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NYPD Secretly Labeled Mosques As Terrorist Organizations

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The New York Police Department has secretly been labeling mosques as terrorist organizations to allow it to spy on imams and have informants record sermons; in many cases without any evidence a crime had been committed according to a report from The Associated Press. The NYPD has labeled at least a dozen mosques this way to investigate them for terrorism. The investigations can last for years even without proof a crime has been committed and without any charges being brought. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly defended their actions. "What we do is we try to keep this city safe, totally consistent with what the laws require,” Bloomberg said. "We believe that we are compliant with those laws.” Arab American groups and civil liberties groups said they were horrified by the news and some have called for a federal investigation into the practice.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:40:08 +0000
Today's Lead: City Asks Judge For Freeze On Police Reforms http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/28/todays-lead-city-asks-judge-for-freeze-on-police-reforms http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/28/todays-lead-city-asks-judge-for-freeze-on-police-reforms

The city asked a judge to put a freeze on her ruling that stop-and-frisk practices be overhauled and a monitor for the NYPD be installed until its appeal of the decision was heard. In the administration's request, numbers were cited showing a significant drop in the stops. Mayor Bloomberg will also begin making public weekly updates on crime statistics. Meanwhile, Commissioner Kelly announced that the number of people shot by police dropped to 18 this year compared with 22 at this point last year. In related news, the NYPD has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:50:16 +0000
Today's Lead: Council Overrides Stop-And-Frisk Vetoes http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/23/todays-lead-council-overrides-stop-and-frisk-vetoes http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/23/todays-lead-council-overrides-stop-and-frisk-vetoes

The City Council yesterday voted to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of two stop-and-frisk reform bills known as the Community Safety Act. The inspector general bill override passed with a vote of 39-10, while the profiling bill override passed 34-15. Speaker Quinn supported the inspector general measure but opposed the profiling bill. She said she doesn't expect any conflict between the inspector general and a federal court-appointed monitor mandated earlier this month. Bloomberg vowed legal action against the profiling bill.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:23:41 +0000
Today's Lead: Stop-And-Frisk Rejected http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/13/todays-lead-stop-and-frisk-rejected http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/13/todays-lead-stop-and-frisk-rejected

The New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, a judge ruled yesterday in a decision that included a call for a court-assigned independent monitor to oversee several reforms.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration has aggressively defended the practice as necessary to keep crime at historic lows, called the decision “very dangerous.”

"We believe we have done exactly what the courts allow and what the Constitution allows us to do,” he said.

He promised to appeal the decision — but the legal fight will likely outlast his stewardship of the city and will be left to his successor. Democratic candidates for mayor largely said they would abide by the court’s decision. Republican candidates called on the Bloomberg administration to fight it.

In her decision, federal judge Shira Scheindlin found that the city’s stop-and-frisk relied on “indirect racial profiling” by targeting minority communities and that officers stopped “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.” She said the practice violated the Fourth Amendment, as well as the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said called that the most disturbing and offensive part of the court’s ruling.

"That's simply recklessly untrue," Kelly said. "We do not engage in racial profiling. It is prohibited by law. It is prohibited by our own regulations. We train our officers that they need reasonable suspicion to make a stop and I would assure that race is never a reason to conduct a stop."

Like he's done in the past, Bloomberg blamed the heightened focus on stop-and-frisk on "small group of advocates and one judge," and that he'd defer policing matters to police brass over its opponents.

"The public are not expert on policing," the mayor said. "Personally, I'd rather have Ray Kelly decide how to keep my family safe than somebody who's just in the streets saying, 'Oh, I don't like that.'"

The city will now have to meet with a court-assigned independent monitor, attorney Peter L. Zimroth, to discuss the issues set out by the opinion, said Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo. As soon as the monitor includes any order, Cardozo explained, the city would then seek a stay from the Second Circuit, which would then determine the next step in the case.

Scheindlin said in her ruling that her decision wasn't a call to end stop-and-frisk, but to ensure that it can be conducted in a constitutional manner. Instead, she suggested police use body-worn cameras for a trial period in one precinct in every borough and appointed a federal independent monitor.

(Bloomberg called the suggestion of cameras "a solution that's not a solution" and a nightmare scenario for NYPD.)

