AN Open letter to His Eminence Timothy Michael Dolan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York- From Martin Hill
I recently came across your online message to the NYPD entitled 'Peace Officers' after it was Tweeted by the LAPD. Apparently police officers nationwide are tweeting your column and passing it around - and I think it deserves a response. While you expressed appropriate sympathy for the fallen officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, some other aspects of your letter were troubling.
In the spirit of understanding and building a strong community and healthy public discourse, I will respond to your letter publicly.
Let me begin by affirming for both you and the general public that I respect and revere your position as an Archbishop, a vital part of the Church hierarchy. Born a raised a Catholic and still a practicing Catholic today, I take my faith extremely seriously- which is primarily the reason for this open letter. Our faith teaches us that we have an obligation to fight for truth, peace and justice in the world. I attended parochial schools for twelve years from age six-17. Baptized, First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmed, and Married in the same Catholic church in Southern California. My parents - Italian Catholic mom and English-German dad, a convert to Catholicism at age 20, were founding members of this parish before they had their six kids, of which I am the youngest. I still attend daily Mass whenever possible and strive to say my daily Rosary and Divine Mercy. I am familiar with both bishops and cops. Later, I will include some photos of me with bishops and cops throughout my life, starting with one standing next to the bishop of L.A. when I was a kid as an altar boy.
I find it very interesting that you were born and raised in St. Louis Missouri, and are now the Archbishiop in New York- the very two cities in which these two tragedies, the killing of Mike Brown and murder of Eric Garner, occurred.
This essay will cover three main aspects: Archbishop Dolan and the claims outlined in his letter to police; a bit about NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton, and the exhaustive history of abuses by NYPD which continue to this day.
I believe you included some unnecessarily divisive rhetoric in your letter; as well as some extremely overly exaggerated 'hero' idolization and unfounded claims about policemen.
You wrote, in part, [emphasis added.]
"Then I stopped-by what has almost become a "shrine" to the memory of the two fallen policeman at the site of their execution in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The scene reminded me of Lourdes, or the tomb of a saint, as dozens of people still gathered reverently to pray, leave flowers, notes of sympathy, and other personal memorabilia.
Yesterday, New Year's Day, and, for us Catholics, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, as we continue the Christmas holy days, was also 'World Day of Peace,- as Pope Francis continued that tradition of his predecessors.
To be sure, they will be the first to admit that they occasionally fall short of this noble goal, sometimes grievously, but they are unflagging in their attempts at reform and improvement. They humbly admit shortcomings, and seem to welcome criticism and review, as long as its offered civilly and fairly.
That worst reminds us that they were the best, as are all our police officers. They will quickly shake their heads to tell us they are far from the best - - and maybe a few aren't -- but we know better.
That's what inspires our peace officers: the protection of the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. When they fail to do that - and, as we know, such somber and terribly unfortunate episodes can and do happen - they own-up to it and try to do better. And such episodes only remind us of what we take for granted: that our police officers are on our side, that they would lose their lives to protect ours, that their calling is noble and selfless, that we could not get along without them, that we owe them our deep respect and gratitude, and that we'll continue to bow our heads and bend our knees as we reverently recall Officers Liu and Ramos, praying with and for their families."
Actually, police rarely admit wrongdoing or faults- especially in New York. I have exhaustively documented this below. In fact they consistently do the opposite- deny, cover-up, and excuse their wrongdoing.
The police owe society respect and gratitude for paying their salaries with our tax dollars. They are public servants employed to uphold and enforce the law, they are not someone to be worshiped and put on a pedistal. Adulation of police is strange and is not in line with seeking justice for the poor and oppressed as our faith demands. We need to care primarily about the weak and oppressed- which in many cases are the very people vicitmized by NYPD and police nationwide.
But the part that bothered me most was this: [emphasis added.]
"These two gallant men, as all our devoted police force, are truly peace officers. While a shrill but tiny minority might try to malign them as less than agents of peace and justice, our valiant police force are protectors of the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person."
One cannot pretend that problems with police abuse don't exist and I think it's important to recognize and acknowledge that the masses of people who are rightly leery, suspicious and fearful of police are that way with very good reason. Not just in New York, but nationwide. They are not a "shrill tiny minority." To characterize protesters of police abuse as such is disrespectful and disregards millions of sincere New Yorkers' legitimate grievances.
And for a clergyman in your position to characterize them as "shrill," in a message seen largely only by police (until now), only serves to perpetuate the problem.
I should add that I have cops on both sides of my family, my Italian cousin is a cop in Chicago and my other cousin has been a law enforcement officer in California for many years. Neither one of them, however, would ever claim that cops are saints. Cops are human beings, fallen, weak and prone to corruption, like all of us. Putting on a costume and a shiny badge doesn't somehow bestow integrity.
Furthermore, to characterize the police as saint-like, or their makeshift shrine to that of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is so 'over-the-top' that I had a difficult time deciding where to begin.
Not only is it a mischaraterization, but it is polarizing. The police have recently co-opted the protesters manta of "Lives matter." Protesters had been saying "black lives matter," or "all lives matter," and now the cops have started a hashtag on Twitter that reads "#PoliceLivesMatter."
Of course "everyone's lives matter," but to pretend that there isn't a major problem of police corruption and abuse in New York and across the nation is dishonest, innacurate, and disinegnuous. This essay will carefully deconstruct the myth that rampant police abuse isn't a very grave problem in New York.
Let's just view a brief sampling of the unhinged corruption of the New York Police Department; for it is legion. Not just in the past, but today, in 2015. To be clear, this is far from an unfounded accusation or rumor. The NYPD corrupton is admited by law enforcement, prosecutors, the police commissioner, the mayor, and by the various governmental police watchdog groups which have been formed to combat that very corruption. Out-of control, widespread NYPD corruption and abuse is a long-documented fact.
To begin this essay, for my reading audience who doesn't know who Archbishop Dolan is, here are some basics, [excerpts from Wikipedia:]
His Eminence Timothy Michael Dolan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York. is an American Cardinal prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Dolan is serving as the tenth and current Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York.
Born February 6, 1950 (age 64) St. Louis, Missouri
Ordination June 19, 1976 by Edward Thomas O'Meara
Appointed Archbishop of New York February 23, 2009
Installed April 15, 2009
Created Cardinal February 18, 2012
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2010-2013)
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee (2002-2009)
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis (2001-2002)
Motto Ad Quem Ibimus (English: To Whom Shall We Go?, (John 6:68)
Reference style His Eminence - - Spoken style Your Eminence - - Informal style Cardinal
Cardinal Dolan served as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2010-2013.
Dolan is widely known for his conservative values and charismatic media personality. He previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, preceded by service as an Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis from 2001 to 2002. Time Magazine named Dolan one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" for 2012.
The eldest of five children, Dolan was born in St. Louis, Missouri. The family later moved to Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis, where they attended Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church.
He was granted the title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1994.
On June 25, 2002, Dolan was named the tenth Archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was formally installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on August 28, 2002. Dolan said he was challenged and haunted by the sexual abuse scandal in that diocese, which broke during his tenure. According to WTAQ news, "An attorney says at least 8,000 kids were sexually abused by over 100 priests and other offenders in the Milwaukee Catholic Diocese."
In June 2012 it was revealed that Dolan "authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee" and that "a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims' advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll".
On February 23, 2009, Dolan was appointed the tenth Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the nation's second-largest after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, serves over 2.5 million Roman Catholics.
John Allen, Jr., Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, has noted that Pope Benedict's appointment of Dolan, like those of Donald Wuerl, Edwin O'Brien, and Dennis Schnurr, follows a pattern of choosing prelates "who are basically conservative in both their politics and their theology, but also upbeat, pastoral figures given to dialogue."
In 2012, Dolan expressed his public disappointment in the HHS Mandate promulgated by American President Barack Obama. In a televised CBS interview, Dolan condemned the interference of the government in, what he viewed, as dismissal of right to religious conscience and religious freedom regarding the mandatory compulsion of religious groups and organizations to provide abortifacient drugs and contraception insurance coverage to its hired employees, while at the same time against the moral tenets of the Roman Catholic faith. After Barack Obama revised the rule, Dolan said the "first decision was a terribly misguided judgment" and said the new rule was "a first step".
After Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation due to ill health, effective February 28, 2013, Cardinal Dolan was named in the press as a papabile (a possible or likely successor) for election to the Papacy.
On November 30, 2013, Pope Francis named Cardinal Dolan a Member of the Congregation for Catholic Education.
Dolan was elected on November 16, 2010, to the presidency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, becoming the first New York bishop to attain the post. He served as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops until November 12, 2013.
In November 2009, Dolan signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on evangelicals, Roman Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences.
While noting that the "Church has weighed in" against the war in Iraq and capital punishment, Dolan defended not publicly opposing President George W. Bush's earlier appearance at Notre Dame by saying, "Where President Bush would have taken positions on those two hot-button issues that I'd be uncomfortable with, namely the war and capital punishment, I would have to give him the benefit of the doubt to say that those two issues are open to some discussion and are not intrinsically evil...In the Catholic mindset, that would not apply to abortion."
Sexual abuse scandal
In 2002, Archbishop Rigali assigned Dolan to investigate Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct in St. Louis. During the investigation, Dolan spoke with parishes, victims, and the media about the scandals, and invited victims of clerical abuse to come forward. Commenting on his meetings with them, Dolan said, "...it is impossible to exaggerate the gravity of the situation, and the suffering that victims feel, because I've spent the last four months being with them, crying with them, having them express their anger to me." Dolan dismissed abusive priests, which earned him the ire of some St. Louis parishioners who remained loyal to their dismissed priests and referred to Dolan's investigation as a "witch hunt".
In a 2003 letter to Joseph Ratzinger, requesting that the process be expedited for the laicization of priests accused of abuse who he believed were "remorseless and a serious risk to children", Dolan wrote: "As victims organize and become more public, the potential for true scandal is very real." In May 2012, the New York Times revealed that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, then headed by Dolan, had paid some abusive priests - although already dismissed from their priestly duties - up to $20,000 to leave the priesthood immediately rather than force the church to initiate time-consuming and expensive laicization proceedings against them. The archdiocese noted that the "unassignable priests" were still receiving full salaries and would continue to do so until they were formally laicized; and that the payouts were a "motivation" for the priests to not contest being defrocked. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests sent a formal protest asking, "In what other occupation, especially one working with families and operating schools and youth programs, is an employee given a cash bonus for raping and sexually assaulting children?" Dolan responded to accusations that he had given "payoffs" to protect accused priests as "false, preposterous, and unjust".
In 2011, Dolan thanked Bill Donohue for a press release, reproduced on the Archdiocese of New York website, in which Donohue referred to the non-profit support group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests as a "phony victims' group".
In July 2013, documents made public during bankruptcy proceedings showed that Dolan had sought permission to move $57 million in church funds to protect the assets from victims of clerical abuse. In a letter to the Vatican requesting permission to move the funds, Dolan wrote "By transferring these assets to the trust, I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability. Dolan had previously denied that he tried to conceal assets from child sex abuse victims claiming compensation calling the accusations "old and discredited" and "malarkey." United States law forbids debtors transferring money in ways that protect some creditors against others.
