New York City is beefing up security following a pair of explosions at the Boston Marathon's finish line this afternoon.(1)
According to a new report analyzing stop-and-frisk data made public by the New York Police Department, 95,000 stops were unconstitutional.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
The informant "said it involved creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD."
Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, has written a letter to New York City Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne about the arrest last night of New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik, who says he had his camera confiscated and was roughed up by police while documenting the arrest of a teenager in the Bronx.(3)
Ray Kelly, the New York Police Department commissioner, gave a wide-ranging interview to the Queens Chronicle which seemed motivated in part by a desire to correct what he considers inaccuracies in the public record.
A longtime police reporter who used to write the "One Police Plaza" column for Newsday reports that the department sent an undercover informant to spy on Al Sharpton's National Action Network as it planned a reponse to the 2008 acquittals of the officers tried in the shooting of Sean Bell.
Sharpton didn't respond to Levitt's initial inquiries but released a statement in response to Levitt's report, along with Jesse Jackson and the leaders of the NAACP and the Urban League, denouncing the NYPD.(1)
The New York Police Department reprimanded an officer and a sergeant who obstructed journalists covering an Occupy Wall Street demonstration at the World Financial Center back in December, according to Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.
One of the incidents involved New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik, who was documenting an arrest when an officer repeatedly stood in front of his camera, attempting to block his shots. The altercation was caught on video and went viral after it was uploaded to YouTube, intensifying a months-long standoff between police and the press.
'Times' and 12 other news organizations write another letter to the NYPD, calling for answers in police treatment of the press
"There have been other reports of police officers using a variety of tactics ranging from inappropriate orders directed at some joumalists to physical interference with others, who were covering newsworthy sites and events," the letter reads. "Indeed, as recently as this Monday it was reported ... that at another OWS demonstration, police “officers blocked the lens of a newspaper photographer attempting to document the arrests."
This morning, at a press conference in the basement of a Greek Orthodox church in Queens, Mayor Michael Bloomberg reaffirmed his “conceptual” support for raising the state’s minimum wage, without committing to back Speaker Sheldon Silver’s concrete minimum-wage proposal, which was revealed today.
After conflicting police statements on 'The Third Jihad,' a councilman calls for the NYPD spokesman's job
The New York City Police Department's top spokesman should resign because of statements he's made that later turned out to be inaccurate, City Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn said.
The call for the resignation of Paul Browne, the department's deputy commissioner for public information, comes after Browne had to backtrack on an initial explanation of why footage of the police commissioner Ray Kelly appeared in an inflammatory film called "The Third Jihad," which was shown to nearly 1,500 police officers last year.
Kevin Breslin's movie shows the passion, and sophisticated propaganda-making skills, of the Occupy Wall Street media operation
Breslin and his crew (including a cameraman whose enthusiasm wasn’t dampened by a recent surgery for advanced thyroid cancer) went down to Zuccotti Park and the surrounding streets every day. They filmed the marches, the placards, the protest songs, the drum circles, the banalities of park life, and the anger and frustration of the assembled. But most of all, they filmed the people who were filming, both those who were on assignment for some TV network or another (CNN, Fox News, NY1, Russia Today), and those who were simply shooting from their smart phones because they felt like the real reporters were misrepresenting them.(2)
Reporters told Capital last night that New York Police Department officers turned them away when they tried to report on Occupy Wall Street protests outside of a Midtown fund-raiser for President Barack Obama, despite a memo the police commissioner sent to the rank and file last week reminding officers of standard procedure for allowing journalists to cross police lines.
The reporters' stories were surprising in light of a recent agreement between the commissioner and more than a dozen news organizations that resulted in his sending a memo to the rank-and-file reminding them of the rights of journalists covering live events where police are present.(2)