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Five most recent columns

December 15, 2014
De Blasio and the Cops: Where Do We Go From Here?
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch’s warning to Mayor Bill de Blasio to avoid future police funerals underscores the deteriorating relationship between the mayor and the police — one that may already be too strained to heal.

December 8, 2014
Don't Count on the Feds
Some politicians, journalists and general loudmouths have called for federal intervention in the “chokehold” death of Eric Garner now that a Staten Island grand jury failed to bring an indictment against police officer Daniel Pantaleo.

December 1, 2014
The Ferguson Fallout
The key to the criminal justice system, says a top New York City prosecutor, is trust. There isn’t much of that in the fallout over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

November 24, 2014
The Stairwell Shooting: It's Complicated
The probationary officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the pitch-black stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project had no reason to have his gun drawn and less reason to have his finger near or on the trigger — other than fear, says a former top police official.

November 17, 2014
Bratton and De Blasio: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
Forget Al Sharpton, seated at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s left at City Hall, following the “chokehold” death of Eric Garner, lecturing the mayor and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

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