Showing posts with label NYPD. Show all posts
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June 28, 2017

NYPD Inspector Who Went Wild Pepper Spraying Protesters on Wall St

The scene of women in pain after being pepper-sprayed on 12th Street near University Place after a march from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in lower Manhattan. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL)

We follow this story closely in 2011 and covered how outraged NYC and the Country were outraged watching a Police Inspector act worse than a rookie cop lost on his first demonstration. Hopefully, this is the last we hear from this dude, so we wanted to show you that his real punishment was to be transferred to Staten Island.
Maybe this most have been when Staten Island had the Garbage Dump at Fresh Kills so he must've been right at home. At a time when cops are getting off after killing young black is interesting to know that nothing really happens to this cop even though his victims were white and their injuries were permanent. The city took the tax payers money and paid those victims but again the man in charge of this got a few days vacation clipped and moving to Staten Island.
If you got to "Cops Gone Wild" label and check on 2011 you can see our coverage. Any problems with those pages please let us know and we will take care of them.
 Anthony Bologna, the NYPD Deputy Inspector known as the "pepper spray cop" from a YouTube video released on Sept. 27, 2011, has retired from the force. (CJGRAPSKI VIA YOUTUBE)

An NYPD deputy inspector who rose to infamy after he pepper-sprayed women for no apparent reason during Occupy Wall Street has retired with a full pension.
Anthony Bologna — whose inexplicable action got him dubbed Tony Baloney in a legendary “Daily Show” skit — called it a career after 35 years on the job.
Fellow cops will fete Bologna on July 11 at a Lower Manhattan restaurant in Battery Park, near the Zuccotti Park home base of OWS. The restaurant features $28 pasta bolognese, and tickets are $75 for the event.
“I think it’s just a little disappointing that he was never really penalized for pepper spraying me,” said Kelly Schomburg, 24 of Boston, who was 18 when Bologna sprayed her. “It absolutely felt swept under the rug.” 
Bologna, 63, rose to infamy on Sept. 24, 2011, when he used the spray on protestors, most of them women, at an OWS gathering near Union Square.
Videos of Bologna approaching the group and blasting them with pepper spray went viral and helped galvanize the movement that had begun just days earlier.
Cops corralled Schomburg and the others behind orange netting when Bologna abruptly began spraying them. The city settled at least seven subsequent lawsuits to the tune of $382,501. 
Bologna lost 10 vacation days after the incident. In October 2011, he was transferred to Staten Island. He retired in April. The transfer was portrayed as disciplinary but it actually cut Bologna’s commuting time. Some thought Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance should have brought charges against him.
“He goes to Staten Island, where he has less of a commute and retires with a huge pension,” said lawyer Ron Kuby, who represented some of the women Bologna sprayed.
“Right now instead of retiring, he should be getting off probation.” Kuby said the treatment of Bologna is part of a Vance pattern of coddling cops.
“The DA allows and encourages police officers to engage in misconduct,” he said. “This cop lost his temper because a bunch of women didn’t do what he told them to do. I hope DA Vance is invited to the party. He certainly earned his invite.”
Added Schomburg’s lawyer Debra Greenburger, “It's deeply troubling that he has never been held accountable .”
Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, sent the Daily News a list of 20 cops the office has either indicted or convicted.
"This Office has a clear track record of prosecuting official misconduct cases involving on-duty officers and other uniformed employees, including correctional personnel," she said. Within the NYPD, Bologna has his supporters. Roy Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, said the cop had a distinguished run.
“Late in his career, he became well-known for all of the wrong reasons, but overall he served the NYPD honorably and he had a very successful career,” Richter said. “He’s leaving on his terms with his head held high and he’s looking forward to a happy retirement.”
In the “Daily Show” sketch, actor Christopher Meloni lampoons Bologna as a macho nut who carries multiple canisters of pepper spray and then goes rogue after he is suspended and sprays random people on a city street.
Schomburg moved back to Boston and is in now in college for women’s studies.
“It was a really upsetting period of my life,” she said. “I was swept up in a storm. It’s not something I look back on fondly.”
Bologna joined the NYPD in 1982 and spent much of his career assigned to the First Precinct in Lower Manhattan and the Manhattan South Task Force.
Richter said Bologna reached the department’s mandatory retirement age.

