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Five most recent columns

December 5, 2016
Pantaleo Politics
If, as seems likely, the pro-law enforcement Trump administration does not pursue federal charges against police officer Michael Pantaleo for the "chokehold" death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, all eyes will turn to the NYPD.

November 28, 2016
Politics and the NYPD: A Bad Mix
The NYPD is being sucked into a war between Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo — a war in which the department does not belong.

November 21, 2016
An Ill Wind Blowing
An ill-wind is blowing through New York in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president. Rather than begin a healing process, the city seems more divided than ever.

November 14, 2016
A Tally of Trump Winners and Losers
1. Winner: Rudy Giuliani. As mayor and de facto NYPD commissioner for eight years and more recently a fevered Trump supporter, it was unclear whether his final destination would be Washington or an insane asylum. With talk of him potentially becoming attorney general, the former seems more likely — at least in the short term.

November 7, 2016
The Education of Judge Haight
Whether federal judge Charles Haight recommended significant changes or merely tweaked a recent settlement limiting NYPD spying of Muslims, one thing is clear: Haight doesn’t trust the department.

October 31, 2016
Who's At Fault?
An email from reader Pete Fiorillo, a retired, 30-year NYPD cop [1962-1993], offers some perspective on Sgt. Hugh Barry’s fatal shooting of Deborah Danner, an emotionally disturbed, 66-year-old black woman. Police Commissioner James O’Neill, placed Barry on modified assignment before the department completed its internal investigation, saying Barry had not followed protocol.

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