Friday, September 25, 2015

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NYPD, Bratton The Fight For Control  Part1

Justice Dept.Shakes Up Inquiry Into Eric Garner Chokehold Case(NYT)

The Post writes that the NYPD continued a decades-long trend in keeping crime down thanks to former Commissioner Bill Bratton, current Commissioner James O’Neill, the entire force, and to de Blasio despite his past stumbles.

Date Rape Comments by Brooklyn Police Captain Are Condemned (NYT) Peter R. Rose, a precinct commander, contrasted sexual attacks on acquaintances with “true stranger rapes,” which he called “the troubling ones.” * NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill has already faced many challenges in his first 100 days on the job, and while not a celebrity like former police commissioner William Bratton, O’Neill’s approachable style has impressed subordinates, Newsday writes.

NYPD's Property and Evidence Tracking System doesn't keep detailed records of property seized during arrest (NYDN)
Domestic Abuse Killings Climb as Murders Drop, Frustrating New York Officials  (NYT) The persistence of such killings has frustrated the police, prosecutors and social service providers struggling to prevent intimate tensions that play out behind closed doors from turning deadly.
Expanding Smart Car Fleet, New York Police Just Got More ‘Adorable’  (NYT) Since their rollout last year, the tiny, bean-shaped vehicles have drawn the attention, and sometimes the affection, of curious passers-by.
Black Lives Matter wants NYPD to turn over protest surveillance (NYP)
* Despite a promise three years ago, New York police interrogations are largely still not videotaped, and without the recordings of the interrogations, hearings on disputed confessions drag on for days, wasting time and money, the Times reports.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said he wants every patrol officer outfitted with a body camera in five years, but the first wave of body cameras that was supposed to roll out over the summer got hung up in discussions over procedures, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The NYPD is quietly wresting control of crime stats from local commanders, spending millions of dollars on a new program run out of Police Headquarters that officials say will bring CompStat-style crime analysis to the precinct level, the Post reports.
City to pay NYPD cops more to wear body cameras(NYP)  In an effort to sweeten the pot in contract talks with the police union, City Hall is offering a 1 percent salary bump for NYPD officers forced to wear body cameras
Complaint Board Softened Report on Police Use of Tasers (NYT) Recommendations for the NYPD to create an annual report on the use of Tasers and prohibit their use on handcuffed suspects were removed from the final version of a report issued by the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board
* In a year that is on pace to have record-low crime, the NYPD graduated 555 new officers on Wednesday, with Commissioner James O’Neill talking about community policing and the importance of “just saying hello to people,” Politico New York reports.
Religious Police Officers in New York Will Be Able to Wear Beards and Turbans (NYT) Under a new policy, officers will be allowed to wear a beard that extends one-half inch from their faces and blue turbans adorned with department shields.

Judge orders NYPD to release surveillance related to Garner protests (NYP)

Cuomo has received campaign contributions from Kingston, New York, including one from an organization affiliated with Steven Aaron, who previously donated to Cuomo’s campaign and then secured tax credits, despite receiving poor initial reviews from state housing officials, the Times Union reports.

New York Police Dept. Agrees to Curb Stop-and-Frisk Tactics (NYT)  The department will curtail the stops in thousands of private apartment buildings under a settlement ending the last in a series of related lawsuits.
* The New York City Police Department has agreed to curtail stop-and-frisk tactics in thousands of private apartment buildings under a new settlement, ending the last in a series of stop-and-frisk lawsuits that fundamentally changed the city’s approach to fighting street crime, The New York Times reports.
* Taxpayers and future New York City police officers will suffer from de Blasio’s latest contract deal with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, as recruiting new cops will be difficult with the agreed-upon starting salary and future hikes could cost taxpayers, the Post writes.
City Department of Investigation probes body-camera contract

Ramarley Graham’s mother demands de Blasio fire cops involved in son’s death or she’ll fight his reelection bid (NYDN)

De Blasio slams body camera company bidding for NYPD contract  (NYP) Mayor de Blasio is accusing a company that had been vying for an NYPD body camera contract of trying to “smear” the winning bidder.

Contract for N.Y.P.D. Body Cameras Is Under Investigation, Sources Say  (NYT) The city comptroller learned of the investigation last Friday, leading him to decide against signing off on the $6.4 million contract, an official in his office said.
* Two people with knowledge of the investigation said the New York City Department of Investigation has been examining the NYPD’s $6.4 million contract for body cameras, which prompted the city comptroller to not sign off on the contract, The New York Times reports.
* Officials said murders and shootings in New York City hit a historic low for the month of January, with murders down to 20, compared to 22 in January 2016, and shootings down to 58, compared to 59 in January 2016, the Journal reports.
* The NYPD’s internal investigative arm is drowning in a sea of paper, according to a report from the city’s Department of Investigation that said procedures for processing outside complaints are riddled with “inefficiencies and inconsistencies,” the New York Post reports.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the largest union representing New York police officers announced a contract deal, resolving an acrimonious and protracted standoff, The New York Times reports.
New York Officers and Mayor Reach Deal for 12% Raise Over 5 Years (NYT)

Another CCRB Member Quits Anyone Left? An Agency in Total Crisis Some Say the KGB on the Hudson 

CCRB director quits after accusing ex-chairman of sexism (NYP) The turmoil-ridden police Civilian Complaint Review Board is losing its executive director. Mina Malik, who charged CCRB Chairman Richard Emery in April with making inappropriate comments and undermining her authority, announced Friday that she is quitting to take a post at Harvard. “It has been an honor to serve the city during his [Mayor de Blasio’s] tenure. I am deeply grateful to the devoted staff for their tremendous spirit, unfaltering efforts, and steadfast dedication to police oversight,” she said in a statement. The mayor praised Malik’s “distinguished tenure” in a statement. Seven months ago, she accused Emery of calling her and other women “p—–s” and filed suit against him, claiming he retaliated when she raised concerns about the foul language. Emery soon resigned and the lawsuit was dropped. Malik’s predecessor, Tracy Catapano-Fox, was fired. She also sued, claiming she was terminated for investigating allegations of sexual harassment at the board. Catapano-Fox reached a $275,000 settlement with the city earlier this year. Jonathan Darche, who previously held the position of chief prosecutor for the agency, was named interim executive director.* Civilian Complaint Review Board executive director MinaMalik resigns over power struggle with City Hall (NYDN) Mina Malik, the executive director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, stepped down after a bumpy, sometimes bizarre 23-month tenure. Spokesmen for Malik and the mayor insisted that she left of her own accord, but one source told The News that the underlying reason for her departure was a struggle with City Hall over control of the agency. Two other sources, however, said Malik wore out her welcome by alienating employees and unfairly firing people. Several people filed complaints against her with the city Department of Investigation, the source said. “It felt like it was the KGB on the Hudson,” a former senior staffer said. Appointed in early 2015, Malik’s tenure was largely overshadowed by her lawsuit against former board chairman Richard Emery. She accused him of using an expletive — a vulgar term that refers to a woman’s genitalia — to describe her and a co-worker. Emery stepped down from the chairman’s post a day after the suit was filed. Malik thanked de Blasio “for taking swift and decisive action in responding to our concerns” and the suit was dropped. Malik was also embroiled in controversy after The News revealed that she was married to Derek Sells, a prominent civil rights lawyer — raising conflict of interest questions. Sells told The News he would notify the CCRB if his law firm got “a potential client who has initiated a CCRB complaint.” He is a managing partner at the Cochran Firm, established by O.J. Simpson attorney Johnnie Cochran.

Arrest Soon: Washington FBI Vs NY FBI 
Justice Department to charge cop in death of Eric Garner (NYP) “It’s going to happen sooner than later,” the source said of an indictment. “Washington wants to indict him.” Federal investigators in Brooklyn were replaced by DC counterparts because of their reluctance to bring charges, the source said. The New York feds are privately seething. They accused their Beltway colleagues of trying to “make an example out of Pantaleo” at any cost, said one source familiar with the case. “We already … came to a conclusion which they didn’t like. It’s truly disgraceful what they’re doing,” the source said.* Justice Dept. eyes a political prosecution in Garner case (NYP) * The Justice Department replacing the team investigating the death of Eric Garner was the strongest signal yet that federal officials would seek an indictment, but it also pushed the long-stalled inquiry into uncharted legal waters, The New York Times reports.  * The NYPD sergeant who fatally shot emotionally disturbed Bronx woman Deborah Danner last week may have been in a position where he could have retreated when she attacked him with a baseball bat, the Journal reports.

Justice Department Sitting On Garner Chokehold Case Shakes Up Inquiry  
Justice Dept. Shakes Up Inquiry Into Eric Garner Chokehold Case (NYT) The agency replaced its team after a dispute over whether to bring civil rights charges against the New York police officer who used a fatal chokehold on Mr. Garner in 2014. The U.S. Justice Department has replaced the New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the death of Eric Garner, which could jump-start the stalled case and put the government back on track to seeking criminal charges * Eric Garner chokehold case given over to new investigating team at Justice Department  (NYDN) * Re-upping... Lawyer for cop in #EricGarner case warns DOJ staff change could be grounds for "selective prosecution" argument

de Blasio Wants New Law to Unblock Release of Police Disciplinary Action 
De Blasio Calls for Change in Law That Blocks Release of Police Disciplinary Actions  (NYT) Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to alter a statute that has been an obstacle to sharing information on police misconduct.De Blasio’s Police Reform Pledges May Burden His Re-election Bid  (NYT) Bill de Blasio, caught between his soaring rhetoric as a candidate and the realities of being New York City’s mayor, is disappointing many who supported him.

Cops Quitting Before Bronx's Danner Shooting 

A record number of NYPD officers want to retire (NYP) NYPD pension seminar draws over 800 cops amid low dept. morale...* Cops ‘won’t forget’ new commissioner’s ‘failed’ comment (NYP) * Cop who fatally shot Bronx woman broke NYPD mental illness rules (NYDN) Deborah Danner, after surviving five decades with her mental illness, deserved better than to die on the wrong end of a veteran city cop’s gun. Mayor de Blasio, echoing his police commissioner, put the blame Wednesday on Sgt. Hugh Barry for escalating a tense confrontation with the  schizophrenic 66-year-old woman into a fatal showdown.* Mayor de Blasioadmits nuisance abatement law could be used ‘in a better manner’ afterdefending NYPD’s methods (NYDN) * She didn’thave to die: A fatal encounter between the NYPD and the mentally ill (NYDN Ed) Why Sgt. Hugh Barry reached for his revolver instead of the Taser stun gun on his belt, then fatally shot 66-year-old Deborah Danner in her apartment Tuesday evening, will necessarily be subject to the most stringent scrutiny both within the NYPD and by prosecutors.  “What’s clear in this instance is that we failed” — the blunt confession of Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill the morning after — leaves little room for an escape route from responsibility. Wednesday, de Blasio only lamented that Danner “was not overly willing to be connected to her treatment at this point in her life and that made it much more challenging” — then, in an unhealthy non sequitur, touted his efforts to connect New Yorkers to mental health care much earlier in their lives.* 'UNACCEPTABLE': Cop who fatally shot schizophrenic Bronx woman broke NYPD's 'isolate and contain' rule for mentally ill (NYDN) * AttorneyGeneral Won't Investigate Deadly NYPD Shooting of Mentally Ill Bronx Woman(WNBC) * When the mayor and commish shouldn’t rush to give answers (NYP Ed) * Ex-cop blasts ‘knee-jerk’ reactions to police shootings (NYP) * De Blasio defendsrapid City Hall outrage over Deborah Danner’s fatal shooting: ‘The public had aright to know this shouldn’t have happened’ (NYDN) * Police Academy exam's correct answer says NYPD cops ‘may shoot’ if‘disturbed’ man threatens them with bat, source says (NYDN) * De Blasio ‘neutered’ new commissioner: police union boss (NYP)

Another BP Who Thinks He Has Power Inside the NYPD 
Community leader boasted about snagging favor from future top cop (NYP) A Borough Park community leader bragged on a taped phone call how he pulled some strings to get future top cop James O’Neill to transfer a friendly lieutenant back to the neighborhood, The Post has learned. Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein wanted Michael Andreano returned to Borough Park’s 66th Precinct from the 60th in Brighton Beach, where the cop had been shipped following his promotion. Perlstein, speaking in Yiddish, describes in the secretly recorded conversation how he approached NYPD Assistant Chief Steven Powers at a September 2015 breakfast meeting in Williamsburg and asked that Andreano be moved. Perlstein claims that he offered Powers dinner at a local kosher steakhouse to grease the wheels for the personnel move, with Powers then talking to O’Neill, who was the NYPD’s chief of department at the time and happened to be at the meeting. “I told Powers, ‘I will take you out to The Loft for supper,’ ” Perlstein says on the recording.  “So I told Powers, go over to O’Neill, to tell him to make an exception, to have Andreano back. So Powers and others went over to O’Neill and made the request to O’Neill and O’Neill said, ‘No problem, permission granted,’ with a big smile on his face.

