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WNYC News

NYPD Sets New Standards for Street-Level Narcotics Officers

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Changes have been implemented to the application process for the NYPD’s street-level narcotics teams in the months following the shooting death of 18–year-old Ramarley Graham.

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The Empire

Koch Prefers Kelly for Mayor, But Quinn 'Capable'

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Former Mayor Ed Koch is, in his typical outspoken style, upfront about his choice for mayor in 2013. He sized up the potential field — focusing on who he thinks can keep the city on track.

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: Are All Civil Liberties Created Equal?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Many politicians, from Mayor Bloomberg to President Obama, want to have it both ways on civil liberties: Loosening restrictions on same-sex marriage, while pushing the limits of constitutionality on crime and terrorism.

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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

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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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

Police Oversight Board Ratifies New Prosecution Powers, but Critics Have Doubts

Monday, April 02, 2012

The Civilian Complaint Review Board unanimously ratified an agreement with the City Council, mayor and police department on Monday to allow it to prosecute all cases of police misconduct that its investigators substantiate. 

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WNYC News

NYPD Dismisses Officer Involved in Bell Shooting

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The NYPD officer who fired first in the Sean Bell case back in 2006 has been dismissed from the NYPD following an internal departmental trial decision approved by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Detective Gescard Isnora had been criminally charged and acquitted in the November 2006 case but lost his bid to stay on the force.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: St. Patty's Arrests Prove OWS Hibernation is Over

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg needs to defend corporate abuses one day, and police actions the next, making him the best recruiter Occupy Wall Street could ask for.

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WNYC News

City Council NYPD Budget Hearing Goes Beyond Dollars and Cents

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A ritual City Council hearing on next year's NYPD budget turned into a heated two hour back and forth between NYPD Commissioner Ray  Kelly and his council critics on everything from the department's stop-and-frisk strategy to its covert surveillance of Muslim-Americans. Kelly was quick to dismiss calls from members of the council for an Inspector General to provide independent oversight of the NYPD.

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WNYC News

NYPD Officer Saved From Injury by Gun Belt

Monday, February 27, 2012

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A police officer narrowly escaped serious injury during a gun battle in the Lower East Side overnight when the suspect's bullet was deflected by the officer's gun belt, according to the NYPD.

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The Takeaway

Public Outcry Continues Over NYPD Monitoring of Muslim Students

Friday, February 24, 2012

The fallout continues after reports this week that the NYPD launched a massive surveillance program targeting Muslim students on college campuses across throughout the Northeast. The story was first broken earlier this week by the Associated Press which reported that the NYPD has kept a close watch on Muslim student groups — including tracking which websites they visited, monitoring speakers at events, and sending an undercover officer on a whitewater rafting trip attended by Muslim students. 

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WNYC News

NYPD Commissioner Orders Reviews of Street Narcotics Teams in Wake of Bronx Shooting

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has ordered a citywide audit of all street-level narcotics teams after investigators discovered the cop who shot an unarmed Bronx man was not qualified for the detail he was assigned to the day of the incident.

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WNYC News

NYPD Boss Ray Kelly Gets High Marks From New Yorkers: Poll

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly scores high for job performance despite recent flare-ups in the press over surveillance efforts targeting Muslim communities and his role in a controversial anti-Muslim film, according to a poll of New York City voters.

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WNYC News

City Has Highest Number of Marijuana Arrests in More Than a Decade

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Last year, New York City police officers made the greatest number of marijuana arrests in more than a decade, according to new state records.

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WNYC News

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Continues to Defend NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne Over Anti-Muslim Film

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to defend NYPD spokesman Paul Browne Monday — days after the top police aide was forced to backpedal on remarks when it was revealed that nearly 1,500 officers were shown an anti-Muslim film.

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WNYC News

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly: I Won't Step Down Over Anti-Muslim Film

Friday, January 27, 2012

Police commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday he has no plans to resign following calls for him to step down after it was revealed that nearly 1,500 officers were shown an anti-Muslim film in which the city’s top cop appears as an interviewee.

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Transportation Nation

New York Traffic Deaths Hit Historic Low

Thursday, December 29, 2011

NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, NY DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and NY Mayor Bloomberg Announce Traffic Stats at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. (Photo by Jim O'Grady)

(New York, NY - WNYC) The Bloomberg Administration says the city will have the lowest number of traffic fatalities in its history this year.

Mayor Bloomberg said 237 people have been killed in traffic incidents this year--a 40 percent drop from 2001. He said traffic fatalities for pedestrians and children are also at record lows.

New York Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan added that fatal bicycle accidents have held steady. She said that's despite a quadrupling of bike ridership over the past decade.

The mayor and his transportation commissioner unveiled the statistics in Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza, where they said safety upgrades contributed to a 40 percent reduction in crashes over the past three years.

Sadik-Khan said deaths are down because the city keeps re-engineering its streets, and plans to do more. "You will see more pedestrian countdown signals," she said. "We're going to be doubling them in the next two years. You will see more neighborhood slow zones, continuing our work to create slow zones around schools. We've done 138 so far."

She said her department also plans to keep installing bike lanes, crossing lanes and pedestrian islands around the city.

New York's traffic fatality rate is already half the per capita national average.

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WNYC News

Mayor: City Continues to be Safe, In Spite of Economy

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is focusing on the positive as the year comes to a close. With the police and fire commissioners at his side, Bloomberg announced the city is on track to record just over 500 murders for 2011.

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WNYC News

Marijuana Arrests Dip After NYPD Order, But Allegations of Improper Arrests Continue

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Marijuana arrests in New York City are still high, but slowing down slightly. Still, the dip in such arrests hasn’t stopped allegations that police officers are still making improper arrests by illegally searching and mischarging people.

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