World Trade Center attacks aftermath
Dolan visited Ground Zero, the site of the September 11 attacks, on the following April 24. After reciting the same prayer used by Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States, Dolan remarked, "We will never stop crying. But it's also about September 12 and all the renewal, the rebuilding, hope, solidarity and compassion that symbolized this great community and still does."
Donohue had written , in part, "If this isn't surreal enough, consider that the phony victims' group, SNAP, is accusing New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan of covering up the alleged misconduct, even though Dolan knew nothing about it.
He continues "According to SNAP's press release today, these cases also show the Church's tolerance of pedophilia. But neither of the two cases involved pedophilia: in both instances, the alleged victims were teenagers. The name of the game is to paint priests as child abusers, which is a bold-face lie. It's time the media turned its cameras on the liars at SNAP."
Regardng the claims about SNAP; Four years later you still on the Archdiocese website have an article written by a vitriolic hate-monger "Bill Donohue" who claims SNAP is a phony victims group. I've heard Donohue when he was alllowed as a guest on Clearchannel's KFI640 radio in Los Angeles. As a lifelong devout Catholic, I can say Donohue is an abysmal and disgraceful example of Catholicism to put it mildly. He presents a very bad and uncharitable example for the general public, who rightly percieve him as always blaming the victim, insinuating that the victims make it up for money.
So, the Archdiocese of NY re-posts Donohue's blog stating that SNAP is "a phony victims group."
Let's look at just two members of SNAP. Mary Grant was raped by Catholic priest John Lenihan when she was a teenager- the satanic pervert admitted the rape after Grant confronted him on it while police had a wiretap running. Was the rape phony? is Mary Grant phony? No, unfortunately it was all too real. Manny Vega, a decorated police detective from Oxnard, CA and former Marine who received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of heroism for pulling people out of a burning helicopter in South Korea, is a member of SNAP. He was sexually abused by a priest as an altar boy in Los Angeles and is one of the very rare victims that still practices Catholicism. Is Vega a member of a "phony victims group"? What an outrage to even dare make such a claim. How many of these poor victims lose their souls after they abandon their faith because of this monstrosity?
You in a press release claimed to have "cried with these victims" of clergy sexual abuse. Is that before or after you pronounced agreement that they are members of "a phony victims group"?
I was once invited to and attended a SNAP national annual conference, where I was asked to videotape the event, which I did. Most Americans would weep bitterly if they heard the hell these pour souls have had to endure. The Los Angeles District Attorney was one of the presenters, along with other lawyers, psychologists, and various experts. I know members of SNAP, and their stories. I've been to their homes. There is nothing "phony" about this group SNAP, and anyone who claims otherwise should beg God for forgiveness for promoting such evil and slanderous lies about the group, whose members lives were destroyed by phony satanic pedophile and pederast men pretending to be priests of God. What an unspeakable outrage and scandal that is. You should apologize and remove that post immediately and cut ties with the so-called "Catholic League."
Freemasons are forbidden in the Catholic Church. Thus, no Catholic can claim that involvement in Freemasonry is "irrelevant," that it's only "an innocent social club," or that "it doesn't matter." In Pope Leo XIII's encylical HUMANUM GENUS, the Pontiff said "We wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry and to let it be seen as it really is." Here is an excerpt:
"What, therefore, sect of the Freemasons is, and what course it pursues, appears sufficiently from the summary We have briefly given. Their chief dogmas are so greatly and manifestly at variance with reason that nothing can be more perverse. To wish to destroy the religion and the Church which God Himself has established, and whose perpetuity He insures by His protection, and to bring back after a lapse of eighteen centuries the manners and customs of the pagans, is signal folly and audacious impiety. Neither is it less horrible nor more tolerable that they should repudiate the benefits which Jesus Christ so mercifully obtained, not only for individuals, but also for the family and for civil society, benefits which, even according to the judgment and testimony of enemies of Christianity, are very great. In this insane and wicked endeavor we may almost see the implacable hatred and spirit of revenge with which Satan himself is inflamed against Jesus Christ. - So also the studious endeavour of the Freemasons to destroy the chief foundations of justice and honesty, and to co-operate with those who would wish, as if they were mere animals, to do what they please, tends only to the ignominious and disgraceful ruin of the human race."
In the Vatican 'DECLARATION ON MASONIC ASSOCIATIONS' issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on November 26, 1983, JOSEPH Card. RATZINGER Prefect + Fr. JEROME HAMER, O.P. Titular Archbishop of Lorium Secretary stated, in part, "It has been asked whether there has been any change in the Church's decision in regard to Masonic associations since the new Code of Canon Law does not mention them expressly, unlike the previous Code... the Church's negative judgment in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion."
So we are supposed to believe that this organization NYPD, rife with corruption and led by a proud Freemason, is 'saintly' and has our best interests at heart, eh?
Lest anyone falsely believe that this matter isn't relevant to anyone of importance and is merely the fodder for "conspiracy theorists," I will post screenshots of visitors to my article on Bill Bratton the Freemason: NYPD precincts across NY regularly visit the article, as does the city of New York, New York State, the U.S. Military, and many, many other government agencies, media outlets, and Fortune 100 corporations. A lot of important and powerful people are very interested in the shady dealings of pervert freemason Bill Bratton-- deal with it.
Moving on to our next important point: Police aren't there to keep us safe. This is a silly myth and completely false fallacy. Police have no obligation to keep the public safe, and they are the first to argue otherwise in court when they're sued for not protecting someone. Police officers and their lawyers have done that thousands of times in court including the U.S. Supreme Court, who agreed with the police and ruled that police have no obligation whatsoever to keep people safe or protect anyone.:
The argument that police critics are a "shrill tiny minority" is deeply flawed and lacking. Deriding and minimizing police critics and those who stand up for human dignity and civil rights; and those protest the absolutely widespread and eggregious police abuse nationwide is neither honest or caring. No offense is intended to suggest that you may possibly be isolated from the 'real world.' The younger generations, however, black, white or hispanic, and average workin' folks across this nation, along with many old-time and retired policemen, know very well that cops these days are flat-out corrupt and dangerous. You may sincerely not know what is going on in today's society with police. Because I imagine that police treat you very nice. That's well and good, for you.
Years ago while he was police chief of LAPD, Bill Bratton told a radio caller that if Californians don't like illegal immigration, they can "leave the state." Blatant criminality and disregard for law and order. Bill Bratton disregards the U.S. Constitution. But as your predecessors have explained in great detail in their Papal Encyclicals, this is precisely the Freemasonic goal.
To undermine not only the Catholic church and morality, but society and law and order as well.
Bernard Kerik, who oversaw the 9/11 attacks, served as NYPD Commissioner from 2000-2001 and was later sent to federal prison on corruption charges. In November 2008, a federal indictment was issued against Kerik for CONSPIRACY, mail fraud, wire fraud, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS, and lying to the IRS. Facing 142 years in prison and $5 million in fines, Kerik pled guilty to 8 charges in a plea bargain November 5, 2009. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison but was released early in 2013, in an unusual agreement. Earlier this year, a former friend and confidant of Kerik threatened a civil lawsuit after claiming that "Bernard Kerik and his evil-doer thug friends" 'destroyed her life'.
The FBI report on the Israeli Mossad agents outlines the fact that the so-called 'dancing Israelis,' who were arrested after concerned witnesses saw them film and celebrate the twin towers collapse, were found to have taken 76 photographs and had maps, plane tickets, boxcutters, and almost $5,000 cash. In their 2004 civil lawsuit, the Israeli plaintiffs demanded their possessions and money back, in addition to many other demands. The declassified FBI reports also outline the little known fact that additional Israelis driving vans were arrested by police in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire after the 9/11 attack. The israelis were eventually deported without charges (how convenient!) and later sued the U.S. Government, but lost in court.
But they are saints, just like the NYPD cops whom we "owe them our deep respect and gratitude". Right?
Here is some interesting history on the NYPD. This is far from "unflagging in their attempts at reform and improvement." Far from "humbly admitting shortcomings"; Far from "welcome criticism and review" and miles from "they own-up to it and try to do better."
Also, at the very bottom of this page in the beige box is an interesting collection of quotes from various popes excerpts from official Papal Encyclicals on civil rights, the responsibilities of police, etc.
The Knapp Commission was appointed in 1970 by former New York City Mayor John Lindsay to investigate corruption at the NYPD. The Knapp Commission's chief counsel, Michael Armstrong, said at the time that "the department has a serious corruption problem that must be characterized as extensive." The Knapp Commission faulted top city officials and noted "reluctance on the part of top-level police personnel to undertake investigations that might have led to exposure of widespread corruption inconsistent with the official line that corruption was limited to a few 'rotten apples.' " The Knapp Commission's findings also faulted the city's Department of Investigation and the District Attorneys offices for their sub par efforts to fight "the widespread corruption which then existed."
1994's Mollen Commission, which documented widespread police abuse during the late 1980s and early 1990s, was appointed in 1992 by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins to investigate corruption at the NYPD. The report stated that "the New York City Police Department had failed at every level to uproot corruption and had instead tolerated a culture that fostered misconduct and concealed lawlessness by police officers," adding that the interim report made "findings that some delegates of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the main police union, may have attempted to block corruption investigations." "We find as shocking the incompetence and the inadequacies of the department to police itself," the commission's chairman, Milton Mollen, was quoted to have said at the time of the release of its interim report. In 1994, the Mollen Commission issued its final report.
Three members of Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's 'Community Relations Task Force' found "a connection between race and police misconduct." They recommended "the creation of an independent special prosecutor's office with the powers to prosecute police brutality and corruption," which was rejected.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) was established as an agency in New York City in 1993 to be staffed by civilians with the authority to investigate allegations of police misconduct. However, two decades later, it's effectiveness was called into question. In 2014, former CCRB executive director Tracey Catapano-Fox alleged in a federal lawsuit that CCRB covers up misconduct by NYPD officers. Ms. Catapano-Fox's lawsuit alleged that CCRB chair Richard Emery made a "decision to collude" with NYPD, "attempted to conceal recent statistics on the number of stop-and-frisks in the city, and 'suggested' claims not be investigated," and "has made concerted efforts to conceal the true 'stop-and-frisk' statistics."
Police Commissioner Bratton, Following the Mollen Commission's work, took no action on a comprehensive memorandum prepared by Walter Mack, the former Deputy Commissioner for Internal Affairs, which "concluded that patterns of abuse and corruption complaints in several precincts in central Brooklyn, upper Manhattan and the Bronx suggested that the corruption uncovered in the 30th and 48th precincts was not unusual." Bratton instead abruptly dismissed Mack, even though Mack, who was then described as the "department's top corruption fighter" had "said the same troubling trend of allegations of brutality and corruption found in the 30th and 48th Precincts exist along a wide swath of northern Manhattan and the southern and western portions of the Bronx including the 34th, 44th and 46th Precincts." Bratton testified at a 1994 City Council hearing that there were "hundreds" of police officers, who had committed criminal acts."
