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After 18-year-old Nikki Stone was grabbed off the street and arrested by NYPD Warrant Squad officers July 28 for having used orange paint to disable a police camera near City Hall several week…

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When the voice on the other end of my cellphone said, "You have a collect call from Mr. Mammori," it took a few seconds for me to realize that my friend on the inside, Fausto "Fuzzy" Mammori, …

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Thirty years ago, I spent the last Friday night in July outside a funeral home in East New York where Mayor David Dinkins was paying his respects to the family of a 9-year-old girl who was sho…

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Twenty-two years ago, two Firefighters, along with a Police Officer, were fired for the unofficial crime of Being a Moron in Public based on their presence, in blackface, in a spoof that was p…

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Mayor de Blasio and the City Council figured out how to trim $1 billion from the Police Department's budget, and it wasn't enough to satisfy the 500 people who had claimed the mantle of Occupy…

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One night at a party last October, I asked someone who does a lot of business with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office whether, if he were a betting man, he'd wager that it would indict Rudy …

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"I don't think anyone had seen anything like this except maybe the old-timers who were around for the Crown Heights riots," Mike the Cop said June 16, referring to the two-plus weeks of protes…

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Mayor de Blasio came to work on the morning of June 9 secure in the knowledge that even as he faced criticism from every side of the dispute over the NYPD and proposed cuts in its funding, he …

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Even by his high standards for righteous outrage, Gene O'Donnell was unusually agitated when he declared June 2, "You basically saw the collapse of policing in urban America over the weekend." 

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When Arnie Kriss, in a May 19 online op-ed column in the Daily News, criticized Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea for congratulating themselves on the quick placement of Poli…

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Who would have had means, motive and opportunity to breathe new life into an incendiary remark made by the city's Health Commissioner to the NYPD's top uniformed officer seven weeks earlier th…

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The problem with jumping to conclusions based on the May 2 video in which Police Officer Francisco Garcia strikes Donni Wright several times and takes him to the ground is that it was shot fro…

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Brenda Berkman and Regina Wilson are two of the firefighters who survived the World Trade Center rescue efforts in which 343 FDNY members were killed, then spent months working at the site in …

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When Governor Cuomo April 11 reacted to Mayor de Blasio's declaration that city schools would remain shuttered for the rest of the term by saying, "He didn't close them and he can't open them,…

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A veteran firefighter April 7 replied to my phone message with an email declining to discuss in depth the situation at a job in which more than 300 colleagues had already tested positive for t…

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"There are a lot of frightened cops right now," one police officer said March 28. "People are jumpy. There's palpable fear: people are very worried about getting the illness, bringing it home …

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Governor Cuomo's March 25 briefing on the state of his state in the time of COVID-19 had a distinctly different feel from the previous day's presentation, and for reasons that went beyond the …

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At his worst, Governor Cuomo can be an overbearing bully, accomplishing his goals with a mix of relentless pressure to resolve an issue and the hectoring of those who are slow to fall into line.