NYPD Officer Who Shot Himself Was Wanted as "witness" in Corruption Prob

NYPD Officer WhoShot Himself May Have Been Trying To Avoid Testifying In Corruption Probe (Gothamist) An off-duty cop who shot himself in the stomach on Friday afternoon was recently told by the feds that he may be questioned as a witness in an ongoing investigation of NYPD corruption—and may have shot himself to avoid testifying against his former boss. Lieutenant Peter Salzone shot himself several times in the stomach on Friday afternoon. According to the Daily News, the shooting occurred around 4 p.m. in his girlfriend's home in the Oakland Gardens section of Bayside.  NYPD Officer Who Shot Himself Was Wanted as 'Witness' inCorruption Probe (DNAINFO) * NYPD officer may have shot self to dodge corruption trial (NYP)

Shomurm Leader Ready to Rat On NYPD Brass and Who Knows Who Else 
Shomrim leader looks for plea deal in NYPD corruption probe (NYP) A Brooklyn Shomrim patrol leader accused of paying NYPD cops cash bribes in order to expedite gun permits is in talks with feds over a plea deal, lawyers said Friday. Manhattan federal court Judge Sidney Stein gave prosecutors and the defense three weeks to hammer out a possible agreement for Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, who was busted in April for paying cops as much as $1 million to keep the scheme going.  “We have been in continuous discussions about the resolution of the case,” said Assistant US ­Attorney Russell Capone. Lichtenstein, 44, who appeared in court looking tired and wearing a black suit, is charged with bribery and conspiracy for charging his customers — members of his Orthodox Jewish community — as much as $18,000 per gun license.  Stein gave defense lawyer Richard Finkel until Nov. 3 to file pretrial motions, which will go forward if no resolution is reached. Lichtenstein’s shady business unraveled after a cop in the NYPD’s License Division admitted he and another supervisor took payments they called “lunch money” to process the permits.  Lichtenstein was secretly recorded bragging about securing 150 gun licenses through NYPD connections, court papers said. He offered a whistle-blowing cop $6,000 to keep the illicit scheme going and calculated that another 150 permits would be worth $900,000 in bribe money, the papers said. The criminal complaint said Lichtenstein hung around the ­License Division “on a near daily basis” beginning in 2014. A handful of complicit cops were booted from the division but have not been criminally charged.  Lichtenstein has been out on $500,000 bail and is charged with bribery and conspiracy.  His arrest coincided with a sweeping probe by feds into allegations of NYPD brass accepting bribes from businessmen Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg.

The IG de Blasio's Mini Me: Finds No Link Between Quality of Life and Enforcement But Cannot Find GiftGate Cops Taking 
Inspector general’s dubious ‘study’ serves de Blasio’s agenda (NYP) Mayor de Blasio might want to give NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure a raise. After all, the IG could hardly do a better job of shilling for him. Eure this week produced a “study” that claims to refute what experts have known for years: Broken Windows policing works. By targeting low-level offenses, cops can head off more serious crimes. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton himself helped usher in the ’90s crackdown on quality-of-life offenses, from peeing in the streets to turnstile-jumping. He calls Eure’s report “useless” and “deeply flawed.” After all, under Broken Windows, murders dropped from 2,245 in 1990 to 333 in 2014. *  NYPD’s wild and wacky IG Philip Eure (NYDN Ed) As the City Council’s holier-than-holies no doubt hoped in creating his post, NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure purported Wednesday to prove that quality-of-life enforcement is irrelevant to fighting crime. Eure didn’t come close to establishing the claim, despite a jabberwocky’s mouthful of statistical mumbo-jumbo. First, Eure’s report stated — and proved — the obvious: that the crime rate fell over the past few years even as cops made fewer so-called broken windows arrests and issued a declining number of summonses.*NYPD IG: No Link Between Quality of Life Enforcement and Lower Crime (NYO) A watchdog agency tasked with monitoring the NYPD found cracking down on public urination, disorderly conduct and other low-level offenses doesn’t lead to a decline in more serious crimes, which runs counter to the “broken windows” approach, the Journal writes. * The outside monitor overseeing changes in the NYPD after the “stop-and-frisk” lawsuit has won court approval for several reforms, but a disciplinary system must be created and the public must have access to all videos from a body camera pilot project, the Times writes. 

Bratton NYPD Scandal Historically Bad Back to Knapp Commission Days
Bratton admits NYPD corruption scandal is historically bad (NYDN) Top cop Bill Bratton admitted on Wednesday that the corruption scandal roiling his department is historically bad — saying the NYPD hasn’t been through a darker period since the early 1970s. “You’d have to probably go back to the Knapp Commission days to find one that has that focus on the senior leadership of the department,” Bratton told The Post’s Editorial Board.“Back in the Knapp days, it was so pervasive throughout the department.” That investigation exposed rampant bribe-taking at all ranks of the department, led to criminal charges against dozens of crooked cops and derailed the presidential ambitions of then-Mayor John Lindsay.Bratton’s comments came as a fifth NYPD commander — the head of Manhattan North Patrol Borough — was demoted amid the widening probe into police bosses trading favors for gifts. Sources then revealed that the commander’s counterpart in Manhattan South had also been questioned by the feds. Bratton warned there might be more rogue cops.* The questions Bratton can’t answer (yet) on the NYPD corruption scandal (NYP) Police Commissioner Bill Bratton can’t say much yet about the corruption investigation that’s already seen four deputy chiefs and a precinct commander disciplined — yet he plainly knows the questions are piling up. * New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton admitted that the corruption scandal roiling his department is historically bad, said the NYPD hasn’t been through a darker period since the early 1970s and warned more arrests are possible, the Post writes: * NYPD officials have reassigned another high-ranking officer amid a federal probe into whether officers accepted gifts from businessmen with ties to de Blasio.* NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton admitted this scandal is historically bad, saying: “You’d have to probably go back to the Knapp Commission days to find (a corruption scandal) that has that focus on the senior leadership of the department.”

Another de Blasio Commssioner Gone and New One Picked Walking Conflict of Interests Charges Already 
CCRB Head Emery Under Fire Resigns
Emery:... recent circumstances will preclude me from further fulfilling my goals as Chair of the CCRB CCRB boss accused of calling female staffers ‘pussies’ resigns (NYP) Embattled Civilian Complaint Review Board chairman Richard Emery resigned Wednesday after afemale colleague sued him for allegedly calling her ​and another female staffer “pu—-s.” “After a lengthy substantive discussion with the Mayor, he and I agree that the confluence of recent circumstances will preclude me from further fulfilling my goals as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (“CCRB”),” Emery said​​ in a statement.* Good riddance to cop-bashing CCRB chief Richard Emery (NYP Ed)*   CCRB chair resigns a day after exec director sues him (NYDN) * DOI chief Peters won't recuse self from A.G. de Blasio probe (NYDN) *   Richard Emery, Accused of Sexist Remarks, Quits Police Review Board(NYT) * Civilian Complaint Review Board Chairman Richard Emery abruptly stepped down as head of the police watchdog group a day after he was sued because of alleged crass comments about female coworkers, the Daily Newsreports: Friday Update De Blasio’s pick to run CCRB a ‘walking conflict of interest’ (NYP)
* A Civilian Complaint Review Board member said Mina Malik, de Blasio’s choice to run the day-to-day operations after the chairman, Richard Emery, stepped down, is a “walking conflict of interest” with ties to anti-cop lawyers, the Post writes:

Officer LIANG 'THAT’S MY OPINION, AND I’M ENTITLED TO IT': Peter Liang trial juror who never revealed father's manslaughter conviction also made anti-cop comments on Facebook (NYDN) * Juror Imperils Conviction of Peter Liang, Ex-Officer, in Brooklyn Killing (NYT) A juror in the trial of Mr. Liang, who shot Akai Gurley in a stairwell, is said to have hidden the fact that his father had been imprisoned for an accidental shooting.* A Brooklyn judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of a former NYPD Officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter, as defense attorneys argued the verdict should be thrown out due to juror misconduct, the Journal writes: * A Brooklyn judge postponed the sentencing of former NYPD Officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter, as defense attorneys argued the verdict should be thrown out due to juror misconduct. *  The outcome of the Liang case is imperiled by an unusual and unexpected question: Did one of the jurors, a retired carpenter, hide his father’s criminal past in order to be a panelist at the trial?

NYPD Cop: Blame de Blasio for Your Ticket Update de Blasio Suspends Cop
Thursday Bratton defends suspension of de Blasio-bashing cop (NYP) Top cop Bill Bratton defended the decision tosuspend a Bronx officer without pay for badmouthing Mayor de Blasio — telling The Post on Wednesday that the cop caused “damage” to the NYPD and hurt its reputation “around the country.”

Wednesday Badmouthing de Blasio gets you suspended — but accepting gifts is OK (NYP)A young cop was stripped of his gun, badge and paycheck just for speaking ill of Mayor de Blasio — yet bosses whom the feds suspect of accepting lavish gifts for favors are still collecting their salaries. Rank-and-file officers ripped the NYPD on Tuesday over the double standard and the rush to judgment. “There’s a two-year investigation going on, with a deputy inspector [allegedly] getting diamonds, and they just got transferred,” one officer said. “But a cop gives a guy a ticket and voices his opinion, and he gets suspended after a two-day investigation.”* The cop who’s paying a steep price for telling the truth (NYP Ed) * The Post writes that NYPD Officer Joseph Spina, who apologized for ticketing a motorist in the west Bronx and blamed it on the mayor, has just learned that there’s a heavy price to be paid for telling the truth on the job: Another Cop Transfered Deputy police chief transferred in widening corruption probe (NYP) Another high-ranking police chief has been transferred as part of a widening federal corruption probe that has rocked the NYPD, officials said Wednesday. Deputy Chief Andrew Capul, the second in command of the Manhattan North Patrol Borough, was “reassigned to an administrative position pending further review,” according to a police statement. Capul was transferred to the NYPD’s School Safety Division, a source said. He is the fifth high-ranking police official to be either modified or reassigned as a result of the gifts-for-perks probe by the FBI and the US Justice Department. Capul, 56, a 31-year veteran of the force, was questioned by the feds in connection with a plane trip he took to a Super Bowl, sources told The Post.

NYPD cop: Blame de Blasio for your ticket (NYP) An NYPD cop was caught on video telling a Bronx driver that it’s Mayor de Blasio’s fault he’s getting a ticket — and that he himself never would have voted for the guy “Mayor de Blasio wants us to give out summonses, OK? Alright?” the cop says to the man, who is seen holding the summons in the YouTube video. “I don’t know if you voted for him or not. I don’t live in the city. I wouldn’t have voted for him because this is what he wants. He wants us to give out summonses,” the officer adds. The driver responds, “I feel you, this is a hard job.” The 10-second video was posted Saturday by a user with the handle 181elvis before being removed from the site Monday.* 'DE BLASIO WANTS US TO GIVE OUT SUMMONSES, OK?': NYPD officer blames mayor for increase in tickets — VIDEO (NYDN)* An NYPD cop was caught on video telling a Bronx driver that it’s de Blasio’s fault he’s getting a ticket — and that he himself never would have voted for the guy. Update PBA's Pat Lynch slams NYPD over cop's 'unwarranted'suspension: 'He was speaking the truth' (NYDN) * NYPD Suspends Cop Who Blamed Ticket On De Blasio: The NYPDOfficer who handed a Bronx driver a summonsthen blamed… 

Breaking Office Liang Sentence to Probation in Shooting of Akai Gurley
#BREAKING: Judge sentences ex-NYPD cop Peter Liang to probation, community service in shooting death of Akai Gurley* Peter Liang Gets Community Service and House Arrest forKilling Unarmed Man  * Irene Cornell, covering courts for 40+ years on @WCBS880, says she's never seen a judge reduce charge just prior to sentencing. #PeterLiang *   NYPD cop Peter Liang dodges prison for killing Akai Gurley (NYP) *Ex-New York Officer Gets 5 Years of Probation in Fatal Brooklyn Shooting (NYT) * NO JAIL FOR COP: Judge sentences former NYPD officer Peter Liang to five years probation for fatal shooting of Akai Gurley (NYDN)

