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Tennis Star Meets NYC Mayor Over Mistaken Arrest

James Blake says he wants incident to result in lasting change

(Newser) - Former tennis pro James Blake, who was thrown to the ground by a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel and mistakenly arrested, emerged from a meeting with New York City's mayor and police commissioner yesterday saying they were on the same page about the need for lasting change. "We'... More »

Woman: Cops Didn't Believe I Owned BMW, Did This to Me

Kamilah Brock gives her first on-air interview

(Newser) - There's the racial-profiling term "driving while black," but in this case, it's more like "black while driving a BMW." Kamilah Brock—who was arrested last year and thrown into a New York City mental facility—is speaking out about her "frightening eight-day '... More »

NYPD Releases Video of James Blake Takedown

This isn't officer's first excessive-force complaint

(Newser) - The NYPD has released surveillance video of James Blake's takedown by an undercover officer and it's easy to see why the tennis star is angry about it: The video shows the former US No. 1 calmly waiting for a car to the US Open outside Manhattan's Grand... More »

Black Tennis Star: NYPD Slammed Me to the Ground

James Blake believes race was a factor

(Newser) - Former tennis star James Blake says he was slammed to the ground by NYPD officers outside a Manhattan hotel in a case of mistaken identity that he suspects would have turned out differently if he looked like Roger Federer. Blake, who is black, says he was tackled and handcuffed outside... More »

NYPD: Your Desk Won't Save You From a Shooter

Try a filing cabinet if you can't get to a safe room, department suggests

(Newser) - Most mass shootings happen in the workplace and most of them are over before police get there, according to the New York City Police Department, so workers need to know how to react. The NYPD held a training session for members of the media yesterday in response to last week'... More »

NYC Told a Pregnant Cop 'No'—She Fought Back

'I wanted that opportunity,' says Akema Thompson

(Newser) - The sergeant's exam is a crucial step for anyone looking to rise in the ranks of the NYPD, and it's offered on an "as needed" basis, reports Justia.com . In fact, the test held Oct. 19, 2013, was the first time it had been given in two... More »

Eric Garner's Family Settles With NYC

Garner's family sought $75M and got $5.9M

(Newser) - New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody . The family filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.... More »

Cop Accused of Tossing Gross Fluid on Co-Worker

Michael Iscenko, 54, allegedly wanted woman's attention

(Newser) - A New York police sergeant allegedly tossed semen on a co-worker as way of saying that, gosh, he really likes her. Michael Iscenko, 54, is accused of throwing his spunk on an unidentified woman at the office where they work, the Grio reports. Iscenko had already expressed his interest to... More »

Undercover Cop Guilty in NYC Biker Attack

Mass motorcycle ride would be 'mayhem,' he told handler

(Newser) - An undercover NYPD detective was acquitted yesterday of the most serious charges but convicted of lesser crimes for his role in a highway melee in which motorcyclists pulled an SUV driver out his window and pummeled him in front of his wife and toddler. Detective Wojciech Braszczok and his co-defendant,... More »

How to Clear NYC's 1.2M Warrant Backlog: Amnesty

NYPD commish floats idea to resolve wave of old, minor infractions

(Newser) - New York City has 1.2 million open warrants like Sheila Beasley's—she was issued a summons in 2008 over an unleashed dog, then arrested three years later, for which she's now suing—affecting people who risk arrest for sometimes decades-old low-level infractions such as drinking in public... More »

NYPD Cop Shot in Head Dies

Brian Moore taken off life support after 2 days

(Newser) - Brian Moore, the NYPD officer shot in the head Saturday night by a suspect who was fiddling with something in his waistband, died today of his injuries after a two-day struggle that ultimately ended with his family removing life support, reports the New York Post . The 25-year-old is the first... More »

NYPD Cop Shot in Head

Officer in stable condition after suspect opens fire

(Newser) - An NYPD officer is in critical but stable condition this morning after being shot in the head last night by a suspect he and his partner approached after noticing the man was "adjusting an object in his waistband" suspiciously, commissioner Bill Bratton says. As the New York Daily News... More »

4 Swedish Cops Bust Up Fight on NYC Subway

Bratton thanks them publicly, but one says it was 'no big deal'

(Newser) - NYPD chief William Bratton is thanking four Swedish law enforcement officers who broke up a fight on the subway this week. Erik Naslund, Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, and Eric Jansberger were headed to see a Broadway performance of Les Miserables on Wednesday when a fight broke out between two men... More »

NBA Player: Cops Broke My Ankle

Thabo Sefolosha says police caused injuries during April 8 arrest

(Newser) - Professional basketball players risk season-ending injuries every day on the court. But Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks says his broken fibula and torn ligaments weren't suffered during a game, but during an incident with the NYPD. "I will simply say that I am in great pain, have... More »

NY Judge Slams 'Legend' Cop, Frees Man After 23 Years

Detective engaged in 'false and misleading practices,' she says

(Newser) - "There's a saying, when it's too good to be true, it usually is," a Brooklyn judge said yesterday, blasting the methods of retired NYPD detective Louis Scarcella and freeing a man Scarcella sent to prison for a 1991 murder. She overturned the conviction of Rosean Hargrave,... More »

NYPD Cop Loses It on Uber Driver—on Video

Patrick Cherry apologizes, has been relieved of his badge

(Newser) - An NYPD detective has apologized after video of him absolutely unloading on a Uber driver went viral, with Patrick Cherry telling NBC New York , "I apologize. I sincerely apologize." It seems the driver had honked at Cherry for failing to use his blinker when parking. "When I... More »

NYPD Caught Editing Eric Garner Wikipedia Entry

Capital New York traces IP addresses to headquarters

(Newser) - Anyone keeping a close eye on the Death of Eric Garner page at Wikipedia might have noticed a series of edits, some more subtle than others, that cast the NYPD in a positive light. Capital New York reveals the reason: They were made by people at the NYPD. The website... More »

NYPD's New Training Tool: Patrick Swayze Flick

'Be nice,' Swayze's 'Road House' character admonishes

(Newser) - The NYPD could learn a little something ... from Patrick Swayze? Amid rampant criticism , it seems the department has turned to an unlikely source to teach officers how they should behave. Sources tell the New York Post that during a mandatory three-day retraining course for 22,000 officers, instructors are showing... More »

NYPD Cop Indicted in Fatal Shooting

Rookie officer will face criminal charges in Brooklyn death

(Newser) - A rookie cop with the NYPD will face criminal charges after shooting an unarmed black man to death in a stairwell, reports the Wall Street Journal . A Brooklyn grand jury indicted Peter Liang, 27, on charges of second-degree manslaughter in the November shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, reports the Daily ... More »

NYPD Revolt Wanes? Arrests Inch Back Up

Still down compared to a year ago: 'New York Times'

(Newser) - After two police officers were gunned down in New York last month, police appeared to cut way back on arrests and summonses , a fact NYPD chief William Bratton confirmed last week. Now those numbers are finally beginning to climb again, though they remain well below last year's levels, the... More »

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