This week's cover story is about the NYPD's very strict -- and some say ridiculous -- interpretation of a state statute regulating "gravity knives."
Our cover story this week is about the thousands of people arrested in New York City in recent years for possession of common folding knives.
Our cover story this week is about the thousands of people arrested in New York City in recent years for possession of common folding knives.
My favorite scene in Stand By Me -- which I could more or less recite word for word if you're interested -- comes near the end, when the movie's diminutive hero, Gordie Lachance, stands up to a neighborhood bully.
In retrospect, Richard Neal knows he should have just gone home. It was already nearly 4 a.m. on a sticky June night in 2008, and the LaGuardia Houses on the Lower East Side were crawling with cops. It was the kind of situation Neal normally prefers to avoid. Where police are, he'd rather not be.
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 >>
Former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly had a some surprising things to say about current events in an interview on WABC radio on Wednesday, in a conversation ranging from the events in Ferguson, MO to police body cameras and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
It's unfair to judge a police department solely against the crime stats of the previous year. Numbers can fluctuate from one year to the next. What matters is improvement over the long run. Over the past few months, there has been much attention on the rising number of shooting in New York City th ... More >>
Letitia James, New York City's public advocate, called Monday for the NYPD to hurry up and make with the body cameras, a proposal that emerged partly out of a court decision last year on the controversial stop and frisk program. Part of the ruling in Floyd v. City of New York called for a pilot prog ... More >>
This week's feature story, The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella, explores the context of the now-infamous Brooklyn detective's career. It explained how the culture of policing changed over the years in response to the city's rising crime rate. Crime, in many ways, shaped the modern history of New York Cit ... 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 >>
It's been a full four months since then-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly headed to Brown University to deliver a lecture on "proactive policing," and instead was driven from the stage by student hecklers displeased with his policies on stop-and-frisk. Kelly has since moved on, working as a "distinguis ... More >>
In a news conference yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio formally announced what he's been promising since he was a candidate: an end to New York City's ongoing legal battle to stop and frisk with impunity. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city had been appealing a decision by Federal District Judge S ... More >>
I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>
Peruse the newly filed civil cases in any of the five borough's state supreme courthouses and you'll see, each day, dozens of lawsuits filed against the city's police department. The allegations generally range from wrongful arrest to unjust detention to assault. Most of the cases begin by describin ... More >>
On October 29th, Ray Kelly was scheduled to deliver a public lecture at Brown University. Student protestors -- upset over the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, wiretapping of Muslim communities, and other perceived abuses of power -- shouted down the NYPD commissioner. The event was cancelled and Kelly ... More >>
It's official. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio confirmed widespread rumors with an announcement Thursday morning: he will reappoint one-time top cop Bill Bratton as NYPD police commissioner. In a statement distributed just before the announcement at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, de Blasio call ... More >>
The endless volley between Mayor Bloomberg and appeals courts is over: Friday morning a federal appellate court denied the city's motion to vacate U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin's ruling that stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional. The ruling detonates Bloomberg's last hope of overturning the ruli ... More >>
Stop-and-frisk is an ineffective, wasteful, sinister program, and now there's data to prove it. New York's Attorney General released a report on Thursday describing in painful detail just how profound a policy failing Commissioner Kelly's pet program is. (The Village Voice would venture that's a mor ... More >>
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met at City Hall Wednesday morning for the first time since Tuesday's election. You know, the election where de Blasio campaigned against Bloomberg's proudest achievements -- like the rich getting richer while the poor are left behind ... More >>
The sweet victory some Brown University students tasted last week when they successfully drove NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly from the stage during a campus appearance is about to sour -- administrators look poised to bring the hammer down on the students involved. In a letter addressed to the Brown U ... More >>
After yesterday's announcement that Judge Shira Scheindlin has been removed from the stop and frisk case Floyd vs. the City of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly were feeling pretty satisfied. We know that because they appeared promptly on WOR 710, a news talk radio ... More >>
That whooshing sound you just heard are eyebrows shooting to hairlines on reporters' heads all over the city. That's because the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has just blocked Judge Shira Scheindlin's order for the NYPD to make significant changes to its stop-and-frisk policy, and ordered the ... More >>
The classroom can break the cycle of poverty. It's an axiom we hear routinely, in stump speeches and research papers. "The great equalizer," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called it. "The one force that can consistently overcome differences in background, culture, and privilege." Education ... More >>
Ray Kelly arrived at Brown University yesterday prepared to speak about the "proactive policing" policies he has implemented as NYPD commissioner, including stop-and-frisk. Brown students, it's clear from video shot in the auditorium yesterday, were equally prepared to keep him from speaking. Every ... More >>
Patrick Lynch, the president of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, says the solution to the stop and frisk controversy is not more oversight, but a commitment from the NYPD to eliminate quota pressure on police officers. "The answer lies not in enforcing a judge's ruling or liste ... More >>
As the November 5 general election approaches, the major candidates are doing their usual two-step. Among the other lesser-known candidates, there is the write-in campaign for mayor of Mike Reilly, a retired NYPD lieutenant and member of Staten Island's school board. We write about Reilly, a 40-yea ... More >>
Every week since August 27, just after the landmark court ruling which created a monitor for the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program in the face of heavy opposition from Mayor Bloomberg, the mayor's press office has been sending out a subtle reminder about the still-dropping crime rate.
