In a surprise ruling earlier this evening, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit temporarily blocked an earlier federal ruling that would have curtailed the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
While the decision is a significant win for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the man most likely to lead City Hall in 2014 isn’t on board.
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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who has managed to remain popular in the city despite growing frustration with some of the NYPD’s policies, was booed today by students at Brown University.
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The Daily News has thrown its editorial weight behind a new cause: racial discrimination of shoppers.
The paper, which strongly defends the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic also accused by critics as profiling, has taken an unmistakable position of outrage.
Pointing to a rising rate of shootings in one Brooklyn precinct, Joe Lhota warned yet again that his main rival in the mayor’s race, Democrat Bill de Blasio, would usher in a new crime wave if he’s elected.
“I know most New Yorkers are so accustomed to having safe streets, but the past few weeks have shown us … what can happen if I believe our police officers are not able do their job because of the City Council legislation,” said Mr. Lhota, who has made public safety a centerpiece of his campaign.
Something not-so-all-natural went down at a Manhattan Whole Foods Market on Sunday.
The NYPD has confirmed that two armed robbers stole $60,000 from the Bowery Whole Foods Market on the Lower East Side.
According to DNAInfo, a group of store employees were transporting the cash to the store’s second floor around 10p.m. Read More
The New York Post nobly declined to publish identifying photos of the NYPD detective whose bike gang recently terrorized a family driving on the West Side Highway—but they still made it really easy to find him, if you were—you know—interested.
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Just weeks after the New York Police Department encouraged people to activate “Find My iPhone,” it’s already paying dividends in ways the force probably didn’t foresee.
Early this morning, a couple exiting a Bronx nightclub were allegedly mugged at gunpoint by two suspects, 21-year-old Antoine Ross and 22-year-old Trevor Robinson. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a silver pistol at the male victim saying “You know what this is, give up everything” and forcibly removed his wallet, belt and iPhone.
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Some owners of the new iPhone might have to add another step in their post-purchase ritual of opening the box, popping it into a new case and walking away. The New York Police Department is going to register serial numbers from new iPhones as part of the state’s recent crackdown on preventing phone thefts.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is not happy with the field of mayoral candidates–even though many have offered him a job in their hypothetical administrations.
In a national security speech before the Association for a Better New York, a pro-business group, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kelly tore into the entire slate of pols who are vying to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, accusing them of lacking a coherent public safety vision for the city.
Some people are turned on by guys sporting law enforcement attire–but usually, nobody loves the sight of a man in uniform more than he himself does. In fact, some city police officers are so hung up on the sight of themselves in blue, the NYPD has launched an investigation into cops using uniformed selfies to attract mates on dating websites.