 NYPD cop Peter Liang dodges prison for killing Akai Gurley (NYP) * Peter Liang ruling is a travesty: Curtis Sliwa (NYP Ed) Normally, I give the benefit of the doubt to the police, even when it is a gray area that they’re in. To find myself on the side of lifetime cop-hater Charles Barron is disturbing. But what’s right is right. On Nov. 20, 2014, then-rookie Police Officer Peter Liang and his partner made mistakes every step of the way.* There are no winners in the Peter Liang ruling (NYP Ed)  *Ex-New York Officer Gets 5 Years of Probation in Fatal Brooklyn Shooting (NYT) * Divided Reaction to Sentencing of Liang (NYT) Supporters of Peter Liang, an ex-New York police officer, and Akai Gurley, who he fatally shot, demonstrated as Mr. Liang was sentenced to probation after being convicted of manslaughter.* State Sen. James Sanders Jr., who represents the Queens district where an armed man was fatally shot by plainclothes police officers over the weekend, asked the governor to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the episode, the Times reports:** Peter Liang, the rookie cop who killed the unarmed Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project, escaped jail time as a judge sentenced him to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service, the Daily News reports:

This Time It is For Real The Fake Arrest to Protest the Closing of LICH Was Only A Campaign Prop
 @mgoodwin_nypost What intrigues me is those at heart of investigation contributed large sums ofmoney to the Mayor (NYP) * FBI probing Mayor de Blasio’s fundraising activities (NYP) Mayor de Blasio’s campaign finances are now under federal investigation in widening scandal that began with the FBI’s probe into corruption among some of the most high-ranking cops in the NYPD, sources confirmed to The Post on Friday. The feds are looking into how the mayor solicits donations from the real estate industry, including businessmen Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz— who allegedly traded cash gifts to cops for favors, according to law enforcement sources. A source said Friday evening that de Blasio would return the maximum $9,900 donation that Rechnitz and his wife contributed to his mayoral run in 2013. When asked why after days of refusing to return the donations, the mayor finally relented today, a City Hall source said: “You’ll have to ask the mayor.” The mayor’s office insisted, however, that all their fundraising was done properly.  “We are fully confident that the campaign has conducted itself legally and appropriately at all times,” campaign spokesman Dan Levitan said. Rechnitz donated $50,000 to the mayor’s Campaign for One New York — a nonprofit that The Real Deal reports took in $1.1 million from real estate players. Already shrouded in controversy for possibly breaking campaign finance laws, Campaign for One New York announced last month that it was closing down. The story was first reported by WCBS-TV News. The FBI corruption probe into cops stemmed from an investigation of the businessmen, who both served on the mayor’s inaugural committee in 2013. The investigation by US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office includes former campaign treasurer Ross Offinger. Offinger was also the treasurer for UPKNYC, a coalition of citizens asking Albany to raise taxes on the wealthy in order to fund the mayor’s education initiatives.* Mayor de Blasio to return campaign donations from businessman in FBI corruption probe  (NYDN) * de Blasio's Scandal City: Nursing HomeGATE, NYPD GiveGATE, Federal Investigation of the NYPD, Campaign 1NY PAC Slush and Who Knows What Else
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NYPD GiftGate Transfer Shake Up 4 Top Cops Reassigned  
On SI A Black Man Gets Killed for A Loosey While Another has A Top Cop Protect His Diamonds
Bratton reassigns 4 top police officials amid joint NYPD-federal probe (PoliticoNY) Four senior police officials were removed from their commands and placed on desk duty — with two of the officials stripped of their guns and badges — as part of a two-year joint investigation with police and federal officials. “This is not a particularly good day for the department,” police commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters inside NYPD headquarters this morning, where he announced that Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and Deputy Inspector James Grant were stripped of their guns and badges. Bratton also announced two other officials, Deputy Chief David Colon and Deputy Chief Eric Rodriguez, were “transferred to administrative positions so they will not be working operationally in the field.” Bratton did not specify what the four men may have done wrong, but said the probe is looking at whether there was a violation of NYPD rules, city Conflict of Interest rules, and, possibly federal law.*  Four NYPD Officers Disciplined as Part of Federal CorruptionProbe (WSJ)*  Four high-ranking veterans of the NYPD were reassigned to desk jobs in what is likely to be a first wave of discipline stemming from a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation. The action against such prominent police commanders — three deputy chiefs and a deputy inspector — was a rare public rebuke to the senior management of the nation’s largest municipal police force.

de Top Cop Probed By FBI Says "I"m F..K'

Top cop probed by FBI tells friends: ‘I’m f—d’ (NYP) The current boss of the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct accepted diamonds and cash from one of the businessmen at the center of a federal investigation, sources told The Post. Deputy NYPD Inspector James Grant was at his Staten Island home when he was handed hundreds of dollars by Jeremy Reichberg, a prominent figure in Borough Park, around Christmas, sources said. Grant soon became aware that the feds had opened a probe into the NYPD, and he told close friends, “I’m f–ked. I can’t go to jail,” a source said. Investigators also discovered that Grant on multiple occasions had personally escorted Reichberg from the airport after overseas trips to pick up diamonds. “[Grant] said he would meet him at the airport and get him back to where he had to go,” the source said. “And as a form of payment, he’d give him one or two really nice cut diamonds to give to his wife.” Grant has known Reichberg for about eight years, including Grant’ s time as head of Sunset Park’s 72nd Precinct from 2011 to 2014, sources said. The police boss is still well known in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish communities — having doled out hundreds of Captains Endowment Association cards that bear his name and read, “Please extend all courtesy to the holder of this card.”

Kelly Attacks Bratton For Promotions Given to Officers Under Investigation
BRATTON BASHES BANKS' BUMP: NYPD commissioner feuds with former top cop Kelly over promotions given to officers under investigation (NYDN)* How ‘f—d’ cop used Judaism to curry favor with probed businessmen (NYP) Disgraced Deputy Inspector James Grant was so cozy with his pals in the Orthodox Jewish community that he kept a mezuzah on his office doorpost — even though he isn’t Jewish, sources told The Post Thursday.* F—d’ NYPD cop’s wife part-Tony Soprano, part-dominatrix (NYP) * Four high-ranking veterans of the New York Police Department were reassigned to desk jobs in what is likely to be a first wave of discipline stemming from a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation, The New York Times reports:Bratton announces 4 high-ranking cops are disciplined amid FBI corruption probe, 'Not a particularly good day for the department' (NYDN)

Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, an Upper West Side real-estate investor, are both at the center of a federal probe into whether high-ranking members of the NYPD took lavish gifts in exchange for favors. According to sources, NYPD cops received presents like Super Bowl tickets and vacations to China and Brazil, while giving out favors such as police escorts for business deliveries and extra security to manage crowds at Hasidic weddings. Up to 20 members of the NYPD — including Grant and two other deputy inspectors — are being grilled about their knowledge of these dealings, sources said. Reichberg has been suspended from his role as a volunteer chaplain with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, according to a report.

As one of four chaplains since June 2013, he offered support to cops and took part in police events, including police academy graduations and memorials for fallen officers.* $3G OF TAXPAYER MONEY SPENT ON RIBS? FBI probe into NYPD corruption scandal focuses on massive feast for Midwood cops (NYDN)* Tarnishing the NYPD brass (NYDN Ed) * 2 high-ranking NYPD officers transferred, 2 put on desk dutyamid FBI probe (WNBC) * 'NOT A GOOD DAY FOR THE DEPARTMENT': Bratton announces four high-ranking NYPD cops disciplined amid FBI corruption probe  (NYDN) * Tarnishing the NYPD brass (NYDN Ed)  * Espaillat will return money from donor in federal probe (PoliticoNY) State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, one of the Democrats running for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Charlie Rangel, said Thursday he will return donations he received in 2014 from real estate developer Jona Rechnitz, a central figure in an ongoing corruption probe that has already led NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to reassign four top police officials.  According to Federal Election Commission filings, Rechnitz gave $7,600 to Espaillat’s 2014 congressional campaign. That year, Rechnitz also donated $6,500 to Espaillat’s state Senate campaign account.

Former Chief of Dept Banks Big FBI Problem  
NYPD chief quit amid FBI’s probe into ‘inordinate amount of cash’(NYP) He was once a rising star in the NYPD — and a finalist to be Mayor de Blasio’s police commissioner. But Chief of Department Philip Banks stunned city leaders when he resigned in late 2014, rather than take a promotion to the No. 2 spot in the department.  Now, The Post can reveal that Banks was the target of an ongoing federal corruption probe when he walked away from his job as one of the most powerful men on the force. Investigators found “hundreds of thousands” of dollars in his bank accounts that raised red flags, sources said on Wednesday. “He did bow out in kind of a strange manner,” said a source involved with the investigation.

The feds discovered the money while looking into his close relationship with two businessmen beingprobed for giving gifts to high-ranking NYPD members in exchange for favors. “Banks had collected an inordinate amount of cash,” a source familiar with the case said. “Which begged the question, where is he getting this money? How is he getting it?” “We were hearing about alleged gifts and all of these trips he was taking,” the source said. Sources said the feds and the Internal Affairs Bureau were also tipped off that Banks had several rental properties in the names of relatives, and may have had a side business selling liquor. The investigation into Banks and his businessmen pals began with an IAB probe into an unnamed Bronx cop, sources said.  The NYPD called in the feds on that case, which eventually led to Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg — who are suspected of giving gifts to high-ranking cops as part of an illegal quid pro quo, according to sources. Banks and correction officers union chief Norman Seabrook took trips with Rechnitz, an Upper West Side real-estate investor, and Reichberg, a leader in Borough ParkBrooklyn, sources said.  At least part of their bills were paid for by Rechnitz, sources said. Banks also received two golf trips to the Dominican Republic, according to a government source, and got a free hotel stay in Israel, where he visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem with Rechnitz and Reichberg in October 2014. A source close to Banks said he only became aware of the investigation after he stepped down as chief of the department — and that’s when he hired celebrity lawyer Ben Brafman to represent him* Former NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks, who was a rising star when he quit in 2014, was one of the targets of a police investigation into a quid-pro-quo scheme with two businessman, the Post writes:\
How Does The Ticket Fixing Scandal Fit Into NYPD GiftGate

NYPD GiftGate Deepens 
FBI probe finds NYPD cops got Super Bowl tickets, lavish trips (NYP) The gifts were lavish — Super Bowl tickets and vacations to China and London. The favors were troubling — using NYPD cops to provide security for private cash and jewelry deliveries and police escorts for funerals and airport trips to transfer bodies to Israel. New details emerged Tuesday in the FBI’s corruption investigation into the Police Department, including how deep-pocketed businessmen who were the original targets of the probe sought out high-ranking members they knew could “get things done for them,” sources told The Post. “They don’t go to police officers or detectives. They’re too far down the food chain,’’ a law-enforcement source said of the politically connected businessmen. “They go straight to the top: the [commanding officer], lieutenants and other top officials at the precinct,” the source added. “They get things done for them. All they need to do is make a call.” The favors ranged from getting police escorts for their own business deliveries, to crowd control during Hasidic weddings, and even receiving special security when Torahs are moved, according to sources. The feds are looking into whether high-ranking NYPD officers then received gifts as part of an illegal quid pro quo — including jaunts to the Super Bowl, ChinaLondonBrazil and Rome, and golfing trips to the Dominican Republic, sources said. The suspected corruption surfaced during a separate financial investigation into Mayor de Blasio cronies Jona Rechnitz, an Upper West Side real-estate powerhouse, and Jeremy Reichberg, a prominent figure in Borough ParkBrooklyn, the sources said. Wiretaps on the two men raised red flags because there were so many phone calls to and from cops, sources said. “When it’s replayed, it might not sound good,’’ a source said of the wiretaps, explaining that they involve one of the businessmen making requests and the cops saying they’ll take care of it, although it’s unclear if any criminal conduct occurred. Up to 20 NYPD members — including Deputy Inspector James Grant, the head of the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct, and two other deputy inspectors — are being grilled over what they might know, sources said. Some were questioned during 5 a.m. visits to their homes by the FBI. Staten Island Highway Sgt. Al Bono was questioned by agents at his house last week. Sources said the you-scratch-my-back I’ll-scratch-yours arrangement between the department and local leaders has been going on for decades — and that Rechnitz and Reichberg are experts at mining it.Rechnitz is “always bragging about his relationship with the cops, how he knows everyone,” a former work associate said. “He drops names to the cops that he knows Mayor de Blasio and [former NYPD Chief of Department Philip] Banks. He thinks he’s a big shot because of his so-called connections,” the source added. “I don’t know why these [cops] got friendly with him.’’ Banks and his buddy, correction officers union chief Norman Seabrook, were the first law-enforcement officials to come on the feds’ radar, sources said. Both took overseas trips with Rechnitz and Reichberg, with Banks’ and Seabrook’s bills at least partly paid for by Rechnitz, according to sources. Banks also was treated to two golf trips to the Dominican Republic, a government source said, and Reichnitz covered his hotel bill in Israel, where Banks posed in uniform at the Western Wall, even though he was on personal time. Ben Brafman, Banks’ lawyer, said Tuesday, “It does not appear that Mr. Banks, either while employed by the New York City Police Department or after he retired, was involved in any intentional criminal conduct.”A source said Seabrook is suspected of using Rechnitz’s JSR Capital LLC to invest union money without board approval.* New details have emerged in the FBI’s investigation, showing that high ranking members of the NYPD received international trips and Super Bowl tickets in exchange for personal police escorts and other special treatment, the Post reports: Subpoenas from  theAG's office were sent out last week to several players involved in the deal, a spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. The subpoenas were from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, according to people familiar with the matter.

