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January – June 2003

June 30, 2003
Crime Statistics Doubts Adding Up
The suspicions that the Police Department is downgrading crime statistics are, at this point, only anecdotal.

June 26, 2003
No-Knock Raid Proposals Offered
The city should provide counseling to families who were victims of no-knock raids by police, Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields said yesterday.

June 23, 2003
One Golden Parking Perk
Calling all garages in the vicinity of the Police Academy. Be on the lookout for a parking space for a gold Isuzu, registered in upstate New York, which since July 2000 had been parked at the academy in a spot reserved for chiefs and inspectors.

June 18, 2003
NYPD 'Stop and Frisks' More Common for Blacks
Police statistics show that black New Yorkers have been stopped on the street by cops far more frequently than any racial or ethnic group last year.

June 16, 2003
MTA Set to Name New Security Chief
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is to announce today a successor to director of security Louis Anemone, Newsday has learned.

June 9, 2003
Rudy to Fend For Himself
Rudolph Giuliani had better get all his laundry done this month. The former mayor has until June 30, when he loses his police security detail, whose job it is to pick it up for him.

June 2, 2003
Kelly's Take On the Truth
Does Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's 24-page report on the raid that killed Alberta Spruill reflect his accountability and frankness or his wizardry at public relations?

May 30, 2003
Wrong-Door Raid Studied; Cops probe error in Queens
The Police Department is probing a wrong-door raid on a Queens family's home nearly a year and a half ago, a police official said yesterday.

May 29, 2003
Judge Skeptical Of Police Grillings; Irked by what chiefs say they didn't know
A federal judge said yesterday he found it troublesome that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says he didn't know anti-war marchers in police custody were being questioned about their political activities.

May 19, 2003
Focus on Kelly, Race After Raid
Alberta Spruill, who died of a heart attack after cops set off a flash grenade during a drug-and-gun raid on her Harlem apartment, is the fifth person since the fall to be caught in a wrongful "no-knock raid." All are black.

May 17, 2003
No-Knock Shock Carries Big Risks
The fact that police raided a Hamilton Heights woman's apartment solely on the word of a confidential informant is "astounding," the head of the New York Civil Liberties Union said in criticizing the action.

May 12, 2003
The Inside Story: Bratton's a Star
Bill Bratton, who transformed the job of NYPD's top gun into one of glamour and celebrity, has added another notch to his belt - sex symbol.

May 5, 2003
Web Used to Trace Rally's Organizers
Why was the NYPD willing to skate so close to the edge of the law in questioning anti-war protesters about their political beliefs and affiliations, a policy Police Commissioner Ray Kelly abandoned when it became public?

April 28, 2003
When a Legend Leaves the Job
Insp. Arty Storch's retirement dinner was celebrated with no official Police Department recognition or acknowledgment.

April 21, 2003
Naming Names In Leak Probe
Who was the TV reporter who received alleged classified and confidential anti-terror bulletins from Sgt. John Galasso of the Joint Terrorism Task Force?

April 18, 2003
Cop Targeted in Probe Of National Security Leak
An NYPD sergeant assigned to an elite police and FBI intelligence unit is under federal investigation for allegedly leaking classified documents involving national security, law enforcement sources said.

April 14, 2003
Debriefing Denial Leaves Questions
That great civil libertarian Ray Kelly announced last week that he had ended the department's questioning of anti-war protesters about their political affiliations.

April 7, 2003
No Serpico, But No Clear Truth
Has Louie gone loco?

March 31, 2003
Floating Scale Of Tolerance
When it comes to racist behavior by police officers, the NYPD seemed to have the patience of Job. Until Joseph Locurto came along.

March 24, 2003
A Short-Lived Homecoming
Frank Libutti, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, is leaving the department after just 14 months.

March 22, 2003
Security Nominee; Bush taps NYPD official for Homeland job
The New York Police Department's counterterrorism head, Frank Libutti, will be leaving to join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

March 17, 2003
Closed Court A Big Mistake
What was Staten Island Supervising Judge Leonard Rienzi thinking Friday when he held a secret arraignment for three suspects in the fatal shooting of undercover detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin?

March 10, 2003
For the Worthy, It's Dinner Time
For three days last week, the front doors to One Police Plaza were shuttered. The lobby was waxed; the chrome on the elevators scrubbed. A white awning was put up and a red carpet put down.

March 3, 2003
Upward Mobility and the NYPD
Here are three lessons we can draw from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's high-level promotions last week.

February 27, 2003
Ex-Cop: Family Hired Gravano for Hit
Peter Calabro, the former New York City police officer whose 1980 killing was supposedly ordered by organized crime underboss Sammy Gravano, was slain because his in-laws suspected he had drowned their daughter, an ex-police chief told Newsday.

February 17, 2003
Latinos Boil In Bad Blood
In its short, cacophonous life, the Latino Officers Association has been one of the few forces for change within the Police Department.

February 12, 2003
NYPD Spying Power Widens; Investigative limits are lifted
Citing security concerns since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a federal judge yesterday eliminated virtually all the restrictions of the Police Department's Handschu commission, a body that limited the department in conducting investigations into lawful political activity.

February 10, 2003
Sweeping Away Street Marches
Without announcement or explanation, the Police Department since the fall of 2002 has been denying all permits for protest marches in Manhattan.

February 3, 2003
A Notable Footnote In the Jogger Saga
Mark the name - Detective First Grade Robert Mooney. When the history books are written on the Central Park jogger case, he will be a footnote.

January 20, 2003
No Cracking Kelly's Inner Circle of One
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly acted as though he hasn't given much thought to appointing a new chief of detectives on Friday.

January 18, 2003
Honoring Officers With the Mettle
Demonstrating that memories of the World Trade Center attack have not faded, the New York City Police Department on Friday awarded its highest medal for bravery to three officers for their actions on 9/11.

January 15, 2003
Handcuff Delay in Cop Shooting
A convicted car thief, fatally shot when an officer broke his car window with the butt of a gun earlier this month, was locked in his handcuffs during a resuscitation attempt because the arresting officer misplaced his handcuff key, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday.

January 13, 2003
Ghosts of NYPD Past Meet Future
The past and the future met last week when Rudolph Giuliani testified at the federal hearing of former police officer Joseph Locurto, fired for riding on a racist float in 1998.

January 11, 2003
Skakel Son Remains Defiant
Greenwich, Conn. - Still maintaining his family's innocence in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, John Skakel eulogized his father, Rushton Skakel Sr., Friday, saying that he had suffered "the indignity of having his son wrongly accused" of Martha's death.

January 10, 2003
Top Intelligence Cop Doesn't Have to Testify
The Police Department's top intelligence official will not have to testify in a court hearing in which the department is seeking to increase its surveillance power, a federal judge has ruled.

January 9, 2003
Police Stay on Rudy Duty
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will retain his police detail, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday, despite statements to the contrary by top-ranking department officials a month ago.

January 6, 2003
Rare Crack In Blue Wall
Responding to four fatal shootings of civilians by police in the first two days of the new year, Ray Kelly revealed a side of himself that he has not shown since becoming police commissioner.

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