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06.23.15 Liam Mathews

Mayor De Blasio announced Monday that the city will hire 1,300 new NYPD officers as part of a $78.5 billion budget deal, the New York Times reports. The announcement came as a surprise, as Mayor De Blasio as recently as June 5 said that hiring more cops was unnecessary, since crime is at near-historic lows; […]

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06.22.15 Prachi Gupta

It’s so popular to blame Barack Obama’s presidency for everything from the poor economy to the reason Two and a Half Men re-runs still air that it’s become a meme. But on Sunday, Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins attributed New York’s recent anti-cop sentiment on the president without a hint of irony or humor. […]

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06.10.15 Liam Mathews

Here we go: Bill Bratton is demanding a “retraction and correction” of the Guardian story that quoted him saying, “We have a significant population gap among African American males because so many of them have spent time in jail and, as such, we can’t hire them,” while discussing why the NYPD has a disproportionately low […]

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06.09.15 Liam Mathews

Last month I wrote a somewhat sarcastic post called “Commissioner Bratton Is Off His Damn Rocker,” where I criticized Bratton’s statement about how “cop haters” who post videos of cops arresting to social media were making officers’ jobs needlessly difficult. I suggested that he take a vacation to clear his head. But after reading this […]

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06.08.15 Liam Mathews

Benjamin Farias, the Bronx man who recorded his April 20th arrest and caught the cops who stopped him on the Grand Concourse admitting they “don’t know why the pulled him over,” is filing a suit against the city, alleging unlawful arrest and injury. He claims his wrist was fractured during the arrest. “I knew something […]

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06.05.15 Liam Mathews

Willie Groomes, the retired corrections officer who shot Gilbert Drogheo to death in the Borough Hall subway station on March 10, has been cleared of criminal charges and will not face a grand jury, the Daily News reports. He was previously not indicted by the Brooklyn DA last month. “’Following a full and fair investigation…I […]

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06.04.15 Prachi Gupta

The NYPD says it has arrested a suspect after two women filed formal complaints saying that a man had groped them in Williamsburg in the past week. Police did not comment on the description of the suspect in custody, but they are urging any victims to come forward. One alleged victim — who has not […]

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06.03.15 Liam Mathews

I Quant NY took a closer look at the public data the NYPD released on moving violations issued during the slowdown that took place in December of last year and January of this year. Offenses under the rubric of “moving violations” were one of many that police enforced less during the slowdown, and I Quant […]

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06.01.15 Liam Mathews

The Daily News reports that contradictory surveillance video exists of a 2012 police car crash that killed one man and left another braindead. According to the official report, Ronald Herrera lost control of his dirt bike while trying to pass the cruiser on Walton Avenue in the Bronx. He swerved in front of the car, […]

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Liam Mathews

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has been using the nonprofit New York City Police Foundation as a piggybank, according to the New York Post, giving out over $2 million in consulting contracts to people outside of the department, including 6 people who Bratton has known since the 1970s. Former NYPD officials accuse Bratton of using the […]

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