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NYPD searching for man in MAGA hat in connection with subway hate crime

Police are looking for a man who was seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in connection with a possible hate crime. The man reportedly assaulted another man on a subway platform Friday night, NYPD said. “WANTED: Black male wearing a red hat and red shirt both with the...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:15am

Federal prosecutors urge charging NYPD officer in Eric Garner's death

Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charging a white New York City police officer for putting Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a fatal choke hold during a 2014 arrest, The New York Times reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials. But senior officials in the U.S. Justice...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:11pm

Parents of Saheed Vassell demand action on day of his funeral

The parents of Saheed Vassell, the Brooklyn man shot and killed by police in early April, spoke out on Friday about the death of their son and their demand for action from officials. Vassell, 34, who was mentally ill, was fatally shot on April 4 in Crown Heights by NYPD officers who believed he...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:38pm

NYPD neighborhood policing to descend into subway: Mayor

New York City is bringing the neighborhood policing prevalent on its streets down into the subway. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the NYPD will be implementing its intimate community policing tactics into train cars and subway stations as a way to keep New Yorkers safe as they...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 3:44pm

New Yorkers filing more complaints alleging misconduct against NYPD: Report

For the first time in seven years, the number of complaints filed by New Yorkers alleging misconduct by NYPD officers has increased, according to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. According to the board’s 2017 annual report, released on Thursday, the independent watchdog agency saw a 5...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:28pm

Police identify woman whose remains were found in Brooklyn park

Police have identified the remains discovered in a Brooklyn park earlier this week as belonging to a woman who has been missing from the borough for several months. Brandy Odom’s head and torso were discovered Monday by a woman walking her dog in Canarsie Park, which is less than a mile from...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 10:21am

Crown Heights rally planned for Saheed Vassell, Brooklyn man killed by NYPD

Following the death of Saheed Vassell, a Brooklyn man who was shot and killed Wednesday night by police who mistakenly thought he had a gun, activists have planned rallies calling for justice. “Saheed Vassell, an unarmed Black man was murdered by NYPD Wednesday night,” the event page...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 3:27pm

Pipe-wielding man fatally shot by NYPD officers in Brooklyn

NYPD officers fatally shot a black man after they believed he was pointing a gun at them in Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The man, who police had classified as mentally ill after previous encounters with him, was instead wielding a metal pipe with a knob. Five officers were...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 2:25pm

NY AG investigating fatal shooting of Saheed Vassell

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is investigating the death of Saheed Vassell, a Brooklyn man who was shot and killed Wednesday night by police who mistakenly thought he was wielding a gun. Amy Spitalnick, press secretary for the AG’s office, confirmed in a...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 1:53pm

New York's real Special Victims Unit basically ignores date rape

Victims of sexual assault in New York City wouldn’t want the real-life version of the Special Victims Unit investigating their case. The NYPD’s Special Victims Division has been understaffed for eight years and doesn’t investigate many incidents of sexual assault, especially when...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:48pm

Trump's four-day August NYC visit cost the NYPD more than $4M

President Donald Trump's August visit to New York City caused quite a stir, drawing out protestors in droves — and piling huge security costs on the New York Police Department. That four-day trip, his first back home since taking office and which occurred in the wake of the...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:39pm

Mother of Eric Garner, activists call for change to how NYPD disciplines officers

Advocates, elected officials and New Yorkers who say they’ve been harmed by the NYPD want to change the way officers are disciplined for their behavior while in uniform. A recent Buzzfeed News investigation revealed that hundreds of NYPD officers kept their jobs after committing serious...

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 11:06am

To tackle congestion, city ups ‘don’t block the box’ enforcement

Box blockers beware: The NYPD is increasing enforcement of “don’t block the box” street signs at 50 key intersections across the city, officials announced Monday. Entitled “Clear Intersections,” the move is the latest in a series of initiatives announced last year to...

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 1:07pm

NYPD officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of mentally ill Bronx woman

An NYPD sergeant was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of Deborah Danner, a mentally ill woman, in 2016, a Bronx judge ruled Thursday.  Sgt. Hugh Barry, who had been accused of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, was found not guilty of all charges by Bronx Supreme...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 4:16pm

ASPCA funds microchip scanners for all NYPD precincts to fight animal cruelty

In its continued effort to help the NYPD fight animal cruelty, the ASPCA is funding pet microchip scanners for all 86 police precincts, including Housing Police Service Areas, across the city, the organization announced Monday. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted in...

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:52pm

Man fatally shoots himself outside City Hall: Police

A man fatally shot himself in his vehicle outside City Hall Monday morning, officials said. The unidentified man drove up to the east gate of City Hall on Park Row around 7:30 a.m. in a black Nissan Altima and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound near one of the security checkpoints to enter...

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:06pm

All NYPD patrols to be outfitted with body cameras by yearend

By the end of 2018, all NYPD officers and detectives on patrol will be outfitted with body cameras, city officials announced Tuesday. The devices were originally projected to roll out across the department by the end of 2019. NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill cited the department’s...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 4:48pm

How an NYPD officer made an elderly Australian woman cry

An NYPD officer brought an 85-year-old New York-loving Australian women to tears when he surprised her in her nursing home Thursday, the Canberra Times reported. Berenice Benson, a resident of Uniting Mirinjani nursing home in Canberra, has been a longtime lover of New York City, even though her...

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:36am

City adding 1,500 barriers to prevent vehicle terror attacks

In an effort to better prevent vehicular terror attacks in New York City, officials on Tuesday unveiled plans to add 1,500 permanent bollards, or barriers, in high-profile areas. “These bollards will make sure vehicles can never come into places where pedestrians are,” Mayor Bill de...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 2:35pm

NYPD officers fired guns fewest times on record in 2017: Report

The NYPD is on track to see a record low number of officers firing their weapons this year, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. So far in 2017, NYPD officers fired their guns during 23 confrontations, a drop from 37 incidents last year. Comparatively, police fired their guns 59 times in...

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 1:06pm