Democratic primary winner Bill de Blasio met last Wednesday with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, in what was probably a pretty interesting conversation. The meeting was scheduled for three hours, and said to be a primer on law enforcement issues that the next mayor may confront. (Republican prima ... More >>
As the New York Times reported on Thursday, the NYPD has a new anti-gun violence strategy called Operation Crew Cut. One part of this strategy involves keeping tabs on suspected gang members' social media feeds, to try to spot any simmering tensions or vows of retaliation. That means following the y ... More >>
One of the law professors named to an advisory council in connection with the independent federal monitor of the police department's stop and frisk strategy says she laughed out loud when she saw today's New York Post story which dubbed the panel a bunch of "clowns."
In East New York, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got 3.7 percent of the vote. In Brownsville, 3.3 percent. In South Jamaica, 3.2 percent. In Canarsie, 2.7 percent. In East Flatbush, 1.6 percent. In all, four percent of voters in majority-black neighborhoods chose Quinn, according ... More >>
Bill de Blasio's victory tonight in the Democratic mayoral primary caps a fairly startling turnabout in what was a most amusing and topsy-turvy race, a race which saw the sitting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tumble from a large early lead to a fairly pedestrian third place finish. That de B ... More >>
The parents sat along the long green benches at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, watching their sons' Pop Warner football practice. Some discussed the kids' game on Sunday--that fumble at the end of the second half changed everything! Some flipped through newspapers. Some munched on sour candy. The ... More >>
The new mayor, whoever he or she may be, isn't even the mayor yet, but that hasn't stopped NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly from accusing that person of being soft on terrorism. In a speech before the Association For a Better New York's Council on Foreign Relations, he complained that none of the candida ... More >>
An Edison Research exit poll conducted tonight is saying that 3/4 of New Yorkers want to move in a different direction from the Bloomberg years, even though 51 percent think he did a good job. The pollsters also found that 58 percent thought the stop and frisk campaign was excessive, and 66 percent ... More >>
Warring activists cause a legendary public radio station to implode
What do a man under federal investigation, a Happy Meal hater, an arrested protester, a flip-flopping stop-and-frisker, and a serial sexter have in common? They're all front runners to becoming New York City mayor. With a cast like this in the polls, we had to have some In The Spirit fun. We asked t ... More >>
On the heels of a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday showing Bill de Blasio with a big lead over Christine Quinn, comes more good news for the mayoral candidate: on Thursday he won the endorsement of New York's Hot 97 FM. Sure, Quinn may have gotten the New York Times, the New York Daily News and t ... More >>
If you've ever walked around the city and seen those NYPD machines that look like cherry pickers with a viewing deck, you've just passed a NYPD surveillance unit. Someone on that block or near it is getting their insides X-rayed by some cop in a spy treehouse. Now you can expect to see more of those ... More >>
One of the most unexpected celebrities to emerge out of this round of mayoral campaigning is Dante de Blasio's excellent, much-photographed hair. Candidate Bill de Blasio's 15-year-old son starred in a campaign ad earlier this month, calling his dad, among other things, "the only one who will end a ... More >>
The NYPD performed 532,911 stop-and-frisks in 2012, and for each stop an officer wrote a report. Every three months, when the reports are released, the New York Civil Liberties Union collects the information in a database. In addition to things like race, gender, date, and time, "the data include ... More >>
Last week was a big one in the fight against stop and frisk: Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that stop and frisk has led to unconstitutional stops, ordering tougher oversight of police and even mandating the use of cameras during stops. The decision--a huge one, to be sure--overshadow ... More >>
The primary season's umpteenth mayoral debate will be broadcast live on NY1 and streaming on its website at 7 p.m. tonight. We here at Runnin' Scared thought, hey, what better way to endure the sloganeering and the personal barbs then to get really, really drunk while it's happening. (hat tip to r ... More >>
On Sunday's Meet The Press, we got to hear about stop and frisk from all angles, starting with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who made it clear his feelings are extremely bruised by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin appointing an independent monitor to make sure the NYPD doesn't trample anyone's ... More >>
Watching interactive talk shows is like playing Russian roulette. There's no telling who is going to call in and say something bananas on live television. (You also never know if Cher might have a thing or two to say about the state of affairs in Washington, but I digress.) NY1's The Call got the lo ... More >>
New York cops are accustomed to the stop-and-frisk, a casual maneuver in which they detain a citizen on the street, pat him down, and tell him to getouttahere or arrest him. Now, in a pilot program affecting Harlem, the South Bronx and East New York, they also issue their victims a palm card (in sev ... More >>
The city agreed this weekend to pay a $250,000 settlement to 32 youngsters from Bushwick who, back in 2007, were rounded up and arrested while walking to a friend's funeral in broad daylight. The young people -- all Black and Hispanic, ranging from ages 13 to early twenties -- were walking peacefu ... More >>
There's nobody on the Great Lawn. And maybe that's just how they like it. Photo by IJsendoorn via Flickr The city has settled a federal lawsuit brought by two groups which were denied permits for peaceful rallies during the 2004 Republican National Convention. The groups contended that the city ... More >>