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11.26.13 Andy Cush

An NYPD memo that went out to precincts over the weekend sought to clarify for officers what will happen now that new stop-and-frisk regulations are in place. Despite warnings from Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that the Community Safety Act, which limits cops’ ability to profile based on race and other factors like […]

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10.16.13 Andy Cush

Last month, Mayor Bloomberg sued City Council over a law that would make it easier for New Yorkers to take legal action against the NYPD if they believe they’ve been profiled. Now, the city’s biggest police officer’s union is getting in on the action. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is arguing in a suit that the law […]

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09.04.13 Andy Cush

Michael Bloomberg’s epic quest to stave off any limits to the NYPD’s power continues. Yesterday, the mayor sued City Council over a recently-passed law that will make it easier for New Yorkers to file a lawsuit against the police department if they feel they were profiled or discriminated against. The bill is one half of […]

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08.22.13 Andy Cush

Great news: the City Council voted today to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vetoes on two bills known collectively as the Community Safety Act. The bills will create an independent Inspector General’s office to oversee the NYPD, make it illegal for cops profile citizens, based on a slew of factors including sexual orientation and housing status, […]

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07.30.13 Andy Cush

Attention, all ye who dare question the wisdom of New York’s boys in blue: the NYPD officers union has a new tool that’s sure to squash any and all supporters of the anti-stop-and-frisk Community Safety Act. One glance at these totally badass promotional pens, to be handed out at a union meeting this evening, is […]

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07.24.13 Andy Cush

We knew this was coming, but still. Amid the hubbub over Carlos Danger and his sexting problem, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would bring new independent oversight to the NYPD. The legislation passed with a veto-proof majority last month, and Bloomberg vowed a veto immediately, targeting council members […]

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07.16.13 Andy Cush

It’s no secret that Michael Bloomberg hates the Community Safety Act–the package of bills recently passed by the City Council that would institute an inspector general to oversee the NYPD and expand the definition of police profiling. The mayor vocally opposed the Act in the lead-up to the vote, and promised a veto and individual […]

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06.28.13 Andy Cush

Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly may be upset about yesterday’s City Council decision imposing strict new oversight on the NYPD, but they’re the ones chiefly at fault, say some unusually candid department sources contacted by DNAinfo. According to the current and former high-ranking cops, the mayor’s and police commissioner’s standoffish, arrogant responses to criticism gradually […]

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06.27.13 Andy Cush

At 2:20AM today the City Council passed the Community Safety Act, a package of two bills that could drastically increase oversight of the NYPD. The legislation was passed with a veto-proof majority, which is important; Michael Bloomberg has been vocally opposed to the act, calling his opposition to it a matter of “life and death” […]

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10.11.12 Andy Cush

Yesterday, the City Council began hearings on the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would protect New Yorkers from unlawful searches by police, make profiling of any kind by officers illegal, and establish an Inspector General’s office that would independently oversee the NYPD. The hearing was as impassioned as you might expect for […]

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