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05.26.15 Liam Mathews

Normally, community council meetings are intended to be opportunities for officers and civilians to meet face-to-face and discuss issues in the precinct, but on Wednesday May 20, the Lower East Side’s 7th Precinct hosted a special session, inviting the community to try out an NYPD firearms tactics training simulator. I was intrigued, because it seemed […]

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05.22.15 Liam Mathews

So here’s something nice from the NYPD for a change: a pair of officers played a pickup basketball game with some kids in the Bronx. These cops, even in full uniform with gun and radio and ugly clunky cop shoes, can still ball. The shorter cop in particular has a great handle. Even if this […]

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05.21.15 Liam Mathews

Is NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton okay? He seems like he’s at the end of his rope. He’s been on a tear of saying some crazy shit in public the past few days: on Sunday he said he needed 450 new cops so he could fight ISIS, and on Wednesday, Capital New York reports (link behind […]

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05.19.15 Liam Mathews

WCBS’s Alex Silverman reports that the man who viciously attacked two gay men with a chair in a Chelsea barbecue restaurant on May 5 has been identified as Bayna El-Amin. According to Silverman, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce called El-Amin a “career criminal,” and a Google search turns up arrest records in New York […]

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Prachi Gupta

As part of a new initiative, NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday unveiled the latest in high tech, state-of-the-art policing: a ginormous van that will put suspects on blast by rolling video of them on side-mounted screens. Bratton made the announcement at 11 AM on Tuesday at Harlem’s 28th Precinct. ABC reports that the […]

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05.18.15 Liam Mathews

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who wants to hire more officers but hasn’t been able to do so, finally threw up his hands and more or less said, “You know ISIS, right? They’re scary, right? Well, they’re trying to kill us. Right now. They’re on their way here. So we need 450 new cops so we […]

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Prachi Gupta

The activists that run the Illuminator Collective, who protest injustice and corruption with guerrilla light projections in New York City and beyond, are suing the NYPD’s Central Park Precinct. Members Kyle DePew, Grayson Earle and Yates McKee are alleging false arrest and improper seizure of property, according to a press release. DePew, Earle and McKee […]

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Prachi Gupta

Too often with videos documenting police brutality, we see one of two things: Either a crowd of bystanders looks on helplessly as officers abuse their power, or the crowd gets involved, and then there are mass arrests. In this video shot by Copwatch Patrol Unit member Michael Barber, however, neither of those outcomes happened — […]

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05.15.15 Liam Mathews

The Civilian Complaint Review Board, New York City government’s ombudsmen for citizens who claim to have been mistreated by police, released its annual report for 2014 on Thursday. Some notable findings include a high number of complaints about police putting people in chokeholds and filing false official statements. In July of 2014, Officer Daniel Pantaleo […]

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05.13.15 Liam Mathews

Last week, James Rodriguez’s attorney filed a notice of claim that he plans to sue the city for $10 million, because on February 26, Rodriguez was arrested and kept in handcuffs by NYPD officers for 7 hours after having his elbow broken by a baseball bat during a bodega scuffle, the Daily News reports. Rodriguez […]

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