New York City Police Department

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New York Draws Matrix for Police Punishments

Goals are consistency and fairness, officials say

(Newser) - A New York City police officer who refuses to call for medical help for an injured person should be docked 20 vacation or suspension days. Intentionally making a false statement would be a firing offense, as would not intervening when another officer kills someone by wrongly using deadly force. All... More »

NYPD Acts Swiftly After Video of 'Apparent Chokehold'

Officer was suspended the same day

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the NYPD for its swift action after it suspended an officer hours after he was seen putting his arm around a man's neck. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the man was put in an "apparent chokehold," which was recorded... More »

Officers Pay for Food Instead of Making a Shoplifting Arrest

Woman breaks down in tears at the gesture

(Newser) - Confronting a shoplifting suspect at a Whole Foods in Manhattan, three New York police officers assessed the situation. Security officers had detained the woman and pointed out groceries in her shopping bag that they said she hadn't paid for. After conferring among themselves, the officers made their call: They... More »

After Explosion, NYPD Pulls 3K Body Cameras

Officer removed device when he saw smoke

(Newser) - The nation's largest police force suffered a major setback to its body camera program Sunday after one of them blew up. Officials said Sunday that use of 2,990 Vievu-brand LE-5 cameras has been suspended because of the incident in a Staten Island station house, NBC News reports. Police... 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 »

Court: Time for NYPD to Explain Its X-Ray Vans

Dept. to appeal after freedom-of-information battle

(Newser) - The New York Police Department has unmarked vans that can X-ray nearby objects, and the public knows little about them: how many the department has, who's being examined, or what the vehicles cost, for example. To learn more about the vans—whose radiation could raise health concerns— ProPublica filed... More »

NYPD Makes Largest Gun Bust in History

Smugglers busted carrying 254 guns via buses from Carolinas

(Newser) - The NYPD has made its largest gun bust in recent memory, seizing 254 firearms in a 10-month operation. The guns were smuggled from North and South Carolina into New York City by two gunrunners, who hid the weapons in luggage on discount buses, then purchased by an undercover cop pretending... More »

2 Cops Shot on NYC Subway

As NYT takes a look at impact of subway deaths

(Newser) - More depressing news on the New York City subway last night, as two police officers were shot while stopping a man moving between cars on the Brooklyn-bound N-train, reports the New York Times . Two plainclothes cops asked the rider to leave the train with them, but, after initially appearing to... More »

Superstorm Ruined Scads of NYPD Evidence

Thousands of barrels of DNA evidence may be irretrievable

(Newser) - Superstorm Sandy left the NYPD with a huge headache by swamping a pair of warehouses holding huge amounts of evidence. The storm surge breached the warehouses and sent some of the thousands of barrels containing DNA evidence into the muck, possibly contaminating some and creating a mess that has made... More »

Microsoft, NYPD Create Surveillance Network

NYPD to get a cut of profits from sales of system to other cities

(Newser) - The NYPD has teamed up with Microsoft to create a citywide terror and crimefighting surveillance system that the partners plan to sell to other cities around the world. The system, which the Guardian likens to the data screens in Minority Report, collects data from thousands of video cameras, radiation detectors,... More »

NYPD's Muslim Surveillance Used White House Funds

Anti-drug grant pays for cars, computers: AP report

(Newser) - The NYPD's controversial Muslim surveillance programs were funded in part by millions of dollars directly from the Bush and Obama administrations, the AP reports. Since the 9/11 attacks, $135 million has been provided through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA), which hands out grants, under the watch... More »

Cancer Rates Triple for 9/11 Cops

Nearly 300 NYPD first responders have been diagnosed

(Newser) - The federal government denies any cancer danger for 9/11 first responders, but a new study begs to differ. The New York Patrolmen's Benevolent Association released data today that cancer rates have nearly tripled among NYPD officers since the terror attack, the New York Post reports. The first-of-its-kind study also... More »

More Than 1K NYPD Cops Trained With Anti-Muslim Film

FOIA request reveals that film was used more often than officials claimed

(Newser) - Not one, not two, but at least 1,489 NYPD officers viewed an anti-Muslim film during their training, the New York Times reports in a disturbing look at The Third Jihad . The film, funded by a nonprofit group, features images including Muslim terrorists shooting Christians and a doctored photo of... More »

NYPD Developing Infrared Gun Scanner

Device can detect concealed weapons from 13 feet away

(Newser) - Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just radiating suspicious energy? The New York City Police Department is working with the Defense Department to develop an infrared scanner that can detect concealed weapons, Commissioner Ray Kelly announced yesterday. The device reads the energy people emit and detects... More »

9/11 Memorial Shuns Muslim Hero

They don't want Muslim names on plaque: Mom

(Newser) - As the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, a young police cadet rushed to the aid of victims—but you won't see his name on the 9/11 memorial's list of first responders. And even though his body was discovered amid debris from the north tower, Mohammad Salman... More »

New York Cuts Power in Zuccotti Park

Cops seize protesters' generators

(Newser) - Lights out at Zuccotti Park: New York officials seized generators and gas canisters from Occupy Wall Street protesters today, the New York Daily News reports. Police and firefighters arrived at the site this morning to ask protesters for the items, citing safety concerns. “They made an announcement on a... More »

Psychic Predicted Moment Occupy Would Start— Correctly

...and other weird OWS news

(Newser) - If you thought a sitcom predicting Moammar Gadhafi’s death was weird, check this out: A psychic predicted when Occupy Wall Street would begin, almost down to the minute, Mediaite reports. At a psychic panel in Kansas City in January, Steve MacDonald said the lower and middle classes would revolt... More »

Cop Arrested for Bragging: 'I Fried Another N*****'

Officer Michael Daragjati also charged with extortion, insurance fraud

(Newser) - One New York City police officer will be spending a lot of time in court—and it won't be time spent testifying against criminals. Eight-year veteran Michael Daragjati has been charged with using a racial slur while boasting that he'd lied about a black man resisting arrest earlier... More »

NYPD Spied on NYC's Muslim Anti-Terror Partners

Undercover cops infiltrated moderate mosques

(Newser) - Moderate Muslim leaders who joined New York City's fight against terrorism were placed under surveillance by the NYPD because of their religion, the AP finds after reviewing secret documents it obtained. Reda Shata, an imam who decried terrorism, invited the FBI and NYPD to speak at his mosque, and... More »

NYPD Spied on 250 Mosques, Student Groups

Undercover agents monitored groups' activities

(Newser) - New York’s police department kept tabs on some 250 mosques and Muslim student groups in the metropolitan area, turning to undercover officers and informants to help monitor the organizations, an AP investigation finds. Confidential documents obtained by the news organization show a blend of anti-terror measures and monitoring of... More »

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