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  • next step policing

    NYPD recruits (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography)

    An officer slams a driver on the hood of a car during a traffic stop, then punches the driver’s sister twice in the face, and escapes punishment. Another officer draws his gun on an 11- and a 13-year-old playing in a city park, and sees the charges against him dismissed without trial. A lieutenant ...

  • 2 right budget

    NYPD (photo: Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office)

    On April 26, Mayor de Blasio presented his executive budget plan for the city’s next fiscal year, FY22, which begins July 1. In it, he included slight increases to the NYPD’s budget. This comes on the heels of the largest civil rights movement in a generation demanding reinvestments and the heartbreaking murders of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright. If I were in the City

  • NYPD officers precinct roll call

    NYPD officers (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)

    The conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd provides some comfort to all of us that no one is above the law.

    Patrick Lynch of the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the union representing front-line New York City police officers, said it clearly. “What Derek Chauvin did that day was not policing,” Lynch said after the verdict was announced. “It was murder.”

    The verdict has re-energized a debate, nationally and here in New York City,

  • police reform mashup

    (l-r) Fred Davie, Adrienne Adams, and John Miller

    Top officials -- NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller, CCRB Chair Fred Davie, and City Council Public Safety Chair Adrienne Adams -- gathered by Zoom for an online forum on police reform and public safety hosted by Citizens Union and moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. The three official