Scheindlin appointed trial attorney Peter L. Zimroth as monitor. A partner with Arnold & Porter LLP, Zimroth previously served as a chief assistant district attorney in Manhattan and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

With the appointment of the monitor and the implementation of a new, independent inspector general to oversee the NYPD and make recommendations, policing in the city could be reshaped under the next mayor.

Bloomberg repeated an argument yesterday that the additional oversight would lead to dangerous confusion among the police ranks.

"If somebody pulls a gun and you want to get home to your family, you don't have time to say, 'Well, wait a second: the commissioner said one thing, the monitor said another and the IG said another," he said. "By that time you're dead. And I'd like to see you go to the funeral and explain to the family why their son or husband or father is not coming home at night."

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:25:43 +0000
Today's Lead: Justice Dept. To Probe Bronx Police Shooting http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/09/todays-lead-justice-dept-to-probe-bronx-police-shooting http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/09/todays-lead-justice-dept-to-probe-bronx-police-shooting

The U.S. Justice Department will probe whether the civil rights of a black teen were violated when he was shot and killed by a police officer last year. A Bronx grand jury declined to charge the cop with manslaughter on Wednesday. The boy's family was unable to obtain a special prosecutor for the case. The officer had previously been indicted by another jury. That decision was overturned by a judge who said the jury should take into account that another officer said the teen was armed. The cop gave an emotional and precise testimony this time, as opposed to the last one where he appeared nervous. The teen was shot in his own home and no gun was found, only a small bag of marijuana. The officer also still faces a disciplinary review by the Police Department.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:15:23 +0000
Today's Lead: Council To Vote On NYPD Bills http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/25/todays-lead-council-to-vote-on-nypd-bills http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/25/todays-lead-council-to-vote-on-nypd-bills

Yesterday the Council voted 41-8 in favor of bringing two NYPD bills to a floor vote, bypassing a committee where they were being held up. This is the first time such a "discharge vote" has been used since 1989. One bill would create an independent monitor for the department and the other would allow individuals to sue over stops resulting from bias. The Council could vote on the bills as early as tomorrow. Former Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau spoke in opposition to the bills at a rally yesterday. Queens D.A. Richard Brown and Staten Island D.A. Dan Donovan also attended. The monitor bill is expected to get enough votes to override a mayoral veto, while the other is less certain.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:44:13 +0000
Legendary Morgenthau Thinks City Council Shouldn't Rein In Stop-And-Frisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/safety/2013/06/24/legendary-morgenthau-thinks-city-council-shouldnt-rein-in-stop-and-frisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/safety/2013/06/24/legendary-morgenthau-thinks-city-council-shouldnt-rein-in-stop-and-frisk

NEW YORK — Legendary former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau recalled yesterday how in the 1960s and 1970s police avoided making stops of potential suspects out of fear of retribution.

"That's where we were," he said as he stood with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and a bevy of law enforcement leaders who had gathered at One Police Plaza. They had gathered to voice their opposition to a package of City Council bills aimed, in part, at reining in the New York Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk.

Morgenthau, who was the city's top prosecutor for more than three decades until his retirement in 2009, praised the NYPD's record and said that, instead of pursuing the legislation, the Council should tackle what he called the disproportionate deaths of black men by gun violence.

"What's the City Council going to do about that?" he asked. "If City Council wants to do something that's important, let see how they can reduce or propose a reduction of the murder of African American men."

It was an argument that echoed defenses of stop-and-frisk put forth in the past by Bloomberg and Kelly.

The mayor, for his part, said the bills would be a burden on the NYPD. "What we mustn’t have is what these laws would create: A police department pointlessly hampered by outside intrusion, and recklessly threatened by second-guessing from the courts," the mayor said.

The City Council bills had been stalled in the public safety committee, where the chair, Peter Vallone Jr., opposed it and refused to bring it to a vote. Using a seldom-used legislative procedure known as a "motion to discharge," the Council voted to circumvent the public safety committee today and the bills will now go to the floor for a vote.

The pair of bills aim to strengthen the city's racial profiling ban and create an inspector general to independently monitor the NYPD — potentially setting the ground to reshape police policy.

Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams said New Yorkers who are disproportionally stopped and frisked or who are under police surveillance are already living in a 1960s-like reality as a result of racial profiling by the NYPD.

