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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Screenshot via YouTube
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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One Libertarian Protests Alone in Times Square, Handing Out 'Loosies' in Honor of Eric Garner

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Brian Waddell, doing his best to hand out "loosies" in Times Square.
Brian Waddell, who represents approximately one-thirtieth of the Manhattan Libertarian Party's dues-paying membership, is standing in Times Square on a frigid Saturday, checking his phone.

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Will the MTA Enforce Its Ban on Die-Ins? They're Not Sure Yet

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A police officer observes protesters, who on January 7 defied the MTA's ban on lying on the floor at Grand Central Terminal.
On January 6, officials at the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced plans to resume enforcing a longstanding ban on "die-ins" at Grand Central Terminal. But the agency seems unclear as to whether the rule is — or should be — in effect at the MTA's other stations.

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Reverend Billy Is Arrested (Again) at Grand Central Station


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Legislation to Amend a Controversial New York Gravity Knife Law Heads to Assembly

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The original gravity knife bears little resemblance to the knives that currently land New Yorkers in jail.
A Manhattan lawmaker will take another stab at changing a knife law that has led to the arrest of as many as 60,000 people in New York City over the last ten years and drawn criticism from all over the legal community.

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NYPD Suspends Officer for Driving Police Cruiser That Injured Hood-Surfing Cop

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An NYPD officer in the 70th Precinct has been suspended for his role in the injuring of a fellow officer who was caught on video riding on the hood of a police cruiser.

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