Commissioner Benjamin Ward issued a report stating the police department's actions in 1988 were "not well planned, staffed, supervised or executed... which culminated in a riot."
In 2011, during a months-long investigation by The Associated Press of the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims, the news agency concluded that, "The department's primary watchdog, the New York City Council, has not held hearings on the intelligence division's operations and former NYPD officials said council members typically do not ask for details. The complaint that the New York City Council does not adequately oversee the NYPD was repeated again by a whistleblower, Artyom Matusov, who said he was fired by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito after Matusov went "public with allegations that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton deceived lawmakers at a Sept. 8 hearing by lowballing how often his officers use force on the job".
The Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information John Miller said it was "disturbing" that the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, was undertaking "aggressive efforts to thwart major corruption inquiries."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica Ryan said Members of the precincts engaged in a practice known as "flaking", in which cops planted marijuana, cocaine, or Ecstasy on suspects.
Police in New York have committed the following documented criminal acts to innocent citizens. The specifics of each and every one of these cases are in the 'NYPD Police Crime Section' below."
NYPD in Brooklyn recently beat a 5-month-pregnant woman in the belly with a police baton and threw her on to the ground, belly first, as she screamed you're going to kill my baby." NYPD has
Sodomized numerous detainees over the years with various objects including broken broomstick handles and police radio antennas, severing their rectums;
Raping women; murdering people; attacking little girls and 12 year old boys. Barging into peoples apartments and pulling women naked out of showers during raids 'at the wrong house.'
Threatning to shoot people who film police in public. Police in NY and in other states have been caught Planting guns and drugs in people's cars and laughing about it when they're caught. Coercing witnesses to lie on the stand. Robbing dope dealers and stealing their cash profits; Mafia threats and extortion to businesses; strip searching a married couple in a raid knowing it had been the wrong house; extortion, stealing drugs, using drugs, starting riots, larceny, filing false police reports, insurance fraud, raping a woman who called 911 for help, raping a schoolteacher at gunpoint, trafficking guns across New York State lines, ticket fixing,
visciously attacking 12 year old kids, deploying Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) 'sound cannons' as a military weapon against peaceful protesters without any formal guidelines for use;
Shooting unarmed men 41 times; shooting people in the back; open firing on a car at a bachelor party
retribution against good cops who oppose corruption; commiting perjury in court trials;
threatening genital torture to garner false confessions; choking citizens to death; purchased drugs for use;
shooting and killing ten year olds; preventing her mom from rushing her 11 year old daughter to the emergency room, resulting in the child's death; refused medical tratment to prisoners, causing their death; Illegal infiltration and dossiers on religious groups, anti-war groups, educational reform advocates, and civic organizations; illegal police surveillance of political activity, violating constitutional protections of free speech;
withholding food, water and toilet facilities from detainees as well as exposing them to overcrowded and filthy conditions including contamination of oil and asbestos;
All these crimes amount to nothing less than an assault on human dignity, a grevious offense against God and a breach of their solemn duty and trust of the people.
It's time to wake up, people. Archbishop Dolan, how can you compare an organization with such a documented track record to the Blessed Virgin Mary or to canonized saints?? Such an absurd comparison does nothing less than to shock the conscience.
August 1997: Abner Louima was sodomized with a broken broomstick handle while detained in a New York City police station by Officer Justin Volpe. Louima was left bleeding from the rectum in a booking cell. Despite an initial cover-up by various members of the NYPD, Volpe was convicted of assault and sentenced to 30 years. Two officers were convicted of the cover-up.
Mark Davidson was arrested by NYPD detectives on charges of selling marijuana and taken to the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park section of Queens, where he was tortured with a stun gun and threatened with torture on his genitals. Sgt. Richard Pike and Officer Jeffrey Gilbert were convicted in 1986 of violating Davidson's rights
December 22, 1994: Anthony Baez died after being arrested by NYPD Officer Francis X. Livoti. A lawsuit filed by the Baez family was later settled for $3 million. The officer was found guilty of violating Baez's civil rights in federal court and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
July 4, 1996: Nathaniel Levi Gaines was shot in the back by New York City Police officer Paolo Colecchia while unarmed on the southbound D train platform at 167th Street and the Grand Concourse. Colechia was sentenced to 5-15 years in prison for committing homicide while on duty.
February 4, 1999: Amadou Diallo was shot 41 times and killed by New York City police officers while unarmed after the officers claimed they believed he was reaching for a gun. Four officers were indicted for second degree murder.
May 22, 2003: Ousmane Zongo was shot to death by plain-clothed New York City Police while unarmed. Officers suspected him of being part of a CD theft operation (he was not involved) and shot him when he ran. The officer who shot Zongo received five years probation for negligent homicide.
January 4, 2004: Timothy Stansbury, a 19-year-old New York City teenager, was shot and killed by New York City Police Department Officer Richard S. Neri Jr. Neri's partner pulled open a rooftop door so that Neri, gun drawn, could scan for drug suspects. Stansbury was coming up the stairs with a pile of CDs in his arms, intending on using the roof as a shortcut to go to a party in the adjacent building. Neri fired one shot. Neri was given a 30-day suspension without pay. The family's lawsuit against the city was settled in 2007 for $2 million.
The Sean Bell shooting incident took place in the New York City borough of Queens, on November 25, 2006, in which three men were shot a total of fifty times by a team of both plainclothes and undercover NYPD officers, killing one of the men, Sean Bell, on the morning after his bachelor party, and severely wounding two of his friends. New York City agreed to pay Sean Bell's family $3.25 million.
Joseph Guzman, 34, who uses a cane and a leg brace and has four bullets lodged in his body and Trent Benefield, 26, two passengers in Bell's car who attended his bachelor party and were wounded in the shooting, will receive $3 million and $900,000 respectively in the settlement, for a total of $7.15 million.
July 17, 2014: Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was placed in a chokehold, a move banned by police policy, by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo after resisting arrest and died of a heart attack resulting from the compression of his neck. A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo, despite his death being ruled a homicide by medical examiners. Garner's death was caught on camera and displays Garner shouting "I can't breathe!' numerous times before collapsing.
2010 retaliation against Adrian Schoolcraft- In May 2010, Adrian Schoolcraft, a former NYPD officer, publicized recordings he made in secret while on duty, showing a pattern of corruption and retaliation against him for refusing to cooperate. Officers detained citizens without charges to meet quota and failed to report serious crimes, including rape, to make their department appear to be reducing crime rates. When the NYPD learned that Schoolcraft was privately investigating such corruption, concern for his mental health was used as an excuse for armed officers to kidnap and imprison him in a hospital. As of 2010 he was suspended without pay and was filing suit against the NYPD. In further retaliation, lawyers for the city of New York on behalf of the NYPD served a subpoena on Graham Rayman, the journalist who reported about Schoolcraft's secret recordings, attempting to abridge the journalist's First Amendment rights by accessing Rayman's records. A federal judge ruled that the city of New York could only access limited materials.
1962 Frank Lino arrest - In 1962, the Bonanno crime family mobster Frank Lino was arrested for his alleged involvement in the shootings of two Brooklyn police detectives. During Lino's interrogation, he claimed that police officers drove staples into his hands and a broomstick up his rectum.
On April 28, 1973, Officer Thomas Shea shot 10-year old Clifford Glover while in South Jamaica, Queens, thinking Clifford had a gun. Shea was fired from the NYPD that year.
On Thanksgiving Day (November 25), 1976, Officer Robert Torsney shot Randolph Evans to death while responding to a call at Evans's Brooklyn housing project home. Torsney was found not guilty by insanity defense and was committed to a psychiatric hospital in Brooklyn until December 20, 1978 when state reviewers declared him no longer a threat to himself or society and released him.
On September 15, 1983, Michael Jerome Stewart was arrested for spray painting graffiti on a wall of Manhattan's First Avenue station. He was violent with the officers, ran to the street and became unconscious and died on September 28, 1983. In February 1984, a grand jury indicted three officers with criminally negligent homicide, assault and perjury, while three other officers were charged with perjury. In 1987, the eleven involved officers and the MTA were sued. The city settled for $1.7 million.
On October 29, 1984, without any advance notice police used a battering ram to gain entrance to Bumpurs' public housing apartment where she lived alone. Adult daughters wanted her to be hospitalized because she was schizophrenic with hallucinations. Although NYPD procedure required a City psychiatrist to be called in a case of involuntary hospitalization, none was summoned to the scene. Bumpers was also being evicted supposedly for nonpayment of rent. Although NYPD procedure required a City marshal to be present and restricted the role of police to protecting the marshal and the marshal's assistants, no marshal was summoned to the scene. It later turned out that she had paid her rent as usual but had not been informed of a recent rent increase. When police broke down the door without first identifying themselves, the elderly obese woman was standing at the far end of a hallway with a kitchen knife in her raised hand. Officer Stephen Sullivan fired two shots from his 12-gauge single barreled shotgun, sending one pellet into Bumpers' hand and nine other pellets into her chest, killing her. In 1990, the city ended the legal proceedings by agreeing to pay $200,000 to Bumpurs family estate.
On April 17, 1985, Mark Davidson was arrested by undercover detectives on charges of drug dealing and taken to NYPD's 106th precinct in Ozone Park, Queens, where he was beaten and tortured with a stun gun and threatened with torture on his genitals into making a false confession. On May 3, 1986, Sgt. Richard Pike, Jeffrey Gilbert and Loren MacLary were each convicted of assault and were sentenced to four to six years.
On July 3, 1992, Jose Garcia died from gunshots fired by undercover officer Michael O'Keefe after Garcia was beaten and chased into a building in Washington Heights. Officer O'Keefe was assigned to the NYPD's 34th Precinct, a station house that became the target, just one month before Garcia's shooting death, of a federal investigation over allegations of police corruption. Reported corruption at the 34th Precinct inspired Mayor David Dinkins to appoint the Mollen Commission to investigate police corruption.
On December 22, 1994, 29-year old Anthony Baez was choked to death by police officer Francis X. Livoti in the University Heights section of the Bronx. In 1998, Livoti was convicted of violating Baez' civil rights, and two other officers were convicted of lying on the witness stand at Livoti's trial.
On February 4, 1999, four plainclothes NYPD officers working under the Street Crimes Unit fired 41 gunshots at Amadou Diallo, killing him instantly. Diallo, whom the officers mistook for a since-convicted rapist, was later found to be unarmed. The City of New York and the NYPD later paid out US$3,000,000 to Diallo's parents in a civil suit. The Street Crimes Unit was abolished three years later.
On March 16, 2000, Dorismond was approached by undercover officer Anthony Vasquez, who asked Dorismond how he and his partners could buy marijuanna. When Dorismond refused, a struggle occurred and Vasquez shot the unarmed Dorismond to death.
