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Five most recent columns

August 19, 2019
Still Waiting on O'Neill
Cops investigating crimes abhor a vacuum of information. It’s habit for them to figure out logical scenarios, which, logical as they may seem, could be dead wrong.

August 12, 2019
Waiting for O'Neill
While the city, if not the nation, awaits NYPD Commissioner Jim O’Neill’s decision whether to fire police officer Daniel Pantaleo, the anti-police narrative of the past five years continues unabated.

August 5, 2019
For O'Neill, Pantaleo Decision is Lose, Lose
Last summer, Deputy Commissioner John Miller hosted a party at his summer place on Long Island. Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill attended. Unlike his famed two predecessors, Ray Kelly and Bill Bratton — who likely would have turned up with an entourage that included at least a couple of bodyguards — O’Neill arrived on his motorcycle with his motorcycling cop buddy.

July 29, 2019
The NYPD Watershed Moment?
So what to make of New Yorkers dumping buckets of water on NYPD cops in four seemingly unrelated incidents? Was this a series of playful summer amusements during a heat-scorched week or the beginnings of something sinister?

July 22, 2019
Due Process for Pantaleo?
In perhaps his finest hour as mayor, Bill de Blasio is resisting demands from his political soul mates that he immediately fire NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the “chokehold” death of Eric Garner.

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