FBI Investigating de Blasio Pals For Gift to the NYPD Outgrowth Of Cop Money Laundering Probe  

FBI investigating NYPD for alleged ‘gifts-for-favors’ scandal (NYP) The FBI is investigating suspected NYPD corruption focusing on the relationship between two politically connected businessmen and a slew of officers throughout the ranks, multiple sources told The Post on Monday. The feds are grilling about 20 cops — including three deputy chiefs and the head of the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct — over gifts and foreign trips that the businessmen may have doled out to them in exchange for favors, law-enforcement sources said. A grand jury also has been convened, sources said. The investigation began with an unrelated deal-gone-awry involving the two businessmen — Mayor de Blasio buddies Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, well-placed sources said. They gave a large sum of money to a third party who was supposed to buy discounted liquor for them to sell at a profit, but investors lost their money and the feds opened a fraud probe, sources said. Wiretaps on the two businessmen’s phones revealed relationships with several NYPD cops — and the probe soon led the feds to then-NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks and his close pal,

Corrections union president Norman Seabrook, sources said. Reichberg, who lives in Borough Park, is a police buff known for his NYPD connections, while Rechnitz is a deep-pocketed de Blasio donor from the Upper West Side, sources said. The businessmen became close friends with Banks and Seabrook, with the foursome traveling together to the Caribbean and to Israel in 2014.  Rechnitz picked up both men’s tab for the Caribbean jaunt, sources said. He also paid Seabrook’s airfare and hotel bills in Israel, while Banks paid for the flight but allowed Rechnitz to pick up his lodging tab, sources said. Although he was on his personal time, Banks wore his NYPD uniform during a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and when he returned to New York, shared what he had learned with authorities here, sources said. As a thank-you gift for all Rechnitz had done, Banks and Seabrook bought him a pricey backgammon set made of ancient wood. “[We] spent $5,000 on the backgammon set — custom-made from Israel — so that nobody could say they bought me the [plane] ticket,’’ Seabrook told The Post Monday. “There is no quid pro quo. There’s nothing [the FBI] could say Norman did wrong,’’ he added, referring to himself. Banks could not be reached for comment. Rechnitz also paid for at least part of other cops’ trips to places such as LondonRomeLas Vegas and the Caribbean, sources said.  Several sources said those being questioned as part of the probe include Deputy Inspector James Grant, head of the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct; Brooklyn South Deputy Chief Eric Rodriguez; and Deputy Housing Chief Michael Harrington. Harrington worked for Banks before the chief of department retired. “Most of the bosses questioned are not targets,’’ a law-enforcement source claimed. One of the officers who has already testified before the grand jury is veteran NYPD Community Affairs Officer Michael Milici, sources said. The detective pleaded the Fifth and was placed on modified duty, sources said. Rechnitz and Reichberg both served on de Blasio’s “inauguration team’’ that planned his party when he took office in 2014.* NYPD cop involved in federal money laundering probe, may have accepted gifts in exchange for police escorts (NYDN) An NYPD officer tangled in the snare of a federal probe has been put on modified duty and stripped of his badge and gun, the Daily News has learned. Michael Milici, a longtime community affairs detective in the 66th Precinct, was placed on restricted detail after he refused to answer questions from a grand jury, sources said Monday. The trouble began when the feds launched a financial fraud inquiry within the NYPD. It grew out of an earlier probe by the FBI and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office that involved fraud and possible money laundering, sources said. Now investigators are also trying to determine if some NYPD officers accepted gifts from Jewish community leaders — including a Borough Park activist with close ties to city officials, sources told The News. Some officers were suspected of doing favors for at least two prominent local businessmen — including providing police escorts for Jewish funerals. The cops might have received gifts, like paid vacations, in return, sources said. Under NYPD rules, officers are not permitted to accept free meals, much less vacations.  A number of NYPD brass have been interviewed. Additionally, a former chief appears to be part of the investigation, as well as another retired NYPD supervisor with ties to the 66th Precinct. The probe into illicit favor trading was sparked by a comment caught on a wiretap by a Jewish businessman, who was under investigation for something entirely different, sources said. Sources said the feds suspect he gave gifts to cops and bought meals for at least some of them. Milici’s lawyer said he and his client were in the dark about the feds’ investigation. “He asserted the Fifth to the grand jury completely,” attorney Patrick Parrotta said of Milici. “We don’t know exactly what their theory is ... we don’t know what’s on their minds, he said. Asked if his client had taken any gifts, Parrotta had an immediate adamant response. “No, of course not,” he said. *  The FBI is investigating suspected NYPD corruption focusing on the relationship between two politically connected businessmen and a slew of officers throughout the ranks, sources tell the NY Post.Update Bratton: NYPD will ‘cooperate fully’ with corruption probe (NYP)* State Attorney General eyes shady dealing from Lower East Side developers, lobbyist who turned Rivington St.nursing home for AIDS patients into luxury condos (NYDN)

Survey: Cops Hate Their Jobs, Feel Abandoned and Claim City is Less Safe   
87% NYPD say city 'less safe;' Morale 'terrible'..
De Blasio on PBA survey showing low morale among NYPD officers: "I don't put a lot of stock in that survey"
NYPD officers hate their jobs: survey(NYP) The vast majority of NYPD officers hates their job and believes they were a lot safer before Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton took office, according to a new survey by the city’s police union. The polling of more than 6,000 of the NYPD’s roughly 24,000 rank-and-file revealed a resounding lack of passion for the job, with cops on average rating morale at just 2.49 on a scale of 1 to 10. “The results of this survey prove what we’ve been hearing time and time again from members over the past two years — the job is more difficult than ever, the dangers are greater, and morale is extremely low,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.   Roughly 87 percent of cops said the Big Apple has become “less safe” since the new administration took over at the beginning of 2014, with 55 percent of those respondents describing New York City as “a lot less safe.” Ninety-six percent of cops also said that relations between cops and the communities they patrol have gotten worse during the same period — even as Bratton has made repairing those relationships a cornerstone of his policing strategy. Meanwhile, 89 percent of cops polled said they would quit the NYPD if they were offered a higher-paying job in law enforcement, while 86 percent said they would not recommend the job to family members. Police officers who work the beat said cops are so dispirited because they don’t feel like they have the support of the communities where they work — or of the NYPD brass, for that matter. “Morale is terrible. It’s always been bad, but this is the worst [it has been],” said a cop who works in Manhattan. “Even though Bratton stands up there and tells you, ‘We’re not about numbers, we’re not about summonses,’ that’s a lot of BS.” * Ninety-five percent of uniformed officers disapprove of the job Mayor Bill de Blasio is doing, while two-thirds approve of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s work, according to a Patrolmen's Benevolent Association survey, Capital New York writes:  * City pulls armed cops off patrol to help kids cross the street (NYP)

 'THE JOB IS MORE DIFFICULT THAN EVER': First-ever PBA survey says NYPD morale at rock bottom under de Blasio, with 87% of cops believing city is 'less safe' (NYDN)  * Many New York Police Department officers said New York City has become less safe under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration in a survey conducted by the union representing the city’s police officers, The Wall Street Journalreports: * In a letter to the governor family members of New Yorkers killed by police are blasting Cuomo’s plan to create an “independent special counsel” to review cases where cops kill civilians, the Daily News writes: *    Family members of New Yorkers killed by police are blasting Cuomo’s plan to create an “independent special counsel” to review cases where cops kill civilians, saying it’s too weak and represents a “step backwards” for justice.* PBA Survey Finds Morale Low Among NYPD Officers (NY1) *  De Blasio’s anwers on crime: deny, ignore and delay (NYP) Monday’s survey of NYPD dissatisfaction — 87 percent of police officers said the city’s less safe since Mayor de Blasio took over — should be no surprise. But it should also once and for all put an end to de Blasio’s ridiculous spin about the safety of the city. In the midst of New York City’s recent wave of slashings and stabbings, de Blasio — ever off-key and out of touch — offered a silver lining to the spate of terrifying crimes being committed against our citizens: We should, he said, be grateful that they weren’t shot or murdered.  * Why do NYC cops overwhelmingly dislike Mayor Bill de Blasio?18% said he is “anti-cop” and 16% said “Everything."  (PoliticoNY) * Why Does the NYPDGet to Keep Breaking Freedom of Information Laws? (Villae Voice)

Another Cop Shot in Brooklyn
Narcotics cop shot during buy-and-bust gone awry (NYP) Narcotics cop shot during buy-and-bust gone awry *COP SHOT IN BROOKLYN: Narcotics detective hit during confrontation in Bushwick that left one suspect wounded, another taken into custody (NYDN) * NYPD Police Academy instructor who was tasked with teaching CPR to Peter Liang stripped of gun, shield for providing insufficient training (NYDN) * Narcotics cop shot by friendly fire during buy-and-bust gone awry (NYP) * Officer in Ramarley Graham Shooting Won’t Face U.S. Charges (NYT) Mr. Graham’s family had hoped that prosecutors would bring a civil rights case against the officer who killed the unarmed teenager in the bathroom of his family’s Bronx home in 2012. * NYPD Detective Hitby Friendly Fire During Brooklyn Heroin Bust, Police Say via @Dnainfo * NYPD Police Academy instructor who was tasked with teaching CPR to Peter Liang stripped of gun, shield for providing insufficient training (NYDN) * Federal prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against NYPD Officer Richard Haste, who allegedly fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in his home four years ago, the Times reports: * A plainclothes NYPD detective was shot in the left shoulder and is in stable condition after he was apparently struck in crossfire with a sergeant while attempting to make a drug arrest in Brooklyn, the Times reports:  * NYPD officials said a New York City Police Academy instructor has been stripped of her gun and badge for giving insufficient training on CPR to a class of recruits that included Peter Liang, an officer convicted in a shooting, the Times reports * The Bronx district attorney is pleading for more anti-crime funds.* "Crime in the subway has increased 16% this year." (NYDN) *  Officer in Fatal Shooting of Ramarley Graham Faces Police Dept. Charges (NYT) An internal case against Officer Richard Haste will proceed now that federal prosecutors have declined to charge him in the death of Mr. Graham, who was 18 when he was killed in his Bronx apartment.

PBA with a tough ad calling for firing of CCRB head Emery 4 a conflict of interest

Lawyer Emery Makes His CCRB Play to Play As Pro Cop Post Demands He Be Fired  
Richard Emery, embattled chairman of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board, lashed out at police unions, likening their calls for his removal to “squealing like a stuck pig.” He subsequently apologized and insisted he did not intend his words as a slur against cops .* IDC leader Klein won't rule out helping GOP keep Senatemajority 

The de Blasio culture of corruption (NYP) What does Richard Emery, the hand-picked head of Mayor de Blasio’s cop-watchdog Civilian Complaint Review Board, have in common with Sheldon Silver, the on-his-way-to-prison former speaker of the New York Assembly? Rainmaking.Silver filched millions, using his office to feloniously steer potential asbestos litigants to the trial lawyers at Weitz & Luxenberg PC. That’s one reason why he’s going to jail. Emery clearly isn’t playing in that league, not even close. But can you be just a little bit conflicted? He has made a good living litigating against New York City for some years, switching sides, or so it appeared, in 2014 — when de Blasio appointed him head of the CCRB as part of a professed effort to bolster trust in the NYPD. But, of course, appearances can deceive. Emery is a name partner in the self-described “boutique” trial-law firm of Emery Celli Brinkerhoff Abady — which, in its own words, “has successfully represented hundreds of clients in police misconduct cases against police departments throughout the Tri-State area, from high profile wrongful death cases to smaller false arrest and excessive force cases.” Here’s where the rainmaking comes in, according to published reports. Individuals certified as “victims” of NYPD misconduct by Emery’s review board then turn around and hire Emery’s law firm to pursue civil suits against the NYPD. * De Blasio needs to replace Richard Emery, chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, who is a partner at a law firm which represents hundreds of clients in police misconduct cases against police departments, the Post’s Bob McManus writes: * City seeks dismissal of suit by firm of CCRB chairman after chief witness caught planning to lie to jury (NYDN) *  NYPD sergeants and CCRB in standoff over cop cases investigated by agency chairman's law firm (NYDN)


Asian-Americans Get No Respect
A political awakening is taking hold with Asian-American New Yorkers (NYP Ed) Liang supporters ask: Why was he convicted when other, non-Asian cops got the benefit of the doubt after similar shootings? Is it just that their community gets no respect?Smaller issues have sparked sea changes — and activists tell The Post they plan on mobilizing against Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s re-election next year. Another flashpoint: the state crackdown on the heavily Asian-American nail-salon business after last year’s dubious New York Times reporting. Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) says the state’s actions are unparalleled. Gov. Cuomo’s “targeted enforcement will cripple the nail-salon industy . . . More than 71 percent of owners are trying to close their shops and 54 percent have laid off employees. How is this helping our workers?” Kim asked this week. Meanwhile, other New Yorkers of Asian descent worry about the drive to alter admissions standards at the city’s elite public high schools. Asians already see themselves as victimized by quotas at Harvard University — is Stuyvesant HS next? This has always been a town of voting blocs. It’ll be interesting to see what happens as one of New York’s quietest communities starts to speak up.* The details of state inspections of nail salons are perhaps most revealing about just how challenging it is to regulate a largely immigrant-run industry in which almost everything is done off the books and employers are often unfamiliar with the intricacies of state labor laws.