On May 22, 2003, 43-year old Ousmane Zongo, an immigrant from Burkina Faso, was shot four times by Police Officer Bryan Conroy in a Chelsea warehouse. In 2005, Conroy was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to 5 years probation. In 2006, the city awarded the Zongo family $3 million to settle a wrongful death suit.
On January 24, 2004, Housing Bureau officer Richard Neri, Jr., accidentally shot to death Timothy Stansbury, a 19-year-old unarmed black man. The city agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Stansbury family. Police Commissioner Kelly later suspended him for 30 days without pay and permanently stripped him of his weapon.
On October 29, 2008, officer Jorge Arbaje-Diaz pled not guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court to charges that he kidnapped, robbed, and tortured drug dealers for more than 1,600 pounds (730 kg) of cocaine and $4 million in cash.
On October 15, 2008, five officers attempted to arrest Michael Mineo for smoking marijuana in a Brooklyn subway station. Days later, Mineo made accusations claiming he was sodomized with a police radio antenna by the officers. On December 9, 2008, the Brooklyn District Attorney announced that three of the officers, Richard Kern, Alex Cruz, and Andrew Morales, were indicted on criminal charges. According to the District Attorney, officer Kern sodomized Mineo with his expandable baton after the officers handcuffed him. Officer Kern was charged with aggravated sexual abuse and assault, and faced up to 25 years in prison.
In August 2010, 11-year-old Briana Ojeda died from an asthma attack after NYPD officer Alfonso Mendez denied her mother's pleas to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Ojeda's mother allegedly was driving her daughter to the hospital when she took a wrong one-way turn in a neighborhood street and stopped to ask Officer Alfonso Mendez for help. Ojeda's mother claimed Mendez smirked at her and said, "I don't know CPR," and tried to ticket her. A bystander performed CPR and by the time an ambulance arrived, Mendez had left. After a one week manhunt, Mendez was identified and has been suspended without pay indefinitely.
Occupy Wall Street activist Michael Premo was arrested on December 17, 2011 and charged with assaulting an officer. Prosecutors argued and the arresting officer gave sworn testimony that Premo "charged the police like a linebacker, taking out a lieutenant and resisting arrest so forcefully that he fractured an officer's bone."
The defense located video that was taken by freelancer Jon Gerberg which contradicted the sworn testimony, instead showing officers "tackling [Premo] as he attempted to get back on his feet". Prosecutors claimed no video of Premo's arrest existed, yet the Gerberg video clearly showed an NYPD officer also filming Premo's arrest. Nick Pinto of Village Voice wrote that "information provided by the NYPD in the trial was fabricated to such a degree that the allegations made by the police officers have turned out to be quite literally the opposite of what actually happened. In March 2013, Premo was acquitted of all charges.
On February 2, 2012, 18-year-old Ramarley Graham was chased into his Bronx home by a unit of plainclothes NYPD officers. Once inside, Graham struggled with one of the police officers near the entrance to a bathroom. Graham was shot once in the chest by the police officer, and Graham was eventually transported to Montefiore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. According to a police spokesperson, there was "no evidence" that Graham was armed. Initial statements did not explain what prompted the chase. Police would not, at first, identify the identity of the shooting officer, but police said that a small amount of marijuana was found in the toilet. The shooting officer was later identified as Richard Haste, and first- and second-degree manslaughter charges were filed against him. After the arraignment hearing, the Bronx District Attorney said that the shooting was unjustified, since Graham had no weapon.
On July 21, 2013, 37-year-old Kyam Livingston died in NYPD custody after being arrested by officers of Brooklyn's 70th Precinct due to a verbal confrontation with her grandmother. She was processed at the precinct and brought to Brooklyn Central Booking to await arraignment. After approximately 13 hours in custody, Livingston experienced stomach pain and diarrhea and began to repeatedly request medical assistance over the course of seven more hours. According to witnesses, NYPD officers on duty refused to issue Livingston any medical attention, stating that she was an "alcoholic" and threatening to "lose the paperwork" of Livingston and other women in the cell who were pleading for someone to come to her aid. It was further reported that Livingston was dead for at least 20 minutes before emergency medical staff arrived. Beginning in August 2013, there were repeated demonstrations in Brooklyn demanding the names of the officers on duty at the time of Livingston's death, the release of video surveillance tapes from the cell Livingston was detained in, and the full investigation and improvement of conditions at Brooklyn Central Booking jail. Livingston's family filed a Notice of Claim against the NYPD and other government entities as a prerequisite to an $11 million lawsuit, and called for the criminal prosecution of any police officer who denied medical attention to Livingston while she was in their custody. The NYPD Internal Affairs Division's investigation of the matter is ongoing.
September 29, 2013: The NYPD faced criticism when some of the bikers involved in the chase and attack of motorist Alexian Lien were identified as off-duty New York City police officers. Ten-year veteran and undercover detective Wojciech Braszczok surrendered to authorities and was arrested on October 8. An undercover narcotics detective has been identified by the press as being present but not participating in the assault. Sources have reported a total of five off-duty officers were originally present on the West Side Highway, and that at least two saw the assault.
Eric Garner death on July 17, 2014, at 4:45 p.m: A video of the encounter showed officer Pantaleo using his hands to push Garner's face into the sidewalk. He died a few minutes later. In an apparent act of retaliation, the NYPD arrested Ramsey Orta, the civilian who recorded the video of the encounter. Orta's family have said that Orta has been followed by police.
As a result of Eric Garner's death, Police Commissioner William Bratton ordered an extensive review of the NYPD's training procedures after Garner's death, specifically focusing on the appropriate amount of force that can be used while detaining a suspect.
On November 20, 2014, Officer Peter Liang fatally shot unarmed 28-year-old Akai Gurley at a Brooklyn housing project. NYPD Commissioner Bratton has stated that Officer Liang had already drawn his weapon before encountering Gurley, but deemed it an accidental discharge after an investigation.
A 1970s trial of 21 members of the Black Panther Party revealed that NYPD infiltrated and kept dossiers on not only the Black Panthers and other radical groups, but also on anti-war groups, gay rights activists, educational reform advocates, religious groups, and civic organizations. A large coalition of activist groups accused police of compiling information to punish and repress lawful dissent. Barbara Handschu was a lead plaintiff in the 1971 class action suit Handschu v. Special Services Division, 605 F.Supp. 1384, affirmed 787 F.2d 828. In the 1985 ruling, the court sided with Handschu, finding that police surveillance of political activity violated constitutional protections of free speech. The ruling brought about the agreement.
In August 1988, a riot erupted in Alphabet City's Tompkins Square Park in the East Village of Manhattan when police attempted to enforce a newly passed curfew for the park. Bystanders, artists, residents, homeless people and political activists clashed with police on the night of August 6 and the early morning of the following day. In a report released by Commissioner Benjamin Ward, the police department's actions were "not well planned, staffed, supervised or executed... which culminated in a riot."
When the LGBTQ community in New York City organized a solemn, memorial march one week after Matthew Shepard died of injuries sustained during an attack in what was called a hate crime, the NYPD responded in riot gear and on horseback, arresting 96 mourners and using some violent tactics, triggering at least one federal, constitutional rights violations lawsuit.
When activists peacefully demonstrated against the World Economic Forum in 2002, the NYPD responded by erecting barricade-like pens for protesters, wearing riot gear and gas masks, and making what were described as either selective arrests by "extracting particular people" or wholesale arrests based on charges of unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.
February 15, 2003 anti-war protest: After the September 11 attacks, activists in New York City participated in a global day of protests against the impending U.S. invasion of Iraq. In court the NYPD opposed efforts by activists to organize a march, convincing a judge that activists should only hold a stationary demonstration. The day of the demonstration, police used horse-mounted officers, who charged at protesters, injuring some activists; used barricades to restrict protesters' access to the demonstration site and to trap activists during the demonstration; conducted widespread searches without a warrant; and detained some activists for many hours in vans without access to bathrooms or food.
Many peaceful protesters were arrested at the 2004 Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. Over the course of several days, mass arrests by the NYPD netted over 400 people. The use of flexible, plastic orange netting to "divide and conquer protestors," including pedestrians, according to The New York Times. The apparent willingness by NYPD to arrest innocent people crossed a threshold in the police department's disregard for following the law in order to enforce the law. Indeed, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told The New York Times that if the NYPD engaged in the false arrests of innocent activists, then there was a way to deal with the false arrests after the fact. "You can't arrest 1,800 people without having somebody in the middle who shouldn't have been arrested," Mayor Bloomberg said of the number of arrests made during the 2004 Republican National Convention, adding, "That's what the courts are there to find out afterwards."
Among other actions causing controversy toward the NYPD, a thousand people were detained under conditions, including overcrowding, dirtiness, and contamination of oil and asbestos, described as unfit for detention. People also reported having suffered from smell, bad ventilation, and chemical burns and rashes The New York Times has also reported on two occasions that the police videotaped, infiltrated, and acted as agents provocateurs during the protests, and that officers traveled as far away as Europe beforehand to surveil on people there who planned to protest at the RNC.
The NYPD procured and has deployed Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), also known as a sound cannon, as a non-lethal, crowd-controlling military weapon that can cause injury and is intended to disrupt protests. Two LRAD units were purchased in 2004 at the cost of $35,000 each under the pretense that the devices would only be used to make announcements.
During the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, 700 were arrested, leading to controversy over the NYPD's policing tactics.
In 2014, large-scale protests took place in New York City following the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Akai Gurley in Brooklyn. The protests got bigger after grand juries in Ferguson and in Staten Island separately decided not to file criminal charges against the police officers, who were involved in the chokehold death of Garner and the shooting death of Brown, respectively. In response to these protests, the NYPD made large numbers of arrests and deployed the uses of pepper spray and mobile LRADs to disrupt activists, long regarded by many as controversial. Use of LRADs by the NYPD triggered legal objections on the basis that there may have never been "formal guidelines for the devices' use".
Political pressure to address fatal interactions with the NYPD escalated after the Daily News reported statistics that showed that, in the time between the 1999 slaying of Amadou Diallo and the 2014 shooting death of Akai Gurley, on-duty NYPD officers were involved in 179 fatalities.
In September 1986, 11 NYPD officers were arrested from the 77th Precinct station house in the first major instance of corruption after the Knapp Commission. The investigation came to be known as the "Buddy Boys" case. The officers, "who knocked down doors, stole money and drugs from drug dealers and resold the stolen drugs," revealed that bad cops "ran extortion operations out of nearly every precinct house," according to a corruption timeline prepared by The New York Times. Eventually, 13 officers were indicted, and 90 police officers- nearly half of the police force at the 77th Precinct station house- had to be transferred to other Brooklyn precincts, in an effort to disband the troubled group. A special state prosecutor, Charles Hynes, had to present evidence to a special grand jury in the corruption investigation.
In May 1992, five current and one retired NYPD officers were arrested and charged with trafficking drugs from Brooklyn into Long Island. Two of the officers were partners at the 94th Precinct, whilst the other officers were from the 73rd Precinct. Prosecutors alleged that one of the officers arrested, Michael Dowd, knew when he was under surveillance and may have benefited from tips from department investigators. How Dowd may have managed, for some time, to evade investigation became a subject of inquiry by the Mollen Commission.
