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Weathering the Police Reform Storm

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 10.02.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

With reforms like these who'll be surprised by the next high-profile incident of police abuse? Not me.

Matt Sledge

NYPD Routinely Declined To Discipline Officers For Chokeholds | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In January 2008, a teenage high-school student in the Bronx had an argument with her principal. An NYPD officer assigned to the school qui...

Broken Windows, Broken Trust

Lana J. Lee | Posted 01.06.2015 | Crime
Lana J. Lee

Twenty years after his son was fatally shot by a police officer, Nicholas Heyward Sr stares out the kitchen window of his Brooklyn apartment, one hand distractedly placed on a stack of newspaper clippings related to the death of then-13-year-old Nicholas N. Heyward Jr, an honors student who loved to play basketball.

Sunset Park Speaks, Bratton Blinks and Sharpton Squirms

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.17.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

At the end of last Wednesday's town hall meeting in Sunset Park, NYPD Chief Phillip Banks and his entourage of NYPD head honchos had just about had enough. Dennis Flores, the founder of El Grito de Sunset Park, which organized the meeting, finished the night by demanding 72nd precinct commander Captain Thomas Ng be fired.

Matt Sledge

NYPD 'Emasculated' Its Own Chokehold Ban, Watchdog Agency Finds | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Three months after Eric Garner died at the hands of New York police while shouting, "I can't breathe," a city agency has found that chokeh...

Matt Sledge

Shake-Up At NYPD Oversight Board Ahead Of Leadership Vote | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

At least two more members of New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board have resigned ahead of a Thursday vote on replacing the police watchdog's...

Hearing What They Want: The Illusions of Police Reform

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Two important meetings in New York city last week were followed by an important whistleblower story Friday that should serve as the exclamation points on assertions that NYPD is beyond reform.

Matt Sledge

NYPD Oversight Chair Considers Punting On Stop-And-Frisk | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The new chairman of the New York City board that investigates alleged police misconduct suggested on Tuesday that the panel may stop probi...

Matt Sledge

NYPD Oversight Board Finally Gets New Chair | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- When clients encounter police misconduct, civil rights lawyer Richard Emery often does not recommend filing a complaint with the official ...

Matt Sledge

NYPD Officers Get Stop-And-Frisk Free Pass | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The NYPD is giving its officers a free pass on stop-and-frisk misconduct allegations as a result of Mayor Bill de Blasio's inaction, an ad...

Matt Sledge

New York Mayor Hasn't Appointed Key Police Oversight Leader | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio rocketed to City Hall on the promise of improving police oversight. But almost half a year after his inauguration, he...

Dead Board Awakening?

Len Levitt | Posted 06.04.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

The Civilian Complaint Review Board [CCRB] has never amounted to much. Its work involves the most minor police misconduct. At best, its value is sy...

Sex, Lies and Michael Mineo

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Three cops are now on trial in Brooklyn State Supreme Court on the explosive claim of Michael Mineo, a 25-year-old admitted Crips gang member.

Putting Civilian Review Back Into the CCRB

Dan Garodnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Garodnick

The "bad old days" of crime are simply a memory, except in one respect: we are moving back to a time when the NYPD had the sole authority to police its own officers accused of misconduct.