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Amanda Terkel

Police Unions 'Standing Down' After Controversial Comments In Wake Of NYPD Shooting

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York City's police unions have agreed to refrain from putting out more statements on Saturday's cold-blooded murder of police office...

Pat Lynch, You Will Not Wage 'War' on Our Communities!

Russell Simmons | Posted 12.22.2014 | New York
Russell Simmons

I pray for unity in the city, as pain runs deep in many communities. But, we will no longer tolerate those, like Pat Lynch, who want to create more pain by attempting to divide the people and those who have taken an oath to protect and serve them.

NYPD Commissioner: Mayor De Blasio Has Lost Trust Of 'Some' Officers

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.22.2014 | Crime

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has lost the trust of some officers in the tense aftermath following the fatal shooting of two NYPD policemen, Poli...

The Pendulum of History Swings Again

Tom Allon | Posted 12.10.2014 | New York
Tom Allon

There is a third way for crime fighting: Keep "Broken Windows" policing but reimagine it so that petty crimes only lead to fines and summonses, not arrests and in extreme cases (like Eric Garner), forcible arrests that can lead to seemingly excessive use of force.

#WeCantBreathe: Peel's Principles of Policing Gone Wrong?

Nicholle Lamartina Palacios | Posted 12.10.2014 | New York
Nicholle Lamartina Palacios

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton has stated his guiding source of inspiration is Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles of Policing, a preventative philosophy used by members of the first police force in London in 1829.

Matt Sledge

New York Mayor: NYPD Will Use Less Force 'Whenever Possible'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Flanked by top NYPD brass, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday in the wake of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police ...

The NYPD Needs Training in Compassion

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

In the wake of the death of Eric Garner, and the lack of indictment of the officer who killed him, I am heart-broken. I did not know Eric, nor did I k...

A Call for Fair, Even-Handed Investigations of Potential Police Misconduct

Andrew B. Stoll | Posted 12.04.2014 | Crime
Andrew B. Stoll

The reflexive community antagonism of the Giuliani years has given way to a much more subtle way of denying justice to the street. Rather than immediately demonizing the victims, Bill Bratton said there would be retraining in the wake of Eric Garner's death, and he almost said "our bad," on Akai Gurley, publicly emphasizing his innocence.

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

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | 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.

We Have a Dream: Improve Transparency and Accountability at the NYPD

Chris Bilal | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Chris Bilal

We are asking courageous New York City Council members to exercise their oversight power by passing the Right to Know Act, which would strengthen police accountability and transparency by requiring officers who stop us to identify themselves.

Holding The NYPD Accountable, Holding The Movement Accountable

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Josmar Trujillo

When activists turned out to a 2013 city council meeting in Oakland to protest the hiring of Bill Bratton as a consultant to the Oakland Police Department, was anyone surprised?

Honoring Those Who Make a Difference for Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Last week, we recognized some of the most remarkable people and animals on the front lines of that effort by bestowing our annual ASPCA Humane Awards.

CNN To Premiere New Installment Of 'Black In America'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.17.2014 | Media

The latest installment of CNN's "Black in America" documentary series will focus on how the lives of young, black men are impacted by aggressive polic...

Broken Windows, Broken Trust

Lana J. Lee | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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.

Christopher Mathias

NYPD Commissioner To Critics: ‘I'm Not Going Anywhere'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Toward the end of a press conference announcing his new second-in-command Wednesday, Commissioner Bill Bratton of the New York City Police...

The Real Scandal at 1 Police Plaza

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.05.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Don't look now but there's a media-driven scandal brewing at the NYPD. It's gotten so bad, so fast that Mayor de Blasio and his police commissioner slapped together a meeting with reporters on a Sunday afternoon in order to rail against the press.

Chirlane McCray Slams New York Post For Publishing 'Lies'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 11.03.2014 | Media

The first lady of New York City took aim at the New York Post in a recent op-ed, accusing the publication of printing lies about her feelings toward P...

Saki Knafo

How Subway Dancing Became A New York Art Form -- And A Crime

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Randy Vargas is a 19-year-old high school senior who dances for money after school on the trains beneath Manhattan. Among fellow dancers, he is ad...

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.

The Staggering Racial Disparity In Boston's Police Encounters

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime

Despite making up less than a fourth of Boston's population, African Americans are disproportionately targeted by the city's stop-and-frisk law, accor...

Christopher Mathias

At Tense Town Hall, A Call For The NYPD Commissioner To Step Down

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- When organizers turned off the lights Wednesday night, signaling the start of the town hall meeting at the Sunset Park Play Center, ...

No Holding Back: Sunset Park's Fight to Stop Police Brutality

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Carlos Menchaca and Nydia Velazquez didn't say a word. This past Saturday at a march and rally culminating in front of NYPD's 72nd precinct, the local newbie city councilmember and the 11-term congresswoman weren't given a chance to speak.

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.

Christopher Mathias

NYPD Commissioner Defends 'Broken Windows' At Breakfast Costing $1,250 A Table

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton delivered a full-throated defense of “broken windows” policing Wednesday morning, but said the poli...

Christopher Mathias

At Hearing On NYPD Force, The '5,000-Pound Elephant In The Room' Is 'Broken Windows'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- It took two hours during Monday’s packed City Council hearing with NYPD Commissioner William Bratton for someone to mention “broken wi...