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July – December 2009

December 28, 2009
’Twas the Night Before Christmas
On the night before Christmas, former police commissioner Bill Bratton finally received an answer to his longstanding dinner invitation to Ray Kelly.

December 21, 2009
Kelly and Cohen: The End of the Line
For yet a third time, a federal judge has ordered the NYPD to release 2,000 pages of secret documents, showing how it spied on groups planning legal protests at the 2004 Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden.

December 14, 2009
The Police Foundation: Captured by the Kellys
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his wife Veronica must be feeling pretty smug. They have forced out the Police Foundation’s longtime and conscientious executive director Pamela Delaney.

December 7, 2009
The Bloom’s Off His Rose
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s store-bought third term has not yet begun, yet he has picked a fight with someone no one in his right mind wants to fight: outgoing Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

November 30, 2009
An Ugly NYPD-Media Confrontation
With crime at historic lows and the police commissioner enjoying high public approval, one might think the NYPD would extend basic respect to police reporters — especially one from a newspaper that lauds the department and is loath to criticize it.

November 23, 2009
Hamlet on the Hudson
So Rudy Giuliani is apparently not running for governor and is dithering about whether to try for the Senate.

November 16, 2009
Mayor Mike and the Imam
Perhaps we should be relieved the feds are handling the trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohamed and his four alleged accomplices.

November 9, 2009
Bernie Kerik: The Weeper
Watching Bernie Kerik weep while admitting he was a crook, this reporter could not help recalling past conversations with Judith Regan, his editor, publisher, and former lover.

October 26, 2009
How Well Do You Know Bernie Kerik?
To see Bernard Kerik transformed into a inmate inside a White Plains courtroom, hands shaking as he silently removed his tie, his jewelry and his belt sent chills down the spine of this reporter, as it would anyone who has followed the world of the New York City Police Department.

October 19, 2009
Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
The Daily News seems unable physically, emotionally and intellectually to place blame where it belongs when something goes wrong inside the NYPD.

October 12, 2009
The Lieutenant’s Death That Will Not Die
The widow of an Emergency Service lieutenant who killed himself a year ago is blaming the tragedy on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, his spokesman Paul Browne, and other unnamed top brass.

September 28, 2009
The NYPD’s Divisive Intelligence Division
No one in New York City, and arguably in the nation, has done more to combat terrorism than Ray Kelly.

September 21, 2009
Intelligence Division: Botching Its Biggest Terrorism Plot?
The NYPD’s so-called Intelligence Division apparently didn’t live up to its name, according to Justice Department documents, stemming from the arrest of three terror suspects.

September 14, 2009
The DA’s Race: Voters Beware When City Newspapers Agree
Whenever the Times, the News and the Post gang up to endorse the same policy or political candidate, something is amiss.

September 7, 2009
Kelly and Bratton: “Marrying” The Times
Back in 1993, during his first term as police commissioner, Ray Kelly bought his suits off the rack from wholesaler Carmine Fabrizio.

August 31, 2009
Kelly’s New Mouthpiece
Apparently unhappy with the legal advice he has been getting, Ray Kelly has hired himself a new $165,000 attorney — and you, the taxpayers, will be paying for her.

August 24, 2009
Kerik A-Twitter
You might think that with the possibility of about 150 years in prison, Bernie Kerik would spend the months before his October federal trial keeping his yap shut.

August 17, 2009
PBA: Bratton Award No Slap at Kelly
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association spokesman Al O’Leary swore up and down last week, as well as forward, backward and sideways, that the PBA’s plan next month to name former police commissioner Bill Bratton its Man of the Year signaled no disrespect to Bratton’s longtime rival, current police commissioner Ray Kelly.

August 10, 2009
Bratton Versus Kelly: The Real Deal
It’s proving to be quite a homecoming for Bill Bratton.

August 3, 2009
The Demise of the Shack
More than symbolism is involved in last week’s transfer — on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s order — of reporters from the second-floor warren inside Police Plaza, known as The Shack.

July 27, 2009
Why Can’t We All Get Along?
America is grappling with yet another white police-black man confrontation.

July 20, 2009
From Plato to Clausewitz
There is no shortage of egos when it comes to commanding tens of thousands as police commissioner of New York City.

July 13, 2009
The NYPD’s Tricky Hispanic Politics
Hispanic politics can be a tricky business inside the NYPD.

July 6, 2009
Mike Bloomberg’s “Safest Large City in America”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign claims the FBI ranks New York as the safest large city in America.

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