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03.23.15 Liam Mathews

Last month, Police Commissioner William Bratton recommended increasing the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony. This was a bad idea then, and now the bad idea is spreading to the State Senate. Democrat Tony Avella of Queens has proposed a bill that would create a felony “aggravated resisting arrest” charge for […]

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09.19.14 Sophie Weiner

At a City Council hearing on September 8th, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton presented three charts suggesting a dramatic decrease in use of force by NYPD officers over the last twenty years. According to the charts, only 2% of arrests last year required force. However, a City Council analyst raised some questions about the reporting, specifically what defines “force” in […]

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08.15.14 Sophie Weiner

A high-up NYPD officer told the Post that he believes more people should be prosecuted for resisting arrest. An average of 13,500 “busts” are made a year, but only a few of them are prosecuted: “There is no legal consequence, and a lot of guys know it,” a high-ranking police official said. “If you resist arrest and get away, you’re […]

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