"We're making our communities trust police," Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, a co-sponsor of the bill, said, defending the legislation. "I've gone to my community and said we have to view them as community partners."

William's co-sponsor, Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander, said the bills would improve public safety.

"The bills are simple," Lander said. "When we vote to discharge them today, when we vote to pass them on Wednesday, when we override Mayor Bloomberg's veto when it comes back to us — we will help makes sure that we have safer streets. We will make sure that people's rights are protested and respected. And we will restore the bonds of trust that are necessary for good policing in New York City."

On Monday, the motions to discharge by the sponsors of the Council legislation were met with bipartisan opposition from seven Council members: Queens Democrats Vallone, James Gennaro and Peter Koo joined with Queens Republican Eric Ulrich, as did Staten Island Republicans James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio. Brooklyn Democrats Lew Fidler and Mike Nelson voted against the discharges as well.

It was the first time in the seven-year tenure of Speaker Christine Quinn that a motion to discharge had been brought in the Council. Quinn is opposed to the racial profiling bill, but has said she would support the inspector general bill.

The bills now go to to a floor vote at a second City Council meeting currently scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. As of Monday afternoon, only the inspector general bill has a veto-majority of 35 co-sponsors secured.

The racial profiling bill only has 33 of the same 35 co-sponsors its sister legislation enjoys.

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Gotham Gazette intern Daniel Stein-Sayles contributed to this report.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Public Safety Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:26:05 +0000
Today's Lead: A Bloody Weekend http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/04/todays-lead-a-bloody-weekend- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/04/todays-lead-a-bloody-weekend-

This weekend saw 26 shootings, where seven victims died. That's 5 percent of the city's total shootings for the year so far. Most of the incidences were in Brooklyn. In response, Commissioner Kelly said he'd boost foot patrols in the projects, increase plain clothes detectives in anti-crime units, and add surveillance towers. Still, the number of shootings so far this year is the lowest in a decade and 29 percent less than last year.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:44:14 +0000
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A judge ruled on Wednesday for the city to extend its hotel program for displaced victims of Hurricane Sandy. The city had originally planned on kicking remaining 196 evacuess out of hotels on April 30 but an extensionwill give victims until May 15. Five Sandy evacuees filed a lawsuit to gain the extension on Monday. The city Department of Homeless Services provided hotel rooms to victims who did not qualify for the FEMA hotel program. The FEMA program had previously been extended untill May 29.


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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 02 May 2013 11:34:51 +0000
Today's Headlines: Bloomberg Staunchly Defends NYPD Policies http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/05/01/todays-headlines-bloomberg-staunchly-defends-nypd-policies http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/05/01/todays-headlines-bloomberg-staunchly-defends-nypd-policies

Mayor Bloomberg delivered a passionate speech yesterday defending his police policies and lashing out at critics. He lambasted civil rights groups and the media for not showing outrage at the recent murder of a boy in the Bronx. He signaled out the NY Times in particular for publishing an article opposing stop and frisk days afterwards. The paper's rebuttal was that the editorial and news gathering sections are separate. But they did however mention the shooting in an op-ed. The victim's mother supports the policy. Bloomberg also panned legislation in the City Council that would create an independent monitor for the NYPD and another addressing profiling. He argued that outside agencies wouldn't share sensitive information if another department could gain access to it and that it would somehow sow confusion among the ranks of who was in charge. The mayor also claimed that the second bill would bar the use of skin color in descriptions of suspects, which the bill's co-sponsor points out is not the case.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 01 May 2013 12:06:23 +0000
Bloomberg Attacks Stop-And-Frisk Reform, Media Coverage #stopandfrisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/bloomberg-attacks-stop-and-frisk-reform-media-coverage-stopandfrisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/bloomberg-attacks-stop-and-frisk-reform-media-coverage-stopandfrisk Mayor Michael Bloomberg has lashed out at critics of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactics, including mayoral candidates, who he said are playing politics and undermining law enforcement.

During a speech to an audience of NYPD leaders today, Bloomberg took umbrage at two bills proposed by City Council members that seek to increase oversight of stop, question and frisk, directly tying the program to the city's record-low crime rates and ongoing counterterrorism efforts.

