Blogger Fires Back at NY Newspaper’s Gun Owner Identifications

Last week, a reporter with the Journal News of suburban New York published an interactive map of the gun owning residence of Westchester and Rockland Counties. The map became viral and many were outraged at the paper’s seeming disregard for the safety of those lawful gun owners or their rights to privacy. One blogger thought they deserved a taste of their own medicine, and offered his own interactive map—this one including the names and residents of all of the Journal News’ employees. Continue reading “Blogger Fires Back at NY Newspaper’s Gun Owner Identifications”

Albany Cops Conducting “Shocking” Number of Strip Searches

Since 2009, Albany police have conducted more than 650 strip searches. Police Chief Steven Krokoff expressed surprise over the number, but many say “surprise” isn’t a strong enough reaction for such alarming practices. Instead, the Chief should be looking at why his officers are so quick to make someone strip down, especially considering only a fraction of those subjected to the humiliating searches are found to have any contraband.

Let’s be clear—these aren’t all strip searchers being conducted as someone is processed into jail after being arrested. On the contrary, these searches are mostly being done outside of the police stations—in private homes and other locations. Continue reading “Albany Cops Conducting “Shocking” Number of Strip Searches”

Is ‘Stop and Frisk’ Achieving Anything?

Over the years, as the NYPD implemented their controversial ‘stop and frisk’ practices, robbery and burglary rates plummeted. While you may have heard top officials relating the two—suggesting the stop and frisks were causing the drop, there was little causal evidence to connect them. Now, however, a study in Justice Quarterly indicates there is evidence to show once and for all if the stop and frisk practices are responsible for plummeting burglary and robbery rates.

The findings indicate stop and frisk has had little role on the reduction. Continue reading “Is ‘Stop and Frisk’ Achieving Anything?”

NYPD Uses Force at Alarming Rate, Says NYT Analysis

For every five stops the NYPD makes, they use force. This is a troubling rate, particularly given the heat the department is under for their questionable “stop and frisk” practices. If they are stopping and frisking people under questionable circumstances, and for every five of them, they use force on one, doesn’t it seem as thought NYC’s finest are simply looking for a fight? Continue reading “NYPD Uses Force at Alarming Rate, Says NYT Analysis”

What’s in a number? NYPD officers admit fudging crime stats

Two criminologists conducted a survey of some 1,962 retired NYPD police officers. What they found was that many, nearly half of recent retirees admitted to having “personal knowledge” of crime-report manipulation. According to the New York Times, this manipulation could include downgrading offenses or encouraging witnesses to not report crimes—all in an effort to make the crime statistics of the city seem lower than they actually are. Continue reading “What’s in a number? NYPD officers admit fudging crime stats”