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NYPD-FDNY Charity Brawl a Big Black Eye for New York

NYPDChetDogfanThe reason(s) for this hockey brawl must be especially embarrassing. Because per Time, neither the NYPD nor the FDNY cared to comment after their annual Nassau Coliseum charity match devolved into a Slap Shot-style free-for-all and 25-minute game delay.

However, judging by the YouTube recorded crowd chant “PD Sucks!”, the Finest ranks may well have been responsible for starting the fracas with their Bravest opponents. Either way, Daily News article commenters are rightly disgusted:

Sport-IQ Lives: Have you ever seen a fight at a “charity game”??? Me either… It’s not the same, they aren’t hockey players and could’ve kept their cool, to be positive role models… If anything, I’m looking at this saying “This was a charity game… What would a cop do to a regular Joe during a stop????”

Tommy Capone: Unreal at a charity event, every single one of them should be terminated as of today. Just disgusting how FD and PD behaved.

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Reporter Sues NYPD

NYPD GChris Faraone, a journalist from Queens, is suing the NYPD for allegedly beating and arresting him while he covered the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

According to The New York Daily News, Faraone claims he was lawfully reporting for the Boston Phoenix when cops were ordered to “stop, tackle, batter, search, arrest, detain and imprison” him without cause.

Faraone — who said that he tried to identify himself as a member of the press to no avail — filed his suit against New York City, the NYPD and 10 cops. His suit also claims that he was denied access to a lawyer and “directed and/or threatened by the defendants to cease his journalism/reporting activities in the city.”

Faraone is seeking unspecified damages.

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John Miller Announces He’s Leaving CBS News (TVNewser)
CBS News correspondent John Miller is leaving the network and joining the NYPD as a new commissioner re-joins the force. ”I never stay anywhere too long,” Miller said on WCBS’ newscast. “John, congratulations. Our loss is the city’s gain,” said anchor Dick Brennan. Capital New York For CBS News, the loss of Miller hits hard, with staffers calling it “devastating,” and “a huge loss.” NYT After a career spent toggling between television and law enforcement, Miller will be rejoining an old friend and boss, William J. Bratton, the incoming police commissioner. Miller’s close relationship with government agencies has troubled some media watchers, who criticized Miller’s recent 60 Minutes special report on the National Security Agency for its seemingly cozy treatment of controversial spying programs. HuffPost Meanwhile, CBS News praised Miller and his career at the network. “John Miller is a remarkable journalist with deep insight into law enforcement,” the network said in a statement on Thursday. CNN David Rhodes, the president of the network news division, said Miller’s decision was “a loss for CBS.” “There’s nobody like him, and I think people around the television industry would agree with that,” Rhodes said.

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Topless Woman Story Tailor-Made for NY Post

NY_NYPJessica Krigsman, a burlesque performer, is suing the NYPD and two officers who arrested her for going topless in public. Krigsman claims that last summer, when two cops spotted her sitting on a bench with nothing covering her breasts, they forced her shirt back on and arrested her. Despite the fact that it’s not illegal for women to be topless in NYC.

Krigsman said that it was a female cop who put the shirt on her, explaining, “The female cops hate to see topless women. The guys are always cool with it.”

Well, sure.

Regardless, this, dear readers, is a story tailor-made for The New York Post. And as you can see, the tabloid didn’t disappoint. “Topless Woman in Senseless Bust” is quality work.

Grand Theft Auto Meets the Keystone Cops

The arrival on Tuesday of video game sequel Grand Theft Auto V generated a staggering first-day worldwide gross of $800 million. But at one local mall, it was more like the Keystone Cops.

Per a report by Staten Island Advance crime reporter John Annese, a trio of locals were mistaken for cops when they arrived at the Staten Island Mall driving an unmarked police car purchased at auction. One of the young men is the son of a retired police officer, another an NYPD auxiliary, allowing them to take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity to cut to the front of the long, midnight line:

Santanastaso had his father’s NYPD shield tattooed on his arm, Kirsheh was carrying a fake NYPD shield in his wallet and Abdel Sayed had his auxiliary badge and ID, according to court papers and law enforcement sources.

