New York City Police Department
The people following actress Katie Holmes could be arrested for harassment, according to Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., chairman of the City Council's public safety committee.(4)
It isn’t hard these days to find mayoral candidates critical of police quotas, stop-and-frisks and the level of outside oversight of the New York Police Department.
But something less common occurred last night, as six former police officers and one active one candidly discussed their views of the problems that data-driven policies cause for the department and the public.
On the issue of an administration-commissioned report on emergency-response times that he's fought to keep secret, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning, "It was just a bunch of stuff thrown together," and that the administration is considering appealing a court decision requiring its release.(1)
On the trail of 'ghost bikes,' families and friends of cyclists killed on the streets of New York rally for more police action
Last year alone, 134 pedestrians and 21 cyclists died in traffic accidents, according to the New York City Department of Transportation.
“When we can, we do arrest people, but the law really restricts who we can arrest,” said one high-ranking officer. “If there’s an intent to hurt somebody it’s assault, but is it reckless? That’s a tough question. If the driver has an oversight in a fraction of a second with a lot of things moving around him, that can be an accident.”(3)
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said he was “heartened” by yesterday’s agreement between the Bloomberg administration and Council Speaker Christine Quinn to give the agency charged with reviewing police complaints more teeth, but said more needed to done to ensure its financial independence.(2)
There's lots of NYPD news this morning, one of which is the harrowing story of a police officer who survived a gun shot to the head, and was stable enough shortly afterward to have had a chat with NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly. The alleged shooter, who is wanted for murder, is in custody.
Here are details about the current Quinnipiac University poll that's currently in the field, according to a Brooklyn-based Council staffer who was called on his cell phone last night and asked to participate in it.
According to the reader, a Democrat, the pollster asked about the job performance of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller John Liu, but "did not mention [Scott] Stringer," the Manhattan borough president.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who yesterday called for the resignation of the NYPD's top spokesman, said today that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the police department are not going far enough in acknowledging abusive practices in the department, and warned of a public backlash that would in turn require a police response.
Yesterday, a city councilman called for the resignation of NYPD spokesman Paul Browne over the departments handling of "The Third Jihad," an inflammatory movie about radical Islam that, contrary to Browne's initial statements, was shown to nearly 1,500 police officers and featured an authorized appearance by police commissioner Ray Kelly.
Yesterday, the New York Times editorial page urged New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly "to apologize for the film" called "The Third Jihad." The commissioner had sat for a 90-minute interview with the filmmaker, and the final product was shown to nearly 1,500 police officers last year.
Late yesterday, Kelly apologized for his role in the film and for the fact that it had been shown.(1)
Here's the full documentary (it runs for well over an hour) that was shown to about 1,500 police officers in 2010 and yesterday was rebuked by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD, even though NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly sat down for an hour-and-a-half-long interview with the filmmaker.(1)
Russell Simmons: Ray Kelly is 'insensitive,' Cuomo and Bloomberg need to be forced to spend on social programs
I asked him what he thought about the job Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were doing to address the problems he was talking about.
"Man, you got to make the motherfuckers do it," he said. "They ain't gonna do shit unless you make 'em. That's why we need your awareness."(1)
City officials met with Muslim leaders at the Islamic Center that was one of four Queens locations hit with firebombs on New Year's Day.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg later told reporters, "We do have a person that we are talking to right now that fits the description of the suspect." Bloomberg said police were led to this person after surveillance footage from near the location of the incident captured the image of a suspicious motor vehicle.
Here's Hussein Rashid, the Hofstra professor who wore an "I AM NOT A TERRORIST" t-shirt to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's interfaith prayer breakfast last week, to call attention to the NYPD's surveillance tactics that, according to the Associated Press, focus on Muslim neighborhoods. Rashid said the t-shirt, and his attendance at the event, were in fact both a form of protest.
Hussein Rashid, a Harvard-educated Manhattan resident and religion professor at Hofstra University, wore a T-shirt today with the following message on it: "I AM NOT A TERRORIST."
The occasion he had dressed up for was Mayor Michael Bloomberg's interfaith breakfast this morning, where Rashid sat quietly at a table near the back of the room, between two Jewish participants. (One wore a yarmulke and one didn't.)