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06.26.15 Prachi Gupta

The New York Post reports that about half of the city’s cops feel bad about “how the public views them” and as a result “feel negatively about the job.” The responses are based on an internal survey conducted by the NYPD. A whopping 85 percent of officers are worried about taking action on the street […]

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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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03.02.15 Prachi Gupta

In the wake of the Eric Garner tragedy, the NYPD is teaching officers a new technique to subdue a suspect who is resisting arrest. DNAinfo reports that the method is called “Armbar Hammerlock,” a “martial arts and wrestling move focusing on restraining the arms of a resisting suspects to bring them down without grabbing the […]

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07.30.14 Marina Galperina

Today, a realistic U.S. army recruitment video would include a uniformed soldier calmly tapping away at a keyboard. His eyes would be locked on a screen where strategized bursts of violence would play out in CGI or very far away. Currently on view in Berlin, Harun Farocki’s “Serious Games” video series provides a documentarian view into […]

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