by on March 3, 2018
A detective busted for giving false testimony in a carjacking arrest has joined a rogues gallery of NYPD cops caught lying in court or in cases, officials said Saturday. Det. Michael Foder’s arraignment in Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday came just a few days before NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced in an Op-Ed that 87 cops and 11 NYPD employees have either been fired or have quit the department after making perjured statements since 2010. Det. Michael Foder’s arraignme...
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by on June 15, 2018
Federal prosecutors in New York have introduced a new element in the case surrounding the FBI’s April raids on the properties of President Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen — encrypted messages. Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen likely to cooperate: Sources In a court filing Friday afternoon, authorities revealed that the FBI has recently accessed a trove of encrypted data stored on Cohen’s phones. “The Government was advised that the FBI’s original electronic ext...
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by on December 31, 2017
Michael Picard, formerly of East Hartford, is seen here warning motorists about a state police DUI checkpoint in West Hartford on Sept. 11, 2015. Former East Hartford resident Michael Picard, who gained fame for his confrontation with state police while protesting a drunken driving checkpoint in West Hartford in 2015, was arrested this month in New York City while protesting outside a courthouse. According to Picard, 29, on Dec. 4 he was standing outside the Bronx Hall of Justice on Ea...
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by on May 9, 2018
CIA Director Nominee Supported Destruction of Torture Tapes Testifying today before the Senate, CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel, an agency veteran with deep links to the agency’s controversial George W. Bush-era “enhanced interrogation” program, said she had supported the CIA’s 2005 decision to destroy 92 videotapes of interrogations said to include the use of techniques widely described as torture. Haspel drafted the cable ordering the tapes’ destruction at the request of her boss at...
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by on February 2, 2018
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance will decline to prosecute most cases of subway turnstile jumping starting Thursday, his office said. In September, Vance's office began offering diversion programs and adjournments for most cases of subway fare evasion, but the NYPD continued making arrests at a pace greater than the DA had hoped. Under the new policy, Vance's office will still prosecute if the person is on a list as a known public safety risk, but hopes to significantly tamp down arre...
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by on March 23, 2018
When a law enforcement official described a cellphone recording left by the Austin serial bomber as “the outcry of a very challenged young man,” the remark caused an outcry of its own. Because the bomber was white, some people almost immediately questioned whether the same level of compassion would have been afforded a person of color. “Here you have a case of a young white male who killed and injured people of color, and we’re culturally more concerned about his story, about his life, abo...
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by on February 8, 2018
In Maryland, closing arguments are scheduled to begin today for two Baltimore police officers who are part of what has been described as one of the most startling police corruption scandals in a generation. The officers were part of an elite plainclothes unit called the Gun Trace Task Force—but, according to prosecutors, the unit acted more like a criminal outfit. In his opening argument during the trial, the lead federal prosecutor, Leo Wise, said, “They were, simply put, both cops and ...
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by on February 19, 2018
A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole on Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff’s deputy at age 17. A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry Montgomery imprisoned. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago. Montgomery now must wait another two years before he can request another parole hearing. A vot...
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by on May 18, 2018
STATE SENATE CANDIDATE ZELLNOR MYRIE. PHOTO FROM MYRIE CAMPAIGN WEBSITE A Brooklyn State Senate candidate is demanding the New York Police Department (NYPD) to implement criminal justice reforms recommended in a federal court-appointed facilitator report. Democratic State Senate Candidate Zellnor Myrie State Sen. Jesse Hamilton Zellnor Myrie, who challenging incumbent State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D-Central Brooklyn) in the upcoming Sept. 13 Democratic primary, called for th...
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by on February 5, 2018
Ten unsolved homicide and rape cases are among the first being considered in New York State for use of the innovative familial DNA searching techniques in the hunt for possible suspects, law enforcement officials said. By using family members' DNA, police may be able to track down a potential suspect or evidence, law enforcement officials said. Eight of the 10 cases came from the NYPD and are the first in which police and local prosecutors are attempting to use the DNA process since it...
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by on March 4, 2018
Tuskegee was hardly the last time American medical researchers used men in unethical experiments It was while Peter Buxtun was working as a venereal-disease investigator for the Public Health Service in San Francisco in 1966 that he overheard a lunchtime conversation that would not only confound him but ultimately place him among the most important whistleblowers in American history. A graduate of the University of Oregon and psychiatric medic in the army, Buxtun had taken a job ...
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by on June 16, 2018
The leader of a local Black Lives Matter chapter is suing the city and the NYPD, alleging that he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned while protesting police brutality at rally in Midtown, Manhattan earlier this year. Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, says the March 28th confrontation began when an officer started jabbing him with a mountain bike, then "lost his mind" after the activist requested he stop. "He started punching me, and all of a sudden they'...
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