New York Daily News

July 30, 2016

NYPD Det. Picked Up Ranting on FB as a Hobby and Hits the Mayors Wife with Rants

Det. Gregory Gordon is third from L at Center Commissioner Bill Bratton 
 This officer has forgotten way back at the academy that a cop is always a cop.  He cannot take off what he is and what he represents which is the police Dept of this City and even the City itself as it stands for law and order. In this case we will highlight order! He has call many women many names including Hillary Clinton but this case he forgot that the mayor is his boss’s boss making him his boss also and he wont be please when you start calling his wife names. 

Ranting seems to run in the family.
The sister of a NYPD detective who posted racist Facebook messages came to his defense via the same social media network that got the officer in trouble.
Detective Gregory Gordon’s conduct is currently under review by the NYPD after the Daily News first reported he had - among other things - called Mayor de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray a “former crack addict.”
“What’s sad is ‘he’ spoke the truth on his private forum and some sad individual is trying to bring a good cop down,” Marissa Carbonara wrote on the Staten Island Advance’s Facebook page Thursday night. “Don’t people have anything better to do?!”

Carbonara also insisted Gordon, 33, was just exercising his First Ammendment rights and making “factual statements.”
When another Facebook user called the person who informed The News of the posts a “lurking rat,” Carbonara agreed and described the person as a “trolling c---.”
At her home on Friday, a woman denied knowing Carbonara - but seemed well aware of the ongoing Facebook controversy.
“You should be ashamed of yourself for all the dirty media you put in your paper. These people protect your rights,” she said. A former high-ranking police official said Gordon clearly crossed the line when posting those comments.
“It shows issues of judgment,” he said. “Being a police officer, you walk a very thin line. You are supposed to be above that. If you sink to that level, you are demeaning the department standards you have sworn to uphold.”
In August 2014, Gordon griped about a woman who told a TV reporter it was hard growing up black.
“Are you f------ kidding me? Stop acting like anyone owes you anything. Slavery ended 149 years ago,” he wrote. The NYPD quickly distanced itself from the comments Thursday.
Department policy advises cops to “exercise good judgment and demonstrate the same level of professionalism expected of them while performing their official duties.”
And Gordon’s Facebook page, which had been set to private, was deactivated Thursday afternoon after The News called him for comment.
In a statement Friday night, Michael Palladino, President of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, said he understands that “some may be offended by (Gordon’s) remarks.”
“Cops have become the targets of intentional violence which makes their job even harder and solves nothing but to perpetuate hate.
“If the press were to scrutinize the Facebook pages of the anti-cop hate groups they would find comments much worse and more inflammatory but that never appears in the news.” 


An NYPD cop from Staten Island is under review after posting racist diatribes on social media including one that called Mayor de Blasio’s wife a “former crack addict,” sources said.
Detective Gregory Gordon, who works at the 121st Precinct, is under fire after making a series of racist and anti-Muslim remarks on Facebook, according to law enforcement sources.
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In one screed from Nov. 2014, Gordon was furious about a story reported by The Post that said the city’s first lady Chirlane McCray did not trust NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
“Who cares what this former crack addict says!” Gordon wrote, according to a source.
McCray vehemently denied that she made the remarks.
Gordon, who has removed the entire Facebook page from the Internet, is being looked at by the NYPD who has told cops to “exercise good judgement” when using social media.

“The comments made by Gregory Gordon do not in any way represent the views of the New York City Police Department,” read a statement from the NYPD.
 NY Post

October 25, 2014

NYC Police Comm Calls the Hatchet Attack on Cops a Terrorist Act


The suspect Zale Thompson, who was shot dead by two other officers on Thursday afternoon on a street in the borough of Queens, had made anti-Western postings on social media and visited websites associated with several radical Islamic groups, police said at a news conference.

A search of computers seized from the home of Thompson's father in Queens, where the 32-year-old man lived, showed he also spent time reading online about beheadings, a recent intrusion at the White House and attacks in Canada. 

"This was a terrorist attack," Commissioner William Bratton said.

Investigators were trying to determine whether Thompson, a black man who converted to Islam two years ago, had any connection to an area mosque. Police said the social media postings of the man described as an unemployed recluse were "anti-government, anti-Western, anti-white."

Still under investigation was the extent of planning involved in the attack, which appeared to be unprovoked and somewhat spontaneous, Bratton said.

"The fact that he was walking around with a hatchet in the backpack makes it clear this individual had some sense of preparation," Bratton said.

