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05.07.15 Prachi Gupta

Men in blue today get a bad rep, but they look like schoolyard bullies when compared to Michael Dowd, the ex-NYPD officer who slung crack cocaine in Brooklyn’s murder capital, East New York, at the height of the drug’s epidemic. Dowd, who served the 75th Precinct for a decade, made up to $4,000 a week […]

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05.06.15 Prachi Gupta

The Edward Snowden bust that was illegally affixed to a war monument in Fort Greene Park has been recovered from the NYPD. The statue, which sat on a column in the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument for just a few hours on April 6 before park officials took it down, had been in police custody for […]

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05.05.15 Liam Mathews

On May 4th, there were two huge, tragic, and conflicting stories in New York City. One was the death of Officer Brian Moore, who was shot in the head in the line of duty on Saturday and succumbed to his injuries on Monday. The other was the non-indictment of Willie Groomes, the retired corrections officer […]

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05.04.15 Bucky Turco

Since September 11th, the NYPD has maintained a security perimeter around its headquarters at One Police Plaza that’s unlike any other building in NYC. It includes the closure of smaller side streets and the occupation of Park Row, a vital 4-lane roadway that used to connect Chinatown to Lower Manhattan. For cops, the underutilized street […]

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Liam Mathews

Another day, another video of the NYPD being awful. In this video, uploaded to YouTube on April 30 by the man being arrested, two officers in the Bronx are seen illegally arresting a man during a traffic stop. The man set his phone camera to record and put it in the cupholder, which the cops […]

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05.01.15 Liam Mathews

Mayor de Blasio, working to keep the NYPD from turning their backs on him again, snapped at reporters during a Thursday press conference who questioned the NYPD’s aggressive crackdown on demonstrators during Wednesday’s Freddie Gray protests. “When the police give you instruction, you follow the instruction. It’s not debatable,” the New York Times quotes de […]

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04.30.15 Liam Mathews

A commanding officer implicated in the 2009 NYPD whistleblowing scandal is apparently more concerned about a student film’s fictionalized account of his leadership’s effect on his reputation than the fact that he pressured his officers to take unnecessary and illegal action in order to meet their quotas. The New York Daily News reports that a […]

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Bucky Turco

Over 100 people were arrested during protests for Freddie Gray in Manhattan on Wednesday evening. Demonstrators assembled in Union Square and held signs that read “Blue Lies Matter” and “Broken Windows Severs Spines,” among other placards showing solidarity with Baltimore and Gray, an unarmed black man who died after being injured while in police custody. […]

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04.29.15 Liam Mathews

Four years after the NYPD began patrolling the Lower East Side’s nightlife district on horseback, literal horse shit is still a problem in the neighborhood. Bowery Boogie reports that there are piles of shit all over Hell Square (their clever nickname for the bar-saturated zone from Houston to Delancey and Allen to Clinton) every Saturday […]

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04.24.15 Liam Mathews

Retired NYPD Detective Specialist Anthony Planakis is one of those guys who, when he’s interested in something, learns everything there is to know on the subject. He has a lot of interests: photography, organic food, HVAC installation and maintenance. But his passion, since 1977, has been bees. He’s kept bees for years, first in Connecticut […]

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