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January – June 2015

June 29, 2015
De Blasio Puzzle, De Blasio Muddle
Back when I was a young reporter for Time magazine, my boss gave me some journalistic advice that I’ve always practiced.

June 22, 2015
Kelly Speaks Out: Why?
Law enforcement guys have a code. Often mistreated by their bosses and misunderstood by the media, their ethic is to suck it up, shut your mouth and move on.

June 15, 2015
Bill Bratton’s Media Issues
When it comes to dealing with the media, Bill Bratton is Cool Hand Luke.

June 8, 2015
“Using” the Police Foundation
So the City Council is going to investigate the Police Foundation.

June 1, 2015
Hakeem Jeffries: From Clark Kent to Superman
Since becoming a Congressman, the formerly mild-mannered Brooklyn state assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries has morphed from Clark Kent into Superman.

May 25, 2015
The City's Pas De Trois on Additional Cops
Bill Bratton did such a good job reducing the numbers of stop-and-frisks that he doesn’t need the additional cops he has requested. Instead those cops assigned to stop-and-frisk can fill his needs. That, at least, is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest stated rationale for not including additional cops in the city’s $78.3 million budget.

May 18, 2015 
Fighting Corruption the PBA Way
Mention the letters PBA, and the word “corruption” is usually not far behin

May 11, 2015 
Let's Hear It For Linder
So it’s come down to Bill Bratton’s long-awaited “re-engineering” report.

May 4, 2014
Racial Nightmare: From Baltimore to New York
The nation’s racial nightmare moved from Baltimore to New York with the near-fatal shooting of a young white cop by a 35-year-old black man with what Police Commissioner Bill Bratton described as “an extensive arrest history.”

April 27, 2015
Bratton and de Blasio: Analyze That
If anyone understands what’s going on between Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio over Bratton’s request for 1,000 more cops, please come forward.

April 20, 2015
Cardillo Case: Coming Closer to the Truth?
Thirty-two yebars after a secret police document was published in Newsday about the fatal shooting of Police Officer Philip Cardillo inside a Harlem mosque in 1972, the New York Post has finally discovered it.

April 13, 2015
More Woe For Bernie
Since his release from federal prison, former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik can’t catch a break.

April 6, 2015
“I Told You We Can't Trust Him”
Those famous words — attributed to an anonymous source and displayed on Page 1 of the Post on Nov. 2, 2014 — were supposedly uttered by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, about Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

March 30, 2015
Cop Election Fight: Ugly, Ugly
When cops fight with each other, it ain’t beanbag.

March 23, 2015
The Mayor's Learning Curve: Maybe More Cops
As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s learning curve, it looks like the NYPD may be getting more cops.

March 16, 2015
Some Honest Talk About Race
After the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Attorney General Eric Holder said the country needs to have an honest discussion about race.

March 9, 2015
Ray Kelly: No Detail Too Small
Although there have been no current credible threats against his life, Ray Kelly, the longest-serving and most powerful police commissioner in city history, is attempting to pull strings to keep his security detail, fourteen months after he retired.

March 2, 2015
Tough Times for Rudy and Bernie
Ever since former Mayor Rudy Giuliani left office in 2001, NYPD Confidential has wondered whether his final destination would be the White House or an insane asylum.

February 23, 2015
To Fight Terrorism, Play the Odds
A bizarre terrorism trial is playing out in Brooklyn federal court, where an alleged Pakistani-born terrorist is accused of planning to blow up a supermarket in Manchester, England, as part of an international plot.

February 16, 2015
Killer or Sacrificial Lamb: Maybe Both
Is police officer Peter Liang a sacrificial lamb to atone for the non-indictments in the cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two unarmed black men who died at the hands of the police last year?

February 9, 2015
Intel's Paul Ciorra: Coming Full Circle
It was a move made with no fanfare and drew scant attention. Yet it sent a message about the direction of the NYPD’s Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Bureaus under Deputy Commissioner John Miller and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

February 2, 2015
The New Face of Mayor de Blasio
Is there a new Bill de Blasio when it comes to the NYPD?

January 26, 2015
De Blasio's Brain Muddle
Whenever it comes to Al Sharpton, Mayor Bill de Blasio´s brain seems to go into a tailspin.

January 19, 2015
He Can’t Stay Away
Mayor de Blasio can’t seem to stay away from the Rev. Al Sharpton.

January 12, 2015
Dan Donovan: Blind Ambition or Naked Opportunism?
In a move certain to widen the city’s racial divide, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan has announced he’s running for Congress.

January 5, 2015
The Bridge Builder
Just a couple of months ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, supposedly told him, referring to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton: “I told you we can’t trust him.”


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