The attack on Thursday, which took place in a shopping district, unfolded in a matter of seconds, police said. A group of four police officers were posing for a freelance photographer when Thompson charged them, swinging the hatchet. One officer was struck in the arm and another in the head before the other two officers opened fire, killing Thompson. 

A 29-year-old female bystander was struck in the lower back by a stray bullet and critically wounded.

Kenneth Healey, the 25-year-old officer hit in the head, remains in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital, Bratton said.

The officer struck in the arm, Joseph Meeker, 24, was treated at the hospital and released, he added.

Thompson, who was involuntarily discharged from the Navy in 2003 for undisclosed reasons, lived with his father at a home in Queens, but had stayed at his mother's residence the night before the incident, Bratton said.

Police detectives are still conducting interviews to piece together the details Thompson's past and what may have led him to become violent, the commissioner said.

Police already have some information about him, however. Thompson was arrested in southern California six times between 2002 and 2003, likely for domestic disputes, New York Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

At age 16, in 1998, Thompson was the victim of an assault, he said.

May 13, 2014

NYPD Will Stop Confiscating Condoms from Suspected Hookers

NYPD Will Stop Seizing Condoms From Sex Workers

The New York Police Department will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a longstanding practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

Under the new policy announced Monday, officers may continue to seize condoms as evidence in sex-trafficking and promotion of prostitution cases, but they will not use them in support of prostitution cases. Critics had said the previous policy amounted to police harassment, and noted that New York City spends more than $1 million a year to distribute free condoms.

"The NYPD heard from community health advocates and took a serious look at making changes to our current policy as it relates to our broader public safety mission," Police Commissioner William Bratton said in announcing the new policy.
For decades, police in New York and elsewhere had confiscated condoms from sex work suspects ostensibly for them to be used as evidence in criminal trials, even though the overwhelming majority of prostitution cases never go to trial.

"A policy that inhibits people from safe sex is a mistake and dangerous," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday at an unrelated event in Queens. "And there are a number of ways you can go about putting together evidence" without condoms, he said.
Civil rights groups and advocates for sex workers and gay, lesbian and transgender young people commended the department's new policy, but want a ban on the use of condoms as evidence in sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution cases too.
They argue that even under the new policy police may continue to seize condoms from sex workers and teen runaways under the pretense of investigating pimps and traffickers, and that traffickers could punish sex workers who carry condoms because they fear they’ll be used against them.

"This is a step in the right direction but it doesn't go far enough and creates a loophole big enough to drive a truck through," said Andrea Ritchie, a coordinator at Streetwise and Safe, a New York City-based group that has long opposed the department's previous policy. "We will be monitoring the NYPD carefully to see how they implement this policy."
Measures to formally abolish the practice across New York state have been introduced in the Legislature for nearly two decades and last year passed the Assembly. Similar legislation has been introduced in California.

Corinne Carey, of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said lawmakers should go further than the NYPD by prohibiting law enforcement from seizing condoms as evidence of sex trafficking and other prostitution-related crimes.

"This (the new policy) is really too limited for us to be happy about it," she said. "The message needs to be that condoms aren't criminal."
A 2010 study by the city's Department of Health surveyed more than 60 sex workers and found that more than half had condoms confiscated by police. Nearly a third said they had at times not carried condoms because they feared getting into trouble.
Two years later, the group Human Rights Watch interviewed 197 sex workers in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco and found that many limited the number of condoms they carried or went without because they feared police attention. The report concluded that transgender teens, street-level sex workers and immigrants were especially targeted because of their appearance or behavior.

Prosecutors in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island's Nassau County and in San Francisco stopped using condoms as evidence in prostitution cases last year.
The New York Police Department makes about 2,500 prostitution arrests a year.
One respondent in the Human Rights Watch study, Brooklyn sex worker Pam G., told the researchers she has had condoms taken by police.
"The cops say, 'What are you carrying all those condoms for? We could arrest you just for this,'" she said. "It happens all the time around here. I may be carrying eight condoms. If you have more than three or four, they will take them.”

