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(An open letter to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly)
On behalf of the New York Press Club, I strongly protest NYPD’s latest decision to cut off a long-standing source of information, vital to New Yorkers.
The policy change to deny media access to complaint reports at the precinct level is, to us, another example of blatant hostility by NYPD toward locally based media outlets that disseminate information about neighborhood occurrences to residents of those neighborhoods. We are stumped by the question of why NYPD now requires community reporters to scurry down to the notoriously uncommunicative and uncooperative DCPI office to examine incident reports that originate locally. One inescapable conclusion about the new policy is that NYPD wishes to “edit” or otherwise obfuscate the information in question. At the very least, the policy unnecessarily complicates public access to information and data that should instead be freely available.
This new restriction on openness and accessibility is, in our opinion, another disturbing example of the department’s recent, relentless slide towards non-accountability. We therefore request an explanation of the change for publication. Thank you.
The writer is a resident of Queens.
Editor’s note: The policy was modified Tuesday, according to The Nabe, an online media outlet.
An Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge exit ramp is living up to its reputation once again as another car has driven off of it into a storefront on Queens Plaza South.
On Tuesday at 2 a.m., Elissa Toro, an off-duty NYPD police officer, was driving a silver 2004 Ford Focus when the car careered off the ramp, slamming into a vacant storefront and throwing her from the vehicle.
by The government doesn’t care.
That is what Green Power E-Bike owner Daniel Zhou says when asked about the recent citywide ban on all motor scooters and electric bikes.
It seemed like an appropriate gesture to open the Ageless Summit in Laurelton last Thursday with a moment of silence for the passing of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who passed away on the same day at the age of 95, stood as a symbol for many in Southeast Queens for equal rights and justice. And while the topic of apartheid wasn’t discussed, issues of equality and justice were covered by the two-hour event, which took place at St. Luke’s Church in Laurelton, and was moderated by community activist Tanequa Strong.
The appointment of former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton back to his old post once Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio takes office was lauded across Queens and the city.
As commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bratton drove crime down and instituted the CompStat tracking system that has been a staple of the NYPD ever since. The system is cited as a key reason crime has declined for more than 20 years, as it gives police notice of where crime is happening so they can deploy accordingly.
The NYPD is crediting two sharp-eyed police officers with seizing an illegal handgun while arresting two alleged turnstile jumpers at the Parsons Boulevard/Archer Avenue subway station on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said officers Brian Chiang, left, and John Cammarata of the 103rd Precinct were assigned to a Transit Bureau Impact Team when they allegedly saw two men go through a turnstile while only swiping their MetroCard once.
To call for NYPD policy changes — especially stop and frisk — in observance of Human Rights Day, area residents came together on Saturday to sign a new Flushing Remonstrance at historic St. George’s Episcopal Church.
The event was sponsored by Flushing Interfaith Council, Friends Committee for Black Concerns of the New York Yearly Meeting of Quakers and others.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for grand larceny.
On July 23 at 7:12 p.m., inside a Chase Bank located at 25-15 Queens Plaza North, the suspect was captured on video surveillance using a debit card to deposit a fraudulent check into the account of a woman. He then tried to withdraw money but did not get any cash.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
The NYPD is offering the following holiday safety tips for shoppers, travelers and homeowners:
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often target people who are distracted.
Rolando Perez, an Elmhurst resident, was arrested last week for killing 29-year-old Carolina Cobena in their apartment.
According to police on Nov. 26, officers responded to a 911 call claiming that a female had been shot in the early hours of the morning on Nov. 26
The NYPD is asking people to help find Nathali Vallejo.
According to police, Vallejo was last seen on Nov. 25 at 6:45 a.m. leaving her home on 94th Street in Jackson Heights.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Manuel Ceron.
The 27-year-old was last seen on Nov. 20 at Roosevelt Avenue and 104th Street in Corona.
The NYPD needs assistance in locating a man wanted in three attempted bank robberies
Of all the accomplishments of Mayor Bloomberg’s three terms in office, which this page will be examining over the next several weeks, along with his shortcomings, the most profound is the remarkable reduction in violent crime that he has achieved.
The cut in the murder rate over the last 20 or so years has been nothing short of a miracle. In 1990, homicides in the city peaked at 2,262. They began dropping the next year under Mayor David Dinkins, and continued falling under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But it was under the leadership of Mike Bloomberg that New York became, as he would be the first to point out, the safest big city in the United States, with murder rates far below comparable municipalities such as Chicago and Los Angeles.
Police have been cracking down on the ongoing party situation at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center.
According to NYPD sources, cops from the 106th Precinct issued two summonses to party organizers at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 25 for not posting a liquor license and unlicensed sale of alcohol. The source did not say if the summonses were issued to the party promoters or the caterer, Crown Royale, but a member of the synagogue said it was not issued the summonses.
Three men, Redinel Dervishaj, Besnik Llakatura and Denis Nikolla, have been charged with extorting money from an Astoria restaurant owner.
“The defendants told their victims they offered ‘protection,’ but in reality, they peddled fear and intimidation through the Albanian community — their community — of Queens,” said United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch. “When one victim turned to law enforcement for help, he was betrayed again by a corrupt officer on the take, who turned his back on his badge, his oath, and his friend in exchange for extortion money in his pocket.”
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is looking to amend legislation which requires the NYPD to report crimes that occur within the city’s 31 largest parks. He would like the policy to go further and apply to all parks greater than one acre in size.
To say Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is excited about the coming City Council session would be a gross understatement.
Re-elected to his first full term this month, he will be working with a new mayor he likes, a new speaker and a new Council membership he believes will be more attuned to the ideas of its Progressive Caucus.
The City Council’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), held a hearing on the councilman’s proposed law that would require the Police Department to submit reports of crime in all parks and playgrounds that are greater than one acre in size to the Council.
As it stands, the NYPD only discloses crime data from the city’s 31 largest parks.
On Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., the precinct will play the role of pilot for what it says is the first-ever online community council meeting in the history of the NYPD.
The internet gathering was announced at the Nov. 20 Community Council meeting at the 112th Precinct.
Nineteen people, including six Queens residents, have been arrested as a result of a 3-year investigation into rings that allegedly made, imported and sold counterfeit designer clothing, watches and cigarettes.
At a joint press conference on Nov. 20, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and James Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, said four trademark-counterfeiting rings operating from self-storage facilities in Queens and Brooklyn imported items from China and sold them in 21 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, generating about $10 million in gross revenue per year.
The New York Attorney General’s Office reports that about 50 percent of all stops did not result in a conviction. Critics of the NYPD policy say this is proof that stop and frisk is misused by police officers.
An off-duty NYPD officer was beaten nearly to death Sunday, allegedly by a man who was later arrested for the incident.
The attack happened outside the St. John’s Express restaurant at 118-14 Liberty Ave. in South Richmond Hill, near the busy intersection of Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.