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."

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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'

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Screenshot via YouTube
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

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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

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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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Area Man's Arrest Illuminates America's Dumbest Pastime: Shining Lasers at Planes

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Photo illustration Times Square photo credit/Boeing 747-700 credit

Update, 3/17/15 5:21 p.m.
Elehecer Balaguer was charged in federal court today with one count of aiming a laser at an aircraft. A press release from the office of Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, said Balaguer surrendered to FBI agents Monday morning, and on Tuesday, he reportedly told a judge that he has struggled with addiction and mental health problems, including bipolar disorder, for years. He faces a sentence of up to five years in prison if convicted.

Update, 3/14/15 1:09 p.m.
The full-grown man who pointed a laser at several aircraft earlier this week may not be Frank Egan after all. At a scheduled court appearance for Egan on Friday, his roommate, fellow area man Elehecer Balaguer, reportedly came forward and confessed that it was he who had purchased the laser pointer in Florida, brought it back to New York City, and engaged in the pastime known as lasing. According to the Wall Street Journal, Balaguer will turn himself in to the FBI on Monday. Meantime, Egan is free on bail. Balaguer is a full-grown man of 54, BTW.

Original story follows:

When the NYPD arrested a full-grown man in the Bronx for shining a laser pointer at several aircraft bound for LaGuardia — and, for good measure, at a police helicopter — earlier this week, you probably thought: What a moron!

It might not have crossed your mind that Schuylerville resident Frank Egan's alleged prank is only the tip of the laser pointer, as it were.

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A New NYPD Gunfire-Detection System Is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

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NYPD photo
ShotSpotter is designed to detect the sound of gunfire automatically and alert police.
New York Police Department commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that the department would expand its use of a hi-tech crime-fighting tool designed to automatically detect the sound of gunfire.

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Councilmembers Want Special Prosecutors to Lead Cop Killing Investigations

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Jon Campbell, the Village Voice
Iris Baez, left foreground, and Hawa Bah, mother of Mohamed Bah, both of whom were killed by NYPD officers, spoke at a police reform rally.
A group of fourteen progressive City Council members have signed a letter asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to take the investigation out of the hands of local district attorneys any time police-related killings occur.

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The NYCLU and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Now Agree on Exactly One Thing

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C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice
No one would mistake the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and the New York Civil Liberties Union for best buddies.

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A History of New Yorkers-Turned-Terrorists Since 9-11

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Fighters belonging to the Islamic State group in Anbar, Iraq
Update, 4/2/15: Two Queens residents, Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, both American citizens, have been charged with conspiring to build a bomb and detonate it at an unnamed target in the United States. In a criminal complaint filed at Brooklyn's Federal District Court today, the two women, who were roommates at the time, were found to have bought four propane gas tanks, potassium gluconate, and Miracle-Gro, all of which can be used to make bombs. An undercover agent states in the complaint that the women "implied that their goal was to learn how to blow up a bomb from afar rather than conduct a suicide bombing."

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