November 24, 2013

NYC Police Com. Ray Kelly Gets Booed at Brown University

KellyNYPD commissioner Ray Kelly was booed off stage Tuesday at a public lecture at Brown University.  Reuters
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was scheduled to host a public lecture and Q&A session at Brown University on Tuesday, but opponents of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy made sure that didn’t happen.
As Kelly took the stage at the Ivy League university in Rhode Island, dozens of protesters hollered and screamed in opposition to the NYPD’s crime-fighting tactic, which allows police officers to search people on the street without probable cause. The longstanding practice was recently ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. district judge, although Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to appeal. The protesters at Kelly’s lecture became so rowdy that organizers chose to abruptly cancel the event rather than endure the taunts of critics.
Christina Paxson, the university’s president, condemned the incident in an open letter, saying the mob-like scene violated Brown’s commitment to a “free exchange of ideas.”  
“This is a sad day for the Brown community," she wrote. "I appreciate that some members of our community objected to the views of our invited speaker. However, our university is – above all else – about the free exchange of ideas. Nothing is more antithetical to that value than preventing someone from speaking and other members of the community from hearing that speech and challenging it vigorously in a robust yet civil manner.”
The disruption appears to have been part of a concerted effort to keep Kelly from speaking at the school. Some students had tried, unsuccessfully, to convince university officials to cancel the lecture beforehand. Amid protests taking place outside the lecture hall, stop-and-frisk opponents chanted, “No justice, no peace. No racist police.” One protester carried a sign saying “This Is Murder.” In a video published by the media team at Brown Political Review, a student says she was branded a “white supremacist” when she tried to enter the venue to watch the speech. Inside the lecture hall, students can be seen rising in unison, throwing their fists in the air and voicing their opposition to Kelly. After one of the organizers announced the lecture was being canceled, the audience broke out in a round of raucous applause. Kelly exited the building soon afterward, escorted by police.
Supercharged by a standard liberal-conservative divide, media commentators and social media spectators are framing the incident as an issue of free expression versus civil disobedience. On the Daily Beast, Peter Beinart suggested that the students’ rowdy conduct is part of a broader wave of intolerance on college campuses across the country, where voices that don’t conform to a progressive agenda are summarily drowned out. Paxson took a similar stance, suggesting that the behavior is ultimately detrimental to healthy discourse. “Not only was Commissioner Kelly denied the right to speak, members of our community were denied their right to challenge him,” she wrote. “That is unfair to everyone involved and disrespectful to the rights we all embrace and should be vigilant in upholding as members of an academic community.”
Not so, says Elizabeth A. Castelli, from Brown University’s Class of 1979. On Facebook, Castelli countered Paxson’s denunciation of the protesters’ behavior with an open letter of her own. In her estimation, Brown inviting Kelly to lecture on crime-fighting strategies is tantamount to endorsing those strategies. “[T]he lecture itself was advertised as a self-serving public relations-style event, not a critical or intellectually honest presentation as one should expect in a university context,” she wrote.
Paxson promised to reach out to Kelly and express her regret over the incident. Kelly’s office has not yet commented on the issue. The debate continues, meanwhile, on Twitter, where both sides had plenty to say, and neither seems to be in the listening mood.

