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Report Shows NYPD Surveillance Of Muslims Violated Regulations

The New York Times | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

The New York police repeatedly broke rules governing intelligence-gathering while targeting Muslims for surveillance after the terrorist attacks of Se...

NYPD Reinstates Muslim Officer Suspended Over Beard

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

A Muslim policeman who sued the New York City Police Department after he was suspended for refusing to shave his beard has been reinstated and the dep...

Parents: Do the Right Thing and Take Responsibility

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 05.25.2016 | New York
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

On Sunday May 8th, a group of African-American children set fire to a parked school bus in front of a Jewish elementary school in Crown Heights. The i...

Putting Muscle Behind the Animal Welfare Mission

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

What's clear is that strong animal cruelty laws and dedicated enforcement go hand in hand with the elevation of public attitudes about the seriousness of these crimes. Each inspires and activates the other, and both are necessary to effectively tackle this problem.

Documents Uncover NYPD's Vast License Plate Reader Database

Mariko Hirose | Posted 01.25.2017 | Technology
Mariko Hirose

Surveillance is about power. Vigilant gives the NYPD power to monitor our whereabouts. By demanding answers to critical questions about NYPD's use of surveillance tools, New Yorkers can begin to take back the power imbalance created by the new era of mass digital surveillance.

New Book Reveals Koch Brothers Paid Firm Run by Former NYPD Chief to Smear Journalist

Steve Horn | Posted 01.19.2017 | Green
Steve Horn

The just-published book "Dark Money," penned by New Yorker staff reporter Jane Mayer, reveals that the Koch Brothers hired the former commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) -- and his daughter, a former FBI agent -- to smear her as a "plagiarist" in the months after the release of her August 2010 bombshell article on the Kochs.

NYPD Assaults 11-Year-Old in the Bronx -- On Video

Bob Herbst | Posted 07.22.2016 | Crime
Bob Herbst

Take a look at this video, in which a white male New York City police lieutenant grabbed a 6th grade elementary school student of color -- big for her age but only 11 years old -- around the neck and threw her to the pavement on a Bronx street corner, six months after Eric Garner was wrestled down on a Staten Island pavement.

Julia Craven

It's Difficult To Hire Black Officers Since Too Many Black People Have Been Arrested, Says NYPD Commissioner | Julia Craven | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

The number of potential police officers of color who have criminal records is too damn high -- at least that seems to be New York police commissioner ...

Don't Lose Sight of the Good Cops

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 05.22.2016 | Crime
Anthony Hatcher

Recent events in Baltimore, Ferguson, New York or wherever an unarmed black man has died in police custody remind me of something I learned long ago when I was on the police beat: There is nobody better than a good cop. There is nobody worse than a bad cop.

New York City Church Honors Police Detective

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion

Community and law enforcement relations have been strained in cities around the country since the national movement against police brutality took hold...

Christopher Mathias

New York City's Immigrant Cab Drivers Say They're Unfairly Targeted By NYPD | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A few summers ago, Victor Salazar says he was driving west in midtown Manhattan on 46th Street when suddenly he saw a red light. “So...

Lessons From NYPD v. Uber Driver: 'You're Not Important Enough'

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 06.03.2015 | New York
Laura Murray-Tjan

Is even more going on here? Something we all can learn from? The video shows the stereotypical law enforcement power trip. But it might also provide a moment to ponder whether you have been mistreated, or perhaps mistreated another person, because of an assumption that there will be no consequence.

Christopher Mathias

NYPD Can't Just Stop And Frisk People For The Hell Of It Anymore, Says Memo | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices

Police reform advocates expressed cautious optimism this week over a new set of guidelines for when New York City police officers can stop and frisk p...

A Response to Bratton and Kelling

Steve Zeidman | Posted 03.27.2015 | New York
Steve Zeidman

De Blasio was elected on a platform of progressive reform. His administration has implemented new approaches in areas like education, housing, and immigration. Yet NYC law enforcement is based on a magazine article from 33 years ago. It is time for a 21st century approach to policing.

Slain NYPD Officers' Widows Receive Over $1 Million In Donations To Pay Off Mortgages

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact

Supporters have rallied around the families of two NYPD officers who were killed days before Christmas. The widows of slain officers Rafael Ramos a...

Turning Our Backs

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We live in a broken, violent world. Turning our backs on it won't change anything.

Jennifer Bendery

New York Police Commissioner: Rift Between Mayor, Police Will 'Go On For A While' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sunday that tensions between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police department aren't l...

De Blasio and His Police: We Can't Listen With Our Backs Turned

Paul Kendrick | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Kendrick

De Blasio has been exceptionally evenhanded in his respect for police while trying to help us grasp the perspectives of people of color. He has tried to be a true friend to the NYPD, in the sense of a friend who believes in you enough to be critical when you can be better.

New Yorkers Hold Interfaith Prayer Vigils For Slain Police Officers

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion

New Yorkers mourned the shooting of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos with interfaith prayer vigils on Sunday and Monday, following weeks o...

RAW VIDEO: NYPD Plainclothes Cop Appears To Punch Restrained Teen

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.20.2014 | Crime

A plainclothes NYPD officer appears to punch one of two teenagers during an arrest captured on video. The video, uploaded to YouTube last Monday, ...

Choking on the Truth: Race, Justice, and the Thin Blue Line

Yohuru Williams | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Given the current discussion on ways to restore harmony to police-community relations, it is worth revisiting the history. In November of 1993, the New York City Police Department officially banned the use of chokeholds.

Roque Planas

Akai Gurley Protesters Gather At Housing Project Where He Was Killed | Roque Planas | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- As rain poured down in New York City on Saturday afternoon, more than 50 protesters gathered at the Louis Pink Houses, the Brooklyn housin...

'I Can't Breathe'

Neil McCarthy | Posted 02.04.2015 | New York
Neil McCarthy

If a picture's worth a thousand words, how come this one didn't convince 23 grand jurors? That is the question being asked in New York City and throughout the country in the wake of a grand jury's failure to indict Officer Daniel Panteleo in connection with the death of Eric Garner this past summer.

Ryan J. Reilly

Conservatives Join Outrage Over Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner's Death | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Opinions on the decision reached by a grand jury last week not to indict the police officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown largely...

Protecting the World's Biggest Marathon, How New York City Got It Right

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Thousands made it across the finish line, exhausted, though elated. And behind the scenes was an incredible demonstration of how a city like New York was able to deter acts of aggression and protect the runners, the spectators and the thousands of workers who helped pull off this major event without serious mishap.