NYC Housing Authority Doesn't Trust NYPD Not to Kill Its Workers

Andy Cush · 05/26/15 03:17PM

Just how large of a threat do New York City’s cops pose to its citizens—especially those who live in public housing? Large enough that the city’s housing authority ordered its employees to wear bright orange vests on the job, just in case an NYPD officer in a dark project stairwell mistakes a worker for a resident and shoots him dead.

One of New York's Dirtiest Cops Ever Weighs In on Today's NYPD

Andy Cush · 05/15/15 11:49AM

A handful of New York City cops have contended for the dubious crown of most corrupt ever in the 170-year history of the NYPD. There was Charles H. Becker, who met the electric chair in 1915 after he successfully ordered a hit on a gambler who had threatened to expose him as crooked. Or Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, who served as detectives while secretly doing the bidding of the Lucchese crime family. And then there was Michael Dowd.

NYPD Has a Plan to Magically Turn Anyone It Wants Into a Felon 

Andy Cush · 02/05/15 02:34PM

On Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton urged state legislators to consider increasing the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony. The change, he argued, would help New Yorkers "get around this idea that you can resist arrest. You can't." It would also give cops an easy way to turn victims of their own worst impulses into the worst class of criminal.

The NYPD Is Getting 350 New Machine Gun-Toting Cops

Andy Cush · 01/30/15 06:42PM

Get ready to see lots more cops with riot gear and machine guns patrolling your neighborhood. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced today that the department is creating a 350-strong new unit focused on counterterrorism. They'll be armed to the teeth, and they're coming to a precinct near you.

Report Shows NYPD Chokehold Cops Rarely Face Serious Discipline 

Andy Cush · 01/12/15 07:21PM

The NYPD Inspector General—the much-discussed independent regulatory office that New York's City Council voted into existence in 2013—released its first-ever report today, and unsurprisingly, it's all about chokeholds. The IG's equally unsurprising findings: cops use the banned move too quickly, too often, and are rarely properly punished for it.