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July – December 2002

December 23, 2002
Commish Takes A Christmas Walk
On the night before Christmas, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly decided to stroll down Fifth Avenue.

December 20, 2002
Timoney Hired as Miami's Top Cop
Former NYPD top cop John Timoney has been appointed police chief of Miami, another of the growing number of the city's former top brass who now head departments elsewhere.

December 20, 2002
Kelly: DA Hindered Cops' Investigation
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly yesterday accused Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau of blocking access to key information in the department's reinvestigation of the Central Park Jogger case.

December 16, 2002
Anger Simmers Over Jogger Case
Two weeks after Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau released a report that recommends voiding the convictions in the Central Park jogger case, top police officials accuse him of scapegoating the department through his silence.

December 9, 2002J
Jogger Saga Isn't Over Yet
Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Nancy Ryan's 58-page report setting aside the five Harlem teenagers' convictions in the Central Park jogger rape raises questions that cannot be resolved without a full public hearing under oath - and perhaps not even then.

December 6, 2002
Cops Criticize DA's Probe
Some police officials reacted with scorn and indignation yesterday to the Manhattan district attorney's reinvestigation of the Central Park jogger case, saying the prosecutor heading the probe blocked their efforts to determine if Matias Reyes' claim that he alone raped the jogger was credible.

December 5, 2002
It's Decision Day; DA set to give results of probe in jogger case
With prosecutors expected today to recommend vacating the convictions in the Central Park jogger case, lawyers for the five men found guilty of the notorious 1989 rape said their clients would accept nothing less than full exoneration.

December 2, 2002
Party's Over For Cop Buffs
How the Police Department is viewed may be as important as the thousands of dollars that a private foundation raises for the department.

November 4, 2002
DA, Cops Split on Jogger Case
A rift has developed between the Police Department and the Manhattan district attorney's office over the prosecutor's re-examination of the Central Park jogger case, Newsday has learned.

October 28, 2002
Rudy's Problem With the Truth
This column has called former mayor Rudolph Giuliani many things, but never a liar. Until today.

October 21, 2002
A Lot of Questions, Still No Answers
Before we give the keys to the city to the five Harlem youths convicted, perhaps mistakenly, in the rape of the Central Park Jogger 13 years ago, let's discuss five key points.

October 14, 2002
Eyeing the Law's Role
Thirteen years after five black teenagers were convicted of raping a white female jogger in Central Park, a question has emerged: Should there be an independent investigation to learn what went wrong with law enforcement?

October 7, 2002
Guidelines Often Misunderstood
When Ed Mamet commanded the criminal section of the Intelligence Division in 1994, he wanted detectives from the gang unit to attend a social meeting of the Latin Kings.

September 30, 2002
No Connection To Intelligence
Since Police Commissioner Ray Kelly could not cite one instance, real or hypothetical, in which the Handschu guidelines hindered police in fighting terrorism, the only thing to be said with certainty is that his attempt to abolish them is the Police Department's first power grab since the World Trade Center attack.

September 23, 2002
It's Settled, But Questions Linger
So the world may never know beyond a doubt whether former police officer Charles Schwarz was the "second man" in the bathroom of the 70th Precinct station house when Justin Volpe sodomized Abner Louima with a broomstick.

September 16, 2002
His Rap Sheet Cost City $290 G
While the nation remains in a swoon over Rudolph Giuliani's Sept. 11 heroics, the meanness of his mayoralty is still being felt.

September 3, 2002
PBA, Kelly Failing To Communicate
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly did not attend last week's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association convention. He was not on the original guest list, although it's not clear if that was an oversight.

August 26, 2002
Rudy, Kin Enjoy Guarded Lifestyle
Donna Hanover and her daughter, Caroline, 13, attended a New York Liberty game recently, each arriving in a city car with her own detective detail. After the game, Hanover left with her detail while Caroline took off with hers for New England.

August 19, 2002
Mystery Man Goes on Tour
Remember the mysterious black man who materialized out of the night outside 6 Cameron Place in the Bronx on Dec. 22, 1994 to assist Francis Livoti, the white cop whose choke-hold of Anthony Baez, a Hispanic man, led to Baez's death?

August 12, 2002
More Reactions To 9/11 Response
The head of the fire officers union declared last week that a fire chief ordered firefighters down from the north tower of the World Trade Center at 9:32 a.m. - 27 minutes before the south tower collapsed and 56 minutes before the north tower collapsed.

August 5, 2002
Dunne's Words Hit Raw Nerve
Last week's column citing the upcoming McKinsey report's criticism of the top police command's response to Sept. 11 prompted an e-mail message from Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son Christian died when the World Trade Center collapsed.

July 29, 2002
Dunne: No Quibble With 9/11 Report
Before anyone gets bent out of shape over the upcoming McKinsey report that criticizes the top police command's response to Sept. 11, let's listen to former First Deputy Commissioner Joe Dunne, who was out there on crutches with his ankle in a cast.

July 22, 2002
It's Win and Lose In Schwarz Trial
Here are some of the winners and losers from Charles Schwarz's third trial.

July 15, 2002
Kelly Is the Color Of Confidence
Responding to headlines of a seeming epidemic of prisoner escapes, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly performed a variation of the old bureaucratic dodge: Dazzle them with details.

July 8, 2002
Questionable Worth of Words
Perhaps we will never know with absolute certainty whether Charles Schwarz was the second officer in the bathroom in the 70th Precinct station house when Justin Volpe sodomized Abner Louima with a broom handle.

July 1, 2002
Wiese Facing Real Dilemma
We all know of the Blue Wall of Silence, which supposedly prevents cops from coming forward and testifying against other cops. But what of an officer's breaching the blue wall to testify for another officer?

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