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Man Who Filmed Deadly NYPD Chokehold Arrested

Sharpton says Orta bust creates conflict of interest

(Newser) - Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the NYPD chokehold that killed an unarmed man, was arrested Saturday night for allegedly trying to pass off a stolen gun—and was denounced by the head of the police union. "It is criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand... More »

NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled a Homicide

Not clear yet whether officers will face charges in Eric Garner's death

(Newser) - The mother of a man who was placed in a chokehold while in police custody said today that her first words on hearing his death had been ruled a homicide were, "Thank you, Jesus." Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said she was grateful for the medical examiner'... More »

TV Show May Have Helped Catch Fugitive Molester

He is dead in police shootout after story airs on John Walsh program

(Newser) - A TV show may have spelled the end for fugitive and accused child molester Charles Mozdir, who was killed during a shootout with police in a Manhattan smoke shop yesterday, reports PIX11 . In 2012, Mozdir was accused in California of molesting a friend's sick 7-year-old boy he was tasked... More »

Gunman Dead in NYC Firefight, 3 Officers Shot

They were reportedly trying to apprehend fugitive when he shot

(Newser) - A gunman is dead after a firefight inside a Greenwich Village smoke shop today, the New York Post reports. Two US Marshals and an NYPD detective, all of whom were working as part of a fugitive task force, were shot as they tried to apprehend a fugitive behind the counter... More »

NYPD Busts More Times Square Characters

Captain America, Naked Black Cowboy among those arrested for gouging tourists

(Newser) - You’re supposed to be helping the NYPD, Spider-Man and friends—not giving them grief. Junior Bishop, aka Spidey, was arrested this weekend in Times Square on charges involving drug possession and slugging a cop in the face, but he was soon joined by Captain America, the Naked Black Cowboy,... More »

'Spider-Man' Charged With Slugging NYC Cop

Just another day in Times Square

(Newser) - A guy dressed in a Spider-Man suit didn't exactly live up to the term "hero," say the cops who busted him yesterday after he allegedly decked one of New York's finest. It seems that Junior Bishop, 25, was dressed as the superhero and posing with tourists... More »

NYPD Investigates 2nd Chokehold Incident

Ronald Johns held days before Eric Garner's death

(Newser) - A video has surfaced showing New York police holding a man in a chokehold just days before an unarmed Eric Garner died after police used the banned move on him, reports DNA Info . The video shows an officer holding Ronald Johns and punching him after Johns allegedly entered a subway... More »

2 White Flags Hoisted Atop Brooklyn Bridge

Cops investigating how someone breached security to replace American flags

(Newser) - The NYPD can say for sure that New York City is not surrendering, but no one’s sure yet how or why two white flags replaced American flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge this morning, reports the Wall Street Journal . After social media started pulsing with pictures of the... More »

'Cannibal' Cop's Conviction Overturned

Sick emails don't constitute conspiracy, judge decides

(Newser) - The former New York City cop who fantasized about kidnapping, torturing, and eating women is definitely a disturbing individual, but he's not guilty of conspiracy to kidnap, a judge has decided. In a ruling issued late last night, a federal judge overturned the conviction of Gilberto Valle, saying the... More »

NYPD Arrests Suspect in Child's Stabbing Death

Daniel St. Hubert accused of killing boy, injuring girl

(Newser) - Police in New York City arrested a 27-year-old man tonight accused of fatally stabbing a 6-year-old boy and injuring his 7-year-old playmate over the weekend, reports Gothamist . Daniel St. Hubert is in custody, the arrest made soon after police publicly identified him as a suspect. As the Daily News explains,... More »

NYPD Cops' New Weapon: Heroin Antidote

About 20K cops will be armed with naloxone

(Newser) - Heroin use is spiking so dramatically that the NYPD is adding a new tool to its arsenal: an antidote. About 20,000 officers, or more than half the force, will soon start carrying the drug naloxone to treat drug users suffering an overdose, reports the Daily News . The kits cost... More »

More Cops Dead From 9/11 Illness Than 9/11 Attacks

Those lost to 9/11-attributed illness now number 71

(Newser) - It's a dismal milestone: The number of police officers who have lost their lives to 9/11-related illnesses has passed the number who died in the attacks themselves. The AP reports that 71 officers have now died from the former, compared to 60 in the latter group. The news comes... More »

NYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires Big Time

Feed flooded with pics of police brutality

(Newser) - A New York City Police Department campaign to get Twitter users to share photos of themselves with officers got a massive response—but not the kind the department had in mind. Instead of citizens posing with friendly cops, the #MyNYPD tag became the top trending hashtag on Twitter with thousands... More »

NYPD Ends Program to Spy on Local Muslims

'Demographics Unit' remains focus of 2 lawsuits

(Newser) - The NYPD is dropping a controversial undercover operation set up in the wake of 9/11 to spy on Muslims in the city, reports the New York Post . Under the Demographics Unit, later renamed the Zone Assessment Unit, plainclothes officers would infiltrate Muslim gathering places to learn what they could. The... More »

NYPD: Drunk Cop Plowed Through Police Stop

Fellow officers had to jump out of the way

(Newser) - An off-duty NYPD officer was charged with multiple offenses including drunk driving after nearly mowing down a bunch of on-duty officers at a traffic stop. Police say Shieed Haniff hit two cars, causing minor injuries for occupants in both vehicles, then sped through a police stop as officers jumped out... More »

NYPD-FDNY Charity Hockey Game Erupts in Brawl

Fight clears benches at annual match

(Newser) - The annual charity hockey game between New York City's cops and firefighters turned into an all-out, bench clearing brawl at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum yesterday. With the score tied at 3-3 in the second period, referees struggled to restore order as FDNY and NYPD officers traded punches, leaving... More »

NYPD Testing Google Glass as Crime-Fighting Tool

Police are experimenting with a few pairs of the glasses

(Newser) - VentureBeat reports on a development that could make "stop-and-frisk" seem downright quaint: The New York City Police Department has scored a few pairs of Google Glass and is testing them out on the streets. “We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work," says... More »

De Blasio Tries to End Stop-and-Frisk

New mayor renounces practice, settles lawsuit

(Newser) - Is the fight over stop-and-frisk finally over? Bill de Blasio announced last night that he's moving to settle the lawsuits concerning the NYPD's controversial (and racially skewed ) practice, which he denounced as "broken and misused." To underline just how radically the city's position had... More »

NYPD, Firefighters Accused of Fake 9/11 Claims

Dozens charged with faking trauma to collect disability benefits

(Newser) - Dozens of retired New York City cops and firefighters are accused of faking mental health problems so they could retire and collect disability benefits, reports ABC News . The worst part is that many cited the 9/11 attacks as the root of their problems. Ringleaders reportedly coached them on how to... More »

Bill Bratton Returning as NYPD Chief

Mayor de Blasio names him to post starting in January

(Newser) - Bill Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the appointment today, saying Bratton is... More »

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