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Video seems no match for NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's "bad apples" this year, as yet another incident of police brutality gets caught on camera. In the course of a scuffle to arrest an alleged farebeater at the Stillwell Avenue subway station in Coney Island, an undercover NYPD officer kicked a uniformed officer in the head, believing it was the suspect. But the real question is: Why was the officer looking to kick someone in the...
Across the country and right here in New York, there are signs that the tide is shifting on marijuana, toward a recognition that reform, if not outright legalization, is necessary. The state now has a medical marijuana law, albeit a deeply flawed one. As of July, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office stopped prosecuting first-time possession offenders caught with less than two ounces of weed. Even the New York Times is now advocating for prohibition's repeal. But for...
Another week, another incident of police brutality caught on camera in New York City. A new clip of surveillance tape shows two police officers wrangling an unarmed teen in Bed-Stuy by smashing him in the teeth with a gun. The worst part: The teen was holding his hands up in surrender when the beating start. The video, obtained by DNA Info, shows two cops in hot persuit of 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble on August 29. According...
Well, he spoke out to the "top brass"—an assembled group of several hundred high-ranking police officers—at a new police academy in Queens. The officers present were shown footage of numerous incidents of police brutality taken by the news media and watchdog groups. Commissioner Bratton held up the footage as examples of those on the force who are "poisoning the well." It's a strong hand to play as commissioner of a department that has quickly become...