Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new administration may have been hit with its first minor scandal today: a report suggesting he intervened to prevent a friend from spending a night behind bars–a suggestion Mr. de Blasio’s office denies.
The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon that Bishop Orlando Findlayter, a member of Mr. de Blasio’s inaugural committee, was spared a night in jail after the mayor contacted a top police official to inquire about his arrest Monday night.
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The NYPD press office mistakenly sent out a memo to its press distribution list this afternoon listing the mentions that the police department got in the press today.
“We just sent it out, it wasn’t on purpose,” an NYPD press aide told The Observer shortly after.
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Nonprofit news organization ProPublica published a report today concerning the claim that the New York Police Department has stopped 14 terrorist plots, and just how accurate both that number and the true extent of NYPD’s role in it—one that’s repeatedly invoked by city officials when defending the department’s oft-criticized surveillance tactics—actually is.
Retired Philadelphia police Captain Ray Lewis, arrested yesterday after joining up with the Occupy Wall Street process, has quickly become one of the more iconic figures from the movement’s two month’s anniversary.
After we noted his arrest and put up several pictures of the event, we were contacted by everyone from The Associated Press to worried parents who thought they could find their son, who had been in the same paddy-wagon as Captain Lewis.