Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle's Conviction Overturned, After Judge Rules He's More of an Imaginary Cannibal [Updated]

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Gilberto Valle in 2012
Gilberto Valle, the NYPD officer who was arrested in October 2012 after plotting online to kidnap, torture and cook multiple women, including his wife, has had his conviction overturned by a federal judge. The New York Times was first to report that U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe had acquitted Valle on charges of kidnapping conspiracy, for which he was facing life in prison after being convicted in March of 2013.

Valle's lawyers, both public defenders from the Federal Defenders of New York, had been pushing the judge to grant him a new trial. In his ruling, according to the NYT, Gardephe wrote that the evidence in the case suggests that is "more likely than not" that Valle's online chats, in which he fantasized about spit-roasting various ladies, "are fantasy role-play."

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Video: Rogue ATV Rider Escapes Brooklyn Cops

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Shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday NYPD officers pulled an ATV rider over near Pitkin Avenue and Lincoln Avenue in Brooklyn. According to the police department, the man "was stopped by officers for driving erratically. As the officers approached, the suspect attempted to leave the scene and dragged one of the officers, running over his leg as he fled."

The scuffle left the police officer with a broken vertebra, a fractured nose, a cut-up leg and a bruised face, but the rider got away. That night, the New York Post, acting on information leaked from anonymous NYPD sources, erroneously announced the police got their man: "the driver was later found hiding in a car atop a raised lift in a local auto-body shop, the sources said."

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What In the World Happened to the Hipster Cop? Let's Take a Vote.

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Detective Rick Lee with a member of his adoring public (actually a press photographer)
Earlier this week, we went down to Occupy Wall Street's second anniversary, where things were a little quiet. Sure, there were a couple of arrests, some shouting, some ludicrous attempts by the cops to make protesters stand on some "First Amendment steps," identical to another set of steps three feet away, but it was nothing like last year, and certainly nothing like the chaos at the height of the occupation. And then there's the Hipster Cop. What's going on with that guy? We talked to him, and the man seems... different, somehow.

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Poll: New Yorkers Heart Police Commissioner

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Everybody loves Raymond. A Quinnipiac University survey of 1,332 residents of New York City made public today gives the commissioner a record high 75% approval rating. This is Kelly's highest rating to date.

A large majority of voters--across gender, race and party lines--would prefer that Ray Kelly remain Police Commissioner under the city's next mayor. Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating was 56% in the same poll. However, we're pretty sure that would have been higher if they were looking at a picture of him in a sweater. (It's called Hampton's chic, look it up.)

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New York Pols Wonder How Many NYPD Beatings Aren't Caught on Tape


As we reported yesterday, a Crown Heights man was roughed up by a NYPD officers because they mistakenly thought he was trespassing when they found him sleeping on a couch in a synagogue and outreach center for troubled youth in Crown Heights.

Following the two-minute-long beat-down -- during which he was punched in the head, pepper-sprayed, and beaten with a club -- he was hit with a felony charge of assaulting a police officer, as well as four misdemeanor charges and four violations, including trespassing, resisting arrest, and harassment.

Luckily, the beating was caught on tape, and it's clear the victim, Ehud Halevi, never assaulted anyone. Nor was he trespassing -- or harassing -- anyone. He was asleep.

The incident has prompted local pols to question how many similar beatings -- and BS criminal charges -- occur but are never questioned; in most cases, it's the word of a suspected criminal versus that of a cop -- a scenario where the cop wins almost every time.


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NYPD: A (Video) History of Violence

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Two NYPD officers were caught on video beating the crap out of a young Jewish man because they mistakenly thought he was trespassing when they found him sleeping on a couch in a synagogue and outreach center for troubled youth in Crown Heights.

The video is shocking, but it's not even close to the first time New York City cops have been caught on camera acting like goons even after a suspect is on the ground -- and in some cases, in handcuffs.

Below we've embedded several videos of other instances of cops taking things way too far -- hopefully to remind the bad apples that the cameras might be rolling the next time they consider thugging out on the citizens they're supposed to protect.


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Slain Guardsman Posthumously Promoted To Sergeant; Investigation Into Shooting Continues

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The National Guardsman fatally shot by an NYPD detective earlier this month was laid to rest on Friday. He also got a promotion.

Guardsman Noel Polanco held the rank of specialist in life. Friday, he was posthumously promoted to sergeant.

"This is a promotion for outstanding accomplishments and service," First Sgt. Gregory Sinclair reportedly told hundreds of mourners at the Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona, Queens, on Friday.

Reverend Al Sharpton gave the eulogy at Polanco's funeral, noting in his address that the 22-year-old soldier hoped to someday be an NYPD officer.

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NYPD Detective Who Shot Unarmed Guardsman Claims Shooting Was Justified -- He Was Scared

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Here's what we know about last week's officer-involved shooting that left an unarmed National Guardsman dead: there were two police vans full of cops who pulled over reservist Noel Polanco. He had no weapon at the time of the shooting, and witnesses say he had his hands on the steering wheel the entire time.

Additionally, two witnesses -- one of whom is an NYPD officer who claims she was sleeping in the back of Polanco's car at the time of the shooting -- say that immediately after the shooting, officers at the scene told them "your friend shot himself."

Despite the small army of cops on the scene, and the fact that Polanco had no visible weapon -- or any weapon at all, it turns out -- the NYPD detective who fatally shot him, 14-year NYPD veteran Hassan Hamdy, claims he feared for his life; he says he was justified in shooting Polanco and is "eager" to tell his side of the story.

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NYPD Shooting of Unarmed National Guardsman Noel Polanco Described As Act of "Police Road Rage"

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National Guardsman Noel Polanco was fatally shot by police yesterday morning. He was unarmed at the time.
The early morning shooting of an unarmed National Guardsman by an NYPD officer is being investigated by the Queens District Attorney's Office after a witness to the shooting describes the incident as a case of "police road rage."

Noel Polanco, 22, was fatally shot about 5:15 a.m. yesterday after weaving through traffic and cutting of two NYPD vans on the Grand Central Parkway, near Exit 7 and LaGuardia Airport.

After he was pulled over, NYPD Detective Hassan Hamdy approached the passenger-side door -- and that's when details get confusing.

Police initially said Polanco reached under his seat, at which point Hamdy fired once, hitting him in the torso.

But one of two witnesses to the shooting gives a much different account.

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NYPD Officer Shoots Unarmed National Guardsman: A Lot of Questions, No Answers

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Noel Polanco was fatally shot by an NYPD officer yesterday. He was unarmed at the time.
An NYPD officer fatally shot an unarmed National Guardsman early yesterday morning, and the agency is yet to offer a reasonable explanation as to how it happened.

The dead soldier is 22-year-old Noel Polanco. He was pulled over about 5:15 a.m. yesterday after he was seen weaving in and out of traffic on the Grand Central Parkway, near Exit 7 and LaGuardia Airport.



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