The outgoing mayor also took grave offense with some of his potential successors and their willingness to make the city less safe by supporting "politically driven legislation."

"My message is simple: stop playing politics with public safety," Bloomberg said to an audience of NYPD leaders. "Look at what’s happened in Boston. Remember what happened here on 9/11. Remember all of those who’ve been killed by gun violence — and the families they left behind. We owe it to all of them to give our officers the tools they need to protect innocent lives or people will needlessly die and we’ll all be responsible."

Calling the police department officers "first preventers," the mayor argued that the numbers used to argue against stop-and-frisk prove the need for the practice. Bloomberg defended the program as a deterrence against gun possession and crime, and that the movement to end stop-and-frisk would turn the clock back on the city's low crime rates.

"It’s hard to believe," he said, "but the NYPD is under attack, probably because this is an election year."

Bloomberg, who has often linked the city's economic viability to crime reduction during his term, again emphasized that public safety is key to New York City's success.

"The question is not whether the NYPD can continue driving crime to new record lows," he said. "The question is whether elected officials and special interest groups will allow you to. Will they trust you and will they have your back? God help us if they don’t."

Bloomberg focused his attack on two pending bills, both part of the Community Safety Act to task sponsored by Brooklyn Council members Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams. Bloomberg has previously said the bill to create an independent monitor over NYPD would have a chilling effect on policing, but today provided clearer examples of the type of chaos he thinks such a bill would create with a "rival power."

"With confusion comes deadly consequences to our police officers and to the public that they are sworn to protect," he said, adding that the the bill could hamper the department's counterterrorism operations by scaring other law enforcement agencies from discussing classified information.

The mayor also criticized a bill that would expand on a the city's law against racial profiling by allowing residents to sue the city. During her own speech on public safety, City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn has similarly hesitated on the bill, despite her support for the independent inspector general bill. Quinn has since said she would allow both bills to go to a vote despite her reservations.

Bloomberg then took clear aim at the "special interests" behind the legislation, lumping politicians motivated by an election year with media and advocacy groups. He likened the attacks on NYPD from groups including the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York Civil Liberties Union to the National Rifle Association's attacks on gun control advocates.

"We don’t need extremists on the left or the right running our Police Department – whether it’s the NRA or the NYCLU," Bloomberg said.

Minutes after the speech, NYCLU responded to the mayor's criticism on social media, defending its work on stop-and-frisk.

The mayor further argued that advocates for police reform and the media have been complicit in ignoring the loss of life in the same minority communities that are hardest hit by crime.

Invoking the case of 17-year-old Bronx resident Alphonza Bryant, who was shot and killed last week, Bloomberg accused The New York Times of selective outrage. The Times, which has published multiple editorials opposed to stop-and-frisk, has been silent on the case.

"Do you think that if a white, 17-year-old prep student from Manhattan had been murdered, the Times would have ignored it?" Bloomberg asked before answering his own question. "Me neither."

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:11:37 +0000
WATCH LIVE: Mayor Bloomberg's Public Safety Address to NYPD http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/watch-live-mayor-bloombergs-public-safety-address-to-nypd http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/watch-live-mayor-bloombergs-public-safety-address-to-nypd In his third press conference on the subject in recent weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will speak to leadership from the New York Police Department on public safety today.

Bloomberg's speech follows last week's address from City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's speech on the same subject.

Bloomberg has now held multiple press conferences with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on the heels of Boston marathon attacks, often discussing increased surveillance and opposition to what he calls "special interests" looking to change the Police Department's current practices.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:39:37 +0000
Today's Headlines: Bombers Talked About Times Square http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/26/todays-headlines-bombers-talked-about-times-square- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/26/todays-headlines-bombers-talked-about-times-square-

The Boston bombing suspects allegedly discussed bombing Times Square while driving around after the attack in a stolen car that ran out of gas eventually. The talk was characterized as spontaneous. One senior law enforcement official played it down as more "stream of consciousness" than plan. Mayor Bloomberg says he doesn't know if they could have been stopped had they made it. But at this point, their faces were plastered all over television and the internet, and Times Square is heavily surveilled at all times. Bloomberg also used the plot as an argument to expand the city's counterterrorism capabilities and intelligence gathering activities. The Daily News reports that Commissioner Kelly was upset that the FBI didn't share the information about Times Square sooner, but wouldn't criticize them publicly.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:05:42 +0000
Quinn Aims For Middle Ground In Public Safety Speech http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/safety/2013/04/24/quinn-aims-for-middle-ground-in-public-safety-speech http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/safety/2013/04/24/quinn-aims-for-middle-ground-in-public-safety-speech New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants the police department to be bigger than it is under Mayor Michael Bloomberg — and to better relate with the people that it protects.

