It might have been the wee hours of a Thursday morning, but the atmosphere in New York City Hall on June 27 was electrifying. All the seats were taken in the upper chamber, crowded with those who had come to witness the passage of the Community Safety Act (CSA), which will bring some degree of reform to the New York Police Department.
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Well, things are certainly getting interesting over at City Hall over stop-and-frisk. Here's a recap: First, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's signature tactic gets a federal trial in the class-action case Floyd v. City of New York. The city leaks a report critical of the judge in the case, alleging she's biased.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's billionaire mayor said Monday he has the right to use some of his personal fortune to garner support from City Council members on police reform bills he plans to veto.
The two bills passed by the City Council last week create an inspector general for the New York Police Department and make it easier for people who believe they have been racially profiled to sue the city. Bloomberg spent weeks first trying to prevent the passage of the bills, and is now trying to veto the legislation.
NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that police “disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little” as compared to murder suspects’ descriptions, sparking criticism from activists and some politicians in a city that has been immersed in a debate about law enforcement and discrimination.
In 2011 the number of young black men stopped by police in New York City exceeded the number of young black men actually living in the city. The vast majority of them had committed no crime.
Members of communities of color in New York City are also statistically more likely to be searched when stopped by the police, and more likely to be subjected to use of force than their white neighbors. This despite the fact that white people, when stopped, are twice as likely to be carrying a weapon.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly threatened in their starkest terms to date today that two police reform bills headed for passage will compromise public safety–enabling terrorists, criminals and gang members–but refused to place the blame on the City Council speaker, who is allowing the bills to go to vote.
New Yorkers overwhelmingly want an independent inspector general to watch over the NYPD — and surveillance cameras to watch over New Yorkers, a new poll finds.
The poll from Quinnipiac University found 68% of voters support the creation of an inspector general — an idea supported by most Democratic mayoral hopefuls but vigorously opposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who say it would imperil public safety.
The same poll found 82% of voters want to see more surveillance cameras.
NEW YORK — In a pugnacious defense of what he called a police force bombarded by politics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out Tuesday at critics of the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk practice and surveillance programs.
La ciudad de Nueva York vive este sábado una nueva rememoración en defensa de los "Cinco de Central Park", los hombres falsamente acusados de un delito muy mediático que se han convertido en un símbolo de la discriminación racial en el sistema de policía y justicia de la ciudad.
City voters overwhelmingly support a plan to put the New York Police Department under the scrutiny of an outside watchdog, even though they give police good marks overall, according to a poll released Thursday.
Two-thirds of respondents favored the proposal for an NYPD inspector general, while a quarter opposed it in the Quinnipiac University poll. It comes as lawmakers hone the plan for what's expected to be a "yes" vote.