Predictably, the lawyers who brought the city to court over stop-and-frisk are trying to get U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin back on the case, two weeks after a three-judge panel removed her. The panel ruled, properly, that Judge Scheindlin was less than impartial on the subject of stop-and-frisk, having condemned this life-saving police practice in several media interviews.
Holy crime stoppers, Batman!
A team of real-life superheroes have increased patrols of New York City following a slew of recent anti-gay hate crimes.
The New York Initiative, a nine-person team of crime fighters, plans to patrol the streets of Greenwich Village three nights a week in light of the May 18 Read More
Armando Iannucci’s new HBO series Veep, which premiered on Tuesday night at the Time Warner Center, looks like a winner—more Biden than Bentsen. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the shaky-cam comedy is to the West Wing what a bucket of Popeye’s is to a bowl of flax-dusted Brussels sprouts (less wholesome but considerably tastier).
During the cocktail hour preceding the screening, the premise of the show gave us an excuse to ask everyone : Who is your favorite vice president? Fortunately, guests were in a festive and charitable mood. No doubt they were already anticipating the post-screening filet mignon awaiting them at Porter House.
“You know what? I’ve never been asked that before,” Fran Lebowitz replied when we tracked her down in a corner of the 10th-floor reception area. “That’s a great question.” She thought a little. “Well, there was Johnson, and he became the president. Which is why you can’t nominate someone like Sarah Palin.”
Luis Ortiz, who allegedly shot N.Y.P.D. officer Kevin Brennan Tuesday night, was already a suspect in the first homicide of 2012. On Wednesday police officials said Mr. Ortiz, age 21, had been sought for questioning in the New Year’s Day shooting of a 34-year-old man. The shooting occurred in Brooklyn, not far from where Officer Brennan was shot while grappling with the suspect.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was cradling in his hands a plastic container holding a .22 slug that had just been extracted out of the base of the skull of Officer Kevin Brennan, the second member of his department to be shot in the head while in the line of duty in the past two months.
The commissioner’s face was stoic, betraying no emotion to the assembled members of the print and television media gathered in the lobby of Bellevue Hospital Center late Tuesday night.
Police commissioner Ray Kelly has a secret 23-page spreadsheet containing the names of 2,300 NYPD officers who are forbidden from transferring to different precincts without his approval, reports Graham Rayman of The Village Voice.
Law and Disorder
The commissioner of America’s largest police force was not on hand last week to see a horde of his own officers stand outside a Bronx courthouse and call him a hypocrite.
He showed up a few hours after they’d dispersed, appearing in a press room inside the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. There, for the second time in a week, he stood in front of a podium andtold reporters in his customarily halting monotone voice that members of the NYPD had once again broken the law.
“These misdeeds tarnish the good name and reputation of the vast majority of police officers who perform their duties honesty and often at risk of their own personal safety,” Raymond W. Kelly said, reading from a prepared statement.
The transgression du jour was ticket-fixing—16 officers were being indicted following a three-year investigation—and though the high-profile case made for the department’s biggest headache since the Mollen Commission, it was arguably a sign of evolution: after decades during which such “favors” were par for the course, the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau had made it clear that such corruption would no longer be tolerated.
If only parking tickets were the worst of it.
Certain elementary facts about the way we live now appear to have escaped the notice of some members of the City Council. That much was evident the other day when they questioned Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly about published reports concerning police intelligence-gathering in the city’s Muslim neighborhoods.
Here are the facts that the Council members chose to ignore as they in essence accused Commissioner Kelly of racial profiling:
The war on crime, conducted so successfully in New York since the mid-1990s, has paid off in a number of ways-revived neighborhoods, bustling commercial districts and an overall sense of personal safety. It’s important to remember, however, that the war’s greatest victories haven’t been in high-profile areas in midtown Manhattan. Those victories have come in Read More