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July – December 2013

December 30, 2013
The Night Before Christmas: Vanity of Vanities
On the night before Christmas, Bill Bratton decided to stroll down Fifth Avenue to see how many people still recognized him.

December 23, 2013
Kelly Whines It Up
If, as Gilbert and Sullivan wrote, a policeman’s lot is not a happy one, pity poor Ray Kelly.

December 16, 2013
The Good Soldier
Guess who wants to return to the NYPD?

December 9, 2013
Hatfield/McCoy? In New York, It's Bratton/Kelly
Let’s cut right to the chase. Ray Kelly and Bill Bratton don’t like each other. Don’t like each other? Let’s get real. They hate each other.

December 2, 2013
Bill Bratton: Past or Future?
This Tuesday, December 3, marks the 20th anniversary of Rudy Giuliani’s naming Bill Bratton as New York City’s 38th police commissioner. It now seems possible that mayor-elect Bill de Blasio may name Bratton as the city’s 42nd.

November 25, 2013
Hey Abbott, Hey Costello, Who's on First? What's on Second?
If you can figure out what is going on between Bill Bratton and mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, you know more than I do.

November 18, 2013
Kelly's Playboy Interview: Near to Snow Angel
It is difficult to know how or where to begin in describing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s cry-baby interview in Playboy magazine, which appears just before a color spread of a young woman frolicking nude in the outdoors amidst the title “Snow Angel.”

November 11, 2013
De Blasio's Police Commissioner: Law Enforcement Angst
If there’s a phrase to describe the feeling among much of the city’s law enforcement community concerning Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s selection of a police commissioner, that phrase is high anxiety.

November 4, 2013
Stop and Frisk Hokus Pokus
The way the city’s media has described it, you might believe Ray Kelly was the big winner in the Stop and Frisk sweepstakes after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals removed federal judge Shira Scheindlin from the case.

October 28, 2013
Martha Moxley: Which Kennedy Cousin Killed Her?
Thirty-eight years after 15-year-old Martha Moxley was beaten to death with a golf club on the edge of her Greenwich property on Oct. 30, 1975, we are back to the original suspect, Tommy Skakel, as her likely killer.

October 21, 2013
Dealing the Police Race Cards
In tried and true race-card politics, the police department’s disparate groups of Hispanic officers are calling for the appointment of the city’s first Hispanic police commissioner.

October 7, 2013
De Blasio’s Top Cop
The well-known Bill Bratton versus the unknown Phil Banks.The newspapers and the internet are filled with chatter over which man New York City’s presumed next mayor, Bill de Blasio, will appoint as police commissioner.

September 16, 2013
To Ray Kelly: Three Questions About Terrorism
Ray Kelly is sniping from the sidelines that no mayoral candidate came to him for a briefing on terrorism. Well, we’ll stand in for the candidates. And we’ll repeat three questions we’ve asked in the past, which the police commissioner has yet to answer. We hope the next mayor will ask the same questions.

September 9, 2013
Obama and Kelly: Small Footprint vs. Long Shadow
Whether or not the United States takes action in Syria could be a watershed moment for the nation.

September 2, 2013
Graham Rayman's Schoolcraft Tapes
Graham Rayman’s “The NYPD Tapes” is sub-titled: “A Shocking Story of Cops, Coverups and Courage.”

August 26, 2013
Bernie's Secret Lady
Bernie Kerik’s three years in federal prison haven’t diminished the soap opera involving him and his lady friends.

August 19, 2013
Bloomberg's Tin Ear, Kelly's Tarnished Badge
“He’s got a record-low murder and crime rate,” Chris Dunn of the NY Civil Liberties Union said last week, referring to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Yet his police department has just had a federal monitor imposed upon it. How did he pull that off?”

August 12, 2013
Again, the Amazing Rev. Sharpton
Whether the subject is racial politics or the fatal shootings of unarmed black men, no one better epitomizes the continental divide between white and black Americans than Al Sharpton.

August 5, 2013
Serpico's Back: Run, Crooks, Run
Frank Serpico may have thought his battles with the NYPD ended 40 years ago with the establishment of the Knapp Commission, which vindicated him and his allegations of police corruption, changed the course of NYPD history, and made him an inspiration for cops.

July 29, 2013
FBI Bulger Poison Still Potent
Boston law enforcement authorities’ bitterness and mistrust of past FBI actions, on view atWhitey Bulger’s ongoing trial, have bubbled to the surface in the aftermath of Boston Marathon terror bombing.

July 22, 2013
Mr Truth: More Blarney at Notre Dame
Paul Browne, who served ten years as the NYPD’s spokesman — longer than anyone in its history, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly — had another distinction. He was the department’s most egregious — and effective — liar.

July 15, 2013
Homeland Security: From Nanny to Sandbox
If Bernie Kerik had a “nanny problem,’ when he was nominated for Homeland Security Director in 2004, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly may have a sandbox problem.

July 8, 2013
A Brooklyn Mosque: Ground Zero for Spying
When it comes to the threat of terrorism versus the NYPD’s pervasive spying on Muslims, the At-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn is where the rubber meets the road.

July 1, 2013
Ray Kelly: Things Falling Apart
How did this happen? How did the wheels fall off Ray Kelly’s NYPD?

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