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NYPD’s Twitter public relations campaign turns into spotlight on police brutality

The New York City Police Department’s attempt to highlight community involvement via Twitter gave way to a public reminder of longtime allegations concerning the department’s abuse of power, the Daily Dot reported. The public relations debacle began when the department asked Twitter users to post pictures of themselves with officers…

NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance unit

NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance unit (via NJ.com) NEW YORK — The New York Police Department said today it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage. The surveillance program by the NYPD Intelligence…   [Image via…

New revelations prompt motion to block NYPD’s surveillance of muslims

A recent investigative report on the NYPD’s surveillance of mosques has led to a possible revisiting of the Handschu Agreement by the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit filed against the city seeking to bar further surveillance of Muslims in New…  …

Watch: Short film breaks down NYPD suppression tactics against Occupy protesters

A new short film by Paul Sullivan marking the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement explains how New York City police used targeted arrests to sap the gatherings of momentum, while also showing the threats leveled at protests, including the filmmaker himself. Sullivan’s encounter with police is the…

NYPD attempt to subdue ‘disturbed individual,’ shoot elderly woman with walker instead

Two bystanders were shot by New York police officers who were trying to subdue what NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly called “an emotionally disturbed man.” Just before 10 p.m. on Saturday night, officers noticed a man on foot weaving in and out of traffic near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. They…

New York City Muslims appalled that NYPD designated all mosques ‘terrorist organizations’

According to newly exposed documents, the New York City Police Department designated all mosques in the city as terrorist organizations, allowing the department to spy on them without oversight and to plant operatives inside the Muslim houses of worship. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that, under the secret designation, not only…

NYPD agrees to purge database of people stopped by police

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Police Department has agreed to purge a database of names and addresses of people stopped by police under the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program but later cleared of criminal wrongdoing. The department will cease collecting the information as part of…

New York woman solves her father’s cold case murder 26 years later

A man arrested in Miami last Thursday who confessed to the killing of a New York restaurant owner 26 years ago was caught thanks to the persistence of a daughter who never forgot the man’s name. Justo Santos was just 16 years old when he shot New York restaurant owner…

NYPD detective allegedly hacked 40 email accounts to spy on ex-girlfriend

An NYPD detective was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly spying on more than 40 email accounts, including 21 of his fellow officers. NBC 4 New York reported that Edwin Vargas, 42, was questioned last month for stalking his ex-girlfriend online. Vargas suspected his ex-girlfriend had been cheating on him. According…

Trial ends as judge determines whether NYPD’s ‘stop and frisk’ policy is unconstitutional

Judge did not provide timeframe for when ruling will be given but said landmark federal trial is ‘timely and pressing matter’ Civil rights attorneys called for sweeping changes to the New York City police department’s controversial street-stop practices in the closing arguments of a landmark federal trial. US district court…

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