1992 34th Precinct corruption investigation- Federal investigators launched a probe over reports that some police officers were engaged in drug dealing. At the same time, Mayor David Dinkins announced that he would "name a special investigator to look into the charges of corruption, as well as possible lapses in the Police Department's internal investigation methods. Aides to the Mayor said the investigator would be Milton Mollen, the former Deputy Mayor for Public Safety," according to a report published by The New York Times, adding that the investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office was focusing on the 34th Precinct, further noting that "The investigation is an unusual Federal intrusion into the workings of the city's Police Department and it raises the specter of a departmental problem larger than that acknowledged by Police Department officials." Amongst aspects or allegations triggering investigatory scrutiny was the fact that the 34th Precinct had the highest rate of homicides and that some 34th Precinct police officers were "overlooking drug dealing in exchange for money and drugs and acting as guardians for the dealers by protecting the buildings and stores where they live and work. Other officers are suspected of buying and selling cocaine or crack."
Top brass at NYPD claimed that the Brooklyn cocaine ring and the 34th Precinct corruption allegations were isolated incidents, in spite of complaints of other wrongdoings. Some complaints noted that officers with NYPD's Internal Affairs mishandled investigations. In 1994, the 34th Precinct had the highest number of corruption complaints, according to statistics reported by The New York Daily News. The three-year federal investigation of the 34th Precinct ended with only one conviction of perjury.
1992 police riot- An estimated 10,000 off-duty NYPD officers showed up to a rally organized by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association outside City Hall. The off-duty police officers were called to action by the police union over disapproval with actions taken by the then mayor, David Dinkins. Police were protesting, amongst other complaints, that Dinkins had appointed the Mollen Commission to investigate NYPD corruption. To show their disapproval with the Dinkins administration, the officers began the rally with rhetoric that was described as "vicious," with officers engaging in jarring behavior, including "jumping barricades, tramping on automobiles, mobbing the steps of City Hall" and "blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge for nearly an hour in the most unruly and angry police demonstration in recent memory," according to an account of the rally published by The New York Times. There were instances when some of the 300 uniformed police officers, who were supposed to police the rally, actually encouraged raucous behavior by the protesters. Dinkins blamed PBA leadership, as well as then presumed mayoral candidate Rudolph Giuliani, for inciting the police into rowdy actions, calling the actions by police as "bordering on hooliganism."
The Editorial Board of The New York Times called the police rally a "riot," finding both praise and fault in a preliminary report by NYPD of the police misconduct. The report found that police officers used racial slurs to describe Dinkins, who is Black, and that there had been drinking in connection with the rally. Generally, the report was well received by the Editorial Board for its frankness, but, in the editors' nuanced view of the report, the report still fell short, because the report was "thick with language critical of the unruly behavior but apparently thin on charges against individual rioters," again pointing out that the NYPD was unable to keep the conduct of its own officers in check. Then Acting NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly himself "raised serious questions about the Department's willingness and ability to police itself," according to The New York Times.
1993-1994 109th Precinct corruption arrests- After the NYPD received complaints that police officers assigned to the 109th Precinct were using drugs, four officers were confronted. Three officers took drugs tests, failed, and were dismissed. One officer resigned.
The investigation of the precinct extended to at least 20 police officers, including a sergeant. Some officers were given desk jobs or transferred to other precincts. Three officers from the precinct were indicted for theft. In its report about the investigations at the 109th Precinct, The New York Times noted that although the allegations were not as severe as those at the 30th Precinct, the investigation was notable, "because it demonstrates that major corruption exists in precincts outside the high-crime areas where the temptations for drug-related corruption are usually highest."
In the face of allegations that a police union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, was undertaking "aggressive efforts to thwart major corruption inquiries," according to The New York Times, John Miller, then the Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information, said he found the actions "disturbing." Efforts to root out bad cops were made difficult by the P.B.A., as that police union is known, according to officials and prosecutors, who worried "that they will have trouble rooting out substantial numbers of corrupt officers as long as the P.B.A. resists them," as reported by The New York Times. Indeed, the P.B.A. was shown to be a powerful organization with great influence. "Fortified with millions of dollars in annual dues collections, the P.B.A. is one of the most powerful unions in the city. As an active lobbyist in Albany and as a contributor to political campaigns, the P.B.A. has enormous influence over the department and is typically brought in for consultations before important management decisions are made."
In January 1994, five NYPD officers assigned to the 73rd Precinct station house were removed from duty over allegations of extorting cash, guns, and drugs from drug dealers. The investigation referred to the group of implicated police officers by the moniker, the "Morgue Boys," because the officers would sometimes retreat near an abandoned coffin factory, where the officers would divide the proceeds of their criminality. Federal and state investigators worked in partnership to collect evidence for a federal grand jury, which included information that the implicated police officers would hold up drug dealers at gunpoint, usually while on-duty, netting up to $2,000 per night in criminal proceeds. The investigation into corruption at the 73rd Precinct was made possible by information gathered at hearings held by the Mollen Commission. Eventually, 15 police officers were suspected of having participated in the "Morgue Boys" ring, resulting in at least six arrests, three of which pleaded guilty.
Dirty Thirty- Thirty-three officers were arrested in a wide-ranging investigation of corruption at the 30th Precinct station house up in Harlem. Some of the police officers would illegally search known drug dealers' apartments, seizing drugs and cash. The police officers would then sell the seized drugs straight out of the 30th Precinct station house itself at half-market price in order to profit from their spoils. The arrests, which implicated nearly one out of six officers assigned to the 30th Precinct station house, were the fruits of a probe began by an investigator, who worked for the Mollen Commission.
1995 48th Precinct corruption arrests-
Sixteen police officers from the 48th Precinct station house up in The Bronx were indicted and arrested on corruption charges including larceny, filing false police reports, and insurance fraud. Seven further officers faced disciplinary action, but not arrests, because there was insufficient evidence to lead to indictments. In total, nearly 10 per cent. of the police officers assigned to the 48th Precinct house were implicated in a corruption investigation that was inspired by pressure created by the Mollen Commission.
Reports also showed that a police union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, undertook aggressive efforts to thwart investigations into corruption at the 48th Precinct.
2006 Flushing brothel seizures- Dennis Kim and Jerry Svoronos, two police officers working out of the 109th Precinct, Gina Kim and Geeho Chae, brothel operators, were arrested on March 8, 2006, for bribery charges relating to the protection of a brothel located in Flushing, Queens. Agents seized approximately $800,000 in cash, believed to be the proceeds of the brothel, from Kim and Chae's vehicle and residence. On March 8, 2006 search warrants were executed at the brothel and a boarding house used by the brothel workers, and agents seized immigration documents, business records, and a small quantity of ecstasy. The two officers were in a unit which targets quality-of-life-type crimes. Members of the precincts engaged in a practice known as "flaking", in which cops planted marijuana, cocaine, or Ecstasy on suspects. Members of the conditions unit maintained a small stash of drug in an Altoids tin for this purpose, Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica Ryan said. In addition, 16 Chinese and Korean brothel workers were taken into immigration custody.
Mafia cops- Louis Eppolito and Steven Caracappa who, while on the payroll of the NYPD, were also on the payroll of the Lucchese crime family and were abusing their authority as officers of the NYPD. They would routinely violate the civil rights of the citizens of New York City, and moonlighted for the crime family. They would use NYPD files to track down the enemies of the crime family and were ultimately convicted of the murders of Eddie Lino, Michael Greenwald (an informant for the FBI) and innocent man Nick Guido who had the same name as a man targeted by the crime family. Eppolito received life in prison with an additional 100 years and Caracappa received life in prison with an additional 80 years. They were also fined a combined $4 million. They received a monthly salary of $5000 from the crime family.
NYPD "rape cops" scandals- In December 2008, two on-duty NYPD officers were charged with raping a woman whom they had been dispatched to help on a 911 call. Officers Kenneth Moreno, age 43, and Franklin Mata, age 29, were called to help a drunken woman climb out of a taxi and into her apartment in 2008. The woman testified that she awoke in her bedroom to being raped by Moreno; Mata was said to have acted as a lookout during the incident. Moreno and Mata were found guilty of official misconduct for going back into the woman's apartment three times without alerting their superiors and making erroneous calls to 911 with claims of a nonexistent homeless man loitering in the area, to facilitate their return to the premises. As a result of the convictions, both officers were immediately terminated from the NYPD.
In September 2011, an off-duty NYPD officer, Michael Pena, was charged with raping a schoolteacher at gunpoint. According to the woman, she was stopped by Pena, who was allegedly intoxicated, and ordered her into an apartment backyard as he pointed a gun into her face. At Pena's trial, the woman tesitifed that Pena had threatened to kill her if she screamed or looked at him as he began to rape her. An apartment resident heard the woman's pleas for him to stop and called 911. The NYPD was able to confirm that Pena was drunk and armed, but he denies raping her. He was charged with 10 felonies, including predatory assault, sexual assault, and first-degree rape, and pled not guilty. On March 27, 2012, Pena was found guilty on the predatory assault and sexual assault charges, but the jury deadlocked on the rape charges. Three months after the trial, Pena pled guilty to rape and was sentenced to 75-to-life.
2011 gun smuggling scandal- In October 2011, five current NYPD police officers and three retired police officers were arrested and charged with trafficking guns into New York state in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash. Six of those implicated worked, or once worked, at the 68th Precinct.
2011 ticket fixing scandal-
In October 2011, 16 NYPD police officers were charged with offenses related to ticket fixing. Though only 16 NYPD officers were facing trial, news reports show that hundreds of NYPD police officers were involved, "caught on a phone tap asking for scores of tickets to disappear."
Paid Detail Unit- An October 2011 article by Pam Martens in the CounterPunch newsletter, alleged police corruption in reference to the NYPD's Paid Detail Unit that allows corporations to hire NYPD police officers for security duties. The Paid Detail Unit was established by Mayor Giuliani 1998 as a way to increase revenue to New York City that allowed off-duty police officers to moonlight in uniform and as of 2003 nearly half of NYPD's street cops (11,000) were on the Paid Detail Unit. The then commanding officer of the Unit justified the program by claiming cops are off the business payroll the moment they see a crime committed and are expected to respond just as they would if they were off-duty.
Muslim surveillance controversy- After September 11, 2001, the NYPD, with help from the Central Intelligence Agency, has engaged in a systemic effort to track Muslims in the New York metropolitan area, including the Ivy League colleges of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. "A months-long investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. And it does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and domestic spying."
Muslims were spied on in mosques, restaurants, streets, public places and Muslim groups, and websites were scrutinized. It resulted in much confusion and anger from Muslim communities in the United States, as well as support from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. The FBI criticized the spying as unhealthy. The surveillance program was disbanded on April 15, 2014 after a meeting that was held with several Muslim advocates on April 8, 2014. It was also revealed that the surveillance program failed to generate even a single lead.
