Did Authorities in New York City Lose More Than 1,300 Confiscated Knives?

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True gravity knives, like the one seen here, are virtually extinct on the modern market.
The following story has been updated to include a statement from the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Documents from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. show that a program used since 2010 to justify aggressive prosecution of New York's controversial gravity knife law was marked by dysfunction and was, in its most important respects, never completed, or even begun.

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Man Says Cops Are Still Parking Illegally Outside of His Midtown Business

Categories: NYPD

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Jon Campbell/Village Voice
Andy Hort's quixotic battle with NYPD-affiliated parking scofflaws continues.
Once again, Andy Hort is back at the end of his rope.

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New Doc Thought Crimes Dives Into the Fantasy World of the 'Cannibal Cop'

Categories: Film and TV, NYPD

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Courtesy of HBO
Gilberto Valle
When Gilberto "Gil" Valle visited HBO's headquarters near Bryant Park recently to watch Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop — the documentary about him — he didn't like what he saw.

He saw himself, pale, with dark, baggy circles under his eyes, sitting in his mother's living room while under house arrest. He saw TV news reporters calling him the "Cannibal Cop." And he saw the messages, one after another, that he exchanged with another anonymous user of the Dark Fetish Network (NSFW), detailing how he would do away with his victims.

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Slain NYPD Officer Brian Moore Remembered as a 'Rising Star' in the Department

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Photo by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice
Members of the NYPD carry Brian Moore's casket on Long Island.
Thousands of members of the NYPD, joined by fellow officers from around the country, are paying tribute to slain officer Brian Moore, of the 105th Precinct, at a funeral service at Saint James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, Long Island, today.

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Raw Footage: NYPD Clash With Freddie Gray Protesters in NYC

Categories: NYPD, Protests

A swelling crowd protested the death of Freddie Gray on Wednesday with a march called "NYC Rise Up & Shut It Down for Baltimore" that began in Union Square and continued to Times Square, with many holding signs in support of the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died in the custody of police in that city. Others carried signs that called attention to racism against African-Americans and police brutality, and others still sang, "New York is Baltimore, and Baltimore's New York."

According to various reports, more than 100 people were arrested, many for disorderly conduct after protesters blocked streets, or didn't "stay on the sidewalk" as police commanded, which you can see in the video above.

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Midtown Businessman Scores a Win in Attempt to Get NYPD to Obey Its Own Parking Rules

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Andy Hort
Flyer placed by the NYPD on illegally parked vehicles near the Midtown South precinct
Update, 4:31 p.m. — Score one for the little guy! After complaining to the Voice about the NYPD's sometimes illegal and otherwise dubious parking practices on his Eighth Avenue block, Andy Hort around 1 p.m. today received a visit from a detective and two lieutenants from the Midtown South Precinct. According to Hort, the officers said they were aware of, and shared, his concerns. There had indeed been a great deal of unauthorized parking on the block, they admitted.

They also assured him that they'd be cracking down, and within an hour, Hort says, dozens of cars on the block had been plastered with a stern warning from the precinct. Hort was pleased with the quick reaction. "They said all the right things," Hort tells the Voice. "They said it was wrong...and if they follow through, I'm satisfied."

Original story is below.

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The NYPD's Twitter Guru (No Longer) Has a Protected Twitter Account

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Tumin's Twitter avatar
Update, 3/24/15, 11:36 a.m. Zach Tumin has once again made his account public after an ill-conceived message about police shootings of mentally ill suspects that got some backlash in the Twitterverse. The NYPD's social-media master hid his account from the public for about six days, but then got back on the Twitter bandwagon with a tweet about women veterans. The original post is below.

Zach Tumin, the NYPD's social-media guru, has apparently un-socialized his own media after putting his electronic foot in his digital mouth on Monday.

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On Radio Show, Bratton Says Privacy Advocates Should 'Get a Life'

Categories: NYPD

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Bill Bratton is apparently not interested in the privacy concerns of sniveling civil libertarians.
Commissioner Bill Bratton has some advice for people in the city who might have misgivings about the NYPD's seemingly inexorable march toward a panoptic surveillance state: Quit bellyaching, you hippies.

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Judge Rules Eric Garner Transcripts Will Not Be Made Public

Categories: Eric Garner, NYPD

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Several groups in December sought the release of grand jury documents in the Eric Garner case.
A Staten Island judge ruled today that records from the Eric Garner grand jury investigation will not be made public after all.

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NYCLU Claims Major Victory in Case Against Police Cellphone Spying

Categories: Courts, NYPD

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Stingray devices can track mobile phones directly, and their secrets are jealously guarded by law enforcement.
A judge in upstate New York has dealt a significant blow to the secrecy surrounding one of the creepiest tools currently in use by cops across the country.

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