April 1, 2013

NYC-Crime-Stop&Frisk-Police Commish and Mayor Blum

Fighting crime in New York City—like in any large metropolis—comes with many challenges. There are more than eight million residents in the five boroughs, and many hundreds of thousands more people travel to and through the city each day. In contrast, the police department employs only about thirty-four thousand uniformed officers. A department so outnumbered is bound to make mistakes—crimes go unsolved, innocent people are falsely accused, criminals remain unpunished.
And while many New Yorkers conduct their days without interference from police officers, the relationship between law enforcement and communities that the N.Y.P.D. has determined contain high concentrations of crime—thus requiring a heightened police presence—is a complicated, quarrelsome one. In Brooklyn’s East Flatbush neighborhood, demonstrations that have been alternately prayerful and violent continue two weeks after two officers fatally shot sixteen-year-old Kimani Gray, who they contend drew his gun first. While the investigation into Gray’s killing continues, and while his family and the community work through their grief, the policy that arguably led indirectly to his death—a policy that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have vigorously enforced and defended—is facing a serious challenge in court.
The plaintiffs in Floyd v. City of New York, a class-action lawsuit regarding the N.Y.P.D.’s stop-and-frisk practices that went to trial last week, contend that stop-and-frisk practices violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. But that’s the legal wording. In a press briefing a few days before the trial began, David Ourlicht, one of the four named plaintiffs, put the violations he feels into more everyday terms:
I don’t [want to] have to walk outside and have that thought in the back of my mind: “This time will they shoot me or will I get beat up? Will I go to jail for something I didn’t do?” I want to be able to move on and not have to feel that. I don’t want my friends to have to feel that anymore. I don’t want my—when I have kids, I don’t want them to feel that.
American history brims with reasons why some citizens must fight harder than others to have a fair shot: economic inequality, political maneuvering, unfair policies, simple and single-minded discrimination. Thankfully, there are also stories of redress in our past. The Floyd case may never reach the stature of 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education, but if the plaintiffs are successful, it would be a major step in addressing all-too-legitimate grievances that minority communities have against big-city law-enforcement agencies. Perhaps the most striking feature of this case is that, unlike other attempts to end discriminatory policing through the court system, Floyd stands a good chance of succeeding.
In two rulings issued last May, Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin moved the case beyond the point at which racial-profiling claims like this one typically get stalled. To get any lawsuit heard in court, a plaintiff must establish that they have standing—that is, they must show that they have suffered an actual injury, whether physical, mental, financial, or otherwise. If the plaintiffs in this case had been seeking only monetary damages, ordinary standing would have been enough. But in a 1982 case, Los Angeles v. Lyons, the Supreme Court set a higher standard for anyone who sought to use the court system to force a change in police tactics. That case focussed on a man named Adolph Lyons, who was stopped for a traffic violation by officers who, without provocation, put him in a choke-hold. In its decision, the Court said that Lyons could sue for financial compensation but that he did not have standing to seek an injunction that would force L.A.’s police to stop using the hold, and that in order to establish standing, he’d have to “establish a real and immediate threat” that the same thing would happen again—not just to anyone, but to him specifically. It’s on these grounds that other, similar suits have failed, and New York tried to bring Floyd to an end in the same way. But stop-and-frisk is different: because it is so pervasive in areas of the city, so likely to happen to those who look a certain way, the program itself may end up being its own undoing. “The simplest way to address the defendants’ concern [about standing],” Scheindlin wrote in her ruling, “is by noting that David Ourlicht, the fourth plaintiff, indisputably does have standing…” as he was stopped “three times in 2008 and once again in 2010, after this lawsuit was filed.” Moreover, as Scheindlin continued, “the police department has conducted over 2.8 million stops over six years and its paperwork indicates that, at the very least, 60,000 of the stops were unconstitutional (because they were based on nothing more than a person’s ‘furtive movement’).” (The italics are Scheindlin’s.) And because Scheindlin saw Ourlicht as having standing, all the other plaintiffs—named and unnamed—automatically have it as well, as part of the class bringing the lawsuit.
The city argues that, despite these figures—and in contrast to data that the plaintiffs’ attorneys will present about the discriminatory effect of stop-and-frisk—there is not enough of a “disparate impact” on minority communities to constitute a “discriminatory purpose.” It will say that the N.Y.P.D. justifiably sends more personnel into black and Latino neighborhoods, that the officers go where the crime is. And it will point to the “Stop, Question and Frisk Report Worksheet,” which officers are required to fill out after they stop someone, as a way of legitimizing their actions—and hedge against any claim of unlawful racial profiling. The forms include choices like “fits description,” “furtive movements,” and “wearing clothes/disguises commonly used in commission of crime” as reasons for a stop.
Justifications like these have been enough for a court to consider a stop constitutionally permissible, even if the real motivation was race, based on a precedent set in a 1996 Supreme Court decision. The Court took up a case in which Michael Whren and James Brown claimed unreasonable search and seizure during a traffic stop by Washington, D.C., officers. When the two were stopped for a legitimate traffic violation, one of the officers saw that Whren was in possession of crack cocaine, resulting in federal drug charges for the two. The legal dispute arose when the plaintiffs contended that the officers used the traffic violation as a pretext to conduct a search motivated by race. The Court unanimously ruled the search permissible, saying that, because the officers had probable cause to stop Whren and Brown, their reasons for doing so did not matter. Writing for the Court, Justice Scalia said, “the Fourth Amendment’s concern with ‘reasonableness’ allows certain actions to be taken in certain circumstances, whatever the subjective intent.” (Italics in the original.) In New York City, the combination of the Whren decision and the justifications for stop-and-frisk encouraged by the N.Y.P.D. has left communities with legitimate suspicions of and reasons to fear law enforcement less protected, not more. Floyd might be a step toward addressing that, toward resetting the balance of power between citizens and the police who are supposed to serve them.
In a 2007 Yale Law Journal article, Eric F. Citron argued for a different understanding of the language of the Fourth Amendment than the one established by Whren and its successors—an understanding that “places a decreased emphasis on the rights of individual citizens and focuses instead on the responsibilities of the actors who wield the state’s powers of investigation and enforcement.” “The language of individual privacy rights,” he continues, “directs our attention away from a more general skepticism of an unbridled police that ought to animate our interpretation of the Fourth Amendment.”
A case like Floyd is an opportunity for the country to reconsider that interpretation. But there are realities that work against the plaintiffs’ case. New York City is safer than it was even ten years ago, and it is now the safest big city in the country. The rates of murder and other violent crimes in the city have steeply declined. Though there is no clear answer for why that has happened, it is likely that, even if it is not the major factor that Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly claim, the stop-and-frisk program has been successful in at least some capacity. It may be difficult to argue with demonstrable reductions in crime, but a case like Floyd, as Judge Scheindlin has shown in her rulings up to this point, requires a finer look at law-enforcement policies and how they affect whole communities. There’s a larger cost to a program like stop-and-frisk. If the N.Y.P.D. is bolstered by a court ruling in its favor, who could blame David Ourlicht for not wanting to raise the children he might one day have in the city that results? The Mayor and the Police Commissioner may justify their actions—both publicly and to themselves—by saying they’re keeping their citizens safer, but they should, at some point, have to offer the people they represent some basic empathy, too.
New Yorker News Desk

