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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 »

NYPD Probing Attacks on Jews as Hate Crimes

8 incidents since Sept.; Rabbi suspects teen 'game' at play

(Newser) - A string of attacks on Jews in Brooklyn has the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force investigating; observers fear the violence could be part of a game of some kind. A 12-year-old boy wearing traditional clothing was knocked down after being punched "on the side of the face, full force,... More »

Woman Raped as Daughter Sleeps Nearby: NYPD

Police ask for help after Little Italy attack

(Newser) - The New York Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding the man they say broke into a woman's apartment in the middle of the night and raped her at knifepoint as her daughter slept nearby. Police say the woman and her 7-year-old daughter were both asleep... More »

Lawsuit: Cops Made Me Rap to Go Free

He's suing 'wicked and cold-hearted' NYPD officers

(Newser) - An aspiring Brooklyn rapper is suing the NYPD because he says officers humiliated him by making him rap for his freedom, reports the New York Post . Quinshon Shingles, 28, got handcuffed in a friend's home as police conducted a search, and the lawsuit says that when the "vicious,... More »

Stop-and-Frisk Gets Potential Big Boost in Court Ruling

Federal panel puts changes on hold, rebukes judge who demanded them

(Newser) - Supporters of the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk strategy have reason to cheer tonight after a new appeals court ruling. The federal court rebuked the judge who declared the policy to be unconstitutional in August and ordered that the reforms she put in place be suspended, reports the New York Post... More »

Black Woman: After Pricey Buy, NYPD Stopped Me, Too

Kayla Phillips is suing department for $5M

(Newser) - The story of a black teen who was cuffed by police after buying a $350 belt at an NYC Barneys felt all too familiar to Kayla Phillips. The 21-year-old tells the New York Post she was stopped by police after purchasing a $2,500 Céline handbag at Barneys in... More »

Police Cuff Black Teen for Buying Pricey Belt

Trayon Christian suing NYPD, Barneys

(Newser) - A New York City teen says police cuffed him and hauled him down to the station for questioning because a department store clerk assumed that a young black man could not possibly afford the expensive belt he'd just bought. Trayon Christian, 19, has filed a lawsuit against both Barneys... More »

Two Men Accused of Plotting Terrorist ... Coat Drive?

New York men worked with informant to send goods to Taliban

(Newser) - Two New York men have been arrested for an alleged plot to aid Taliban fighters—by keeping them warm in the winter. The NYPD yesterday announced the arrest of Humayoun Ghoulan Nabi, 27, and Ismael Alsarabbi, 32, who allegedly conspired with a department informant to supply winter clothes to the... More »

Original 'Baby Hope' Cops Visited Grave for 22 Years

Paid for the tombstone themselves

(Newser) - Now that police have finally IDed "Baby Hope" —the toddler found dead in a cooler in New York 22 years ago—the New York Times revisits the original cops who worked her case. Though some are now retired, they haven't stopped visiting her grave—and say they... More »

Bad Idea: Pal Mails Petraeus Fake Grenade

NYPD called in after secretary opens package

(Newser) - If David Petraeus was still running the CIA, he might call for some "enhanced interrogation techniques" to be used on a buddy who thought it would be funny to mail a fake grenade to the general's New York City office. The package was opened by the general's... More »

Biden's Niece Busted After Slap Fight With Cops

Caroline Biden sounds like a ton of fun

(Newser) - Joe Biden's niece was arrested in New York yesterday—and after reading the New York Post 's description of the incident, you're definitely going to wish it had been caught on video:
  • Caroline Biden, 26, allegedly flipped out around 9:15am, after her roommate confronted her about
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6 British Soldiers Arrested for Beating NYPD Cop

Soldiers, all rugby players, say he called one of them a racial slur

(Newser) - Six British soldiers have been arrested in New York, for allegedly beating and robbing an off-duty NYPD cop in a bar. According to court reports, three of four of the men, who are all rugby players with the Royal Regiment of Scotland, started beating on the rookie cop when he... More »

NYPD Secretly Labeled Mosques 'Terror Enterprises'

Designation allowed them to spy on anyone attending

(Newser) - The New York Police Department secretly opened "terrorism enterprise investigations" into at least 10 of the city's mosques, effectively designating every single congregant as a valid surveillance target. Documents uncovered by the AP show that the NYPD spied on countless Muslims, and even tried to get informants onto... More »

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