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January – June 2000

June 26, 2000
Ex-chief ‘The key is planning’
In light of the post-Puerto Rican Day incident in Central Park, here are the thoughts of former Chief of Department Louis Anemone, known to readers of this column as The Dark Prince and to many at One Police Plaza as the Police Department's foremost tactical expert.

June 19, 2000
Safir out of town during the parade
Let's cut right to the chase. The issue for the Police Department over the post-National Puerto Rican Day parade violence is not the public flogging of four or five hapless police officers, as Police Commissioner Howard Safir has promised. Rather, it's assigning responsibility for the failed deployment and strategy that led to the chaos.

June 12, 2000
Feds to probe Busch’s death
With no public announcement, the federal government is investigating the death of Gideon Busch, the young, emotionally disturbed Orthodox Jew who was shot by police after he allegedly attacked them with a hammer last August, Newsday has learned.

June 5, 2000
The book on Safir: Highly forgettable
When he was sworn in as police commissioner in 1996 in an inaugural that rivaled that of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani himself, Howard Safir was overlooked by mayoral counsel and master of ceremonies Dennison Young.

May 29, 2000
DA’s lament: Foiled again!
When an anonymous letter arrived alleging favoritism in Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes' office, Your Humble Servant naturally tried to learn if the intrigues described could possibly be true.

May 22, 2000
Winners, losers in mayor’s exit
Here are some of the winners and losers from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's decision to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

May 15, 2000
Mayor, Lategano acted as a team
It was this very column of June 19, 1995, that disclosed the existence of Cristyne Lategano's "newly converted basement office that is connected to the mayor's office through an inner door." That disclosure ended Lategano's relationship with One Police Plaza Confidential.

May 8, 2000
Security costs closely guarded
The Police Department does not want the public to know about the taxpayer-funded overtime costs of Rudolph Giuliani's "security" when the mayor goes a-courtin' to the Southampton home of his inamorata, Judith Nathan.

May 1, 2000
Press seeks Diallo exhibits
Lawyers for several media organizations, including The New York Times, Daily News, Newsday and The Associated Press, will appear before the Third Appellate Department Friday to argue against State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi's refusal to release court exhibits during the Amadou Diallo trial.

April 24, 2000
Brooklyn DA’s case could backfire
Poor Joe Hynes. After pandering to Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community for most of his decade as district attorney, he finally plucked up his courage to take on one of its leaders.

April 17, 2000
DA’s office and a tale of abuse
We present yet another prosecutorial atrocity from the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes.

April 10, 2000
State probing police surgeon
A Police Department surgeon who is the emergency room supervisor at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx is under investigation for allegedly releasing officers' confidential medical information, police sources have told Newsday.

April 3, 2000
Between lines of Safir
Perhaps the kindest thing one can say about the testimony of Police Commissioner Howard Safir and Corporation Counsel Michael Hess before a state Assembly committee Friday was that they thought they were making an April Fool's joke. How else to explain their justification of their release of Patrick Dorismond's sealed juvenile arrest record?

March 20, 2000
Charmed cop down the pipes
The St. Patrick's Day parade Friday may have been Officer Justin Meagher's last performance with the Emerald Society's pipe band.

March 13, 2000
Safir’s stealth $7,100 payment
Well, well, well. So Police Commissioner Howard Safir says he has repaid his "friend," former Revlon chief executive George Fellows, who two months after meeting Safir comped him and his wife Carol for a trip to the Oscars-total cost of the Revlon corporate jet and five-star Beverly Hills hotel, $7,100.

March 6, 2000
Don’t bet on Feds in Diallo
Bill and Hillary may say race influenced the Amadou Diallo shooting, but Mark Pomerantz calls the possibility of federal civil-rights indictments against the four cops who shot Diallo 19 times "very unlikely."

February 28, 2000
A farewell to arms, or not
Police Officer Sean Carroll, who mistook Amadou Diallo's wallet for a gun, starting the 41-bullet shooting barrage, has told people he wants his job back.

February 24, 2000
Diallo prosecutor fires powerful shot
Four cops may have fired 41 bullets at Amadou Diallo. But Bronx Assistant District Attorney Eric Warner had the final shot.

February 21, 2000
A glimpse at officer’s fear
No layman knows what it's like to be a police officer. No layman can feel the fear an officer feels. This includes Your Humble Servant.

February 14, 2000
Booted out amid scandal
Police Commissioner Howard Safir quietly drop-kicked feared Internal Affairs Bureau Deputy Insp. James Burns out of the Police Department after demoting him to captain.

February 7, 2000
Uncovered by top cop
Police Commissioner Howard Safir's unmasking of four undercover officers who infiltrated the salvage and scrap-metal business of John Gotti's son-in-law, Carmine Agnello, has raised eyebrows, and questions, about Safir's motives and judgment.

January 31, 2000
Race prism for Bronx gunplay
It's hard to view the Amadou Diallo shooting-like so many other police shootings in the Bronx-without the prism of race.

January 24, 2000
The police and political gain
It all began with an article in the Post saying Hillary Rodham Clinton had dropped the Police Department from her security detail as she campaigns for the Senate. The next day, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that, unlike Clinton, "I want the NYPD. I like the NYPD. I want people seeing the NYPD with me."

January 17, 2000
Blue shield at hospital?
A heavyweight battle is brewing in Queens between the borough's chief law-enforcement official, District Attorney Richard (Duck Down) Brown, and its boldest-if not loudest-mouthpiece, attorney Marvyn (the Magnificent) Kornberg.

January 10, 2000
Doing a number on public again
Here's yet another reason why you'd better question everything that comes out of the mouths of the Police Department's top officials, beginning with Commissioner Howard Safir.

January 3, 2000
Swami foresees a banner year
After studying the tea leaves, here are some predictions about what New Yorkers can expect in the year 2000.

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