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January – June 2017

June 26, 2017
The Garner Shuffle
For the second time, an NYPD training sergeant testified last week before a federal grand jury in Brooklyn hearing testimony in the 2014 “chokehold” death of Eric Garner.

June 19, 2017
NYPD: Terror Is For Real
At any one time, there are three or four cases of people actively talking about committing terrorist acts in New York City.

June 12, 2017
Comey vs. Trump: Who's the Real Liar?
Yes, former FBI Director James Comey is a grandstander. Yes, he is appallingly self-righteous with a larger-than-life ego, who only went public after Trump fired and publicly insulted him. Yes, he orchestrated his Senate testimony through so-called “leaks” of his memos, playing the media like a virtuoso.

June 5, 2017
For a Cop in The Bronx, No Thonx
For the first time since four white cops fatally shot African immigrant Amadou Diallo, an NYPD officer has been charged with second degree, or intentional, murder in an on-duty shooting. Again, the shooting occurred in the Bronx. Again, the officer was white. Again, the victim was black.

May 29, 2017
What Happened in San Juan?
Who do you believe, the Speaker or the NYPD?

May 22, 2017
Say It Ain't So, Joe
Joe Lieberman for FBI director? Is this a joke?

May 15, 2017
Old Horse, New Tale
Ray Kelly is back in the news as a dark-horse candidate to head the FBI, following President Donald Trump’s dismissal of James Comey.

May 8, 2017
Whining Hillary; Conniving Comey
Let me begin by saying I voted for Hillary Clinton.

April 24, 2017
This Is Draining the Swamp?
Is this how President Donald Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise to “drain the swamp?”

April 17, 2017
No Time for Bannon
Is the alt-right, America-firster Steve Bannon on his way out of the White House? As The New York Times explained it: "To Mr. Trump there is only one person on his team worthy of attention: himself. ... And he was said to be especially bothered by Mr. Bannon's appearance in February on the cover of Time Magazine."

April 10, 2017
Gangi: Another Mayoral Oddball
Robert Gangi, a genial old gent [he says he’s 73], announced last week he’s running for mayor. In joining Bo Deitl, Paul Massey and Sal Albanese, we now run the full ideological gamut of fringe candidates.

April 3, 2017
The Mayor's Man
Richard Haste took a gamble — and lost. The NYPD officer is out of a job, badge, gun and pension.

March 27, 2017 
A Bridge for Jimmy Breslin?
So how should New Yorkers commemorate Jimmy Breslin, who died last week at age 88?

March 20, 2017
Sgt. Hugh Barry: Will He Testify?
A Bronx grand jury is set to hear evidence against Sgt. Hugh Barry, a white officer who fatally shot a mentally disturbed, 66-year-old, black woman who, the eight-year NYPD veteran says, attacked him in her apartment with a baseball bat.

March 13, 2017
Love and Pizza in Bronx Criminal Court
A different approach to the way NYC tackles low-level offenses is taking root in Bronx Criminal Court — the brainchild of a cop turned judge.

March 6, 2017
Richard Haste and the NYPD's Communication Problem
Sometime this month, the NYPD is expected to formally discipline NYPD Officer Richard Haste.

February 27, 2017
Kim Royster: It's All in the Spin [Cont]
Was it the old boys’ network at 1 Police Plaza or a sisterly squabble that led to last week’s transfer of NYPD Assistant Chief Kim Royster? And does her diminished role indicate she is no longer a favorite of the police commissioner or of City Hall?

February 20, 2017
Trump and de Blasio: Soul Brothers?
They may be ideological opposites but President Donald Trump and Mayor Bill de Blasio have more in common than you might think.

February 13, 2017
The NYPD's Fabergé Egg
It’s not just that overall crime continues its nearly three-decade decline under Mayor Bill de Blasio, despite the reduction of the notorious stop-and-frisk. Now, the mayor appears to have tamed the beast that is the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

February 6, 2017
Blue on Blue: More Actual Than Alternate Facts
Each of NYPD’s last four commissioners has written books, most of which are filled with hot air, goop and self-promotion — and in the case of former Commissioner Bernie Kerik’s autobiography “The Lost Son,” maybe some alternative facts.

January 30, 2017
Mayor De Blasio: Going Macro
His approval ratings are low. A Quinnipiac poll in November found that nearly half of New Yorkers don’t believe he deserves re-election

January 23, 2017
New York's Losing Game: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Even without Donald Trump, developments last week on three pending cases in Washington and New York reflect the divisiveness of race, ethnicity and politics here in the city.

January 16, 2017
The Trouble With Barry
What’s the NYPD going to do about Insp. Barry Buzzetti?

January 9, 2017
A Haste Decision: Will It Be Political?
An internal police report on the 2012 shooting death of Ramarley Graham does not place the major burden of guilt on Officer Richard Haste, who shot the unarmed teenager in the bathroom of his Bronx apartment. Instead, the report blames the sergeant at the scene for failing to stop Haste from rushing pell-mell into the apartment building before backup arrived, NYPD Confidential has learned.

January 2, 2017
Fake News: Ray Kelly's Muslim Spying
If NYPD Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill didn’t have enough on his mind with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State Police power grab, former commissioner Ray Kelly is now trying to reprise parts of his controversial Muslim-spying policy.


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