De Blasio Moves to End Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit

Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)
Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today made good on a campaign promise, laying out a deal to end the city’s appeal of a federal court ruling that deemed the NYPD’s implementation of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

Under the deal, the city will accept Judge Shira Scheindlin’s assessment that the the Bloomberg administration engaged in racial profiling and move to settle case. Continue reading “De Blasio Moves to End Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit”

Bratton Takes Oath Vowing to Repair Relations With Those ‘Alienated’ by NYPD

Bill de Blasio addressing the crowd at 1 Police Plaza.
Bill de Blasio addressing the crowd at 1 Police Plaza.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was officially sworn into office today and made clear in his opening remarks that there’s a new top cop in town.

Notably, while former Commissioner Ray Kelly was relentlessly criticized–including by Mr. Bratton’s new boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio–for alienating communities of color, Mr. Bratton vowed to fix the problem and reestablish trust in the NYPD. Continue reading “Bratton Takes Oath Vowing to Repair Relations With Those ‘Alienated’ by NYPD”

In Sharpton’s House, Bratton Vows to ‘Practice What Mandela Preached’

Al Sharpton with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at the National Action Network. (Photo: WIlliam Alatriste)
Al Sharpton with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: William Alatriste)

Incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton this morning tried to turn the page on soured relations between police and many minority communities, promising “freedom and equality for all” in his first public appearance since his appointment.

Mr. Bratton, who also served as top cop under Rudy Giuliani, vowed to “get it right” in a city where many communities of color feel under siege following a dramatic spike in stop-and-frisks that rarely lead to arrests. He was speaking with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in front of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network at a memorial for the late anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela in Harlem. Continue reading “In Sharpton’s House, Bratton Vows to ‘Practice What Mandela Preached’”

De Blasio Denounces Stop-and-Frisk Decision by Second Circuit

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

In a surprise ruling earlier this evening, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit temporarily blocked an earlier federal ruling that would have curtailed the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

While the decision is a significant win for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the man most likely to lead City Hall in 2014 isn’t on board. Continue reading “De Blasio Denounces Stop-and-Frisk Decision by Second Circuit”

De Blasio Calls Lhota’s Latest Attack ‘Desperation’

Bill de Blasio at today's parade.
Bill de Blasio at today’s parade.

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio accused his Republican opponent of lodging increasing “cheap” and desperate attacks today after Joe Lhota accused him of calling NYPD officers “lazy.”

“My opponent keeps going further and further afield and distorting the truth more and more,” said Mr. de Blasio, talking to reporters after a Columbus Day parade in Brooklyn. Continue reading “De Blasio Calls Lhota’s Latest Attack ‘Desperation’”

‘It Must Be a Psychosis’: NYPD Reform Advocates Denounce Bloomberg’s Latest Stop-and-Frisk Move

Center for Constitutional Rights Attorney Darius Charney stands beside stop and frisk reform advocates during conference today.
Center for Constitutional Rights Attorney Darius Charney during today’s press conference.

Police reform advocates denounced Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the steps of City Hall today, sharply criticizing the city’s repeated attempts to bat back a court decision clamping down on the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic.

“Let’s be clear, I have never seen such arrogance—some hardheadedness, it must be a psychosis,” declared Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, one of the leading advocates on the issue and a frequent critic of the Bloomberg administration. Continue reading “‘It Must Be a Psychosis’: NYPD Reform Advocates Denounce Bloomberg’s Latest Stop-and-Frisk Move”