Dept. of Justice Finds Satisfaction With Police Body Cameras, Coming Soon to NYC

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A Department of Justice report says most police departments are happy with their body cameras.
A Department of Justice report on the police use of body-mounted cameras found generally positive feelings about the technology in departments across the country. A survey of 254 agencies found that most of the departments that had actually instituted a body camera program -- 63, by its count -- said the benefits "largely outweigh the drawbacks."


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NYPD Watchdog Chair Says Chokehold Report Will Be 'Troubling'

Categories: Eric Garner, NYPD

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The Civilian Complaint Review Board is preparing to release a "troubling" chokehold report.
The new chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the agency charged with reviewing citizen allegations of misconduct against the NYPD, said last night that a forthcoming study would reveal "troubling" findings about the alleged use of chokeholds by police officers in the city.

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Staten Island Teachers Furious Their Union Didn't Want Them to Wear NYPD Shirts to the First Day of School

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A group of teachers, reportedly from P.S. 220 in Queens, posted photos of themselves in NYPD shirts.
A group of public school teachers in Staten Island planned to wear T-shirts supporting the New York Police Department to the first day of school yesterday, but most backed off after warnings from their union, the United Federation of Teachers. The Staten Island Advance reports that more than 600 shirts reading "New York's Brightest Supports New York's Finest #ThankYouNYPD" were purchased from a specialty T-shirt printing company in Staten Island earlier this month. A group of teachers, pictured above, reportedly from P.S. 220 in Queens, posted photos of themselves in NYPD shirts in an apparent act of solidarity, although it's not clear if they actually wore them to class.

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Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly Talks Militarized Cops, Body Cams and ISIS

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Ray Kelly in days gone by.
Former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly had a some surprising things to say about current events in an interview on WABC radio on Wednesday, in a conversation ranging from the events in Ferguson, MO to police body cameras and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Wide Racial Divide on How New Yorkers Feel About NYPD & Eric Garner's Death, Poll Shows

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One thing most New Yorker agree on: Officer Daniel Pantaleo should face prosecution for killing Eric Garner.

In a new Quinnipiac University poll, 68 percent of New Yorkers said that "there is absolutely no excuse for how the police acted" and 64 percent believe that Staten Island Distriact Attorney Daniel Donovan should press criminal charges.

But even within that general point of agreement there are stark racial divides.

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Video: Watch the March for Eric Garner & Michael Brown on Staten Island

On August 23, 2014, about 5,000 protesters peacefully marched through Staten Island to protest police brutality, spurred by the deaths of two black men by white police officers in the space of a month.

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NYPD Cracked Down on Cyclists, Will Cops In the Bike Lane Be Next?

Categories: NYPD, Vision Zero

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Tuesday marks the last day of the NYPD's two-week long crackdown on cyclists, "Operation Safe Cycle." When it announced Operation Safe Cycle fourteen days ago, the police department said the sting would target "hazardous violations that create a danger for pedestrians and bicyclists: failure to stop at a red light, disobey a traffic signal or sign, riding the wrong direction against traffic, riding on the sidewalk, and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk."

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Number of Shooting Victims Has Increased in 14 NYPD Precincts Over the Last Five Years

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It's unfair to judge a police department solely against the crime stats of the previous year. Numbers can fluctuate from one year to the next. What matters is improvement over the long run.

Over the past few months, there has been much attention on the rising number of shootings in New York City this year--up 10 percent from this time last year. Must be the fault of new mayor De Blasio or new stop-and-frisk policies, some have said. But then there's also this stat: the number of shootings are down 22 percent from this time two years ago.

This is the message the NYPD has been trying to get people to understand. The city is, in fact, getting safer with time.

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Fox News Desperately Wanted Saturday's March for Eric Garner To Be a Bloodbath

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All photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice. See more Eric Garner march photos.
Thousands of people marched through Staten Island Saturday to protest the July death of 43-year-old Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, and to call for justice for all victims of police brutality. There were no arrests during the "We Will Not Go Back" rally and march, which was organized by Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network, backed by a host of labor unions and social justice organizations, and attended by a smattering of politicians, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and former Governor David Patterson.

The lack of violence surely came as a serious disappointment to Fox News, which spent the days leading up to the march solemnly predicting that the whole thing would melt down into a full-scale race war.

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Photos: Several Arrested During March Against Police Brutality

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All photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice.
An NYPD sergeant scuffles with an anti-police protester in the East Village while trying to complete an arrest. During the march, the officer attempted to arrest a participant but was delayed when several other protesters attempted to pull the individual free. A melee ensued and the group was brought down to the pavement before several other officers intervened and completed the arrest.
A group of several hundred protesters gathered in Manhattan, marching late into the evening against police brutality. Marching to chants like "NYPD hey hey hey, how many kids did you kill today?" the group moved through the Lower East Side and East Village late into the night, taking to the streets throughout before ending in Union Square. At various points, individual protesters attempted to block the line of scooter-mounted police by tossing trash bags and street dividers onto the road, resulting in several arrests. Photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice.

View the full gallery of images from last night's protests here: Several Arrested During March Against Police Brutality

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