Rigging of evidence to secure convictions- Retired detective Louis Scarcella and his colleague Stephen W. Chmil rigged evidence to promote their own careers which led to imprisonment of dozens of innocents. District Attorney Charles J. Hynes reopened the cases of 56 people arrested by Detective Scarcella; at least five cases of Detective Chmil's (out of 300 deemed probably wrongful) scrutinized by nonprofit Exoneration Initiative made clear that he "invented confessions, coached witnesses and persuaded others to change their descriptions of perpetrators to match the suspect in custody - even in cases he worked without Detective Scarcella". Examples: David Ranta (for brutal 1990 slaying of a prominent rabbi) was exonerated on NY murder charge on March 23, 2013 and won a $6.4 million settlement from the City of New York in 2014.
Valance Cole (charge: drug-related homicide of Michael Jennings 1985) was convicted. "In 1994, Mr. Campbell, dying of AIDS, suddenly recanted. He said prosecutors had promised to drop charges if he falsely blamed Mr. Cole for the murder. Detective Chmil, he said in a sworn statement, gave him a script." Years later, another judge acknowledged that Mr. Cole was "probably innocent" but refused to overturn his conviction.
Attempts at reform
Knapp Commission- The Knapp Commission was appointed in 1970 by former New York City Mayor John Lindsay to investigate corruption at the NYPD after whistleblowers Frank Serpico and David Durk made revelations about corruption at the NYPD. The Knapp Commission's chief counsel, Michael Armstrong, said at the time that "the department has a serious corruption problem that must be characterized as extensive." In 1971, police officer Serpico, Lt. Durk, and other officers, testified before the Knapp Commission about the corruption they witnessed in the department.
The Knapp Commission faulted some of top city officials at the time, including : a top advisor to the mayor, the former City Commissioner of Investigation, and the former First Deputy Police Commissioner, for failing to act "when informed of widespread bribery among plainclothes policemen responsible for enforcing the gambling laws in the Bronx." The Knapp Commission further found that there existed a "reluctance on the part of top-level police personnel to undertake investigations that might have led to exposure of widespread corruption inconsistent with the official line that corruption was limited to a few 'rotten apples.' " The Knapp Commission's findings also faulted the city's Department of Investigation and the District Attorneys offices for their sub par efforts to fight "the widespread corruption which then existed."
Mollen Commission- There have been other commissions investigating the NYPD before and after the Knapp Commission, including 1994's Mollen Commission, which documented widespread police abuse during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Mollen Commission was appointed in 1992 by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins to investigate corruption at the NYPD. The media reported that an interim report, issued by the Mollen Commission in late 1993, showed that "the New York City Police Department had failed at every level to uproot corruption and had instead tolerated a culture that fostered misconduct and concealed lawlessness by police officers," adding that the interim report made "findings that some delegates of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the main police union, may have attempted to block corruption investigations." "We find as shocking the incompetence and the inadequacies of the department to police itself," the commission's chairman, Milton Mollen, was quoted to have said at the time of the release of its interim report.
In 1994, the Mollen Commission issued its final report.
Community relations task force
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani formed a community relations task force after Abner Louima was brutally attacked by several police officers in a Brooklyn precinct house. The recommendations of former Mayor Giuliani's task force were watered down in order "to make it easier for Mayor Giuliani who called some of the report's recommendations unrealistic to adopt reforms quickly." Three members of the task force issued a dissenting report, calling for stronger recommendations to fight police brutality after finding "a connection between race and police misconduct."
Giuliani dismissed the recommendations made by the majority of his own task force. Furthermore, according to The New York Times, the dissenting report made a recommendation, "the creation of an independent special prosecutor's office with the powers to prosecute police brutality and corruption," but the majority of the task force had rejected that proposal.
Failure of oversight
Although the Knapp and Mollen commissions were empaneled to investigate corruption and misconduct at the NYPD, they were not empowered to prosecute their own cases.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) was established as an agency in New York City in 1993 to be staffed by civilians with the authority to investigate allegations of police misconduct. However, two decades later, it's effectiveness was called into question. In 2014, former CCRB executive director Tracey Catapano-Fox alleged in a federal lawsuit that CCRB covers up misconduct by NYPD officers. Ms. Catapano-Fox's lawsuit alleged that CCRB chair Richard Emery made a "decision to collude" with NYPD, amongst other charges. According to a press report in the Daily News, Ms. Catapano-Fox alleged that Mr. Emery "attempted to conceal recent statistics on the number of stop-and-frisks in the city, and 'suggested' claims not be investigated," adding that, in Ms. Catapano-Fox lawsuit, it was further alleged that Mr. "Emery has made concerted efforts to conceal the true 'stop-and-frisk' statistics."
Following the Mollen Commission's work, then police commissioner William Bratton opposed the central recommendation of the Mollen Commission : The creation of a permanent commission to investigate corruption at the NYPD and monitor the Internal Affairs Bureau. Commissioner Bratton, at the time, opposed the idea that an outside monitor should have investigatory powers. In the wake of the 30th and 48th Precinct station house corruption scandals, Commissioner Bratton, at the time, reportedly did not take action on a comprehensive memorandum prepared by Walter Mack, the former Deputy Commissioner for Internal Affairs, which "concluded that patterns of abuse and corruption complaints in several precincts in central Brooklyn, upper Manhattan and the Bronx suggested that the corruption uncovered in the 30th and 48th precincts was not unusual," according to The New York Times. Indeed, it was then Commissioner Bratton, who had abruptly dismissed Mack, even though Mack, who was then described as the "department's top corruption fighter" by The New York Times, had "said the same troubling trend of allegations of brutality and corruption found in the 30th and 48th Precincts exist along a wide swath of northern Manhattan and the southern and western portions of the Bronx including the 34th, 44th and 46th Precincts," according to a report in The New York Times. While trying to downplay the size of the problem of police corruption, Bratton testified at a 1994 City Council hearing that there were "hundreds" of police officers, who had committed criminal acts.
In 2011, during a months-long investigation by The Associated Press of the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims, the news agency concluded that, "The department's primary watchdog, the New York City Council, has not held hearings on the intelligence division's operations and former NYPD officials said council members typically do not ask for details. The complaint that the New York City Council does not adequately oversee the NYPD was repeated again by a whistleblower, Artyom Matusov, who said he was fired by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito after Matusov went "public with allegations that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton deceived lawmakers at a Sept. 8 hearing by lowballing how often his officers use force on the job".
Drug Raids: Also in the news, a $610,000 settlement for the victim of a 2010 botched raid in New York. A New York woman has reached a $650,000 settlement with Nassau County after a police officer accidentally shot her while investigating a drug case involving her downstairs neighbors. Iyanna Davis was shot in the breast in 2010 after the officer mistakenly burst into her apartment during a drug investigation, reported Newsday. The bullet then went through her abdomen and both thighs...Davis, who was 22 at the time, said she hid in a closet when police burst into the building because she thought they were armed robbers. "I told them I was afraid and do not shoot me, and one officer screamed at me to put my hands above my head," Davis said in a deposition. "That's when I heard the shot, and I felt myself sit down because the force actually knocked me back on my backside." The results of the internal investigation are sealed through a confidentiality agreement, but Davis' attorney said it was riddled with inaccuracies used to justify the shooting.
Cops Laugh After Terrorizing Family in Botched Raid, Lawsuit Claims 7/25/13- Edenwald, NY- Yajaira Laureano and her husband, Omar Rodriguez, were strip-searched by cops who mistook their Bronx home for the target of a drug bust, a lawsuit claims. A group of police officers with a warrant to search a Bronx apartment for drugs raided the wrong home, handcuffed an innocent husband and wife and then joked how they battered a door off its hinges when they stormed in, a new lawsuit charges. Rodriguez, a carpenter, and Laureano, a stay-at-home mom, are suing the city and the police department in Bronx Civil Supreme Court, accusing cops of violating their civil rights by wrecking their pad and hauling their entire family to the local precinct station house. While in the station house, the parents were strip-searched for drugs, the lawsuit says. When cops let the family go after five hours in custody, they never gave an apology - or paid to fix the broken door, according to the lawsuit. On Feb. 26 at about 8 p.m. more than 20 cops swarmed into the family's home after a battering ram broke down the door, the lawsuit says. Officers allegedly threw Rodriguez and Laureano to the ground, handcuffed them and repeatedly shouted, "Where are the drugs?" as the four children screamed and cried. Rodriguez and his wife insisted to cops that they didn't have any drugs, but the officers searched the apartment for an hour, overturning furniture and smashing personal belongings until they came up empty, the lawsuit says. While they inspected the apartment, some of the officers said they might have the wrong apartment, and that they intended to raid 4040 Laconia Ave., according to the lawsuit."However, even the stated belief that they had terrorized an innocent family failed to deter the officers from continuing their violations of the [family's] civil rights," the lawsuit says...Despite the parents' pleas to have family pick up their kids, officers placed the children in interrogation rooms, the lawsuit says. After five hours, cops told the family they were free, but didn't offer an explanation or provide transportation home, according to the lawsuit.The city Law Department declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, a pair of officers are under investigation after
a video surfaced of them punching and hitting a 16-year-old suspect with a gun even after he appeared to raise his hands and surrender.
The suspect, Kahreem Tribble, tossed a canvas bag containing 17 bags of marijuana before surrendering to police. At that point, according to DNAInfo New York: Officer David Afanador - his gun drawn -then catches up and rushes straight to Tribble, hitting him in the his face with his gun, breaking a front tooth and chipping another.
On the video, Afanador then holsters his weapon and retraces his steps to retrieve the canvas bag, leaving Isaacs to put the cuffs on Tribble. But before he does, Isaac punches Tribble again and pushes him onto his stomach. The video ends with Afanador waving the bag in front of Tribble's face before smacking him with it.
EXCLUSIVE: Couple whose dog was shot and killed by NYPD officer to sue the city 4/29/13
Patricia Ratz and Pat Guglielmo's pit bull, Baby Girl, died days after being shot in a park in Staten Island. Their lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and will be filed in Brooklyn Federal Court on Monday.
Kuby hopes that the suit will spark a change in how the police interact with dogs."We are seeking to fundamentally change the way the NYPD deals with pets," he said. "When a dog is fleeing the scene, it's because the doggie is afraid, not because the dog is concerned about getting arrested. That's the reason people flee, not doggies." Police stand by their account of the shooting, which is under investigation.
CHANGE.ORG: NYPD killed my dog. No one was in danger until the officer started shooting. She also could have hit me or my sister, the residents who live near the park, or the kids who were playing basketball just a few feet away. My sister, a retired NYPD cop, identified herself and told the officer it was under control. I pleaded with the officer to stop shooting, but she just kept yelling at us to stay away from our own dogs.
When it was over, my sister and I weren't allowed to leave, even though we didn't know where Baby Girl was since she'd run away from the gunfire. The cops told us that they didn't know her whereabouts, but when we asked some neighborhood kids to help us find her, they found my dog lying in puddles of her own blood in a cage in the back of a police vehicle. My brother arrived to rush her to a vet. The police offered to escort him and led him to a facility where there wasn't even a vet on duty. He had to carry Baby Girl to a different vet's office where she finally received care more than an hour after she'd been shot. She was unable to recover from her injuries and died five days later.