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Cop Charged with Lying About NY Times Photographer’s Arrest

Michael Ackermann, a 30-year-old New York City cop who had arrested a New York Times photographer, has been charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors for fabricating reasons for the arrest. The Times reports that Ackermann arrested Robert Stolarik last year, claiming that Stolarik’s flash had interfered with another arrest of a teenage girl. The only problem? Stolarik’s camera wasn’t even equipped with a flash at the time.

Stolarik, who has shot assignments for the Times for over 10 years, was taking pictures of the arrest when a cop told him to stop. Stolarik identified himself as a member of the press and kept snapping away. Then things turned ugly. Stolarik said that one officer grabbed his camera and smashed it into his face. When Stolarik asked for their badge numbers, he was thrown to the ground and arrested.

An investigation into Stolarik’s arrest by Robert Johnson, the Bronx district attorney, revealed the truth behind the incident. If Ackermann is convicted, he could face up to seven years in jail and lose his job.

We applaud Johnson’s work, but something tells us that Ackermann will never see the inside of a cell.

[Image: Flickr/Dave Hosford]

NYPD Rescues Storm Victims from Staten Island Rooftops

The NYPD has just released this video to the AP. It shows officers rescuing Staten Island residents who were stranded by Hurricane Sandy.

We sometimes give the NYPD crap for how they treat the press, so we owe it to them to offer praise when they do great things. The cops were able to safely rescue five adults and one child.

Keep your head up, New York.

New York Times Photographer Says NYPD Assaulted Him

Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer for The New York Times, is claiming that he was assaulted by NYPD last night while on assignment in the Bronx. While snapping pictures of an arrest of a teen girl, Stolarik claims that a cop asked him to stop, so Stolarik identified himself as a Times photographer. According to the Times, that’s when things went wrong:

A second officer appeared, grabbed his camera and ‘slammed’ it into his face, he said.

Mr. Stolarik said he asked for the officers’ badge numbers, and the officers then took his cameras and dragged him to the ground; he said that he was kicked in the back and that he received scrapes and bruises to his arms, legs and face.

The NYPD, of course, says this was all Stolarik’s fault. They claim that he moved forward when asked to move back and “violently resisted being handcuffed.”

Judging by the history between the NYPD and the city’s press, you can probably figure out who we believe.

The New York Times and The NYPD Are Not BFFs

The New York Times and the NYPD are fighting again. It started yesterday, with the Times publishing an editorial calling for a federal investigation of the NYPD for spying on Muslims, its dealings with Occupy Wall Street and its stop-and-frisk program, AKA stop-and-frisk-minorities. The NYPD didn’t like that.

Ray Kelly, in his infinite wisdom, replied to the Times’ piece by telling the New York Daily News that, “Sometimes it sounds sometimes like people are more comfortable stereotyping me,” which might be the quote of the year. Then, because no NYPD job is done until 9/11 is mentioned, Kelly insisted that secretly videotaping Muslims grocery shopping was the only way to keep America safe:

People have short memories, they just do. They do. I live downtown and pass Ground Zero every single day. Maybe that’s why it’s on my mind more than it is with other people. [9/11] is an event that should never ever escape the consciousness of New York. But sometimes I think it does.

It doesn’t stop there. The police department issued a press release condemning the Times, explaining that everything it was doing was within the law and that there are even some cops that are minorities, so there.

It sounds like the Times and the NYPD need a timeout.

NYPD Continues to Block Journalists from Covering Occupy Protests

The above video, taken by someone at the Occupy protests this morning, shows that despite Police Commissioner Ray Kelly telling the NYPD to let press cover the protests, the cops still aren’t listening.

At about the 2:05 mark, New York Times freelancer Robert Stolarik enters the frame, attempting to take pictures of an arrest in progress. As the event unfolds, the cops form a wall around the officers making the rest, and one cop even moves each way that Stolarik moves, prompting an exasperated Stolarik to say, “Are you really doing this right now?”

Stolarik told The Village Voice that he showed the police his press credentials, but to no avail. “It was clearly visible and he was very aware,” said Stolarik. “That guy clearly didn’t follow the departmental directive from Kelly.”

Sadly this moment is just more of the same from the NYPD. Kelly’s declaration was hollow then, we’re just seeing it on video now.

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