Akai Gurley was descending a dimly lit staircase in the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York on November 21 when a shot rang out in the darkness.
At least 100 people occupied the John F. Kennedy bridge from Harlem to the Bronx for nearly an hour early Tuesday, capping a protest that began at 5 p.m. Monday in Union Square over a Missouri grand jury's decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year- ... More >>
Diego Ibanez, the 26-year-old activist who splattered Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his security detail on Monday, will be able to leave jail if he can come up with a $30,000 bond or $20,000 in cash for bail. At his arraignment shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Andre ... More >>
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Bill Bratton are reportedly ready to announce a big change in the way the NYPD deals with low-level pot arrests. Police officers will begin issuing tickets for pot possession rather than making an arrest, according to a report published by the New York Times on ... More >>
After Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Benjamin Tucker as his second-in-command yesterday, he said the retired NYPD officer was "almost a perfect match to everything we're being asked to address in the department at this particular time." But some of Bratton's growing number of critics s ... More >>
On Sunday, the New York Post published an anonymously-sourced piece detailing First Lady Chirlane McCray's fury after hearing that Chief of Department Philip Banks (her pick, the paper says, for commissioner) was leaving the force after a disagreement with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. "I told ... More >>
On Tuesday, DNAinfo released a video showing a police officer pistol whip a 16-year-old boy with his hands up. The officers had approached the boy, Kahreem Tribble, after seeing him looking inside of a parked van in Bed-Stuy. The boy dropped a bag he was carrying, which contained 17 small bags of we ... More >>
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 >>
As many as 100,000 EDM fans will descend on Randall's Island this weekend for the return of Electric Zoo. Over three days, the mostly 20-something crowd will hear an impressive roster of DJs that includes superstars David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Victor Calderone, Kaskade, and Sasha. ... More >>
Delmar Boulevard runs east-west across St. Louis. Most people who live south of Delmar are white and almost everybody who lives north of Delmar is black. There are no Republicans on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, so the political divide, and the fight for resources, is racial. Votes often split no ... 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 >>
The Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency charged with reviewing complaints from the public about the NYPD, held its first meeting with new chair Richard Emery last night. Emery was appointed last month by Mayor Bill de Blasio -- the CCRB had been without a chair since January, som ... More >>
Cut to 31:45 into the video see the beginning of the press conference.On Thursday night, Staten Island man Eric Garner, 43, known affectionately as "Big E,"died while being arrested after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold. Garner, a father of six, was reportedly asthmatic. A disturbing video ... More >>
Going into 2013, then-New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the odds-on favorite to become the first woman and out gay mayor of New York. But in an election in which "change" became a mantra, support from LGBT leaders couldn't overcome her close identification with outgoing Mayor Michael ... More >>
Newly-installed NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure has been on the job for less than a week, but there are no shortage of demands on his attention. Last week, we reported on the first complaint filed with Eure's office, nestled in the Department of Investigation, by Robert Jereski on behalf of activ ... More >>
On Tuesday, the NYPD announced it would dismantle its Demographics Unit, the controversial squad of plainclothes officers tasked with monitoring and gathering intelligence in New York's Muslim neighborhoods. The announcement was greeted with a mix of praise (for the move, considered long overdue) an ... More >>
Yesterday, the New York Times was first to report that the New York Police Department has abandoned their Demographics Unit, also known as the Zone Assessment Unit, a program that spied on Muslims in their mosques, student groups, neighborhoods and homes, and which was the subject of two separate la ... More >>
On Monday morning, members of the NYPD filed quietly into the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. They were there to mourn one of their own: Dennis Guerra died five days earlier of severe smoke inhalation. He was 38 years old, a father of four, and the first New York police officer t ... More >>
This time yesterday, Police Commissioner William Bratton was filed with boyish excitement over the New York Police Department's annual charity hockey match with the FDNY at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island: Wishing all good luck today at the 41st Annual Charity NYPD - @FDNY Hockey Game. Such a g ... More >>
While St. Patrick's Day revelers were puking technicolor green on each other all up and down 5th Avenue, a mass beericide was narrowly averted at the Stonewall Inn, as part of what turned out to be a (relatively) gay-friendly St. Patrick's Day. The famed gay bar had planned a mass dumping of Guinnes ... More >>
It's been two months since new-old New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton was sworn in, and much of the press coverage so far has focused on the NYPD's renewed interest in jaywalkers as part of Vision Zero, the initiative to end traffic deaths. But as the New York Times reports, much o ... More >>
Within a three block radius of P.S. 75, the school where Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday delivered details for his plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in New York City, three pedestrians have been struck and killed by cars this year. No charges have been filed against the drivers (one was issued ... More >>
Pedestrian deaths in New York City are on pace to eclipse homicides in 2014.
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 >>
Now that New York City's new (and old) police commissioner, Bill Bratton, has settled into his role, he is wasting no time checking the important things off his to-do list. 1) Address command staff at Compstat. 2) Tweet about it.
Flanked by the parents of children killed by cars on the streets of New York, Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday an ambitious plan to eradicate traffic fatalities and injuries in New York City within ten years. There were 333 murders in New York last year, and an estimated 286 traffic deaths; de B ... More >>
Three times John Miller has jumped from reporter to an institution he covered as a reporter. Here's a brief timeline: 1973-1994: Journalist, including 10 years as an investigative reporter for New York's NBC affiliate. 1994-1995: Law enforcement official, as deputy police commissioner for the NYP ... More >>
It had not started snowing in New York City on Thursday afternoon, but Mayor Bill de Blasio (on his second day on the job) was already cautioning New Yorkers to stay in Thursday night. "Please stay home tonight, and stay off the roads," de Blasio said at a press conference following the swearing-i ... More >>
We all wondered how Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would spend his time after January 1, when new mayor Bill de Blasio is sworn in, and Kelly's replacement Bill Bratton takes his spot. Golfing with Michael Bloomberg in Bermuda? Freelance stop-and-frisking? In a New York magazine profile published ear ... More >>
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 >>
The Post reports this morning on William Bratton, a former NYPD commissioner who apparently has a permit that lets him park anywhere in the city. For free! So what's up? Bratton was spotted Wednesday parking his Lexus SUV in a "no standing zone" for an hour, and is said to have had a permit "for o ... More >>
The controversy over NYPD crime statistics, in which some experts assert that many crimes have been downgraded in police reports to keep up appearances (which is disputed by others, including NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly), has been stirred up further by a former candidate for Manhattan D.A. R ... More >>
Omar EdwardsWhen Desmond Robinson heard that white police officers had shot a black off-duty officer in Harlem, he woke his son and told him about it.The shooting of Officer Omar Edwards last night took Robinson all the way back to Aug. 22, 1994 when he was a black police officer, with 10 years on t ... More >>
Dark horse Manhattan DA candidate Richard Aborn (pictured) picked up an all star endorsement this morning from ex-NYPD and current Los Angeles police commish Bill Bratton. Speaking on a conference call with reporters from Washington where he said he was attending -- what else, a conference -- Bra ... More >>
City's top cop keeps his celebrity badge bright and shiny. By Graham Rayman Police Commissioner Ray Kelly must have New York City's crime under control, because he certainly seems to have a lot of time to hobnob with celebrities. Today's Page Six notes that Kelly appeared at a Christmas Party th ... More >>
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