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This afternoon, a Staten Island grand jury returned a finding of "no true bill" from its investigation into the choking homicide of Eric Garner by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, meaning that a cop who used a prohibited maneuver that ended the life of unarmed citizen who wasn't resisting arrest will not be indicted. The facts in the case are well-known, and indisputable—the entire event is on video, after all. There has been a lot of...
In case, somehow, you missed it, last night was an evening of deep unrest in New York City and elsewhere after a St. Louis grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing teenaged Michael Brown in Ferguson this summer. Protestors gathered in anticipation of the decision in Union Square, and flooded the streets after the announcement. One demonstrator managed to spatter red paint or fake blood across Police Commissioner Bill Bratton...
It is not an overstatement to say that for all the good work they've done, the NYPD's approach to misdemeanor marijuana possession over the last five decades is the department's defining legacy. It's not a good one: although low-level possession has been decriminalized since 1977, cops have used the stop-and-frisk policy to compel "suspects" to empty their pockets, exposing contraband to the public view, and possessors to arrest and a series of punishments, including...
The sudden resignation of the NYPD chief of department Philip Banks III last Friday sent shockwaves through the department and city government. First Lady Chirlane McCray was quoted in the New York Post saying, "I told you we can't trust him!"—purportedly in reference to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who was appointed to his position over her first choice, Banks. As they watch the resignation of the second top-ranking NYPD official of color in as...