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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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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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03.13.13 Andy Cush

On paper, yesterday’s police budget hearing should have been a routine affair: commissioner Ray Kelly outlines the department’s yearly budget to City Council, and council members have a chance to react and ask questions. Several members, however, seized the opportunity to lob thinly masked and totally open critiques of NYPD tactics at the department boss. […]

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07.06.12 David Lumb

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced his plan to bring stop-and-frisk to the Bay Area last week, unleashing a well-deserved backlash from SF citizens. NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams, who spoke at the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin back in March and proposed in February that officers give out a business card with their info […]

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09.06.11 Bucky Turco

Showing restraint is not what the NYPD is typically known for. Time after time, poorly trained officers needlessly escalate situations that could otherwise be resolved without physical force. […]

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