NYPD Officers Charged With Tackling Woman Over What Turned Out to Be a Lollipop

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Not crack. (Pictured: An Original Gourmet–brand blueberries-and-cream lollipop, the same flavor found on Henry.)
Jernale Henry says she was going out to buy some ingredients for a family dinner when she saw two "goons" in the hallway, looking menacing.


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Unlike Mayor de Blasio, Council Speaker Focuses on NYPD in State of the City Address

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Melissa Mark-Viverito delivers her State of the City address.
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito delivered her State of the City address on Tuesday, focusing substantially on policing and legal issues.

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The NYPD Says Its New Body Armor Won't Have Those Christian Crosses

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Commissioner William Bratton displays the logo that had some people concerned.
The NYPD's planned bulk buy of top-of-the-line body armor won't have those red crosses that spurred a few questions after a press conference with Commissioner Bill Bratton last week.

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Bronx Public Defender Resigns After Appearing in Rap Video That Endorses Cop Killing

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Legal nonprofit Bronx Defenders is facing criticism over a music video.

Update, Feb. 4, 7:03 p.m.

At least one attorney who appeared in a controversial rap video has resigned from his position with the Bronx Defenders, a legal nonprofit that represents indigent clients in New York City. Kumar Rao submitted a letter of resignation this afternoon, according to his attorney. Meanwhile, NY1 reporter Dean Meminger has reported on Twitter that another attorney who was involved with and appeared in the video, Ryan Napoli, likewise resigned from the group. NY1 also reports that the organization's executive director, Robin Steinberg, has been suspended for 60 days without pay.


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A Fervent Cop Supporter Changes His Mind About NYPD After Gravity Knife Arrest

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Courtesy: Carsten Vogel
Carsten Vogel's arrest under an archaic knife law has changed his view of police.
A few weeks ago, when relations between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio were at their nadir, some of Carsten Vogel's friends had been enthusiastically bashing the NYPD on Facebook.

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Brooklyn Cops Load Up Two Vans Full of Teens to See Selma

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NYPD officers took teens to see Selma (pictured above) on Martin Luther King Day.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hundreds of people marched from Harlem to the United Nations in Manhattan to protest police brutality against people of color.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, five police officers from the 81st Precinct in Bed-Stuy were stuffing about fourteen middle and high school students into a pair of police vans before heading off to the Alpine Cinemas in Bay Ridge. They were all on their way to the Oscar-nominated film Selma — courtesy of the NYPD.

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Special Counsel for Brooklyn D.A. Named CCRB's New Executive Director

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Credit: Jacquie Hemmerdinger, courtesy CCRB
Mina Malik will serve as executive director of the troubled CCRB.
The city's independent police watchdog, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, has found a new executive director.

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Retired NYPD Captain Going From Borough to Borough to Rally for Police

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Courtesy of Queens Village Republican Club's Facebook
Joseph Concannon speaking at the rally in Queens.

While Mayor Bill de Blasio has spent much of the last several weeks trying to patch over the rift between his office and the NYPD rank and file, a former police captain is launching a one-man crusade against an administration that he says remains hostile to police.

Joseph Concannon, a 25-year veteran of the NYPD and president of the Queens Village Republican Club, says the mayor has repeatedly hung his ex–comrades in blue out to dry with "dangerous" and "divisive rhetoric" over the past two years — most notably since protests and anti-police sentiment erupted after a grand jury decided in December not to indict the police officer believed to be responsible for the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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NYC Muslims Fear a Spike in NYPD Surveillance in the Wake of Paris Attack

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo, some New York Muslim groups are already expecting the worst in terms of increased police surveillance here at home.


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Study Finds Chokehold Use by NYPD 'Alarming'

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Timothy Fadek for the Village Voice
A protester is caught in an apparent chokehold at a demonstration last year.
A report released by NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure on January 12 found "alarming" use within the department of a long-banned chokehold technique.

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