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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.
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In the aftermath of reporter run-ins and media black outs at Occupy Wall Street, the New York Police Department has been ramping up its training for interacting with reporters and photojournalists, according to Capital New York.
A November 21 letter signed by 13 news organizations, and drafted by an attorney for The New York Times, reminded NYPD that the had agreed that ” additional training to reinforce media guidelines, for newer officers on the force, would be beneficial.”
Since the surprise raid on Occupy Wall Street’s encampment in Zuccotti Park last Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg’s office has been in full spin mode. First defending the actions of the New York Police Department, then minimizing the magnitude of Thursday’s demonstrations and now loudly arresting an Al Qaeda sympathizer and would-be terrorist the FBI had determined wasn’t a major threat.
The New York Times is suing the New York Police Department for their alleged violation of the State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), says the Times.
The lawsuit describes four requests for information which were delayed or denied: the addresses of NYC residents who had gun permits, the database on hate crimes, the Read More
According to friends, current and former colleagues, reporters who like him and those who don’t, the deputy commissioner of public information of the New York City Police Department is “a straight shooter,” “a kid from the Bronx,” “a fierce protector of Ray Kelly,” “a liar,” “a Catholic,” “one of the good guys,” “a bad guy,” Read More
Last week, a Mr. William Dobbs sent The Times‘ City Room a photograph of a mysterious looking police vehicle he’d seen in Chinatown asked them to help him find out what it was. The game was then afoot! Today the blog has posted its answer: it’s a mobile document-shredding unit.
That’s the Read More
Here is a clip of NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, discussing “a proposal I’m seriously considering” that would eliminate NYPD-issued press credentials to reporters.
I came across the video on the blog run by Rafael Martinez-Alequin (who has his own press pass issues). It says it was filmed during a Read More
Just as one controversy over alleged racism begins to settle down, the New York Police Department is drifting into trouble all over again.
While the killing of Sean Bell has attracted nationwide media coverage and drawn major figures like the Reverend Jesse Jackson to New York, a lawsuit recently filed in a Manhattan federal court Read More
Assemblyman Dov Hikind and City Council member Simcha Felder might have broken bread with New York Police Department Chief Joseph Esposito in an effort to quell tensions after last Tuesday’s riots between black-hatted yeshiva bochers and blue-uniformed police officers.
But the controversy is far from dead, as this video that has been making the Read More
For readers whose life under Code Orange wasn’t nerve-jangling enough, this week the New York Post unveiled a whole new level of pre–Republican National Convention terror: Code Gray. On Aug. 23, under the Post ‘s ever-more-must-read “Exclusive” badge, the paper warned that “[a] number of extremists with ties to the 1970′s radical Weather Underground … Read More