The Democratic candidate for mayor defended most of Bloomberg's current policing strategy anc called for an additional 1,600 uniformed officers, but tried to reach a middle ground on the city's stop, question and frisk policy.

While she reiterated her support for an independent police monitor to oversee the department, Quinn distanced herself from a proposed law that would expand the city's law against racial profiling.

"We need to sustain the progress we've made over the past 12 years, fix what hasn't worked and build a stronger bond between police and the communities they serve," she said.

Quinn also defended Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who Quinn has previously lauded despite disagreement on the stop-and-frisk policy. She called his work "incredible" and said that anyone who fails to recognize his work "is simply out of touch with the reality of life in New York City."

Kelly and Bloomberg have both come out against a City Council proposal to create an indepdnent inspector general. Both the commissioner and the mayor argue that the NYPD has sufficient oversight, including the Civilain Complaint Review Board and the department's Internal Affairs Bureau. Quinn nonethless celebrated Kelly's time with the force.

"Our city would be incredibly lucky to have him continue on as commissioner," she said.

To continue making progress, Quinn said that the police needs to hire more officers. She prosposed that the city hire 1,600 additional police officers, and that the department accelerate its hiring of 500 new officers who are scheduled to start in January.

Quinn would instead have those new officers begin in June, and said that a speedier increase in police hires would not be a financial burden for the department. The additional cost, she said, would be offset by, among other things, the lower wages given to new recruits as opposed to senior officers on the verge of retirement.

Quinn credited Kelly for a number of things, including what she called strides in community relations since former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's tenure. She also praised the increased number of minority officers and the department's "direct community engagement."

Calling stop-and-frisk an "important tool" for police, Quinn said she doesn't want to ban the policy. Instead, she wants the NYPD to better train its officers and build better working relationships with community members to mend the rift between the two.

"A safe city and a city where people in every community feel like they’re being treated with respect are not mutually exclusive goals," she said. "We can have both."

She repeated her support for the independent monitor legislation, one of four bills in the propsoed Community Safety Act. Unlike previous statements about the act, however, Quinn came out against one of the bills that would enforce the city's law against racial profiling.

She cautioned that the bill is redundant of existing checks put in place against racial profiling. Quinn said New Yorkers can already work file grievances with the CCRB and lawsuits through the federal courts.

"I believe this presents a real risk that a multitude of state court judges issue rulings that could take control of police policy decisions away from the mayor and commissioner," Quinn said, repeating a line often used against her support of the inspector general bill. "This could overlap and possibly conflict with rulings coming out of the federal courts, and could occur before the proposed oversight through DOI has had a chance to be fully implemented."

The Community Safety Act's lead sponsors, who have worked with Quinn on the inspector general bill, both admonished the speaker for her lack of support for the racial profiling bill. Brooklyn Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander jointly stated that recent lawsuits against stop-and-frisk prove that profiling is happening despite existing law.

"We cannot keep our communities safe by profiling our neighbors based on their race, religion, LGBT, or other status," they wrote in response to Quinn's speech. "It violates fundamental civil liberties, breaks down the bonds of trust necessary for good policing, sets New Yorkers against each other and has never been proven to work."

The bill in question, Intro 800-A, has already been amended since it was first introduced last year. The latest language would not allow plaintiffs to seek monetary damages, adopt the city Human Rights Law's definition of profiling and protect supervisors from legal action.