Chinese-American Mad At Thompson for Locking Up Officer Liang 
Will the Asian Vote Become A Major Force in NYC?

Chinese-American activists, angered by last week’s conviction of former NYPD Officer Peter Liang for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, are seeking a candidate to run against Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson next year.* Thousands rallying in Brooklyn for Officer Peter Liang - PBA nowhere to be seen.* Nearly 10,000 protesters — most of them Asian Americans —are rallying in Brooklyn in support of ex-copPeter Liang  (NYT) In New York,thousands protest Officer Peter Liang’s manslaughter conviction 

 More than 10,000 protesters rallying in support of ex-cop Peter Liang (NYP) * Supporters rally behind Peter Liang, cop convicted in Akai Gurley’s shooting death (NYDN) * Biased DA, city scapegoat the Asian-American community (NYP) *  'ALL HE DID WAS WALK DOWN STAIRS': Ex-NYPD cops fired for deadly Akai Gurley shooting respond to $50M lawsuit by claiming it was Gurley’s fault he was shot (NYDN) * "Supporters of Officer Liang noted the strained relationship between the police and African-Americans across the country, after a string of incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by officers, many of whom were never charged. Officer Liang, in their view, was the one who had to pay the price. One of the printed announcements for the rally read, 'In the wake of so many unfortunate deaths of unarmed black men, some cops gotta hang.' The evidence against Officer Liang, his supporters contend, did not seem as clear-cut compared to the cases of other officers who have not been prosecuted. Some also believed that the gunfire had been an accidental discharge. 'All the policemen have no punishment for all they did,' said Tommy Shi, 30, who lives in Manhattan and works in a restaurant. 'Peter Liang is a scapegoat for all this ... That's why we stand for Peter Liang.'" (NYT)  -- Counterprotest - amNY's: "Black Lives Matter activists on Saturday disrupted a rally supporting [Liang]. Disorder-control police stood shoulder to shoulder to separate the groups ..."

Two More Cops Shot Expected to Make Full Recovery 

Sources said one of two officers hit in a shootout with an alleged Muslim extremist was struck by a bullet believed to be fired by the suspect, but it is still unclear who fired the bullet fragments that hit his partner, the Post reports: 

UPDATE: Two officers shot are alert& in stablecondition -- expected to make full recovery. (WPIX)
Officers began to follow the car & radioed for assistance. The suspect then traveled the wrong way on Lexington Ave., ramming a patrol car.*  Officers heard gunfire near Quincy St. & Malcolm X. Blvd. As they approached the suspect, he pointed a revolver at them and fled in a car

At approximately 3:20 A.M., during the apprehension of an armed suspect in Bedford Stuyvesant, Bklyn., 2 officers were struck by gunfire. *  NYPD top cop says dad of one of cops shot was also oncesaved by vest. Details on shooting: (NYDN) * Two NYPD cops shot in Brooklyn (NYP) Two NYPD cops were shot early Saturday in Brooklyn, according to reports. One housing officer was struck in the back and the other in the torso. They were taken to Kings County Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.* Two N.Y.P.D. Officers Are Shot in Brooklyn  (NYT) 2 NYPD officers shot in Brooklyn. Reportedly in stable condition. #1010WINS * Two NYPD officerswere shot in Brooklyn by a suspect who slammedhis car head-on into their's (NYDN) * Two @NYPDnews officers shot in Brooklyn overnight. They have non life threat injuries. Suspect shot. #1010wins * 2 NYPD officers are shot, 1 in vest, both stable. Shooter is wrong-way driver. #1010WINS * SHOOTOUT IN BROOKLYN: Two cops wounded, possibly by friendly fire, in wild chase with suspect who was armed with .357 Magnum and had 15 arrests (NYDN)
Two more cops shot in what has become a tragic regularity in NYC

Violent Crime in Certain Precincts 
A Bronx Precinct Where Killings Persist (NYT) The death of a woman at the Mott Haven Houses in the 40th Precinct reveals a swirl of deeper dysfunction.

Man Who Pushed Woman On Subway Had Open Warrants That the Council Wants to Vacate 
These Same Warrants Identify New Yorkers Suffering From Mental Illness
Man who pushed woman toward subway had open warrants (NYP) A homeless man shoved an NYU Ph.D. student toward the tracks at a busy Brooklyn subway station— and it turns out he has the exact kind of low-level open warrants that the City Council speaker wants to vacate, a law-enforcement source said. David French, 46, who has skipped out on two court dates for littering and public urination, attacked Martina Balestra, 35, as she waited for a northbound train on the 4 and 5 line at the Borough Hall station Thursday around 7:15 p.m., the source said.  French lunged forward and shoved her toward the train tracks — but the quick-thinking Balestra grabbed a pillar at the last second and stayed on the platform, the source said. The homeless man, who has been living at a shelter in Harlem, was busted for littering and urinating in public last year — but he never showed up to his court dates. When cops tracked him down, he still had two open criminal court summons warrants, sources said. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has said she wants to vacate about 700,000 old open warrants for low-level offenders who never showed up to court.

de Blasio Inconsistent Relatonship With the NYPD: Back the Future On Advice to His Son  
Daily News: By Agreeing to the Council Raise de Blasio Telling the NYPD They Are Second Class
Mayor Bill de Blasio, in his most candid remarks on race, policing and being the father of a biracial teen son since his feud with the NYPD, defended his previous comments on the hot-button issues as “true,” the Daily News reports: * By signing the bill to increase the New York City Council’s salaries, de Blasio is telling the police, who get paid less than half a council member’s salary and have been in labor contract negotiations, they are second-class heroes, the Daily News writes * WE HAVE TO CHANGE IT': De Blasio defends telling son Dante to 'take special care' during police encounters, says Black Lives Matter is 'absolutely' transformational (NYDN) * Bill's Council cop out  (NYDN Ed) The mayor has often cited settling long outstanding labor contract as among his proudest accomplishments. The terms were generous, particularly when compared with those offered by his predecessor. Altogether, de Blasio gave the workforce raises totaling 27% going as far back as 10 years — with a few unions yet to settle. Key among the holdouts is the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.  Through arbitration, the PBA secured 1% raises for contracts covering 2006 and 2007, amounts in line with de Blasio’s pattern for those years. Now, representing more than 20,000 cops, the union is seeking to break de Blasio’s pattern for later contract years. The mayor would give President Pat Lynch grounds to demand handsome raises should the mayor follow through by approving hikes for the Council totaling 32%.  DE BLASIO REVISITS HIS DANTE REMARKS  Mayor de Blasio opened an old wound with city police officers — saying the comments he made in 2014 about having had to “train” his biracial son, Dante, to “take special care” around cops should not have sparked controversy, because they are true. * In a candid speech at CUNY, de Blasio also called the Black Lives Matter movement was transformational in how people are addressing racial issues.  In a panel discussion alongside New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, de Blasio defended his earlier remarks in the strongest language he has used since he first made them. In a wide-ranging answer to a question about his opinions of the Black Lives Matter movement, de Blasio said, "I spoke about the conversations Chirlane and I had with our son Dante about how he had to comport himself in any dealings with the police, and I said something that hundreds of thousands of Americans acknowledge as their reality, families of color know they have to do it." "Of course it became a huge controversy, but it shouldn't be a controversy because it's true, and we have to grapple with it, and we have to change it," the mayor said. Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch, in a statement responding to de Blasio's comments Thursday night, said. "Biases come in all sizes and shapes and it's time for the Mayor to recognize his bias against police."(PoloiticoNY) -- Daily News: "Mayor de Blasio, in candidspeech at CUNY event, returns to controversial topic dealing with race thatangered police"-- Observer: "De Blasio Defends Warning HisBiracial Son About 'Dangers' of Police" * WE HAVE TO CHANGE IT': De Blasio defends telling son Dante to 'take special care' during police encounters, says Black Lives Matter is 'absolutely' transformational (NYDN)
NYPD in Crisis: Sharpton, Noerdlinger, Rubinstein, de Blasio, Bratton, Garner Chokehold, Grand Jury and Protests 

Kelly Lower Crime Numbers Fake
Ray Kelly accuses Bratton of fudging ‘record low’ crime stats (NYP) When asked during a ­radio interview about data put out by his successor, Bill Bratton, showing overall crime at record lows, Kelly laughed. “I think you’ve got to . . . look at those numbers because I think there are some issues with the numbers that are being put out,” Kelly said on AM 970. “I think there’s some redefinition going on as to what amounts to a shooting, that sort of thing. “I mean, look, all administrations want to show that crime is down,” he added. “But you have to take a hard look at those numbers, and I can tell you, people don’t feel safer in this city. People say this to me all the time. And perception is reality in many instances. So the city feels unsafe in many people’s minds and unsafe in many neighborhoods in people’s minds.”* Mayor de Blasio ‘surprised’ that former top cop Ray Kelly accused the NYPD of falsely reporting lower crime stats (NYDN) * Bill de Blasio defends Bratton: NYPD is not fudging stats (NYP) * De Blasio Slams Former NYPD Comm. Kelly After Remarks On Shooting Totals (WABC) * Bill de Blasio rips former top cop Ray Kelly for accusing NYPD of falsely ... New York Daily News -* Ray Kelly Accuses Bill Bratton of Manipulating NYPD Crime Stats, Just Like He Did Gawker 

Big Drop in Burglaries Suggests Fixing the Books to Lower Crime Rate

Experts question drop in burglaries that helped lower city crime rate (NYP) T he much-heralded 2 percent decline in the city’s overall crime rate last year would never have happened if it wasn’t for an 11 percent plummet in burglaries. In fact, the steep burglary decline accounted for 86 percent of the city’s overall crime dip in 2015. But some criminologists question the numbers, saying cops could be re-labeling felony burglaries as lesser misdemeanors, like trespassing or petty larceny, or filing fewer burglaries by consolidating multiple break-ins in the same building into a single reported burglary. Such cooking of the books was “commonplace” in the Bloomberg era, according to Molloy College associate dean John Eterno, a retired NYPD captain. “The question is have these practices stopped,” he said. “If [Police Commissioner Bill] Bratton is doing the same thing that [predecessor Ray] Kelly did, then I have no doubt that creative accounting is taking place.”

The NYP Keeps Attacking in the New Year
de Blasio Reappoints Judge Who Pissed Off Law Enforcement
De Blasio rewards judge who went soft on cop-hating thugs (NYP) Mayor de Blasio has reappointed three cut-’emloose judges — including one who sparked outrage by freeing defendants accused of threatening to kill cops after the execution-style murders of two police officers. De Blasio doubled down on his support for controversial Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson, rewarding her with a full, 10-year term on the bench, the mayor’s office announced Monday. Last year, Hizzoner gave Johnson a one-year interim reappointment despite fierce opposition from law-enforcement officials

Judge turns loose thug who posted gun threat against cops (NYP) * The NYPD is expanding its Juvenile Robbery Intervention Program because of the good will it fosters in minority communities, even though an internal report found it has had no effect on stopping robberies, theTimes writes:  * De Blasio has reappointed three cut-’emloose judges (as the NY Post says) — including one who sparked outrage by freeing defendants accused of threatening to kill cops after the execution – style murders of two police officers.

Will A Quote From Bratton's Book Come Back to Hurt Him?

The feeling is widespread that de Blasio, in the first significant office he has ever held, doesn’t get it. He is heading for his own “DAVE, DO SOMETHING” moment (to quote the front page headline addressed to Mayor Dinkins in the Sept. 7, 1990, Post). As one observer wrote of those days, “There was a sense of doom on the streets . . . The cops on the beat wanted to do their jobs, but the brass didn’t trust them to do it . . . The feeling behind many desks was that it was better for cops to stay away from criminals and steer clear of temptation than to chase them down and put them away.” The person who wrote those words is Bill Bratton, de Blasio’s police chief, in his memoir, “Turnaround.”* 311 complaints went up 10 percent in 2015 (NYP)Report Finds Juvenile Program Failed to Reduce Robberies, but Police Are Expanding It (NYT) Despite the lack of success shown in a 2014 report, police officials say the Juvenile Robbery Intervention Program is valuable because of the good will it creates. 