NYPD has not reached out to me. They've only told reporters that this is under investigation. That's not good enough. The officer who open fired in a park needs to be fired from the police force. I do not feel safe with her on the streets. In addition, NYPD needs to take immediate action to make sure this never happens again. They need to adopt a policy that says officers are not allowed to use deadly force on companion animals and they need to train their officers on how to handle dog-related incidents without putting people or pets in danger.
Watch: NYPD Viciously Attacks 12 Year Old Child as Horrified Witnesss Demand They Stop 12/18/14
"You guys need a different profession. Go to war, this isn't a war, this is a 12 year old kid!" one woman who proclaims she is a lawyer angrily comments at the officers. Thankfully this good citizen did her part by pulling out her camera. There is no way of knowing how many times a day this happens and we never hear about it. Police have been able to terrorize citizens, including children, for far too long. Always do your part and film the police. As you can see in this video, things can easily escalate from relatively calm to brutality in no time at all, and sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Police taser 8 year old girls, ,conduct violent armed raids against those who dare to drink raw milk.
NYPD RETALIATION: MAN WHO FILMED ERIC GARNER'S MURDER BY NYPD ARRESTED BY NYPD "...Ramsey Orta was the young man who shot the gruesome video of the NYPD killing Eric Garner.Then, on Saturday, according to NBC New York, police said plainclothes officers from a Staten Island narcotics unit saw Orta stuff a silver, .25-caliber handgun into a 17-year-old female companion's waistband after they walked out of the Hotel Richmond. Police called the location, on Central Avenue, a "known drug prone location." Police said Orta had a previous weapon conviction that prohibited him from possessing a firearm. Police say an unloaded semi-automatic weapon was recovered from Orta. It was reported stolen in Michigan in 2007. They say Orta is in a hospital being treated for a medical condition. However, Orta's wife believes this arrest was a setup."
Police Unit Faces Scrutiny After Fatal Shooting in the Bronx 2/22/12
The police officers in the Street Narcotics Enforcement Units could be called the grunts in New York's antidrug efforts. Untrained in undercover work, they are limited to making arrests after they witness a drug deal, often observed from afar through binoculars. No drug dealer is too small time, and they arrest customers, too. They take vans with them to suspected drug locations, hoping to fill them with prisoners.
One man who was in their sights on Feb. 2 was Ramarley Graham, 18, of the Wakefield section of the Bronx. Something about how he moved his hands near his waist led the officers to suspect he might be armed, according to the Police Department's account of the events that transpired. And when Mr. Graham slipped away, the officers in the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit of the 47th Precinct did not let it go -or wait for backup. They trailed him as he returned to his building, the door locking behind him. After a delay, the officers got inside and kicked their way into Mr. Graham's apartment. In the bathroom, one officer fatally shot Mr. Graham in the chest. He was apparently unarmed, and a bag of marijuana was in the toilet bowl next to him.
The Bronx district attorney and the Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating the shooting, but in interviews, more than a half-dozen police officials - from detectives to commanders -picked apart the decisions made that day by the members of the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit, known as S.N.E.U., and raised troubling questions about their actions. Most prominent, the police officials questioned the team's aggressiveness and its decision to pursue Mr. Graham on its own. Why, as they milled outside the locked front door to his building, did the officers go in after him without waiting for a specialized team trained to take down doors and clear rooms?
They also questioned why the unit's officers used a narrow tactical radio frequency to alert their colleagues in the van that Mr. Graham might be armed, rather than issue a warning on a more heavily trafficked channel that would have drawn other police units to the scene. NYPD Cop Threatens Innocent Man By Saying "Don't Make Me Fear For My Safety"
This week in the Bronx, a young blogger and Cop Watcher by the name of M. Logic managed to capture a disturbing encounter with NYPD cops on his cellphone camera.Logic saw two NYPD officers walking down the street and snooping around the vehicles that were parked on the side of the road. The officers were not fighting crime, but were instead writing tickets. Out of curiosity, Logic approached an occupant of one of the cars that was recently ticketed, to see what type of harassment that officers were inflicting on his neighbors. At this point, the officers were already across the street ticketing another vehicle, but when they saw Logic speaking to their last victim, they went back toward him, telling him to get away from the car. The one officer can be clearly heard in the video yelling "get away from him that's my car stop," and then when they approached him, the one officer can be heard saying "don't make me fear for my safety."
This was obviously a veiled threat in light of the recent police murders that have gone unpunished.
REASON.COM: "Some of the leadership at the NYPD understand that they need to at least make an effort at improving their image. The chair of the NYPD's civilian review board, for example, wants cops to avoid foul language. He's not going to like the latest video from M. Logic, a New York City resident who films cops, as is his right and a service to all New Yorkers. Logic was documenting two cops who were patrolling the Bronx on foot to hand out parking tickets and decided to talk to some of the police's sources of revenue that night. Watch below, the video is queued to the start of the incident:
It ought to be unbelievable that a cop in New York City, with anti-police violence protests ongoing, would have no problem making an implicit threat to shoot someone on camera. Given the very generous job protections offered cops by their contracts, this kind of behavior isn't surprising. There's literally no substantive consequences for it, caught on camera or not.
Meet The 17-Year-Old Who Blew The Lid Off Racial Profiling With His iPod
"We're going to go out there and violate some rights." Hear the secret police recordings that will take your breath away. In a bad way.
Union lawsuit hits tow quotas LOCAL 983 filed a lawsuit to block NYPD's illegal tow quotas for Traffic Enforcement Agents 3 and their retaliation when numbers are not met. On the job, TEA 3 Steve Douglas tows illegally parked vehicle in Manhattan.District Council 37, Local 983 and four Traffic Enforcement Agents 3, filed a lawsuit in December against the New York Police Dept. over quotas demanding that workers tow three to four illegally parked vehicles per shift or face harsh penalties. "When they can't meet the quota, management denies them meal breaks, overtime and heavy equipment differentials and gives them poor evaluations, demotions and threats of termination," said Local 983 President Joe Puleo. - See more at:
Secret Tape Has Police Pressing Ticket Quotas Now, in a secret recording made in a police station in Brooklyn, there is persuasive evidence of the existence of quotas. The hourlong recording, which a lawyer provided this week to The New York Times, was made by a police supervisor during a meeting in April of supervisors from the 81st Precinct. The recording makes clear that precinct leaders were focused on raising the number of summonses issued - even as the Police Department had already begun an inquiry into whether crime statistics in that precinct were being manipulated. The Police Department's chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, did not respond Thursday to three e-mails and three phone calls requesting comments on the tape. He was sent extensive excerpts from the recording.
On the tape, a police captain, Alex Perez, can be heard warning his top commanders that their officers must start writing more summonses or face consequences. Captain Perez offered a precise number and suggested a method. He said that officers on a particular shift should write - as a group - 20 summonses a week: five each for double-parking, parking at a bus stop, driving without a seat belt and driving while using a cellphone.
"You, as bosses, have to demand this and have to count it," Captain Perez said, citing pressure from top police officials. At another point, Captain Perez emphasized his willingness to punish officers who do not meet the targets, saying, "I really don't have a problem firing people."
AUDIO: New York's Police Union Worked With the NYPD to Set Arrest and Summons Quotas. Audio obtained by The Nation confirms an instance of New York City's police union cooperating with the NYPD in setting arrest quotas for the department's officers. According to some officers and critics of quotas, the practice has played a direct role in increasing the number of stop-and-frisk encounters since Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to office. Patrolmen who spoke to The Nation explained that the pressure from superiors to meet quota goals has caused some officers to seek out or even manufacture arrests to avoid department retaliation. The audio makes up part of the prosecution's case in the landmark federal class action lawsuit Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., which opened yesterday in US District Court for New York's Southern District and which was brought forward by the Center for Constitutional Rights.
The audio, recorded in 2009 by officer Adhyl Polanco, is part of a series of recordings originally released to the media that year, and a selection first aired on WABC-TV in 2010. But WABC-TV used only a small portion of the recordings, and did not air the union representative's explosive admission. The department's emphasis on numbers and the union's cooperation has led to millions of suspicion-less stop-and-frisks.
Priests Risk Arrest for Offering Sacraments to Catholic Troops During Shutdown
CNSNews.com -Some Catholic priests under contract or GS (general schedule) to the military are not allowed to offer the Catholic sacraments--including saying Mass, consecrating marriages, or performing baptisms--on military property during the government shutdown, and if they do, even on a volunteer basis, they risk being arrested, according to the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.
Steve Skojec with CatholicVote.org said, "This is outrageous. It is a violation of the First Amendment. It is a prohibition of the free exercise of religion to order priests under penalty of arrest that they cannot volunteer their time to offer Mass to the faithful on base. This cannot be allowed to stand. Our g,vernment is out of control." CatholicVote.org posted further comments from John Schlageter and the Military Archdiocese, noting that, so far in Northern Virginia, 3 Masses have been cancelled at local Fort Belvoir."
Student wearing rosary, gets arrested Amarillo, TX - Local mother claims an officer used excessive force on her middle schooler at a football game.
14-year-old Jacob Herrera attended Sam Houston middle school's Wednesday night football game. Herrera wore a rosary outside of his clothes when officer Corporal Wilson asked him to remove it.
Marivell Chavez, a witness, says she was at the game Wednesday night and claimed while Herrera was being held to the ground, he yelled, "call my mom" and "I can't breathe."
"You know he handcuffed him and then crossed him across the street right there and slammed him again and he repeatedly slammed the child on the floor," says Chavez.
Pregnant Woman Seen On Video In Confrontation With Police Fears For Baby's Health 9/24/14
In the video, an officer is seen throwing Sandra Amezquita Amezquita, who is about five months pregnant, to the ground. He then straddles her body while her abdomen is pressed against the pavement.
"I'm afraid of what happen to my baby," she said. "I pray to God that nothing happens to him."
In a YouTube video, Amezquita showed a cut to her belly that came from a police baton called an ASP.
NYPD Officer Suspended After Video Shows Him Kicking Man In Brooklyn 9/17/14 - A New York City police officer has been suspended after a video surfaced showing the cop kick a man at a street fair in Brooklyn. As CBS 2's Dick Brennan reported, the melee happened Sunday night at the Fifth Avenue Festival at 46th Street in Sunset Park when police moved in to tell vendors the fair was over and they had to break down.
Jonathan Daza was on the ground when one police officer from the 72nd precinct kicked him; others in the crowd claim they were grabbed by cops for no reason.
The amateur video shows officers arresting a man in a black and white jacket. Another officer comes up and appears to kick the man in the side, then walks away. Commissioner Bratton said that the NYPD is planning to hold a town hall meeting to address the community's concerns. "As best I could tell, looking at that video, seemed to have been totally unprovoked," Bratton added.