Quinn is expected to join her fellow Democratic mayoral candidates for a larger forum on public safety tonight at John Jay College for Criminal Justice to be aired on NY1.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Public Safety Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:49:48 +0000
Today's Headlines: Boston's Effect On NYC http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/17/todays-headlines-bostons-effect-on-nyc http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/17/todays-headlines-bostons-effect-on-nyc

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that there have been no specific threats to New York City, but the department is reviewing security plans for upcoming public events. The police received 77 reports of suspicious packages in the past 24 hours, while the norm is 21. La Guardia Airport's main terminal was temporarily evacuated after an unattended parcel was found. Mayor Bloomberg used the Boston incident to highlight that the city must remain vigilant against terrorists and that "special interests" must not shape security strategies. He continues to take the subway part of the way to City Hall. The Saudi national that the NY Post had reported on was a witness, not a suspect.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:58:49 +0000
NYPD Reviewing Security Measures For Upcoming Public Events http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/safety/2013/04/16/nypd-reviewing-security-measures-for-upcoming-public-events http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/safety/2013/04/16/nypd-reviewing-security-measures-for-upcoming-public-events

The New York Police Department is taking additional security precautions for at least two public events this weekend following the attack at the Boston Marathon.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that there have been no specific threats to New York City, but that the city remains vigilant in the wake of yesterday's bombing of the annual running event in Boston.

Kelly said the NYPD was reviewing security plans for a 5K Run/Walk and family day for the 9/11 memorial and a four-mile race in Central Park for the City Parks Foundation.

"We are certainly evaluating, or reevaluating them, in light of the event that took place yesterday," he said at a press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall today. The Boston flag was at half-mast in front of City Hall in remembrance of the victims of the attack.

"We are vigilant, but we are vigilant for a good cause," Kelly said.

Kelly added that NYPD received 77 reports of suspicious packages in the last 24 hours, compared to 21 at this time last year. He said that police anticipated the spike in reports, and asked that residents continue to be vigilant. He also said that the police department is in communication with the FBI and has sent two police sergeants to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center to provide assistance.

NYPD responded to yesterday's events by deploying its fleet of highly visible patrol units to hotels and prominent, iconic locations around the city. There was also an increased police presence throughout the city's subways. The city mobilized 1,000 officers for counter-terrorism duties, Bloomberg said in a statement hours after the attack.

During today's press conference, Bloomberg said that the Boston attacks should not keep New Yorkers from their daily routines.

"That's what we have to do — go about our day, keep the victims of this awful tragedy in our thoughts and our prayers," Bloomberg said. "Go about our business. Let's not forget what happened in the past and let’s prepare for the future."

Photo: NYC.gov

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Public Safety Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:18:45 +0000
Today's Headlines: City Ups Security After Boston Attack http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/16/todays-headlines-city-ups-security-after-boston-attack http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/16/todays-headlines-city-ups-security-after-boston-attack

Following the Boston Marathon bombing, Mayor Bloomberg said 1,000 counter-terrorism NYPD officers have been mobilized until more is known about the attack. Law enforcement also went on high alert throughout the transit system, although there appeared to be no specific threat. Gov. Cuomo has directed state agencies to be on heightened alert as well. The New York Post published a controversial report that a Saudi man is being held for questioning in Boston.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:54:29 +0000
Lhota to Quinn: Leave NYPD Alone http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/04/01/lhota-to-quinn-leave-nypd-alone http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/04/01/lhota-to-quinn-leave-nypd-alone

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota says City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's support for an independent police monitor is "reckless," "dangerous" and "redundant."

Lhota made the comments about Quinn, a Democrat who is also seeking to be mayor, from a prepared text while standing next to a super-sized printout of New York Police Department CompStat numbers.

"The police department needs to maintain a laser-like focus in the reduction of crime," Lhota said. "We can't allow reckless behavior like putting a handcuff on the police department, which is what the inspector general bill will do."

A supporter of NYPD's stop-and-frisk program, Lhota said that he would expect the NYPD to regularly train officers on how to use what he described as a constitutional practice.

The candidate praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commisioner Ray Kelly for their leadership on crime reduction, but also pointed to a spike in felony crimes between 2011 and 2012, which he highlighted on the board next to him. Lhota argued that public safety in the city is in too fragile a state to consider putting in place another level of bureaucracy on the police department.

Lhota also pushed back against a reporter when he was asked about former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's alleged support of a police inspector general in 1993. Lhota, who served as Giuliani's deputy mayor, said that the former mayor only said that he would think about establishing an independent monitor.

