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Muslims Taking NYPD to Court Over Surveillance Face Uphill Climb

Thursday, June 07, 2012

WNYC

Lawyers for the Muslim plaintiffs suing the NYPD for its covert surveillance of communities in New Jersey are basing their case on claims that legal experts say may be difficult to prove.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Knapp Commission and NYPD Corruption

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Michael Armstrong describes the1970-72 Knapp Commission investigation into police corruption, prompted by the New York Times' report on whistleblower cop Frank Serpico. In They Wished They Were Honest he examines how the commission affected the NYPD's public image, what leads to police corruption, and the toll it takes on society.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Etan Patz Case Confession

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Murray Weiss, DNAinfo columnist and criminal justice editor, talks about some of the skepticism greeting the confession in the Etan Patz case.

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WNYC News

For City’s Teens, Stop-and-Frisk Is Black And White

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

One in five people stopped last year by NYPD was a teenager between the ages of 14 and 18, according to a WNYC analysis of recently released police data. The data also strongly suggests that a teen male with dark skin in New York City will probably get stopped and frisked by the time he’s graduated from high school.

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WNYC News

Amid Budget Wrangling, Council Takes Aim at Soaring NYPD Claim Payouts

Sunday, May 20, 2012

As the cash-strapped City Council scours the mayor’s proposed budget for wiggle room, a report shows the city spent $50.5 million more last fiscal year to settle claims against the NYPD than it did the year previous.

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WNYC News

Using NYPD Data, Painting a Portrait of the Average Homicide Victim

Friday, May 18, 2012

The average homicide victim is a young black man with a prior arrest who was likely shot dead in a revenge killing during the overnight hours in Brooklyn, according to an NYPD report released Friday.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Says NYPD Isn't Walking Away From Stop-And-Frisk

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended stop and frisk practices and said the NYPD will continue the practice that has faced increasing scrutiny.

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WNYC News

Kelly's Stop and Frisk Proposals May Not Do Enough: Experts

Friday, May 18, 2012

Under increasing heat for the New York City police department’s stop-and-frisk practices, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly sent a letter to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn outlining changes, as WNYC first reported last week, to the policy. But law enforcement experts say Kelly’s changes do not go far enough.

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WNYC News

NYPD Planning Changes to Stop-And-Frisk Policy

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent a letter to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn detailing the changes, as WNYC first reported last week. Quinn has been a vocal critic of the policy. Last year, more than 600,000 people were stopped, mostly black and Hispanic men.

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WNYC News

Man May Plead Insanity in Officer Head Stabbing

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A man accused of stabbing a New York City police officer in the head and nearly killing him may pursue an insanity defense.

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WNYC News

Plaintiffs to Ask for Federal Oversight of NYPD if Stop and Frisks Found Unlawful

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A federal judge has granted class action status to a 2008 lawsuit accusing the NYPD of discriminating against blacks and Hispanics with its stop-and-frisk policies aimed at reducing crime. In the event a jury finds the NYPD is unlawfully making stops and racially profiling blacks and Latinos, class members will likely request oversight of the NYPD by a federal court monitor.

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WNYC News

NY Authorities: Ring 'Stalked' Luxury Car Owners

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Law enforcers say luxury car owners in New York City were "stalked" by thieves who were filling orders for buyers in Africa.

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WNYC News

Judge OKs Class Action Suit, Says 'Overwhelming' Evidence Points to Unlawful Stop and Frisks

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Finding the city's attitude "deeply troubling," a judge granted class action status Wednesday to a 2008 lawsuit accusing the New York Police Department of discriminating against blacks and Hispanics with its stop-and-frisk policies aimed at reducing crime.

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Transportation Nation

New York City Settles Stop and Frisk Lawsuit by Livery Cab Passengers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

a livery cab (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Ailsa Chang -- New York, WNYC) The city has settled a federal lawsuit charging that the New York City police department has been unlawfully detaining, questioning and searching passengers for weapons in livery cabs as part of a city livery cab inspection program.