Remembering Office Ramos and Liu and Their Families One Year Later
1 year after the murder of 2 NYPD officers, their families,neighbors still mourn. @WNYC *'WHY DID HE TAKE AWAY MY SON?' Year later, families of NYPD cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, senselessly killed by crazed assassin, still struggling with grief (NYDN) * Kadiatou Diallo, whose son Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by police while reaching for his wallet, blasted the promotion of an officer involved in the 1999 incident and requested a meeting with NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, the Post reports:* The Post’s Bob McManus writes that de Blasio is lucky to follow two great mayors and inherit a city nearly free of serious crime, but his legacy will likely be less stelar due to a lack of “core vision” and managerial skills:* ‘Their sacrifice was not in vain’: slain NYPD officers honored (NYP) * Two NYPD officers killed in the line of duty a year ago were remembered by officials during two emotional events yesterday. Plaques commemorating Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were unveiled at the 84th precinct station house on the anniversary of their fatal shootings inside a patrol car in Brooklyn.
City Council Crime Fighting and the NYPD

Afghan Blast   NYPD Joseph Lemm, among 6 Americans killed in Afghanistan bombing, was recently promoted to detective: Bratton  NYPD detective killed by suicide bomber in Afghanistan (NYP)* * A New York City commission appointed by Mayor de Blasio recommended a 15% raise for the mayor and 23% raises for the 51 members of City Council, capping a monthslong study of compensation, The WallStreet Journal reports:

Bratton Says He Has Less Tools to Deal With Homeless Now Than When He Served Under Giuliani 
As the de Blasio administration predicts a rise in homelessness next year, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said he has “fewer tools to work with” in combatting the problem compared to when he led the NYPD in the 1990s, the Post reports: * As he completes his second year under de Blasio, Bratton’s accomplishments have been more modest, but he’s working in a much different city, where crime is at its lowest levels since the 1950s, Leonard Levittwrites in amNew York: * A mayor-appointed committee on school safety is eyeing new rules that would bar the NYPD from arresting students for crimes that include graffiti, vandalism and harassment inside the buildings, documents show.

Subway Sex Crimes Increasing 

City subways are turning into a sex-crime filled horror show (NYP) Sex crimes on the city’s subways have soared by nearly 20 percent this year, due to a surge in the number of gropers, flashers and voyeurs, NYPD officials said on Monday. “I think everyone has a subway horror story,’’ said straphanger Ashley Ezparda, 27, of Jackson Heights, Queens, near the 74th Street and Broadway station. “[I saw] some homeless guy masturbating on the R train this past summer. I wanted to throw up.” In the past five months alone, the rate of increase has more than doubled — with a total of 699 incidents reported, or 106 more than the 593 recorded for the same period last year, authorities said. The most common offenses are forcible touching, lewdness and unwanted surveillance, NYPD Deputy Chief Vincent Coogan told MTA officials at a meeting.* Sex crimes on the city’s subways have soared by nearly 20 percent this year, due to a surge in the number of gropers, flashers and voyeurs, NYPD officials said.

NYPD Goes After Gangs 

'NYPD HAS STEPPED UP ITS GAME': Police boss Bill Bratton says Finest is up to the challenge of gang violence (NYDN)  * DANGER IN YOUR BACKYARD? Interactive map shows gang activity by New York City neighborhood (NYDN)* Along with the mass killers and rifle-toting terrorists who are driving the nation’s gun debate are New York’s own gangbangers, who are behind the triggers of nearly half the city’s shootings, officials said. And when gunplay across the five boroughs turns deadly, gang members are quite often responsible, accounting for 130, or 40 percent, of the city’s murders this year.

Police Enforcement Actions Drop 
Police ‘enforcement actions’ drop during de Blasio’s first year (NYP) The NYPD took more than 800,000 fewer “enforcement actions” during Mayor de Blasio’s first year in 2014 than in 2011 — cutting stop-and-frisks, summonses for quality-of-life violations and misdemeanor arrests, a new study revealed Friday. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice analysisshowed that stops made up the majority of the cutbacks, falling from a high of 685,724 in 2011 to a low of 45,787 in 2014 — a 93 percent drop. Summonses for public drinking and urination and disorderly conduct dropped from 507,982 to 369,058, and misdemeanor arrests fell from 286,327 to 259,600. And the drop largely affected young minority males, according to John Jay President Jeremy Travis, who said enforcement actions rose steadily from 2003 but fell just as sharply eight years later.* * New analyses of crime and enforcement by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the New York Civil Liberties Union show that even as police stops of pedestrians have declined sharply in recent years, New York City has continued to see a drop in crime, the Journal reports:
Stop-and-frisks 2011: 685,724, 2014: 45,787, 93% decline*  * It’s time for New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to speed up introduction of officer-worn body cameras, as well as dashboard cameras, while complying with monitor Peter Zimroth’s plans to permanently end stop and frisk, the Daily News writes: * The renaming of a Queens Village street as “Detective 1st Grade Brian Moore Way” is a fitting tribute to Moore, who was killed while working undercover at the age of 25 and who made New York City safer and stronger because of his service, the Post writes:
Quality-of-life summonses 2011: 507,982, 2014: 369,058, 27% decline
Misdemeanor arrests 2011: 286,327, 2014: 259,600, 9% decline
Felony arrests 2011: 88,082, 2014: 89,306, 1.4% increase

Is Bratton Blaming the Victim?

"Bratton puts onus on women toavoid late-night sex assaults,"  "Big Apple women should think twice before getting into a late-night taxi by themselves - as sexual assaults by drivers are on the rise ... 'One of the areas of concern that we have is particularly young women coming out of clubs and bars, particularly in Manhattan and certain areas of Brooklyn,' the top cop said during an interview on WNYC Radio's 'Brian Lehrer Show.' 'They're by themselves and intoxicated getting into a cab . . . and we've seen an increase in assaults in those instances, so we're encouraging women to adopt the buddy system.'"* After wave of sexual assaults, German mayor warns women tostay away from strangers: (NY Mag) * Why women need to think twice before taking a late-night taxi (NYP)

Bratton Responds to Kelly With An Online Crime Map . . .  Is Each Administration Changing How Crime Stats Are Counted?
NYPD to launch online crime map of city neighborhoods (NYP) The NYPD on Wednesday released a trove of data about murders, rapes and other major offenses committed this year. Top cop Bill Bratton said an online spreadsheet and interactive map would let New Yorkers “increase their awareness and knowledge of crime conditions around the city and in their local neighborhoods.” A spokesman insisted the move was “not at all related” to Ray Kelly’s claims that stats were being fudged. * So far the allegations by Kelly that shooting statistics are cooked are anonymous gripes, and if Bratton can’t bear the allegations he can request a truly independent probe by an outsider, the Post writes: 

The NYPD IG Has Not Been Told What to Do?  NYPD inspector general mum on ex-top cop Raymond Kelly'sclaim that Commissioner Bill Bratton is cooking the books on crime (NYDN)  The NYPD’S inspector general wasn’t exactly champing at the bit to get into the battle between Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his predecessor Raymond Kelly over claims that the department is fudging crime stats. “We are aware of the matter and decline further comment,” a spokeswoman for Inspector General Philip Eure said Wednesday. The spokeswoman would not say if Eure would investigate Kelly’s assertions that the department is intentionally manipulating crime reports.* The Post’s Michael Goodwin blames de Blasio’s “attacks on the NYPD” for the feud between Kelly and Bratton, and says they shouldn’t take away from each other a record of making the city safer:* Raymond Kelly hasn't ruled out run against Mayor de Blasio (NYDN) * Bill Bratton: Raymond Kelly is just plain wrong about shootings in NYC (NYDN)  *  The competing claims from the current and former police commissioners of how to count crime statistics is drawing scrutiny over how those numbers are put together.* Michael Goodwin in The New York Post blames the Ray Kelly-Bill Bratton feud on Mayor de Blasio. * Bratton dismissed Kelly’s complaints as merely “tabloid politics.” * Bratton: Kelly is just plain wrong BILL BRATTON (NYDN) -- To reporters in City Hall Wed. afternoon: "The IG is an independent entity, they can investigate anything they want, anytime." -- POLITICO New York: * Post columnist Seth Lipsky writes that the feud between NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and his predecessor Ray Kelly is a good thing for New Yorkers, as it will bring scrutiny to the de Blasio administration’s move away from aggressive policing: *NYC homicides by gun up 22 percent over last year;shootings declined by 2 percent ?; Bratton has a statistics problem, blusters to cover up.
Sal Albanese ‏@SalAlbaneseNYC   Another ex of why @NYCCouncil is considered useless! Controversy over crime stats rages & body is more concerned about boycotting @Yankees

Kelly Charges NYPD Crime Numbers Games Undercount

The feud grows between the N.Y.P.D. commissioner and hispredecessor over crime stats. (NYT) Police Leaders’ Competing Claims Draw Focus to How New York Counts Crimes (NYP) Commissioner William J. Bratton and his predecessor, Raymond W. Kelly, are sparing over the veracity of the city’s crime statistics.*De Blasio is to blame for the Bratton-Kelly feud (NYP) They are perhaps the two greatest commissioners in the great history of the NYPD, and their assaults on each other’s achievements bring a sour end to 2015. These two fine men, genuine heroes who deserve their national acclaim, are hurting themselves, the police force and all of New York. The “politics” began in 2013, when Bill de Blasio built his campaign for mayor around attacks on the NYPD. Looking to delegitimize record-low crime rates and rally nonwhite voters, de Blasio mounted his soapbox repeatedly to demonize cops as a racist, brutal force in minority neighborhoods. He described Kelly, then the top cop, and the outgoing mayor, Michael Bloomberg, as the commanders of an occupying army. De Blasio put special emphasis on stop-question-and-frisk, the aggressive and successful tool the police used to get illegal handguns off the street. In the midst of a federal civil-rights trial before a biased judge, de Blasio’s charges found favor in the liberal echo chamber.  Never mind that his accusations against the NYPD were false and outrageous — they were political magic. De Blasio, a backbencher given little chance, shot to the top in the Democratic primary and rode his attacks on the police into City Hall. Al Sharpton played a key role in the toxic triumph, which featured a speaker at de Blasio’s inauguration calling New York a “plantation.” The new mayor later said he had no problem with that word.

Bratton Bangs Kelly Back On Deleted Emails 
For Bratton and Kelly, Linked Legacies and Locked Horns (NYT) William Bratton and Raymond Kelly have both held New York City’s top job police twice, and Mr. Kelly’s comments on crime numbers have forced a simmering tension into the open.  *   Ray Kelly says he had nothing to do with emails being deleted (NYP) Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Fridayresponded to the recent disclosure that many of his e-mails were deleted from his desktop computer — despite a federal court order that they be preserved — by saying he’s never deleted or ordered his e-mails deleted. “I had no role whatsoever in how any NYPD personnel handled my email, its retention or deletion, while I was in the department or subsequent to my departure,” said Kelly in a statement. “I can unequivocally state that I have never deleted nor ordered anyone to delete any emails relevant to this litigation.” * Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly denied any role in how any NYPD personnel handled his email amid a disclosure that many of his emails were deleted despite a federal court order that they be preserved, thePost writes:  * The only two men to hold the job of NYPD Commissioner twice, Ray Kelly and Bill Bratton share differing backgrounds but linked legacies despite being engaged in public animosity over crime numbers in recent days, The New York Times reports:   * Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said police acted with “civility” in hundreds of thousands of stop-and-frisks during his tenure in a radio interview that featured his claim that the NYPD is now fudging crime statistics, the Post writes: 
Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly deleted most of his emails before he left NYPD (NYDN) Most of former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s emails on his desktop computer were deleted at the end of his tenure despite an order they be preserved for a high-stakes class-action suit alleging a summons quota system within the department. New filings in Manhattan Federal Court show the city backtracking in an ongoing fight over Kelly’s missing electronic correspondence. “The majority of former Commissioner Kelly’s locally stored emails were inadvertently deleted at the conclusion of his tenure,” city attorney Curt Beck wrote to Manhattan Federal Judge Robert Sweet. The city only recently learned of the mistakenly destroyed data, according to documents filed Wednesday. A “litigation hold” on documents and correspondence related to the class-action suit went into effect when the case was filed in May 2010. But that hold was not disseminated “more widely,” so Kelly’s technology staff mistakenly scrubbed an unknown number of his emails, the city said. Kelly has previously said under oath that he rarely used email in the first place and preferred in-person meetings and phone calls. The city maintained “the maximum universe of email at issue remains minimal, at best.”*  NYPD to spend more than $700,000 to buy automatic weapons(NYDN) * Most of former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s emails on his desktop computer were deleted despite an order they be preserved for a class-action suit alleging a summons quota system within the department, theDaily News reportsNYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton writes in the Daily News that “there is no truth whatsoever” to assertions by his predecessor, Ray Kelly, that the city is misclassifying murder and shooting statistics to make them look better:* Major crime in New York City in 2015 was at the lowest point since statistics have been kept, falling 1.7 percent from 2014, though reports of homicides, rapes and robberies rose, The Wall Street Journal reports: 

