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July 2019–Present

December 30, 2019
The Monahan Mystery
So what’s with Chief Terence Monahan? Has he been defenestrated? Is he a non-person, odd man out in the NYPD’s new administration under Commissioner Dermot Shea?

December 23, 2019
’Twas the Night Before Christmas ...
On the night before Christmas, Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to stroll down Fifth Avenue to see how New Yorkers felt about his beginning a 2024 campaign for president.


December 16, 2019
Scrutinizing the FBI
Once again, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has concluded that despite the falsehoods and omissions — most notably in the FBI’s application for a wiretap on then presidential candidate Donald Trump aide Carter Page — such actions did not reflect an institutional bias against Trump.

December 9, 2019
Dermot's First Weeks: Putting a Shine on Shinola
Newly appointed police commissioner Dermot Shea has taken command of the NYPD, but with the shadow of Mayor de Blasio draped over his shoulder.

December 2, 2019
Cashing Out on Rechnitz
Remember Jona Rechnitz?

November 25, 2019
Jack Being Jack
Right-wing reporter and Fox News contributor John Solomon has been described as a central figure in the impeachment hearings of President Trump. He is accused of being a conduit for wild and discredited Ukrainian conspiracy theories that have been pushed by a bad Ukrainian actor named Yuriy Lutsenko and pursued by Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

November 18, 2019
Bloomberg's Mayor Culpa: Too Little, Too Late?
For a long, long time, NYPD Confidential has maintained that, in his 12 years as mayor, Michael Bloomberg abdicated his responsibilities vis-a-vis the police department.

November 11, 2019
O’Neill and His Legacy
So Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill is history.

November 4, 2019
Cops or Social Workers? Maybe Both
Mayor de Blasio and his pliant police commissioner Jimmy O'Neill have finally done it. They have formally embraced a policy -- derided by former police commissioner Bill Bratton and abandoned by his predecessor Ray Kelly -- what they call Neighborhood Policing.

October 28, 2019
Michael Armstrong: Dedicated, Complicated
Michael Armstrong, who died last week at age 86, was a seminal figure in changing the NYPD’s culture of corruption that went back to the 19th Century.

October 21, 2019
Neighborhood Policing Doubts
Every police commissioner takes credit for the city’s 25-year crime decline that began under the mayoralty of Rudy Giuliani.

October 14, 2019
Rudy, Say It Ain't So
Is it possible? Could Rudy Giuliani be indicted by the office of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, the same office he headed with such grandiosity?

October 7, 2019
It's More Complicated Than Race
Race. Race. Race. It’s the factor that dominates reporting on the criminal justice system, and not just in New York City.

September 30, 2019
Rudy Giuliani: In the Middle, Yet Again
What’s with Rudy Giuliani?

September 23, 2019
Racism Still Lives Here
Despite what some may naively think, racism still exists here, as the following two examples illustrate.

September 16, 2019
End of the Line for Walzak
So NYPD spokesman Phillip Walzak is resigning.

September 9, 2019
Half-Truths or Lies?
If nothing else in his nearly three years as police commissioner, Jim O’Neill has learned to tell half-truths. Others might call them lies.

September 2, 2019
No Confidence in O'Neill
So the PBA has proclaimed a vote of no confidence in NYPD Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill for his firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo over the “chokehold” death of Eric Garner. For good measure, PBA president Pat Lynch called on the governor to fire Mayor Bill de Blasio.

August 26, 2019
The Big Cave
No matter how you slice, dice, or splice it, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that NYPD Commissioner Jim O’Neill caved when he fired police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the 2014 “chokehold” death of Eric Garner.

August 19, 2019
Still Waiting on O'Neill
Cops investigating crimes abhor a vacuum of information. It’s habit for them to figure out logical scenarios, which, logical as they may seem, could be dead wrong.

August 12, 2019
Waiting for O'Neill
While the city, if not the nation, awaits NYPD Commissioner Jim O’Neill’s decision whether to fire police officer Daniel Pantaleo, the anti-police narrative of the past five years continues unabated.

August 5, 2019
For O'Neill, Pantaleo Decision is Lose, Lose
Last summer, Deputy Commissioner John Miller hosted a party at his summer place on Long Island. Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill attended. Unlike his famed two predecessors, Ray Kelly and Bill Bratton — who likely would have turned up with an entourage that included at least a couple of bodyguards — O’Neill arrived on his motorcycle with his motorcycling cop buddy.

July 29, 2019
The NYPD Watershed Moment?
So what to make of New Yorkers dumping buckets of water on NYPD cops in four seemingly unrelated incidents? Was this a series of playful summer amusements during a heat-scorched week or the beginnings of something sinister?

July 22, 2019
Due Process for Pantaleo?
In perhaps his finest hour as mayor, Bill de Blasio is resisting demands from his political soul mates that he immediately fire NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the “chokehold” death of Eric Garner.

July 15, 2019
Two Waves Colliding
Some people believe that New York’s progressive movement, currently personified by Queens district attorney candidate Tiffany Cab?n, is the wave of the future. But another wave is rolling in the opposite direction.

July 8, 2019
Cabán vs. Katz: Hold the Oy Vehs
Better hold off on the “oy veh”s regarding Tiffany Cabán becoming the Queens District Attorney. [See NYPD Confidential, July 1, 2019.]

July 1, 2019
Tiffany Cabán: Oy Veh? Or Congratulations?
What is NYPD Confidential's response to Tiffany Cabán’s tsunami-like victory for Queens District Attorney? Is it “Oy veh,” a Jewish sigh of surprise and woe? Or is it congratulations? Maybe both.

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