December 12, 2012

NYPD Sgt.Commits Suicide Over a Fight With Her Partner

President Obama greets NYPD Sgt.
Stephanie Moses as he visits Ground Zero

NYPost Photo and Source

An NYPD sergeant killed herself this morning in Long Island after fighting with her girlfriend, law enforcement sources said.
Stephanie Moses was found in the bedroom of her Baldwin home with a single gunshot wound to her head, sources added.
“On behalf of the New York City Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Stephanie Moses who was, on so many occasions, the face of the NYPD on the national stage as well as routinely at police ceremonies,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
“She epitomized professionalism in her appearance, conduct and dedication to duty. The department has suffered a great loss today that is felt personally by the many who knew and respected Sgt. Moses.”

Moses spent most of her career in the Ceremonial Unit, sources added.
In May 2011, Moses was greeted by Barack Obama when he arrived at the 9/11 Memorial to lay a red-white-and-blue wreath where the Twin Towers once stood after top terrorist Osama Bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in Pakistan.

November 22, 2012

NYPD is in FB-Tweeter-My Space and Wants to be Friended

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The NYPD has formed a new unit to track troublemakers who announce plans or brag about their crimes on Twitter,MySpace and Facebook.
Newly named Assistant Commissioner Kevin O'Connor, one of the department's online and gang gurus, has been put in charge of the new juvenile justice unit. He and his staff will mine social media, looking for info about troublesome house parties, gang showdowns and other potential mayhem, sources said.
The power of social media to empower both criminals and cops has been on full display in London this week, where riots and looting have been spreading dramatically.
The rioters have been using Twitter and BlackBerry messages to choose targets for looting or burning - and to alert one another about police positions.
The very same social media have been a source for those trying to help cops by posting photos of rioters.
O'Connor's new unit will operate under the Community Affairs Bureau; it will also handle outreach programs, with its mandate going beyond the Net.
Still, the 23-year veteran is known for his success in online policing, including stings to catch predator pervs looking for sex with underage victims.

Both Calvin Pietri (l.) and Kayla Henriques (r.) were caught by NYPD detectives as a result of their Facebook posts. The department has formed a new unit to mine social media sites for trouble. (via Facebook; Todd Maisel/News)
And he was credited in his former assignment with a Manhattan North gang unit for providing critical information in a number of shooting cases gleaned from online boasting. O'Connor, who could not be reached for comment, was promoted to his new position from lieutenant - a highly unusual stepup in rank.
Under Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the NYPD has made wide use of technology, and it's helped in a number of cases, including:
  • * In March, Anthony Collao, 18, was fatally beaten in an anti-gay attack at a Woodhaven, Queens, house party advertised on Facebook. Calvin Pietri, one of six arrested, bragged about the murder on Facebook, authorities said.
  • * Also in March, a feud over a $20 loan for diapers played out on Facebook and ended with Kayla Henriques, 18, accused of stabbing to death her friend Kamisha Richards, 22, in East New York,Brooklyn.
    In May, a man was shot dead at a Queens junior high reunion that drew hundreds of unexpected revelers when word of the bash went viral on Twitter.

That incident prompted Kelly to instruct all police commanders to keep track of house parties, especially those advertising online.

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