Rochester, NY Police Beating Pregnant Woman 8/28/13 - Group of Rochester, NY Police officer beating a pregnant woman. The woman is heard yelling "You're going to kill my baby!", seconds before the Rochester Police officer is seen pushing the teen into a wooden porch railing. Then officer punching the woman with a closed fist in her face as other officer smile in rejoice,
Comments: -- "That woman in the blue is so upset. I don't know her relation to the victims - and I do say victims - but it's heartbreaking to watch your family members treated like rabid animals. Disgusting."
-- "WOW! What a coward ass devil. Hit a pregnant woman and throw her to the ground. They probably promoted him to chief of police after that."
-- "This ape got what she deserved. She isn't even a woman, look at how fat and manly she is."
We Must Stop Police Abuse of Black Men 12/4/14
"I CAN recall it as if it were yesterday: looking into the toilet and seeing blood instead of urine. That was the aftermath of my first police encounter. As a 15-year-old, living in South Jamaica, Queens, I was arrested on a criminal trespass charge after unlawfully entering and remaining in the home of an acquaintance. Officers took me to the 103rd Precinct - the same precinct where an unarmed Sean Bell was later shot and killed by the police - and brought me into a room in the basement. They kicked me in the groin repeatedly. Out of every part of my body, that's what they targeted. Then I spent the night in Spofford juvenile detention center. For seven days after that, I stared into the toilet bowl in my house at the blood I was urinating. I kept telling myself that if it didn't clear up by the next day, I would share this shame and embarrassment with my mother, although I could never bring myself to start that conversation. When clear urine returned, I thought I was leaving that moment behind me. I never told anyone this, not even my mother, until I was an adult.
As I attempted to put that shame and attack on my manhood away, new horror stories kept compelling me to relive those memories: the nightmare experiences of Randolph Evans, Patrick Dorismond, Abner Louima and countless other young men have reminded me of my own secret. Think of all the secrets that young men of color are hiding. How many are concealing some dark truth of the abuse they endured, and what is that darkness doing to them? In order to finally bring this darkness into the light of day, our nation must address the foundation of this crisis. That starts with acknowledging that the training taught in police academies across the country is not being applied in communities of color. After six months in the police academy, that instruction is effectively wiped out by six days of being taught by veteran cops on the streets.
Following are some interesting statements various by popes on civil rights, police and justice.
"I pray that this religious dimension of your stay will serve to consolidate your Christian faith and help you to see your professional and family responsibilities in the light of the Gospel message of God's love.
The high moral standards, the discipline, the self-sacrifice and the genuine concern for the common good which mark your public service are all ways of witnessing to the authenticity of your belief in the Paschal Mystery of the redeeming Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Yours is a work of service and of brotherhood. As such it needs the support of a profound sense of the unique dignity of every human being. The special value of each person can only be fully understood where each one is accepted as an image of God himself and a brother or sister of Christ. I hope that your work, which sometimes brings you into contact with the darker side of human nature, will not deter you from enthusiastically serving the cause of civic harmony and well-being with sensitivity and Christian hope."[ADDRESS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CATHOLIC POLICE OFFICERS OF ENGLAND AND WALES 4/12/85 ]
"All men of good will must commit themselves, particularly within their professional field and in the exercise of their civil rights, to ensuring the reform of morally unacceptable civil laws and the correction of illicit practices."
[JOSEPH Card. RATZINGER 2/22/87.]
"From the dawn of the Republic, America's quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based on the dominion of God the Creator. The framers of this nation's founding documents drew upon this conviction when they proclaimed the "self-evident truth" that all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights grounded in the laws of nature and of nature's God. The course of American history demonstrates the difficulties, the struggles, and the great intellectual and moral resolve which were demanded to shape a society which faithfully embodied these noble principles. In that process, which forged the soul of the nation, religious beliefs were a constant inspiration and driving force, as for example in the struggle against slavery and in the civil rights movement. In our time too, particularly in moments of crisis, Americans continue to find their strength in a commitment to this patrimony of shared ideals and aspirations." [ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI-
APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND VISIT TO THE UNITED NATIONS
ORGANIZATION HEADQUARTERS WELCOMING CEREMONYSouth Lawn of the White House, Washington, D.C. 4/16/08.]
As underlined by the Council Vatican II, and in particular through "Dignitatis humanae" Declaration (7th December 1965) as well as Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and the Holy Father Benedict's XVI mentioned, roots of freedom resides in singular dignity of human being (4th December 2005). Our work's purpose is to put into practice all our assets to assure recognition, existence, promotion and respect of this dignity... When freedom of expression is not limited by a norm, then freedom without justice do not mean anything else than the expression of personal interests. As justice without freedom is only a formal justice, that of totalitarian regime and dictatorship of any kind. Is it then essential to work in favour of that freedom and justice in order to guaranty them to all. Actually a man not free, a man cut from justice is the same then a man mutilated and reduced to the biological reality of his body. Here again a whole dimension of his being, that must be called spiritual is denied.
"Before the Shroud, how can we not think of the millions of people who die of hunger, of the horrors committed in the many wars that soak nations in blood, of the brutal exploitation of women and children, of the millions of human beings who live in hardship and humiliation on the edges of great cities, especially in developing countries? How can we not recall with dismay and pity those who do not enjoy basic civil rights, the victims of torture and terrorism, the slaves of criminal organizations?" [
PASTORAL VISIT OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II TO VERCELLI AND TURIN (ITALY) 5/24/98.]
"The way of acting is the same.
There are those today who "take up rocks to stone the freedom of nations, the freedom of the
people, freedom of conscience, the people's relationship with God. And today Jesus is crucified
once again". Pope Francis on dictatorship 4/10/14
7. The road is very short from religious to social ruin. The heart of man is no longer raised to heavenly hopes and loves; capable and needing the infinite, it throws itself insatiably on the goods of this earth. Inevitably there is a perpetual struggle of avid passions to enjoy, become rich, and rise. Then we encounter a large and inexhaustible source of grudges, discords, corruptions, and crimes. In our Italy there was no lack of moral and social disorders before the present events-but what a sorrowful spectacle we see in our days! That loving respect which forms domestic harmony is substantially diminished; paternal authority is too often unrecognized by children and parents alike. Disagreements are frequent, divorce common. Civil discords and resentful anger between the various orders increase every day in the cities. New generations which grew up in a spirit of misunderstood freedom are unleashed in the cities, generations which do not respect anything from above or below. The cities teem with incitements to vice, precocious crimes, and public scandals. The state should be content with the high and noble office of recognizing, protecting, and helping divine and human rights in their harmonious universality. Now, however, the state believes itself almost a judge and disowns these rights or restricts them at will. Finally, the general social order is undermined at its foundations. Books and journals, schools and universities, clubs and theaters, monuments and political discourse, photographs and the fine arts, everything conspires to pervert minds and corrupt hearts. Meanwhile the oppressed and suffering people tremble and the anarchic sects arouse themselves. The working classes raise their heads and go to swell the ranks of socialism, communism, and anarchy. Characters exhaust themselves and many souls, no longer knowing how to suffer nobly nor how to redeem themselves manfully, take their lives with cowardly suicide.
16. Every Christian should shun books and journals which distill the poison of impiety and which stir up the fire of unrestrained desires or sensual passions. Groups and reading clubs where the masonic spirit stalks its prey should be likewise shunned.
The Offensive Against Masonry
17. In addition, since we are dealing with a sect which has pervaded everything, it is not enough to remain on the defensive. We must courageously go out into the battlefield and confront it. That is what you will do, beloved children, opposing press to press, school to school, organization to organization, congress to congress, action to action.
...19. May this struggle between good and evil extend to everything, and may good prevail. Masonry holds frequent meetings to plan new ways to combat the Church, and you should hold them frequently to better agree on the means and order of defense. It multiplies its lodges, so that you should multiply Catholic clubs and parochial groups, promote charitable associations and prayer organizations, and maintain and increase the splendor of the temple of God. The sect, having nothing to fear, today shows its face to the light of day. You Italian Catholics should also make open profession of your faith and follow the example of your glorious ancestors who confessed their faith bravely before tyrants, torture, and death. What more? Does the sect try to enslave the Church and to put it at the feet of the state as a humble servant? You must then demand and claim for it the freedom and independence due it before the law. Does masonry seek to tear apart Catholic unity, sowing discord even in the clergy itself, arousing quarrels, fomenting strife, and inciting insubordination, revolt, and schism? By tightening the sacred bond of charity and obedience, you can thwart its plans, bring to naught its efforts, and disappoint its hopes. Be all of one heart and one mind, like the first Christians.....15. Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God.
"The Church has always taught the duty to act for the common good and, in so doing, has likewise educated good citizens for each State. Furthermore, she has always taught that the fundamental duty of power is solicitude for the common good of society; this is what gives power its fundamental rights. Precisely in the name of these premises of the objective ethical order, the rights of power can only be understood on the basis of respect for the objective and inviolable rights of man. The common good that authority in the State serves is brought to full realization only when all the citizens are sure of their rights. The lack of this leads to the dissolution of society, opposition by citizens to authority, or a situation of oppression, intimidation, violence, and terrorism, of which many examples have been provided by the totalitarianisms of this century. Thus the principle of human rights is of profound concern to the area of social justice and is the measure by which it can be tested in the life of political bodies." [ JOHN PAUL II SUPREME PONTIFF
ENCYCLICAL LETTER REDEMPTOR HOMINIS 3/4/79.]
LIBERTAS - ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON THE NATURE OF HUMAN LIBERTY Given at St. Peter's in Rome, the twentieth day of June, 1888, the tenth year of Our Pontificate.
37. For, to reject the supreme authority to God, and to cast off all obedience to Him in public matters, or even in private and domestic affairs, is the greatest perversion of liberty and the worst kind of liberalism; and what We have said must be understood to apply to this alone in its fullest sense.
43. Whenever there exists, or there is reason to fear, an unjust oppression of the people on the one hand, or a deprivation of the liberty of the Church on the other, it is lawful to seek for such a change of government as will bring about due liberty of action. In such case, an excessive and vicious liberty is not sought, but only some relief, for the common welfare, in order that, while license for evil is allowed by the State, the power of doing good may not be hindered. 44. Again, it is not of itself wrong to prefer a democratic form of government, if only the Catholic doctrine be maintained as to the origin and exercise of power. Of the various forms of government, the Church does not reject any that are fitted to procure the welfare of the subject; she wishes only - and this nature itself requires - that they should be constituted without involving wrong to any one, and especially without violating the rights of the Church.
45. Unless it be otherwise determined, by reason of some exceptional condition of things, it is expedient to take part in the administration of public affairs. And the Church approves of every one devoting his services to the common good, and doing all that he can for the defense, preservation, and prosperity of his country... 46. Neither does the Church condemn those who, if it can be done without violation of justice, wish to make their country independent of any foreign or despotic power. Nor does she blame those who wish to assign to the State the power of self-government, and to its citizens the greatest possible measure of prosperity. The Church has always most faithfully fostered civil liberty, and this was seen especially in Italy, in the municipal prosperity, and wealth, and glory which were obtained at a time when the salutary power of the Church has spread, without opposition, to all parts of the State.
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