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January – June 2014

June 30, 3014 
Espo: The Good Soldier
Former Chief of Department Joe Esposito has been appointed to head the city’s Office of Emergency Management.

June 23, 2014
$40 Million Jogger Payout: De Blasio Needs to Explain Why
Forty million dollars for five black and Hispanic teenagers — whom the police tricked into falsely confessing they raped a white female jogger in Central Park, leading to years in prison for a crime they did not commit.

June 16, 2014
The NYPD: The New Normal
Shootings across the city are up 13 per cent from a year ago — 43 per cent in the past month. No big deal, says Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Crime goes up, he said last week. Crime goes down.

June 9, 2014
How Low Can Joe Go?
Three words best explain the dissolution of ex-Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes, which culminated last week in allegations that he used D.A. staffers and public money for his seventh re-election campaign last year.

June 2, 2014
The Joe and Bernie Show [Con't]
So who’s lying, celebrity attorney Joe Tacopina or former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik?

May 26, 2014
Stanley Cohen: Dreamer or Felon?
Stanley Cohen defends people and organizations that Americans hate: cop shooter Larry Davis; terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah; the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad.

May 19, 2014
Troubled Probie Cop: Help Her Out or Kick Her Out?
Let’s hope that an act of kindness and compassion — something the NYPD is rarely known for — doesn’t turn out to burn the department down the road.

May 12, 2014
Bratton's NYPD: Is the Thrill Gone?
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rejection of a City Council plan to hire more cops indicates that — at least in his mind — New York City has entered a new, post-crime era.

May 5, 2014
The Phantom Riot
What exactly happened at 10:30 last Monday night at 125th Street and Lexington?

April 28, 2014
Kelly Aura Haunts Bratton's Terrorism Reform
Bill Bratton has taken a small but significant step to formally disband a widely acclaimed and equally reviled anti-terrorism program of predecessor Ray Kelly — one the department denied even existed: the Demographics Unit.

April 14, 2014
The New and the Old Al Sharpton
Al Sharpton didn’t work just as an informant for the FBI. He also provided information to the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, a New York State organized-crime task force, and prosecutors at the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District.

April 7, 2014
The Daily News and the Post: “Cheap Shots”
What, if anything besides their typically misleading reporting, is behind the News’s and Post’s assault on Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after he said what is obvious to everyone at Police Plaza. Because of Ray Kelly’s overuse of Stop-and-Frisk, department morale is “awful.”

March 31, 2014
The NYPD: New Tricks, Old Dog
No question about it, there is a “kumbaya” spirit these days at One Police Plaza.

March 24, 2014
Changing the NYPD Culture: It's Not So Easy
Transparency and collaboration. These have been Bill Bratton’s buzzwords as he shapes his leadership of the NYPD.

March 17, 2014
Kerik vs. Tacopina: A Shootout Not at the OK Corral
Bernard Kerik vs. Joe Tacopina could be the hottest show in town this year. The city's disgraced former police commissioner is suing the celebrity criminal lawyer — whose clients include Victoria Gotti and Alex Rodriguez — for negligence and malpractice.

March 10, 2014
The Central Park Jogger Case: What Price Justice?
Lawyers for The Central Park Five have held two meetings with the city’s new Corporation Counsel, Zachary Carter, and his staff to discuss a financial settlement in a case that remains a wound in NYC’s racial psyche.

March 3, 2014
New Jersey Judge or Jersey Pol?
The reaction of the city’s mainstream media is the only thing wackier than U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini’s ruling last week that the NYPD’s widespread spying on New Jersey Muslims did not violate their civil rights. Further, he ruled, whatever harm Muslims suffered was caused by the Associated Press, whose series on the department’s spying received the Pulitzer Prize.

February 24, 2014
Kelly's Detail: The Daily Almost Dozen
Just under a dozen detectives have been assigned to protect former police commissioner Ray Kelly since he left office last month.

February 17, 2014
Singing for de Blasio
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was not notified of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s midnight call to a black deputy chief, inquiring about the arrest of a prominent black minister and supporter, until 6:30 the following morning.

February 10, 2014
The Pineiro Appointment: Chess Move or Conundrum?
If anyone in New York City understands why Bill Bratton reappointed Rafael Pineiro First Deputy Police Commissioner, let him come forward and explain it to NYPD Confidential.

February 3, 2014
De Blasio and Bratton: Frick and Frack — No Frisk
There are two ways to regard last week’s joint announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton that the city would drop its appeal of federal judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling to end Stop and Frisk.

January 27, 2014
The New NYPD: Collaborate or Perish
It was just a gesture but it spoke volumes about how, after a decade of hostility, the NYPD was taking a new direction in dealing with other law enforcement agencies.

January 20, 2014
Ray Kelly's Legacy: It's Coming Undone
It hasn’t even been three weeks since Ray Kelly departed Police Plaza after the longest run in city history, but his legacy is already unraveling.

January 13, 2014
The Central Park Jogger — No Justice But Money
No case in New York City has fanned racial tensions more than that of the Central Park Jogger, in which five non-white teenagers [four black and one Hispanic] were falsely convicted of raping a white woman and literally beating her within an inch of her life.

January 6, 2014
John Miller: The Daily News Hatchet Job
The Daily News, which once called itself “the honest voice of New York,” or some such nonsense, took a day off last Friday from its first-snowfall-of-the-year coverage to publish a front page hit, as well as a lead editorial and a separate news story, bashing the NYPD’s incoming terrorism head, John Miller.

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