"Go back and look at candidate Giuliani's quote where he said, ‘I might consider it,'" Lhota said. "He did not support one."

Lhota pointed to Giuliani's court battle with then Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. over an independent monitor bill, which the Council lost. Less than an hour after Lhota's press event, the speaker's office sent out an email to reporters with five press clips referring to Giuliani's comments on an inspector general.

When reached for a response to Lhota's claims, Quinn's office forwarded letters of support for an inspector general bill from three former corporation counsels of New York City and the City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.

Giuliani on NYPD Outside Monitor by Chester Soria

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:35:37 +0000
Today's Headlines: Administration Rebukes NYPD Inspector Idea http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/27/todays-headlines-administration-rebukes-nypd-inspector-idea http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/27/todays-headlines-administration-rebukes-nypd-inspector-idea

Yesterday Police Commissioner Kelly spoke for the first time about the idea of creating an inspector general for NYPD. “I think putting in another layer of so-called supervision or monitoring can ultimately make this city unsafe," he said. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg commented on the mayoral candidates' ability to keep the city safe: “What we don’t know is what they will actually do to reduce crime. We don’t even know if it’s a goal.” Mayoral Candidate William Thompson said Tuesday he wants an inspector who would report to the commissioner. In related news, three cops who have stopped-and-frisked an unusual amount of people will offer their perspective on the practice at a trial over its constitutionality.

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SUNY Downstate Focus Of Senate Budget Debate (Gotham Gazette)

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:27:13 +0000
Bloomberg, Quinn At Odds Over NYPD Inspector General http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/21/bloomberg-quinn-at-odds-over-nypd-inspector-general http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/21/bloomberg-quinn-at-odds-over-nypd-inspector-general

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the introduction of any legislation that would create an inspector general to independently monitor the NYPD will set a dangerous precedent for the city.

He said the plan is a political play during an election year that would create redundant bureaucracy.

"Together, the mayor and the commissioner set the direction of the department — and they do not need an unelected and unaccountable official to supervise their policy decisions," Bloomberg said. "The bill being considered by the City Council would undermine the accountability that has been essential in the department’s success — and make our city less safe."

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, one of the leading Democratic candidates for mayor who yesterday announced she would support a measure to create an inspector general for the NYPD, told reporters at City Hall that it was unfortunate the mayor disagrees with the bill. But she said she expects the bill to pass with overwhelming support as soon as it's introduced. She said she would push back against a mayoral veto.

"I can guarantee we will override it," she said.

Quinn said the groups that Mayor Bloomberg cited as oversight bodies — five district attorneys, two U.S. attorneys, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the Commission to Combat Police Corruption and the department's own Internal Affairs Bureau — did not have sufficient powers to reign in the NYPD.

"Those are entities that look at the actions of individual police officers," Quinn said. "But we don't, in fact, have a monitoring mechanism to look at broader policies and practices within the department."

She rebuffed Bloomberg's implication that the bill is just election year politics, adding that the stakes were too high for her to ignore the legislation while she still serves as speaker.

"We have a situation right now in this city, whether we like it or not, where some of the practices of the police department have caused significant rifts the police and the community," Quinn said. "Those types of rifts make it harder to keep people safe, not easier. This type of monitoring will help move us beyond this issue in the future."

Some of Quinn's fellow candidates for mayor began to take a stand on the issue a forum on public safety on Tuesday night. Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota both vocally opposed the bill, although Capital New York reported that de Blasio supports introducing an inspector general bill that grants subpeona power and a budget independent of both the mayor and council.

The public advocate's fellow Democratic challenger and former comptroller Bill Thompson sent out a statement late Wednesday also in support of a strong independent watchdog over NYPD.

"The need for an IG reflects the city’s failure to reform stop-and-frisk and see our communities as partners, instead of adversaries, in fighting crime," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate and supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis sent out his own statement, calling Quinn's proposed inspector general legislation "ill-conceived" and that it "defies common sense."

"Speaker Quinn released the plan just prior to a mayoral debate focused on criminal justice and public safety issues in an attempt to advance her candidacy for mayor," Catsimatidis wrote. "It is a perfect example of a professional politician's desire to create a larger bureaucracy."

Photo by Bill Alatriste

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