The two passengers who filed the lawsuit last May, Terrence Battle and Munir Pujara, are both men of color. They alleged they were pulled out of their cabs and searched for weapons even though the officers did not suspect either them of criminal activity.

Neither of them was charged with any offense after their encounters.

As part of the settlement, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has committed to retraining officers and instructing them that passengers riding in livery cars participating in the Taxi/Livery Robbery Inspection Program, or TRIP, can only be removed on certain conditions: if the officer fears for his safety, or if he suspects the passenger is armed or has committed a violent crime.

Kelly issued a new operations order commanding all officers to follow these rules. Although the department issued a similar operations order detailing this policy about a decade ago, criminal justice advocates said too few officers heeded the rules.

"The problem was no one knew about that operations order and there had never been any training on it, so police officers around the city mistakenly believed that they could frisk and search passengers without suspicion," said Chris Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which represented both plaintiffs.

Dunn said they interviewed more than a dozen livery car drivers who claimed they were getting stopped routinely and their passengers were getting pulled out without any reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

TRIP is meant to protect livery drivers from crimes perpetrated by passengers, especially robberies. Drivers who voluntarily participate in the program consent to being pulled over by a police officer at any point to check on their safety. Participants display a decal in their windows stating, "This vehicle may be stopped and visually inspected by the police at any time to ensure driver’s safety."

The plaintiffs didn't challenge the actual vehicle stops in their lawsuit -- only the manner in which they were treated after the officers pulled the livery cabs over.

In addition to promising the retraining of officers, the city paid Battle and Pujara $10,000 each.

City lawyers called the TRIP program "entirely constitutional" and noted that the program itself was not challenged in the lawsuit.

“The police department remains committed to ensuring that the program is run correctly and to ensure the continued safety of livery cab drivers and their passengers,” said Mark Zuckerman of the city's Law Department.

Dunn said, as with the the stopping and frisking of pedestrians, TRIP resulted in unwarranted frisks and searches that disproportionate impacted minorities.

"Yellow cabs just aren't available in the outer boroughs, the communities where blacks and Latinos primarily live," said Dunn. "Really the targets -- and the victims -- of this practice wer blacks and Latinos."

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WNYC News

City Settles Livery Stop and Frisk Lawsuit

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The city has settled a federal lawsuit that challenged the New York Police Department’s detaining, questioning and searching passengers for weapons in livery cabs as part of a city livery cab inspection program. 

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WNYC News

Stop And Frisks Do Not Always Drive Homicides Down, Data Shows

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The NYPD credited citywide declining homicide rates to its increasing reliance on the controversial practice of stop-and-frisk last week. But in the 13 precincts citywide where homicides were trending up so far this year, a WNYC analysis of the data found that an increase in stop-and-frisk in the first quarter of this year did not always result in fewer homicides so far this year.

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WNYC News

Man With Knife Shot Dead by Police

Friday, May 11, 2012

Police say a man has died after being shot by officers who ordered him to drop a knife he'd used to stab himself and critically injure a woman.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg: Stop-and-Frisk Works as ‘Deterrent’

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a spirited defense of the New York Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisk on Thursday, saying “stops are a deterrent.” It comes a day after an analysis of NYPD data by the NYCLU showed police targeted blacks and Latinos for stop-and-frisks.

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WNYC News

NYPD Orders Commanders to Review Stop-and-Frisk Activity

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Supervising officers in the New York City Police Department tell WNYC that, in recent weeks, all precinct commanders have been instructed by the highest levels of the department to carefully review stop-and-frisk reports to ensure they reflect proper stops, and are not an effort to meet productivity goals.

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WNYC News

NYPD Targets Black, Latinos in Stop And Frisks: Report

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Police target blacks and Latinos when deciding to stop and frisk someone, according to an analysis of new NYPD data by the New York Civil Liberties Union released Wednesday.

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