby Kletzky Killing Prompts Questions of Prevention in Borough Park

    Christopher MacsurakBorough Park​The parents of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Borough Park boy who was killed and dismembered last week, stopped sitting shiva this morning. The grand jury investigating Kletzky's alleged killer, Levi Aron, is expected to announce his indictment today, according ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Hey Ray Kelly, NYPD Commish, Norwood News Wants to Know Why You Won't Release Crime Stats

    ​While much of the local media accept the NYPD's resistance to providing public information, the stalwart editors of the tiny Norwood News weekly in the Bronx are at least trying to do something about it. Editor in Chief Jordan Moss and Managing Editor Alex Kratz have taken to posting a cloc ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Jose Ocasio and Joseph Murphy, Bronx Cops, Charged With Beating Up Teen; One Cop Believed to Be on NYPD Boxing Team

    NYPD boxer Jose Ocasio‚ÄčThe NYPD arrested two of their own Monday for allegedly kicking and punching a Bronx teen last February 18 after issuing him a summons on East 181st Street, across the street from the 46th Precinct house. Officers Joseph Murphy, 26, and Jose Ocasio, 28, were charged with ass ... More >>

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    July 2, 2011

    Happy Fourth of July From the NYPD

    Yesterday morning, the NYPD set off around 5,000 lbs. of confiscated fireworks at a firing range in the Bronx. If a New York City police officer took your bottle rockets, M80s, mortars or tunguska blast, take solace in knowing that your fireworks fulfilled their destiny and totally got exploded. Ha ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    NYPD Stop and Frisks Rise, But Civilian Complaints Fall

    ​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 >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Beryl Duncan, Brooklyn Woman, Steals NYPD License Plate, Stuffs It in Pants

    ​For reasons that we don't fully or even partially understand -- revenge? Desire? Random vandalism? Craziness? -- a 53-year-old woman named Beryl Duncan stole the license plate off a 2009 Chevy Impala belonging to the NYPD, which was parked near Prospect Park, yesterday. She hid it in her pant ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    NYPD Patrol Car Cruises Williamsburg Bridge Bike Lane

    In the ongoing debate over bike lanes -- and who's either blocking them to cyclists or not using them properly as cyclists -- comes this video of a NYPD patrol car driving slowly and apparently leisurely along the Williamsburg Bridge bike path, which is ostensibly only for people who are either ridi ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    NYC Bike Lanes Blocked by Everything, Including Cops

    ​The Bike War of 2011 has many fronts, including the NYPD against cyclists, with tickets at an all-time high, and the public (or politicians) against bike lines, with no one able to agree on how useful they are. Well maybe, DNAinfo proposes today, they're not getting the use they're meant to b ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    NYPD Still Stopping Tons of Black People

    ​Recent investigations into the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, which is ostensibly to find firearms but doesn't usually work out that way, show that not only are the searches illegal in many cases, but they overwhelmingly target men of color in poor areas. These stops result in tens of thousand ... More >>

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