FIGHTING NEWS Bill Bratton and Ray Kelly clash over NYPD crime statistics *Bratton fires back at Kelly for claiming he cooks books on crime stats (NYP) NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday challenged predecessor Ray Kelly to justify his “outrageous” claim that police brass had cooked the books to show a record-low crime rate. *  New York Police Commissioner and Predecessor Spar Over Accuracy of Crime Data (NYT) Former Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly told a radio interviewer that a recent tally of major crimes was unreliable. His successor, William J. Bratton, said Mr. Kelly had offered no proof.*Bratton fires back at Kelly for claiming he cooks books on crime stats (NYP) Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday challenged his predecessor, Ray Kelly, to “be a big man” and justify his claim that NYPD brass hadcooked the books to show a record-low crime rate. Hours later, Kelly returned fire— saying active-duty police sources had told him official CompStat figures were being manipulated to lowball murders and shootings. Kelly also blasted “the eroding quality of the life in the city that is obvious to anyone who lives here,” and accused the de Blasio administration of trying “to distort the reality of what [cops] face on the street.” * Bratton to Kelly on stat-fudging charge: ‘Man up, provide the source’ (NYP)   * Sources say former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, who is embroiled in a feud with the de Blasio administration, hasn’t ruled out a mayoral run, and that billionaire grocer John Catsimatidis has said he would help bankroll a bid, the Daily News reports:  * Federal agencies lauded the de Blasio administration for “ending” chronic homelessness among veterans, which he promised to do in his State of the City address, but hundreds of vets still live in city shelters, the Daily News writes:

The Daily News Call For An Investigation of NYPD Crime Stats
 The Daily News writes that former NYPD Commissioner RayKelly’s claims that current Commissioner Bill Bratton is altering crime statistics to make Mayor Bill de Blasio look better demand a thorough investigation: “Shame on him,” Bratton said, slowly emphasizing each word. Bratton then challenged Kelly to back up his allegations. “Well, if you’re going to make it stand up, be a big man and explain what you’re talking about,” he said. Kelly picked up the gauntlet. He released a statement Tuesday night saying that sources in the NYPD had told him that a classification called “circumstances undetermined pending investigation” has been “misapplied” to homicide cases to “manipulate murder totals.” Kelly further accused Bratton’s NYPD of engaging “in an effort to reduce the reported number of shootings” by changing how victims are tallied. Those who suffer graze wounds “are often not counted . . . as was done previously,” Kelly sniped. “Similarly, a victim who sustains wounds by flying glass caused by a shooting is not recorded as a shooting victim. “Further, wounds sustained by a victim who refuses to cooperate with a police investigation have been recorded as self-inflicted.” But this is not the first time Bratton has been accused of massaging stats. Some 14,000 cases were downplayed between 2005 and 2012, when he headed the LAPD, the Los Angeles Times reported in October.  The NYPD’s most recent CompStat figures show overall crime down 2 percent through Dec. 27 compared with last year, although murders and rapes are up 4.3 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.*  The NYPD’s deputy commissioner for operations said there has been “no change whatsoever” in the way crimes are reported since former commissioner Ray Kelly left the department two years ago. -- Union boss weighs in: "When two elephants stomp in the field, only the grass gets hurt," said Ed Mullins, who's been a vocal critic of de Blasio's. "Both men are highly respected leaders in law enforcement. There are obviously two views of opinion." "I guess the best judge of truth lies in the view of the people and their current perception of fear in the streets and the obvious decline in quality of life conditions we all observe," he added. Post:  How Will Bratton vs Kelly Affect de Blasio? "[Bratton and Kelly] are having words at a time when Mr. de Blasio, a liberal Democrat elected promising to make changes to the NYPD, is struggling to combat a perception that he is weak on policing, despite an overall decline in crime on his watch." WSJ's  * Councilman Calls forInvestigation into Kelly’s Claim That NYPD Is Fudging Stats (NYP) Councilman Ritchie Torres, a Bronx Democrat pushing police reform bills in the Council, said Philip Eure, the NYPD inspector general, should investigate Mr. Kelly’s assertion that people suffering graze wounds were not always recorded as shooting victims, and wounds suffered by an uncooperative victim were now being labeled self-inflicted.

The Paris Terror Has Empowered Bratton to Speak His Mind On de Blasio

Even Bill Bratton is sick of de Blasio’s schtick (NYP) Bratton last week made clear his unwillingness to live in Bill de Blasio’s fantasy universe, at least as it relates to vagrancy: “I think a mistake that the administration made early on was not validating what we all were seeing” — that is to say, New York’s streets filling up with bums, beggars and mumbling lunatics. NO REFUGE: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. creates ‘a potential risk’after House passes bill making it tougher to them in(NYDN) * Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was in perpetual motion on the job, as a review of his daily schedules shows Broadway openings, meetings with celebrities and 396 meetings at the Harvard Club over a decade,the Daily News reports: * While the House defied President Obama last week with a vote to close the door on Syrian refugees, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton undermined the mayor by saying the newcomers could pose “a potential risk,” though he insisted the two are on the same page.
Bratton Part 1
NYPD, Bratton The Fight For Control  Part2

NYP's Goodwin Writes This Morning: Now Blasio praises cops
Terrorism is making a believer out of Mayor de Blasio. “It’s crucial that people go about their normal business, recognizing the NYPD is providing extraordinary protection,” he said after a threat against the city. “This is the finest police force in this nation.” He’s right, but for the record — the NYPD was the best police force even when he was demonizing it.* Police followed through on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to stop locking people up for carrying small amounts of marijuana, arresting 40 percent fewer people than last year while ticketing surged, the Post reports: 
NYPD in Crisis: Sharpton, Noerdlinger, de Blasio, Bratton, Garner Chokehold, Grand Jury and Protests
Sharpton CCRB vs NYPD, Noerdlinger, McCray, de Blasio
Blasting the Press, de Blasio, Sharpton Over Noerdlinger and Racial Divide
Blasting the Press,de Blasio, Sharpton Over Noerdlinger and Racial Divide, NYPD

A Judge Attack de Blasio Because the Judge Let Cop Killer Go? de Blasio Basted Judge Back
 A  judge accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton of “putting out a false narrative” about the prior treatment of the man accused of killing Det. Randolph Holder before sentencing him to the maximum sentence of 12 years on drug charges separate from the murder, the Times reports:  * A state Supreme Court justice overseeing a drug case involving the man charged with killing a NYPD police officer last month said de Blasio should “look into a mirror” before blaming others for the officer’s death. * The judge, Patricia Nuñez, then sentenced the defendant, Tyrone Howard, to 12 years in prison — the maximum allowed — for breaking his promise under a plea agreement to go into a treatment program. Tyrone Howard, Man Charged With Killing Officer, Gets Maximum Term in Drug Case (NYT) Mr. Howard’s case has focused attention on the workings of Manhattan drug court, which offers treatment instead of prison to nonviolent addicts who deal drugs to support their habit.

Yesterday All My Trouble Seem So Far Away . . .  Sharpton Gives Himself 71% Raise
Al Sharpton gives himself 71% raise thanks to de Blasio, Obama (NYP) De Blasio’s election gave Sharpton a seat at City Hall, as the mayor treated him as an adviser and presented him at a press event next to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after the death of Eric Garner. lso in 2014, Obama addressed NAN’s annual convention, bringing along five of his Cabinet members.  The Harlem-based nonprofit collected $2 million more in 2014 than the year before, according to the latest financial records available.   Sharpton’s pay increased from $241,545 in 2013 to $412,644, including a bonus of $64,400, tax filings obtained by The Post show. In April, four months after his pal de Blasio took office, some 5,000 people attended NAN’s 2014 conference headlined by Obama and attended by the mayor, Gov. Cuomo and then-US Attorney General Eric Holder. It was NAN’s biggest fund-raiser of the year.

Bratton: Destructive City Council No Experience Needed 

‘Enough Is Enough’:Bill Bratton Lashes Out at ‘Destructive’ City Council (NYO) Mr. Bratton, speaking at a Citizens Budget Commission breakfast in Midtown this morning, said he had to wrangle with a “novice” Council with many members who never worked in the private sector, and implied their lack of experience was the reason they were advocating for a series of police reform bills he despises. “The City Council … depending on the day of the week is supportive and helpful or obstructive and destructive,” Mr. Bratton said. “The vast majority of these bills I feel are unnecessary, intrusive and self-serving on the part of the particular members of the Council.” Two pieces of legislation, a bill to make police chokeholds illegal and a pair of bills known as the Right to Know Act, have galled Mr. Bratton most. The chokehold bill, advanced after Eric Garner, a Staten Island black man, died in an apparent police chokehold last year, would make criminal an act that the NYPD already forbids internally, though progressives in the Council believe police enforcement is not enough to ensure more chokeholds aren’t used. The Right Know Act would compel police officers to identify themselves to those they stop by name, rank and command, as well as require them to ask permission before conducting some searches. Mayor Bill de Blasio has backed up Mr. Bratton in opposing all of the bills.* NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton likes de Blasio but not the City Council — whose legislative efforts to tweak policing practices he derided as “obstructive,” “destructive” and “unnecessary, intrusive and self-serving,” Politico New Yorkreports:  * Bratton is pushing back on a number of NYC Council measures aimed to change police practices across the city.* Clueless City Council destructive to NYPD: Bratton(NYP) “Most of the City Council members were new to their positions. Most of them had never worked in the private sector, were people who had worked in various political capacities and had a significant lack of experience,” he said. “And they were now governing certainly the world’s most significant city.” He accused some members of micro-managing the department, noting there are a number of bills on the table aimed at hand-cuffing the NYPD.* Criminal justice reformers split with de Blasio on bail, diversion (PoliticoNY)* De Blasio disagreed with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s comments that the New York City Council has “destructive” novices, but expressed no problem with his commissioner speaking out in harsh terms, theDaily News reports:  *De Blasio disagreed with Bratton’s slam of the NYC Council as a destructive bunch of novices.

The Paris Terror Has Empowered Bratton to Speak His Mind On de Blasio
Even Bill Bratton is sick of de Blasio’s schtick (NYP) Bratton last week made clear his unwillingness to live in Bill de Blasio’s fantasy universe, at least as it relates to vagrancy: “I think a mistake that the administration made early on was not validating what we all were seeing” — that is to say, New York’s streets filling up with bums, beggars and mumbling lunatics. NO REFUGE: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. creates ‘a potential risk’after House passes bill making it tougher to them in(NYDN) * Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was in perpetual motion on the job, as a review of his daily schedules shows Broadway openings, meetings with celebrities and 396 meetings at the Harvard Club over a decade,the Daily News reports: * While the House defied President Obama last week with a vote to close the door on Syrian refugees, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton undermined the mayor by saying the newcomers could pose “a potential risk,” though he insisted the two are on the same page.
NYPD, Bratton The Fight For Control
City Council Crime Fighting and the NYPD

NYP We Are Not Nuts There Are More Homeless, Braton Said So 
Mayor de Blasio starts to catch up to the critics he called ‘crazy’ (NYP Ed) Mayor de Blasio hosted a recent roundtable discussion with his top adviser (and wife, coincidentally) Chirlane McCray on mental-health outreach in the city. Not to make light of the topic, but it was oddly appropriate: De Blasio has spent most of his term so far trying to convince New Yorkers they’re crazy. He’s been gaslighting us. For example, when I, along with other city residents, noticed there were more potholes and fewer road repairs being done by the city’s Department of Transportation, City Hall said we were delusional. When New Yorkers spotted more rats on the streets and subways, the mayor said it was an illusion. We must’ve been seeing things. Then we learned we were right: The city was on pace for a record number of “rat calls” to its complaint hotline. When crime in Central Park began to rise over the summer — we were sure of it! — those of us noticing renewed threats to public safety were told it was a some sort of misconception. But of course, numbers don’t lie: Through August, there were twice as many forcible robberies in the park as there were in 2014. And when day after day, month after month, we all saw the mounting number of homeless, mentally ill and panhandlers flooding our streets and subways, de Blasio acted like we were all hallucinating. The stats, he repeated, indicated that our eyes were deceiving us. In fact, boasted City Hall, there were fewer homeless and mentally ill than during the Bloomberg years. And then last week we were all vindicated. “The mistake the administration made early on was not validating what everyone was seeing,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday, as The Post reported. “The problem was increasing.”* 'HE'S SPEAKING FROM THE HEART': Mayor de Blasio sees no issue with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s bluntness (NYDN)

By Blaming the PBA for the 1% Proposal de Blasio Damaging Any Relationship He Has With Cops
Labor Victory at a Price (WSJ) Mayor Bill de Blasio’s apparent victory this week in labor negotiations with New York City’s biggest police union could reignite tensions with a group he has worked hard to placate in recent months. * De Blasio to PBA: You're to blame for 1% raise proposal (NYDN)

'SHE WAS TRULY AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING': NYPD Lt. Marci Simms, 51, dies from 9/11-related illness, family says (NYDN)* As Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch criticized de Blasio for a draft contract with his union, the mayor said Lynch’s views don’t reflect the opinions of the whole department, Politico New York writes:

LA Times: As LAPD Commissioner Bratton Cooked the Books   ... What About NYC? 
LAPD cooked the books to conceal crime under Bratton (NYP)  The Los Angeles Police Department fudged violent crime stats under the watch of Bill Bratton — cooking the books to keep down the number of serious assaults, a report said Thursday. An estimated 14,000 cases from 2005 to 2012 are believed to have been altered in the effort to conceal the magnitude of crime in the city, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.* LAPD UnderreportedViolent Assaults While Bratton Was Commissioner: Report (NDAINFO) There were about 14,000 misclassifications between 2005 and 2012, leading to a 7 percent reduction in violent crime, according to the report. Bratton was commissioner of the LAPD from 2002 to 2009.* Disclosure that police in Los Angeles misclassified serious assault cases for eight years – including a period when the current NYPD commissioner, Bill Bratton was chief there – illustrates a national problem going back decades, noted criminologists said. * Bratton wants police recruits to see play about prejudice (NYP) *Bratton uses live theater to teach recruits about diversity (PoliticoNY) Police commissioner Bill Bratton said today he will use the new play "Anne and Emmett" to help train New York City police recruits about diversity.

