Arun Venugopal

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Kelly Tells Council of NYPD's Recruit Woes

Monday, May 19, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told members of the City Council that the NYPD was stretched thin due to low starting salaries, but said an arbitrator could change the salary structure this week.

Kelly spoke during budget hearings, and addressed the challenges of recruiting new officers with ...


Prostitution "Booker" Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One of four people charged with running the prostitution ring used by former governor Eliot Spitzer, has plead guilty in federal court.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Thirty-two year old Temeka Lewis was responsible for booking clients for the Emperor's Club VIP. Today she stood in federal ...


Mayor: West Side Remains Top Priority

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's top priority is still the development of the West Side rail yards.

He's dismissed suggestions by Sen. Charles Schumer that the city should let the Port Authority take the lead in developing the Moynihan Station.

The mayor added that the ...


Costly Delays at Ground Zero

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The city and state may have to cough up $321 million to Goldman Sachs because of delays in rebuilding at the World Trade Center site.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The hefty fines would include free rent - 64 years of it - as well as other ...


City Amends Juvenile Detention Procedures

Monday, May 12, 2008

Juveniles who get arrested on the weekend will no longer be at risk of remaining detained until Monday.

Starting next month the city is starting weekend processing for youth, which already takes place for adults. The city's criminal justice coordinator John Feinblatt said kids who commit ...


Thousand of Bell Supporters Protest Citywide

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Six locations around the city, thousands of protesters and nearly 200 arrests.

It was the opening round in a campaign of civil disobedience yesterday, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and members of Sean Bell's family.

Their goal is to pressure federal investigators into bringing civil rights ...


Council Demands More Data from NYPD

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The City Council wants the Police Department to provide more information on stop and frisk incidents and shootings involving police officers.

At a public hearing yesterday, several council members claimed the NYPD was resisting efforts to become more transparent and that comprehensive information could easily be ...


New Yorkers React to Acquittals in Sean Bell Shooting

Saturday, April 26, 2008

WNYC's Arun Venugopal talks with Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about the reaction to the acquittals in the Sean Bell shooting, and what's next for the NYPD detectives involved.



Friday, April 25, 2008

Guests, including: Patricia Williams, professor of law at Columbia University, writes the Mad Law Professor column for The Nation magazine, Eugene O'Donnell, professor of law and police science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, WNYC’s Arun Venugopal and Cindy Rodriguez, Richard Aborn, president of ...

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Explaining the Ruling in the Sean Bell Case

Friday, April 25, 2008

A shocked, angry response from supporters of Sean Bell outside the Queens Courthouse today, when they heard the 3 officers charged in his death were acquitted of all charges. Joining us to explain why the Judge ruled the way he did is WNYC's Arun Venugopal, ...


City Awaits Verdict in Bell Shooting Trial

Friday, April 25, 2008

It's been exactly 17 months since the fatal shooting of Sean Bell and this morning New Yorkers will finally learn the fate of the 3 officers on trial. Over the last couple days, WNYC's Arun Venugopal has walked the streets Jamaica, Queens - where the ...


311 To Include Social Service Information

Monday, April 21, 2008

A new public service campaign says New Yorkers looking for social services can now just "3-1-1 it."

That's because the city's customer service line is being expanded to offer information on agencies and nonprofits that provide health and human services. Jennifer Jones Austin is with the ...


Seattle Police Lures NYPD Recruits

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Seattle Police Department's aggressive efforts to draw officers and recruits from New York is off to a very impressive start. The Seattle PD paid for a large billboard on the West Side Highway, and spokesman Mark Jamison said all 700-plus seats at an entrance ...


Intense Arguments Close Bell Trial

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

To say yesterday's closing arguments in the Sean Bell trial were intense would be just the beginning. Over seven hours, attorneys for the three cops charged in Bell's death made impassioned pleas for the clients' innocence that hinged on race and justice. Not to be ...


Complaints Over 9/11 Health Continue

Monday, April 14, 2008

Emotions ran high at a 9/11 Community Health Forum held downtown yesterday. A number of attendees spoke of their chronic health problems and the lack of federal health funds.

Joseph Zadroga, father of the late first-responder James Zadroga, said the government should have been aware ...


Closing Arguments in Bell Trial Begin

Monday, April 14, 2008

Both sides in the trial of the three police officers charged with the fatal shooting of Sean Bell present their closing arguments today.

The prosecution is likely to expand on earlier statements that an argument involving Sean Bell and his friends, in front of the ...


Attorneys Make Closing Arguments in Bell Trial

Monday, April 14, 2008

After seven weeks of emotional testimony, closing arguments are underway in the trial of three detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell 18 months ago.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal is at Queens Criminal Court and he describes how the attorney for Det. Gescard Isnora defended ...


Bell Trial Winds Down

Friday, April 11, 2008

The trial of the three New York City police officers charged with the fatal shooting of Sean Bell is coming to an end, with closing arguments set for Monday.

And although a verdict is likely weeks away, black leaders are planning for what one of ...


Defense Could Help prosecution in Bell Trial

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

It was a long, muffled recording, presented by lawyers defending the police officers charged with the fatal shooting of Sean Bell. But as WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports, the police interview of Bell's friend, Trent Benefield, may actually help the prosecution.

Benefield was interviewed in the hospital, ...


Defense Produces First Witness in Sean Bell Shooting Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The defense produced its first witness in the trial of the 3 officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting. The witness, Officer Michael Carey, shot 3 times that night but wasn't charged. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Officer Carey said the undercover, Gescard Isnora, clearly identified ...