Do Not Believe Everything You Read in the NewYork Post':Mayor Smacks Down Tabloids (NYO) Once again, Mayor Bill de Blasio dinged the city’s two tabloids today, telling radio listeners that the New York Post and Daily News are greatly exaggerating the threat that crime and shootings pose to the five boroughs. Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, appeared on WNYC this morning, taking call-in questions from New Yorkers for the first time since he became mayor more than a year ago. He took special aim at “New York’s Hometown Newspaper.” * New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso said a majority of City Council members now back the “Right to Know” Act, a pair of bills that would require cops to identify themselves upon making a stop and request permission before searching an individual, the Observer reports: 

Bratton On the State of the NYPD: Nothing to See Here More Along

Monday Update 

Cops: Bratton’s reforms another reason ‘not to get involved’ (NYP) * Lunatic new rules for cops won’t appease the NYPD-bashers (NYP Ed) * NYPD says it's on track for record low for police gunfire (NYDN) * Bratton's changes crucial, but more steps needed to curtail NYPD's excessive force, experts say (NYDN) * Excessive farce(NYDN Ed) An inspector general’s report issued Thursday on the use of force by the NYPD creates the damaging and misleading impression cops are running wild with impunity. Prevailing wisdom now holds that the department, as well as police agencies across the country, should report every use of force by officers in the lawful execution of their duties. Does slapping on handcuffs constitute force? In an interview they thought not. Huh? Most disturbing, the Peters-Eure report implicitly suggests the NYPD must report every use of force in order to stop cops from using excessive force, as if excessive force is epidemic. Peter’s and Eure’s handiwork is a lawyerly piece of work laden with enough fine-print caveats for them to feign objectivity. * Bratton’s use of force rules will handcuff rank-and-file cops (NYP ED) * Bratton’s use of force rules will handcuff rank-and-file cops (NYP)
What a mess around NYPD tx to DEB! Bratton "the great innovator" fighting with publicity hound & DEB buddy DOI head Peters & useless PD IG

Now Kelly Might Have An Email Problem in Ticket Quoter Case

Ray Kelly may have sent some departmental emails after all (NYP) Ex-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and former Department Chief Joseph Esposito made false and misleading statements in sworn declarations they gave in a class-action lawsuit over NYPD summonses, the plaintiffs’ lawyer alleges in court papers. The two men gave depositions last month in which they said they rarely or never used e-mail and ran the department by phone and in-person meetings. But a lawyer for the suit’s plaintiffs says their claims are “not true,’’ offering as proof e-mails sent by Kelly about summonses and e-mails Esposito received.  The plaintiffs are people who have received NYPD summonses and claim that the department was under a ticket-quota system. Sutton notes that while Kelly said in his deposition that he did not use e-mail to communicate about summonses, she has a 2010 e-mail that Kelly sent, which is sealed. “While Chief Esposito may or may not have sent e-mails concerning these topics, he most certainly received such e-mails,” she says in the filing, which seeks to sanction the city for failing to turn over e-mails in the case. * Former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly lied under oath about email use regarding summonses: attorney (NYDN)* NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton, while swearing in the first new batch of police recruits slated to be hired under the city’s latest budget agreement, said that by the end of this year, the city will be the safest it's ever been, Politico New York reports:

Why Is the Media and Pol Leaders Talking About the Storm Of Bullets Last Weekend  . . .  Does New Yorkers Life Matter?

atton: City Council's move to decriminalize low-level offenses is 'crazy' (NYDN) Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Tuesday called it “crazy” for the City Council to move to decriminalize low-level offenses, and slammed new Council bills to more closely track NYPD use of force. “The City Council is attempting to loosen these laws even further. Crazy,” Bratton said of the push to lower penalties for minor crimes like public urination, drinking on the street, and turnstile jumping. “We cannot decriminalize certain behavior because it then effectively removes one of the more powerful tools my officers have to deal with it,” he said in a speech to the Association for a Better New York. The Council, led by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, is looking to ease up on small time crimes with proposals that could include issuing civil summonses, instead of criminal ones. “They say they want to support the cops and then they keep coming up with new ways to try and effectively micromanage the police department. It’s not needed, and it’s a waste of time and energy, and it’s grand-standing, quite frankly.”  Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), who is sponsoring a bill to have the NYPD inspector general track the early intervention system, called it a typically defensive response from police brass.* NYPD backs down on plan to remove special unit from high-crime housing projects in Queens (NYDN)

Kelly No Emails in Summons Quota Case
Former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he rarely used emails or texts for official business at the NYPD, in response to a lawsuit alleging the city destroyed evidence of a summons quota system
Ray Kelly won’t turn over emails — because he has none (NYP) Accusations that NYPD brass deleted or failed to preserve e-mails that would have been evidence in a class-action lawsuit are ridiculous because then-Commissioner Ray Kelly ruled the department almost exclusively in person and over the telephone and his second in command, Joseph Esposito, didn’t like e-mail and used the computer in his office solely “to display a continuous montage of family photos,” court papers state. Kelly and Esposito revealed their Luddite habits in depositions after the city was accused of destroying or failing to turn over e-mails relevant to a 2010 class-action lawsuit over summons quotas. Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the summons case said in a July letter that it was “untenable” that Kelly and Esposito didn’t write any e-mails using terms like “summons.” “I ran the department via virtually constant in-person meetings, not by electronic means,” Kelly said in a deposition Friday.* Raymond Kelly says he rarely used emails, texts as NYPD top cop amid claim that police destroyed summons quota evidence (NYDN)

Was Cuomo Murdered Aide Killed In A Gang Fight That Had Nothing To Do With Him?
Gang killing at Brooklyn hookah lounge may have sparked shootout that left Gov. Cuomo aide dead: authorities (NYDN)Violent weekend could be indicator of ‘bad news’ on the horizon (NYP) Weekly figures released Monday by the NYPD show the 11 murders recorded in the past week ending Sunday marked a 450 percent increase over the two that occurred during the same period last year. Rapes were up 26 percent for the week, from 27 last year to 34 this year, while robberies rose from 324 to 369 for an increase of nearly 14 percent.* * With de Blasio asserting that the NYPD’s “doing a better and better job” against violent crime, even as seven people were fatally shot in just 24 hours over the weekend, the mayor needs to face facts, the Postwrites: Time to face the facts, Mr. Mayor (NYP)* * With de Blasio asserting that the NYPD’s “doing a better and better job” against violent crime, even as seven people were fatally shot in just 24 hours over the weekend, the mayor needs to face facts, the Postwrites: * The funeral for Carey Gabay, the aide to Cuomo who tragically died after being shot in the head, will be held Saturday in Brooklyn. The governor is expected to speak at the service. * Funeral for Cuomo aide who died after being shot in headto be held Saturday (NYDN)* Bratton hits back at Stringer for ‘political’ attack (PoliticoNY) ‘Don’t attack the work of my cops because I’m going to punch back’ * Bratton also said he believes Times Square’s pedestrian plazas can remain in place, which comes after he previously said digging them up would make it easier to police the area, Crain’s reports:  * New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he is demanding changes to the festival that precedes the West Indian American Day Parade, which for years has been marred by violence including the shooting death of an aide to Cuomo this year, Politico New York reports: * A gang-related killing at a hookah lounge may have sparked the unrelated shooting of Cuomo administration lawyer Carey Gabay, who was killed by a stray bullet.* A fund started by Carey Gabay’s family, a Cuomo administration staff member who died when he was stuck by a stray bullet eight days ago in Brooklyn, has picked up more than $18,000 in donations over the past two days, Gannett Albany reports: * Friends of Cuomo aide Carey Gabay raise $24G through fund campaign (NYDN)

Families of Cop-Shooting Victims Rage "de Blasio Has Time for Blake But Not Us"
James Blake ‘pleasantly surprised’ after meeting with de Blasio and Bratton (NYP) * After an hour-long meeting on Monday with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton, retired tennis star James Blake said that the mayor had been broadly sympathetic to his calls for greater police accountability, The New York Times reports: * James Blake, the former tennis star who called for the firing of an NYPD police officer who tackled and handcuffed him in a case of mistaken identity, emerged from a nearly two-hour meeting at City Hall yesterday and said he believes the mayor and police commissioner are with him “shoulder to shoulder.”

Family of victims killed by police say you have to be famous to get an apology from NYPD
“I feel like we made a lot of progress and we were all pleasantly surprised,” Blake said. “We’re not looking for a quick lawsuit.”* Kin of cop-shooting victims rage: ‘De Blasio has time for James Blake but not us’ (NYP) The families of several police-shooting victims fumed Tuesday that the de Blasio administration is shamelessly kowtowing to ex-tennis star James Blake after his false arrest.  “Black lives matter. Latino lives matter. Non-­celebrity lives matter,” was the angry message of about 15 protesters outside NYPD headquarters in Manhattan De Blasio says new NYPD training crucial after Blake scuffle (NYDN) * Funeral for slain Cuomo aide to be held Saturday (NYDN)  
* De Blasio must keep his promise to drive felonies down further than last year’s record lows, and all New Yorkers will wish him well in the endeavor, because he was wrong to say that going back to the bad old days was a “physical impossibility,” theDaily News writes: 

Bratton I Am Sick of the Good Old Days
Bill Bratton tired of hearing about Ray Kelly and the ‘good old days’ (NYP)Police Commissioner Bill Bratton blasted critics who claim the “bad old days” are back in New York City — saying in Wednesday that his predecessor, Ray “Kelly is gone,” and they should “get over it.” The NYPD’s top cop chided skeptics of his department’s record on crime prevention, telling Metro New York that “the good old days weren’t quite [as good] as they seem to remember.”

.Bratton vs de Blasio: The 1965 Moynihan Report On the Black Family 

Saturday: Now Bratton Says he Misspoke
Pat Moynihan was right — but Bill Bratton’s still wrong (NYP) Police Commissioner Bill Bratton now says he was misunderstood when he cited the late Sen. Pat Moynihan’s 1965 report on the deterioration of the black family while discussing a national rise in homicides. The landmark report is controversial because critics wrongly called it racist — though even President Obama has defended the study and praised its warnings.

14 Years After 911 the NYFD Radios Still Do Not Work Right
First responders screwed in an attack because of weak radios (NYP) First responders screwed in an attack because of weak radios (NYP) While city cops and firefighters participated in a much-touted terror drill at a Manhattan subway station Sunday, several EMTs griped that it was a farce as far as their unit is concerned — because it’s still nearly impossible for them to communicate underground. “The Fire Department is gloating, saying, ‘We’re ready for it, and we can handle everything,’ but they really aren’t,” said a frustrated EMT who questioned how the three-hour drill between the NYPD, FDNY and Department of Homeland Security could be successful in a real terror scenario given the weak radio signals. “Our radios do not work underground,” he said. “If there’s an attack, we’re all screwed.” From 2011 NYPD Radios Still Don't Work In Subway System - Thee Rant * Communication during the September 11 attacks - Wikipedia * Communications Breakdown on 911


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